Date(s) - January 22, 2020 - January 23, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hilton Concord Hotel
Presented by Free the Grape!, the popular DTC Wine Symposium is the wine industry’s annual, national summit on direct marketing and sales.
The January 2019 summit sold out, attracting 500 sponsors, speakers and registrants from 14 states. Ninety-five percent of post-event survey respondents recommend the event.
In 2020, the 13th annual conference will feature two 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 (as of this writing), which represent 95% of the US population.
The DTC Wine Symposium is the primary fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, which executes state-specific advocacy campaigns encouraging consumers to write their legislators and works with media and advocacy groups to keep the issue alive.
Cancellation Policy: Registration fees are fully refundable if cancelled online on or before December 23, 2019. If registration is cancelled online on or after December 24, 2019, a $200 cancellation fee per ticket will be applied.
Does my registration include lunch?
Yes, both January 22 and 23, 2020. Continental breakfast will also be provided, plus tea and coffee during the breaks.There is also a restaurant in the venue hotel for guests who want a larger breakfast (at their own cost).
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 2019, 14 U.S. states were represented with 78% of registrants from California. For a list of wine companies who attended the 2019 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 carpools, 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. Speaker presentations — if using a projected presentation — are available post-event 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/) which will be updated as information is available.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are any free tickets offered?
No. The DTC Wine Symposium is an industry fundraiser. There are no free tickets or student discounts.
Are any discounts offered?
Yes. Early bird discounts save registrants $50 per registration if purchased on or before December 13, 2019. An additional $25 per registration discount is 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, 2019. If registration is cancelled online on or after December 24, 2019, a $200 cancellation fee per ticket will be applied.
What’s the dress code?
There is none but most people dress business casual.