Annual Conference


The Society of Wine Educators 41st Annual Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon August 10th - 12th in 2017, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River. Conference Registration and Discount Hotel Registration is now open! 

Conference Highlights Include:
  • CWE Boot Camp on 8/8
  • CSE Preview on 8/8
  • Pre-Conference events including winery and brewery tours
  • Evening events featuring local distilleries
  • Network opportunities
  • Keynote speaker Paul Hobbs
  • Over 65 different seminars 


Since 1977, SWE’s Annual Conference has provided a unique venue for educators, students, and enthusiasts to convene and learn more about the world of wine and spirits. With the most seminars of any Annual Conference to date, this year’s event promises something for all interests. We hope you’ll be able to join us in Portland, OR, one of the most dynamic food and wine cities in the country!

Please visit our conference registration website for conference information: conference schedule, conference grid, speaker biographies, conference fees, preconference events, and evening events.



SWE’s 41st Annual Conference will take place at the newly renovated Red Lion Hotel on the River, located on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. The hotel offers beautiful views of the river and is conveniently located just outside downtown and a short drive from Portland International Airport. 

 The Red Lion Hotel on the River will offer a discounted room rate of $179 per night for conference attendees. To take advantage of this rate and book a guest room, please use the reservation portal, or call the hotel using the following number: (503)283-4466. Reservations must be made by Friday, July 14, 2017.

 The Red Lion Hotel on the River is located at 909 N. Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR 97217. The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service; however, estimated taxi fare from Portland International Airport is on average $23 - $43 (one way). Estimated Uber and Lyft fare from Portland International Airport is on average of $20 - $27 (one way). Complimentary parking is available at the hotel. 

Click here, or call (503)283-4466, to reserve a guest room.

Have Questions?

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions page for 2017 Conference.

For more information on the Society's 2017 Conference, please email our Meeting and Events Manager, Marisa Gaggi,, or call our office at 202-408-8777 for any questions. We hope to see you in Portland!

Kindest Regards,
SWE Staff