Whiskies & Spirits Conference

Don’t miss the opportunity

The Whiskies & Spirits Conference is the world’s leading summit for debate and discussion on global trends in the dynamic spirits industry. The Whiskies & Spirits Conference has developed significantly over more than a decade from singly whisky, to now incorporate the entire spirits industry – analysing international product, design, sales and marketing trends. The programme is designed in consultation with a distinguished panel of industry experts aimed at all those who deal with whisky and spirits, regardless of location.


Over 3 days, there will be conference presentations, education sessions and skill-building workshops.

Delegates will connect with industry advocates from around the globe.

The Conference on Day 1 will cover both business and in-depth aspects of the distilled spirits industry.

Global Conference

Global Conference

Day 1 – Thursday 3rd August

International speakers from the distilled spirits industry will explore present and future direction of the industry, giving insight and ideas to prepare for coming trends and future possibilities in the whisky and spirit markets.

Presentations and discussions will be held covering topics such as marketing, production, category trends and trade.

Seminars on Day 2

Education Seminars

Day 2 – Friday 4th August

Dedicated Seminars and workshops will fast-track education in whiskies and spirits in break-out rooms where delegates will select topics suited to their industry sector. Closer to the conference delegates will have the opportunity to select their relevant seminars and workshops.

A trade-only Expo will be held with tastings and product education featuring whiskies and spirits available in Australia and the Asia Pacific markets. Australian wholesalers will be present to take orders.

Delegate networking opportunities will be included.

Expo on day 2

Whiskies & Spirits Expo

Day 3 – Saturday 5th August

Seminars/workshops and EXPO
Trade and Consumer

Seminars with important topics for delegates who sell Whiskies and Spirits. Dedicated spirit category tastings and lectures will educate and empower delegates to achieve a high level of knowledge. Experts in the fields of Gin, Rum, Mescal and Whisky will present a thorough understanding of these spirits.

A Trade and Consumer Expo will be held with tastings and product education featuring whiskies and spirits available in Australia and the Asia Pacific markets.

Icons of Whisky UK Winners

Icons of Whisky Awarding the People in Whisky

Icons Of Whisky Australia Awards Dinner

Thursday 3rd August 7.30pm – 11.30pm

When it comes to whisky making, it’s easy to forget just how many people and companies are involved in each bottle of Whisky. From the distillers themselves, Brand ambassadors, and visitor centre managers – a great deal of craftsmanship, skill and knowledge are imparted at each stage of the process.

As we enjoy the finished product, it is worthwhile considering the years of work that go into producing our favourite whisky, and Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky awards are a celebration of just that. This is our chance to thank the individuals and producers for their dedication to each innovative release, unique visitor experience or expert retail service that they work tirelessly to deliver.

Held on the evening of day 1 of the conference. Tickets and details here.

Whisky Hall of Fame Award

A special award to one person for their service to Whisky

Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame

Since its inception in 2004, the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame has built up an impressive archive of over 40 whisky greats.

From the first inductee, Michael Jackson, through to the most recent, Willie Pratt and Julian van Winkle, this award truly sets these individuals among the most iconic in the industry. Drawn from distillers, blenders, company owners and writers, the Hall of Fame is the highest accolade the magazine can bestow and is our permanent tribute honouring noteworthy individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of this years nominated Australian inductee at the Icons of Whisky Australia Awards Dinner.



  • Thursday 3 August – Conference Day
  • Welcome
  • State of the Industry – Growth and Change, Innovation and Future. with Sara Agostino, Euromonitor.
  • US Spirits Retail with Raj Sabharwal
  • Australian Spirits Retail with David Logozzo
  • Morning Tea
  • Spirit Outlook 1 – Whisky with Rob Allanson
  • Duty Free and Travel Retail
  • Spirit Outlook 2 – Gin with Caroline Childerley
  • Lunch
  • Spirit Outlook 3 – Rum with Daniel Nunez Bascunan
  • Enhancing the experience with glassware – with Jürgen Deibel
  • Growing business in the spirits sector – Doug van Tienen and Professor Moore
  • Networking

*Please note this program is subject to change


Friday 9:30Exporting to the USDistilling GinYeast and Malt
Friday 11:30amTequila & MezcalThe Ultimate Guide to GinSonoma County Distilling
Friday 2pmDistilling for Wineries Session 1Preparing for Travel RetailRum around the world
Friday 3:30pmDistilling for Wineries Session 2
Saturday 1:00pmGin Varieties and Mixing with StyleWhisky Collecting and InvestmentRum Around the World in 80 minutes
Saturday 2:30pmTequilas and MezcalsMeet the producer -Adam SpeigelKentucky Peerless Distilling
to book click links >>Gin Varieties and MixingWhisky InvestmentRum around the World


The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens. The Centre is a world class venue containing multiple halls, banquet rooms, meeting rooms and outdoor spaces.

The centre is also within close proximity to the medical hub, entertainment, cultural and sport precincts and is also a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and taxi ramps are also at the centres doorstep. For more information, please visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website.


North Terrace,

Adelaide SA 5000

More information



Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian museum, devoted to natural history.

What most visitors notice, however, is the sense of light and space, and the range of things you can do in a day without feeling rushed. That’s what makes Adelaide a great convention city, and why both Lonely Planet and The New York Times rated it in the top 10 paces to see in 2015.

Adelaide is an easy city to enjoy, whether you prefer 5-star dining, quirky laneway bars, exploring the bustling Central Market, cycling in the parklands, strolling in the picturesque Adelaide Hills or relaxing on beautiful stretch of beach.

Adelaide’s diverse cultural mix guarantees the food is sensational, with Rundle Street in Adelaide’s east offering a mix of historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants. Dine alfresco, morning, noon and night. Five minutes away, Norwood Parade is famously European influenced while Gougar Street, which is close to Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market is full of Asian fusion restaurants.

Adelaide’s weather is moderate and year-round blue skies mean average winter temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius in summer.

Follow these links for a Map of Adelaide and attractions or to download the Adelaide Visitor Guide for further information.

You may also experience the cosmopolitan and rural surrounds of Adelaide through a guided sightseeing tour.

Alternatively, you could join Foodi and discover hidden gems in the realms of brunch, high tea and desserts. From raw treats and night safaris to beer tastings and secret food destinations, there’s a tour to tickle every tastebud.

For other activities in and around the city, Experience Oz have collated a list of the top ten things to do whilst in Adelaide.

For any assistance or further information whilst in Adelaide, theVisitor Information Office is located at 9 James Place, just off Rundle Mall and can be contacted on 1300 588 140.


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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries;

Ken Bromfield


Whisky & Spirits Conference

Tel: 02 8338 0032

Mob. 0425 225 448

Claire Amor-Haynes

Project Manager

All Occasions Group


Tel: (08) 8125 2214

Mob. 0424 798 444

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