England to host top international wine production symposium

The next International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) will be held in Brighton in 2016, making it the first wine production event on this scale to be held in the UK.

Chris Foss - image:HW
Chris Foss - image:HW

The announcement was made on Monday at the English Wine Producers stand at the ProWein trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, by Plumpton College Wine Department head Chris Foss, who chairs the event's International Advisory Panel.

"We are very proud to be part of a vision for the future of the cool climate wine sector," he said. "The ICCWS has a proven track record in putting host locations – all emerging cool climate regions – firmly onto the international fine wine map."

Previous regions to have hosted the four-yearly event include Germany, the northwestern United States, New Zealand and Tasmania.

The three-day event will feature presentations of the latest research on viticulture and vinification, advice on marketing and a simultaneous food and drink festival.

"It's early days, but I'm very excited about the programme," Foss added. "It's being driven by a group of really enthusiastic producers from some of England's leading wineries, and is going to be of tremendous value to the wine community." 

The event already has a website, iccws2016.com, which provides a draft programme.

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