AIDV Conference 2023
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
29 September – 1 October 2023


To register, please fill in and email the attached form to


8:00   Registration Opens
8:45   Introduction & Overview

9:00   Session 1: Geographic indications
The adventure of creating or modifying a geographic indication.  Procedures, evidence and potential surprises.
Chris Wilson – Canada

Boris Osgnach - Italy
Sandra Oldfield – Canada
Ana Lúcia de Sousa Borda – Brazil
Cristian Mir – Chile
Morgen McLaughlin – USA

10:30 Break
11:00 Session 2: Technical issues in labelling
Latest issues in European Union and United States labelling

Chair: Marco Giuri – Italy

Julie LeGay – France
Nick Bergman – USA

12:00 Session 3: An increasingly restrictive alcohol beverage marketplace

An interactive discussion

Bennett Caplan – USA

13:00 Lunch
Foyer or patio (weather depending)
Conference Centre, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

14:30 Session 4: Judge’s Session

Dialogue with a judge
Rt. Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob

15:30 Break
16:00 Session 5: Risk management in the wine sector
Safety: employees, visitors, production, consumers
Reputationlabelling/regulatory/liquor licence; M&A; employment relations; competition – and so on.

Megan O’Neill – Canada

Michel Desilets – France
Paul Reidl – USA
Thomas Schmitz – Germany
Shea Coulson – Canada

18:00 Transportation
Coaches depart at 18:10 sharp!
Main Entrance,
Delta Grand Okanagan

18:30 Reception and Dinner

Mission Hill is a pre-eminent Canadian winery and the flagship within the Iconic Wineries of British Columbia group. It is located on the west side of Okanagan Lake, about 20 minutes from the hotel.
Mission Hill Winery, Kelowna


9:00   Session 6: NFTs & metaverse, crypto, avatars in the wine sector
Challenges and benefits of modern communication tools
Peter Brody – USA
Yasmine Develle – France
Maya Medeiros – Canada
Jennifer McKenzie – Canada
Latha Nair – India
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Session 7: Beer, wine & spirits
An examination of sectorial legal tensions between sectors

Marc Sorini - USA

12:30 Lunch
Foyer or patio (weather depending)
Conference Centre, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

14:00 Session 8: TBT (technical barriers to trade and statutory monopolies)
Hans Eichele – Germany
Theodore Georgopoulos – France/Greece
Daniel Hohnstein – Canada
Tracy Genesen – USA
Erik Wijkström – WTO

15:30 Break
16:00 Session 9 EISWEIN or ICEWINE?
All about Icewine, with the faintest possibility of a tasting
Dominic Farnsworth MW – UK
17:00 General Meeting of Members
18:20 Transportation
Coaches depart at 18:30 sharp!
Main Entrance,
Delta Grand Okanagan

19:00 Dinner
O’Rourke Family Estates is a flagship winery under the final phase of development by owner Dennis O’Rourke.  The winery is located in the Lake Country sub-geographic indication of the Okanagan Valley, about ½ hour north of Kelowna. Wines from this region express the Okanagan Valley’s cool climate, exhibiting fresh acidity and bright fruit characteristics.
O’Rourke Family Estates, Lake Country


Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, part of the Marriott Group. Located waterfront on the east side of Okanagan Lake, it offers a number of amenities inside and proximate to the hotel (including spa, wine room, dining, watercraft rentals and more). This hotel is the site of the Conference.
Use this link to book at the conference rate for September 28 to October 2, 2023:

GUEST ROOM RESERVATION CUT-OFF is August 28, 2023 or when all blocked rooms are booked, whichever happens first.

Nearby alternative hotels (without a room block), at varying price ranges, include:
·       The Royal Kelowna 
·       The Coast Capri hotel 
·       Manteo Resort and sister/neighbouring hotel the El Dorado are located on Okanagan Lake, a 20-minute drive south from the Grand
Please inform these hotels that you are attending the AIDV conference when booking.


9:20 Transportation

Coaches depart at 9:30 sharp!
Main Entrance,
Delta Grand Okanagan
11:00 Tasting and self-guided tour
Relax over a Sunday morning tasting and self-guided tour at Phantom Creek Estates, a flagship winery in the south Okanagan’s highly regarded Black Sage Road, owned by Richter Bai.
Wines from the South Okanagan (the north end of the Sonoran Desert) tend to be well rounded and richer in style. A 1½ hour drive south of Kelowna.
Phantom Creek Winery, Black Sage Bench

13:30 Lunch
Lunch will be hosted at Poplar Grove Winery, with owner Tony Holler and family. Located on the east side of Okanagan Lake in the Naramata Bench sub-geographic indication, overlooking the south end of Okanagan Lake and the city of Penticton.
Poplar Grove’s wines, to be served alongside those of their nearby winery friends, reflect the slightly cooler climate and fresh acidity found on the Naramata Bench.
Poplar Grove Winery, Naramata Bench

15:30 Return transportation
Coaches depart after lunch, arriving back at the Delta Grand Okanagan at approximately 17:00.

Accompanying person program

Friday: Kelowna

9:00   Meet at main entrance, Delta Grand Okanagan

Myra Canyon
Tasting at Tantalus Vineyards
Lunch at Hotel Eldorado

14:00 Free afternoon

18:00 Transportation for group dinner
See delegates’ program for details.

Saturday: West Kelowna

10:00 Meet at main entrance, Delta Grand Okanagan

Knox Mountain Park
Tasting at Quails’ Gate Winery
Lunch at Mount Boucherie Estate Winery

14:00 Free afternoon
18:20 Transportation for group dinner
See delegates’ program for details.

Sunday: South Okanagan

See delegates’ program for details.

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