Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium 2019
January 23 @ 9:00 am - January 24 @ 4:30 pm
Now in its 12th year, the popular DTC Wine Symposium is the wine industry’s annual, national summit on direct marketing and sales.
The January 2018 summit sold out, attracting 500 sponsors, speakers and registrants from 19 states. The program expanded to include 7 Workshop Sessions, 2 Town Hall Sessions and 7 Sponsor Sessions. Ninety-six percent of post-event survey respondents recommend the event.
In 2019, the event is again two full days of practical advice, thought-provoking keynote speakers, lively networking, and sponsor demos of new products and services.
The DTC Wine Symposium is presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes! The event has raised more than $1 million for Free the Grapes’ PR campaign, and the Coalition for Free Trade’s legal work (CFT “retired” in 2014 after achieving its goals). These two groups have worked closely with industry representatives and regional associations to streamline onerous regulations and to increase the number of legal states from 17 to 45, which represent 94% of the US population. The DTC Wine Symposium is the primary fundraiser for Free the Grapes! and provides funding to continue its role streamlining regulations, opening new states and defending existing statutes which support legal, regulated DTC wine shipments.
Cancellation Policy: Registration fees are fully refundable if cancelled online on or before December 23, 2018. If registration is cancelled online on or after December 24, 2018, a $200 cancellation fee per ticket will be applied.
Does my registration include lunch?
Yes, both January 23 and 24. Continental breakfast will also be provided, plus tea/coffee during the breaks.
Who attends this event?
Approximately 90% of registered attendees are DTC managers, tasting room managers, wine club managers, sales and marketing managers; the balance are owners, press and consultants. In 2018, 19 U.S. states were represented with 81% of registrants from California. For a list of wine companies who attended the 2018 event, visit https://dtcwinesymposium.com/sponsorship/ and download the Sponsor Package.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Onsite self-parking at the Concord Hilton is included in your registration fee. We recommend wineries arrange car pools, especially for those coming from Napa or Sonoma counties.
What can I bring into the event?
There are no restrictions but you will want to take notes. Most speaker presentations — if using a projected presentation — are available post-event but at the speaker’s discretion.
Where can I find the final schedule of topics and speakers?
Visit the Schedule and Program pages on the event website: https://dtcwinesymposium.com/
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Are any free tickets offered?
No. The DTC Wine Symposium is an industry fundraiser. Early bird discounts expire December 14, 2018. Additional discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company; this is the most common ticket.
What’s the refund policy?
Registration fees are fully refundable if cancelled online on or before December 23, 2018. If registration is cancelled online on or after December 24, 2018, a $200 cancellation fee per ticket will be applied.
What’s the dress code?
There is none but most people dress business casual.