2022 Dirt to Glass: Elevating Michigan Wine from the Ground Up

Registration is closed for this Conference, however, a few spots are still available. Please contact Annette at kleinsc7@msu.edu or 231-256-9888 for more information. 

Aug. 25-26, 2022
Kirkbride Hall, Traverse City, MI  
Pre-registration is required

The 2022 Dirt to Glass Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, August 25-26 in Traverse City, Michigan at Kirkbride Hall. The conference will connect growers and producers from around the state and prove the most advanced practical information to support the Michigan grape and wine industry in understanding the critical relationship between better farming and world class wine.

Each year, based on the results of an annual MSU Extension educational needs assessment survey, Dirt to Glass will choose a specific area in that cycle and invite highly recognized scientists and speakers to discuss the topic in great detail. This year's conference will focus on soil identification, health and fertility, which are all crucial in the production of quality grapes and wines.

Day 1 of the conference will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and feature various knowledgeable speakers on soil health and feature tasting panels in the afternoon. Day 2 of the conference will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and be a Field Day of site visits to various vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula where participants will see actual soil pits and explore the concepts presented on Day 1 with our visiting experts. Day 2 participants will meet at a to-be-determined location and board shuttle buses for the vineyard site visits. Seating is extremely limited on Day 2 on a first come first serve basis, and only available to Day 1 participants.

Our outstanding lineup of speakers includes Doug Frost, Dr. Kevin Pogue, Dr. Bruno Basso, Madeline Triffon, Amanda Danielson, Diego Barison, Christie Lee Apple, David Bos, Thomas Houseman and Dr. Paolo Sabbatini. There will also be instructive Riesling and Pinot Noir wine tasting panels that will demonstrate the impact of soil and farming on a finished wine through the lens of two well-known varieties. The rich programming of the first day will provide a comprehensive exploration of one of the most important aspects of wine production and the future of our industry.

Five (5) Michigan Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) applicator recertification credits for private and commercial fruit (1C) are available for Day 1,
and four (4) for Day 2. 

A draft agenda is available for download below. The agenda is subject to change.
Check back for updates! We will be adding speakers and other activities as we iron out details. 

Registration Fees
The conference fee is $150 per person per day. ($300 per person for both days) 
Registration for Day 2 has limited seating (45) for the shuttle buses and is only available to those that have registered for Day 1. 
Group registration is not available. Please register each participant separately, no exceptions. Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, July 10.

Cancellation Policy
Registration fees are refundable until July 10, 2022. After July 10, refunds are no longer available.

Kirkbride Hall, 700 Cottageview Dr Suite 200, Traverse City, MI 49684
Located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Click here for a map of the facility and parking locations.
Parking is limited in the area of Kirkbride Hall.

A discounted room block for the DTG conference has been secured at Hotel Indigo. Rooms are $229/night (plus tax & fees) for both Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25.
The hotel is valet parking only at $15/day.
Use this link to make reservations online: MSUWine&Grape
Or call 231-932-0500 to make a reservation over the phone, and use code WG2.
Rooms must be reserved by July 10, 2022 to get the discounted conference rate. 
These will fill fast, so don't delay.

Companies interested in sponsoring the 2022 Dirt to Glass Conference can choose one of the following sponsorships. For more information about sponsorships or to discuss payment options, please contact Annette Kleinschmit at 231-256-9888 or kleinsc7@msu.edu
To sign up as a sponsor, scroll down to the 'Sponsors Registration Here' button.

Your support is the key to our success!
$1,000 - contributing sponsor
$2,000 - facility sponsor
$3,500 - speaker sponsor
$5,000 - participant luncheon sponsor


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar at nasroll2@msu.edu or Annette Kleinschmit at kleinsc7@msu.edu or 231-256-9888.