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6/03/2015

Countdown begins to cool climate wine symposium

Attracting a ‘who’s who' of the international wine community, the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) will take place in the UK from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th May 2016.

The ICCWS is a major international forum focusing on the production and marketing of quality wines from cool climate regions.

Held approximately every four years, with the last Symposium taking place in Hobart in 2012, the ICCWS attracts delegates and speakers from all corners of the world to network, discuss and exchange ideas and best practice through lectures, seminars, tastings and workshops.

The programme is targeted at winemakers, viticulturists, wine marketers, retailers, academics, wine educators and members of the international wine media.

Jancis Robinson MW will be opening proceedings and more than 25 other keynote speakers have already been confirmed from 20 different countries.

Session topics on day one will include the latest research on climate variability, sparkling and still wine production, new winemaking technologies, emerging cool climate wine regions, effective marketing and understanding today’s new consumers.

Day two will include sessions on soil management, wine education, achieving vine balance and developments in vineyard disease management, whilst day three covers the viability of organic and biodynamic production, oenotourism and wine sensory evaluation.

The ICCWS 2016 will put English and Welsh wines firmly on the international map and vineyard tours before and after the Symposium will offer visiting delegates the chance to explore the development of wine production in the UK first hand.

A full programme of supporting activities and networking opportunities is also being arranged in Brighton during the Symposium. These include an official gala dinner, evening receptions and a host of public events such as winemaker dinners and the Laithwaite’s Cool Wine Show.

The event will be hosted at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton, just one hour from London on the South Coast of England and close to many of the UK’s emerging wine regions. It has been timed to follow the UK’s most important trade fair, London Wine Fair, to maximise opportunities and benefits for long haul visitors.

Speakers confirmed to date include: Oz Clarke, Essi Avellan MW, Professor Kym Anderson, Professor Dr Reinhardt Töpfer, Professor James Kennedy, Dr Damien Wilson, Willi Klinger, Professor Dr Huiquin Ma and many others. Award-winning wine writer Dr Jamie Goode will officially close the Symposium on Day Three.

Delegate tickets are now on sale and available from the ICCWS website www.iccws2016.com priced at £600 + VAT for the three days. To keep up to date with the latest news and information about ICCWS 2016, please register your interest on the website www.iccws2016.com and follow the conversation on Twitter @ICCWS2016, the ICCWS Facebook page, and LinkedIn.


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