Welcome to Craft Beverages Unlimited East

Craft Beverages Unlimited East
40th Anniversary Celebration
U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina
February 10-12, 2016

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For forty years, Vineyard & Winery Management has earned the distinction of delivering quality industry trade shows and conferences our audiences can depend upon.  Formerly known as Wineries Unlimited, this event enjoys the title of the oldest and longest running annual B2B wine industry event in the eastern U.S.

After five years in Richmond and the expansion into other adult beverages, it was apparent we needed a venue in a location that better suited a broader audience outreach and Asheville, North Carolina fit the bill!

This dynamic conference and trade show connects craft beverage producers with educators and suppliers who can help you realize your goals and increase profits.

Asheville from Above

Nestled in the Smokey Mountains, Asheville offers outdoor activities, an artists’ community, and is home to the world famous Biltmore Estate.  According to romanticasheville.com, Asheville, per capita, has one of the highest rates of craft brew consumption in the Southeast. It was named Beer City USA for four years in a row, Forbes Travel Guide 5 Beer Cities To Hit This Summer and CNN’s 8 Best Beer Towns in the USA. 

“North Carolina has an active and growing wine industry.  This move has sparked enthusiasm and support from the North Carolina Winegrowers Association,” says to Robert Merletti, event host and Owner/Chairman of Vineyard & Winery Management.  

3magsIn an unprecedented maneuver, a coalition of three leading beverage trade publications have come together to form an alliance and create three distinct conferences together under one roof: Craft Beer & Brewing, The American Distilling Institute of America, and Vineyard & Winery Management.  These industry leaders have worked to develop their own high level program within their own discipline under the general heading of Craft Beverages Unlimited in Asheville.   All have distinct brands with niche magazines and established audiences.  Their expertise and strategies will help create relevant content for their own specialized session tracks to ensure a healthy turnout.


Craft Beverages Unlimited boasts EXPERT SPEAKERS who specialize in the skills and know-how needed to run a successful business in today’s regional marketplace.  Brush up on best practices and discover new ideas and strategies for sustainability and profitability across all platforms of the craft beverage industry – wine, beer and distilling.  Speakers will address regional concerns and help you capitalize on success in today’s marketplace. 

The TRADE SHOW EXPO has all the goods and services necessary to address your craft beverage needs.  New and returning vendors will be ready and waiting to meet with you personally. Be sure to bring your shopping list! You can see product demos and check out what’s new on the market. 

Enjoy TASTINGS, NETWORKING AND SOCIAL EVENTS. Craft Beverages Unlimited offers the winning cocktail for success!

Learn, buy, network, and have fun in the process. 




“We had a phenomenal show in 2014. Criveller Company couldn’t be more pleased with the direction that Midwest Grape and Craft Beverages Unlimited are heading. We provide innovative processing and packaging solutions and because the conferences are not just for the wine industry but now include beer and spirits, we were thrilled to walk away from the Midwest trade show having sold both a new full winery package plus a new full brewery package to Old Bakery Beer Company. We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!”
- Joel Degonia, Criveller Company



Craft Beverages Unlimited is a division of Vineyard & Winery Management, the leader in wine industry professional development and producer of North America's leading independent wine trade publication. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

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Official Sponsors

Nomacorc Waterloo Container NDL Keg Label Gallery Arton Products Wright Global Graphics Niagara Label Co. Tri-State Distributors Enotools Winery Pak Brewery Pak Artisan Spirit


Kentucky Vineyard Society Kentucky Wine Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Uncork New York Wine America American Wine Society Maryland Wine Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine American Distilling Institute Surry College Surry Community College Suison Valley Vintners & Growers Assn South Carolina Winery Association