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  • Julia Harding MW
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  • Julia Harding MW
8 Aug 2011

You can now register for the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium for Viticulture and Oenology, taking place in Hobart, Tasmania, 31 Jan to 4 Feb 2012, featuring Jancis at the top of a list of terrific keynote speakers - winemakers, viticulturists, writers and academics - from the UK, US, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Australia and NZ. Alongside the seminars and discussions will be comparative cool-climate tastings and field trips to Tasmanian vineyards.

The following extracts from the press release sent out by the organisers of this biennal event, which they describe as a 'one of the wine industry's most anticipated discussion forums', pretty much says the rest, and more details are available from their website.

Researchers, wine media, trade, viticulturists, winemakers, marketers and consumers from across the globe will meet at Hobart's beautiful waterfront for a presentation of ground breaking reflection, theory, opinion and research on cool climate viticulture, oenology and marketing, by some of the wine world's leading voices, led by Jancis Robinson OBE, MW (

According to Andrew Hood, Chair of the symposium's planning committee:

One of many highlights on the programme will be the findings of a $1.8-million research project funded by a Tasmanian-based consortium led by Wine Tasmania and AusIndustry's Industry Cooperative Innovation Program.

The results of the 'Improving the Quality of Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines' project are the culmination of three years' research efforts and will provide some fascinating insights relevant to both the Tasmanian wine sector and broader cool climate community.

Speakers (and subjects) include:

  • Jancis Robinson (What's hot about cool climate?)
  • Pierre-Yves Bournerias (Sparkling - Old World and New World)
  • Dr Andrew Pirie AM (Defining cool climate viticulture and winemaking)
  • Ross Brown (Why cool climate? Views from a producer at the coal face)
  • Prue Henschke (Cool climate varieties and styles)
  • Dr Richard Smart (Managing vineyard variability).

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 cool-climate wine community, including viticulture, winemaking, research, media and marketing.

WHEN: 31 Jan - 4 Feb 2012

WHERE: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street Hobart, Tasmania, Australia