The Canadian Section is very pleased to host the 33rd Annual International Wine Law Conference and Meeting.

DATES: September 29 to October 1, 2023

LOCATION: Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

REGISTRATION: Please complete the below-linked registration form and email it to

AIDV 2023 Registration Form


The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, part of the Marriott Group, is the site of the Conference. 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).

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.

ACCREDITATION: For Canadian practicing lawyers, the conference is eligible for Continuing Professional Development credits in your province as follows:

“AIDV International Wine Law Conference 2023”

British Columbia: AIDV2023-02 (10.5 hours)

Ontario and Quebec: self-reporting

For other countries, please consult your local Section.



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; reputation/labelling/ 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!

NORTH 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 Speakers:
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 Speakers:
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!
NORTH 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


9:20 Transportation

Coaches depart at 9:30 sharp!
NORTH 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.

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