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Posted: Saturday, October 03 2009. 13:13

Davos of Wine: World Wine Symposium

Two international events of great importance for the global wine industry are being held almost simultaneously in Europe beginning with the World Wine Symposium –Davos of Wine, an international forum of the excellence of wine taking place at Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como in Northern Italy from October 30 to November 2

The second event Rioja Future 2009 already reported in delWine, will be held in Logroño, the capital of Rioja on November 12-13. Both are focussing on the important issues nagging the industry, including the current recession and the challenged that lie ahead in the future.

World Wine Symposium is the brainchild of 63 year old software expert-turned wine connoisseur, founder of the Grand Jury Européen (GJE) in 1996.Recognizing the future challenges ahead of the wine industry, he decided in June last year to create a new event inspired by the concept of the World Economic Forum at Davos and decided to organise a similar event for the wine industry starting in 2009, aptly named the World Wine Symposium with the aim of making it an annual event.

Set in the beautiful historical hotel resort La Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, the south western end of the enchanting Lake Como, the event will debut under the patronage and support of 5 godfathers of the wine industry from Germany, Italy, France and Spain- Egon Müller (Egon Müller- Scharzhof, Mosel), Angelo Gaja (Gaja, Barbaresco), Alain Vauthier (Chateau Ausone, St. Emilion), Pablo Alvares (Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero) and Aubert de Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy).

‘For the first time in the history of wine, this symposium will gather the most important producers, suppliers and media to share their knowledge and passion for wine and to join forces in the fight for perfection, quality and professionalism which are so necessary in the dynamic evolution that the wine industry is undergoing today,’ says Francois with bubbling confidence.

Although French by birth and economist by education, the well travelled Francois chose Italy for the congregation for the wine heavy weights from all parts of the world. Italy is the heart of old Europe and has great meaning and symbolic value.  Gathering the entire world top expertise and key players of the trade here is a perfect way of combining past, present and future, of taking the best from both tradition and innovation to create a new code of conduct for the global wine trade.’ He says.

There will be 12 seminars over two days, each running into 60 minutes giving every delegate to attend all, if one wishes. They will include Angelo Gaja  talking about the Evolution of the Italian wines thru Gaja history. Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, owner of the Nahe based oldest family-owned German winery-Schloss Wallhausen will talk about the Emerging Markets and how to prepare for success.

Willi Klinger, Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board will speak about promoting wine tourism through his presentation on The Austrian Wine Tourism and its Development. The bi-dynamic dynamo, Olivier Humbrecht, owner and winemaker of Zind-Humbrecht will share his experience of the "bio" wines whereas Paris based journalist and wine consultant Haidu Yair will share his vision about the Net on ‘Wine and Internet : the future to come.’

Of course, there will be wines from Piemonte, Austria and Croatia to savour along with matched cuisine prepared by the internationally acclaimed chefs. The producers have been invited to bring the wines from their own countries to add to the big tasting party that starts on 30th evening and ends on November 2.
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Winefuture Rioja 2009: Pancho Campo steps down  


This conference was already covered by delWine. Click for details or
visit their website

The man who conceptualised this conference, Pancho Campo MW stepped down on October 2 because of an impending legal issue in Dubai. In his place Kevin Zraly, has been appointed as the new Technical Director, according to a Press Release by the Wine Academy of Spain which was organising this symposium, Kevin, The founder of the Windows of the World Wine School which he was running successfully from 1976 till the WTC towers were brought down on September 11, 2001, Kevin is considered one of the top wine educators of America, who collaborates in his efforts with Robert Parker.




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