Jancis Robinson OBE, MW, will be joined by wine luminaries from Australia and abroad including, Tom Stevenson (the world’s leading authority on Champagne and sparkling wines), Pierre-Yves Bournérias (Œnologue and Winemaker, Institut Œnologique de Champagne), Tasmanian wine champions Dr Andrew Pirie and Andrew Hood, as well as Wendy Stuckey (winemaker, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington), Stan Beurskens (Dutch flying winemaker, researcher, consultant), Michael Brajkovich (Kumeu River Wines, New Zealand and show judge), Dr Andy Reynolds (Research Chair in Viticulture at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University, Canada), Ross Brown (former CEO of Brown Brothers and Chair of Australia's First Families of Wine), Dr Richard Smart (viticulture researcher), Karl Forsyth (Senior Engineer, Australian Wine Research Institute-AWRI)
The conference will explore four themes: cool climate viticulture, oenology, sparkling wine and marketing. Jancis Robinson’s keynote opening address will be, ‘What’s hot about cool climate?’ while her closing presentation will consider, ‘Marketing the cool climate story’.
Another of the highlights will be the presentation of results of an innovative, three-year, $1.8-million research project funded by a Tasmanian-based consortium led by Wine Tasmania and AusIndustry’
There is still time to be involved in this watershed conference, with the call for abstracts open until Friday 29 April 2011. Presentation formats include oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops, under the four key themes; cool climate viticulture, oenology, sparkling wine and marketing.
Andrew Hood, Chair of the 8th ICCS Planning Committee, says: ‘The conference will be one of the defining moments in the Tasmanian and Australian wine industry and offer insights into new research to a global community contending with the effects of climate change.’
The four day symposium will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, on Hobart's spectacular waterfront, supported by a social program to include welcome drinks at the newly opened MONA - Museum of Old and New Art.
What: 8th International Cool Climate Symposium for Viticulture and Oenology
Who: Keynote speaker, Jancis Robinson OBE, MW, supported by international and Australian speakers from all corners of the wine industry including; viticulture, winemaking, academia, research, writing and marketing.
When: Tuesday 31 January – Saturday 4 February 2012
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
For more information, including speakers’ bios, contact:
Chief Executive Officer, Wine Tasmania
T: +61 (0)3 6223 3770
M: 0407 004 959
Media Enquiries, Dig Marketing Group
T: +61 (0)3 8606 3700
M: 0413 120 385