About the Wine Media Conference
The Wine Media Conference was founded in 2008 as the Wine Bloggers Conference. The conference attracts wine bloggers, wine writers, and wine influencers who write, photograph, and video about wines and the wine industry. The conference in the past has ranged from 250 to 350 attendees depending on the location and will take place for the first time outside North America in 2019.
About The Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
The Hunter Valley is one of the most renowned wine regions in Australia and is conveniently located just over two hours from Sydney and the country’s largest airport. We have outstanding local support from Destination New South Wales, the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, and Destination Sydney Surrounds North. As you know, more local support makes for a better, richer event.
Our main local partner is the Wine Communicators of Australia, a local organization representing 700 members engaged in communications in the wine industry. We are working on creating multi-day pre-conference and post-conference excursions so you can extend your stay and see other parts of Australia. We expect to have these confirmed by mid-December.
Who Should Attend
- Wine Bloggers, Writers, and Social Media Influencers who write, photograph, or video about wine or the wine industry and who wish to network with other new media; learn from experts in writing, technology, and social media; and enjoy a fantastic weekend of meals and wines from the Hunter Valley and around the world.
- Wine Industry Communicators who wish to learn from the exciting content at the conference, most of which is applicable to or exclusively oriented to wineries and other wine industry companies, or to interact and make connections with the attending media.
Our conference will take place at the The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, a full resort with golf, tennis, and vineyard views right on the resort property. Our rate of A$190 (USD134) is excellent for this region. Click here to reserve your room at the group rate through Sept. 10. Alternatively, rooms can be booked directly with the hotel’s in-house reservations department on 61 2 4991 0970 between the hours of 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Please note guests must call this number provided for in-house reservations to receive the group rates (these rates will not be available to book via our Central Reservations team). Rate includes tax. Breakfast buffet can be added at check-in for A$25 (normal price A$38). Cancellations incur a penalty of 50% (60 days out) or 100% (after 30 days out). No penalty if cancellation is more than 60 days out.
What is Included
Please see the Register page for details on costs. The conference includes multiple wine tastings, Friday excursions into wine country including dinner, possibly one or two lunches depending on sponsorship, and outstanding content. Not included in the conference price are your hotel, transportation to and from the area, optional pre-conference and post-conference excursions, and optional Wine Education Sessions on Thursday prior to the conference. We charge a small fee for some of these events primarily to establish exact participation numbers for our event hosts.
Arrival and Departure
Flying into and out of Sydney, Australia will be the best option if you are not participating in a pre or post-conference excursion.
If you plan to participate in pre-conference or post-conference excursions, which might include transportation from other airports, please review the excursion page for airport details as soon as we have more details.
Details to come.
Weather & Dress Code
It will be Spring in the Hunter Valley, with an average temperature of about 65 degrees.
Dress is “wine country casual”. What does that mean? Really, you should dress as you feel comfortable. For daytime sessions, jeans and a polo shirt are fine. For excursions into wine country, you should have good shoes and protection from sun or rain. For evening events, many people will dress up a bit.
The Wine Media Conference is organized by Zephyr Conferences, the organizer of the:
- Beer Now Conference
- International Food Blogger Conference
- Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference
- Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference
Zephyr Conferences is a sister company to Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations. Zephyr Adventures has been running active tours around the world for the last 20 years, including active tours in wine regions. Please visit our website for information on hiking, biking, multisport, and specialty tours.
Taste Vacations runs wine, beer, and food tours that leave the physical activity at home. Our industry contacts via Zephyr Conferences allow us to produce outstanding tours with special access for our attendees.