This will be the 9th edition of this international symposium and you can almost hear the corks popping in anticipation of this exciting gathering of some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable wine professionals.
Organized by the Institute of Masters of Wine and taking place in Spain for the very first time – in the venerated wine region of Rioja, no less! – this conference is held every four years in a different city.
Its purpose is to provide a platform for debate and discussion about some of the key issues in today’s wine industry, as well as offer wine experts from all over the world the opportunity to network, taste a wide range of wines and expand their knowledge at the hands of different international wine experts.
This edition’s theme will be “Living Wine,” a topic that addresses the idea of “Curating an adaptive wine business.” Other topics that will be discussed during this four-day event include how to gather feedback from consumers, “Families in wine,” “The secret life of microbes”, “Discovering new terroirs throughout the world,” “Fraud and fiction: battling counterfeit and traceability,” “Wines’ roles and responsibilities in a changing world climate,” “An overview of DOCa Rioja regulatory developments,” “The biosphere of the vine,” and more.
Other activities will include a series of “Walk around tasting” opportunities and “Tasting and panel discussions.” Two of the highlights here will include “The New Spain: a discovery tasting,” and a tasting and discussion about “Inspirational Spain,“ featuring iconic Spanish wine makers Pablo Álvarez (Vega Sicilia), Jaume Gramona (Gramona), María José López de Heredia (López de Heredia), Francisco Muñoz (Toro Albalá), Álvaro Palacios, Peter Sissick (Pingus) and Raúl Pérez, and moderated by Spanish Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros.