Press Release

Save the Date: Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium Taking Place In-Person and Virtually, January 18-19, 2023

Napa, CA, June 22, 2022 – Presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, the popular Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium returns for its 16th year on January 18-19, 2023, at the Hilton Concord Hotel and virtually via livestream and recorded sessions. The Symposium is the industry’s national conference on winery DTC sales and marketing.

“We hope to return to the in-person format combined with livestreaming sessions for those who cannot attend in person,” said Jeremy Benson, executive director, Free the Grapes! “The 2021 and 2022 events were 100% virtual and allowed participants from across the U.S. and internationally to participate in real time as well as view pre-recorded sessions at their convenience.” 2022 survey respondents recommend the conference (93%), praising well-rehearsed speakers, practical case studies, and expert insights.

Registrants of the 2023 conference – whether participating in person, remotely or asynchronously – can expect thought-provoking keynotes, useful workshop sessions, Town Hall-type discussions on a variety of current topics as well as a tradeshow of the industry’s leading suppliers. Virtual attendees will have access to the same content with opportunities to join interactive sessions. Information on sponsorship opportunities, session topics, and speakers will be available on the Symposium’s website beginning in fall.

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About the DTC Wine Symposium

The DTC Wine Symposium is presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes! The event has funded the Free the Grapes’ PR campaign and the Coalition for Free Trade’s legal work (CFT “retired” in 2014 after achieving its goals). Free the Grapes! works closely with industry lobbyists and regional associations to streamline onerous shipping regulations and to increase the number of legal states, which have grown from 17 to 47 and represent 98% of the US population. The conference is the primary fundraiser for Free the Grapes! which executes state-specific advocacy campaigns encouraging consumers to write to their legislators and working with media and advocacy groups to keep the issue alive in the media in support of favorable legislation.

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Media Contact: Jeremy Benson, Benson Marketing Group, 917.633.6002, EXT 2,

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