The wine industry is valued at an estimated figure of $350 billion, which means it’s a potentially lucrative marketplace to enter into. Unfortunately, they don’t print instructions on how to make money in the wine industry.

To become successful, one must be very business savvy and utilize the knowledge of experts.

The Notre Dame Slainte Liquor Industry Symposium’s panel titled, “Investing in Wine and Vineyards as Real Estate” will cover the nuances of investing in wine from dealing with NFTs in the wine space to purchasing vineyards.

On the panel are some of the nation’s leading experts in real estate, venture capital, private equity, and the legal world.

The panelists include

Michael O’Malley, the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate. Prior to Notre Dame, Mike was a Senior Principal at Pennybacker Capital, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. Mike served as the firm’s COO, CFO, and CCO and led the Capital Formation team’s efforts to develop and foster relationships with the firm’s existing and prospective limited partners, and was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee for 15 years.

Mario Zepponi is a Principal at Zepponi & Company, where he is one of the countries leading experts in mergers and acquisitions in the alcohol space. He provides corporate finance and transaction advisory services to the global beverage alcohol industry. From sourcing and securing growth capital to advising on partial and full liquidity events. Mr. Zepponi has been involved in some of the biggest and most recent deals in the wine industry.

Elizabeth DeConti is a shareholder at GrayRobinson P.A. and is a Deputy Section Chair of the firm’s Regulated Products Section. Elizabeth represents licensed alcohol beverage manufacturers, licensed on- and off-premises retailers, and third parties serving the alcohol industry.

She has great expertise on issues dealing with NFT investment in the liquor space and is one of the top experts on how NFTs can operate inside the heavily regulated liquor industry.

Liam Reilly is a Principal at KCRise Fund, a geographically focused venture capital fund that primarily invests at the Seed stage in business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. KCRise Fund holds more than $90 million assets under management and, to date, has invested in forty-eight companies—spanning from food & beverage to agriculture technology


No conference has put together such great minds for a discussion on how to invest in the wine industry. Come learn from legal, private equity, real estate, and venture capital experts.

Wine is lucrative, but also difficult to navigate, come educate yourself on this topic. Sign up to come in person or virtually.