With six months to go to the first ever International Cool Climate Wine Symposium to be held in Britain, chairman Bruce Tindale has issued a passionate plea to the UK wine trade to get behind the event.
Held every four years, the conference rotates around the world, held in a different country every time. The ninth event will take place in Brighton from 26-28 May next year.
But thus far only 170 of the target 500 delegates tickets have been sold, and the organisers have put out a call for a collective show of strength from the UK wine trade.
‘For people in Europe, there has not been a better opportunity to hear the top people in our industry,’ said Tindale. ‘There has never been a gathering of leading practitioners like we have in Brighton next year. It’s like a who’s who of the cool climate wine world.’
Tickets are £250 + VAT per day, or £600 + VAT for the three-day Full Conference Pass, which includes admittance to all of the sessions, masterclasses, tastings and workshops.
Thirty to 40 sessions have been scheduled during the three day conference, with speakers thus far including cool-climate viticultural experts from Bordeaux to Marlborough, and Germany to Margaret River, plus well-known UK faces such as Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson.
‘We want to use our symposium to reinforce our arrival on the world stage,’ said Tindale. ‘Let’s make sure we deliver an event we can all be proud of.’
Main image: Albury Vineyard