Key Insurance Challenges for Wineries and Vineyards

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October 26, 2021 10:00 AM PT
1 hour

Winery and vineyard businesses in California, Oregon, and Washington are facing major challenges maintaining insurance on their properties, facilities, and inventory due to increased wildfires.

Join us to learn key steps your company can take to navigate these pressing issues going forward. Our panel of winery and insurance professionals will share stories, provide advice, and answer your questions. The session will include relevant insights on:

  • Realities of the market

  • Best ways to approach securing insurance and controlling premium costs

  • How to self-insure

  • Possible solutions to challenges in maintaining insurance and controlling spiraling premiums

  • Actions you can take to mitigate your business risk



Bill Vyenielo, Business Consultant, Moss Adams

Bill has worked with clients in the wine industry for more than 25 years and has solved operational challenges for vineyard and winery clients since 2006. He works with owners and managers to successfully develop and manage their winery operations and build their brands, providing guidance in strategic planning, sales and marketing, and winery and vineyard production and development.

Elizabeth Bishop, Executive Vice President, Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Elizabeth co-leads the Heffernan Wine Practice, which currently helps over 150 wineries with their insurance needs. The team’s long-term commitment to community and strong relationships with insurance company partners has made them a perfect choice for wineries and growers. In addition to Elizabeth’s expertise in the wine industry, she also specializes in construction, transportation and not-for-profits.

Bill Smart, Vice President and General Manager, Lambert Bridge

Bill oversees the day-to-day operations of Lambert Bridge. A passionate wine industry leader, his love for the Dry Creek Valley and the local community makes him ideal to guide the family owned estate.

Debra Costa, Senior Vice President and Vintner Practice Leader, Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Debra has worked in the insurance industry since the late 1980s and moved to Heffernan Insurance Brokers in 2001 to help clients get more out of their insurance program and broker relationship. She partners with wineries and growers to help them receive the most from their insurance programs while providing risk mitigation strategies. Having a deep understanding of the insurance marketplace, coverage placements and risk management programs, and captives, Debra develops programs that closely align with her clients’ financial objectives and risk tolerance.

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