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Annual Conference

2018 Heartland Wine Conference

Registration is closed for this event.

Sponsored by Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association


Lawrence Kansas - January 05 & 06, 2018

200 McDonald Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044

Doubletree By Hilton

More information will be available in the coming weeks pertaining to registration, schedule, events, and Hotel rates.

View and download conference agenda here



Kansas Amateur Wine Making Competition

Take your Wines to a local KGGWA Winery, by December 23rd, or Contact Dave Cairns via email (link provided) for further instructions.


The competition is open to any non-commercial, Kansas resident winemaker 21 years old or older. The wine must be homemade by the entrant. No purchased wine or substitutes.


Wines must be bottled in standard 750 ml wine bottles (preferably colorless). The bottle closure may be by cork or screw cap. All entries in the same class by a winemaker must be different. Different vintages of the same type of wine are allowed. All bottles shall be fee of labels, capsules or other distinguishing marks. It is the responsibility of the entrant to correctly test the wine, complete the registration form, attach the entry form to the bottle with a rubber band and ship/deliver to the addresses listed.

Consider dry wine to have 2.0% (S.G. 1.002) or less residual sugar. Sweet wines have more than 2.0% (S.G. 1.002) residual sugar.

Wines entered as a grape varietal shall contain at least 75% of that variety. Wine made from concentrate or non-grape (Category 6, 7 or 8) is acceptable. Grape type may be vinifera, hybrid or native. Classes 1 through 5 are for grapes only. Category 6 and 7 are for any fruit excluding grape.

The categories are:

  1. Dry Red Grape
  2. Dry Wine Grape
  3. Sweet Red Grape
  4. Sweet Non-Grape
  5. Dry Rose/Blush Grape
  6. Sweet non-Grape
  7. Dry Non-Grape
  8. Mead (Honey)
  9. Port

Entry Fee:

An entry fee of $5.00 / bottle will be assessed for bottles 1 through 5 submitted for judging. There shall be no fees collected for any quantity over 5 bottles to be judged.

Payment shall be via check made out to the KGGWA and shipped or delivered along with the wine to: Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association c/o Pam Rowe 11255 Leavenworth Rd. Kansas City, KS 66109.


Last Updated 1/4/18

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