About the Symposium

The Institute’s next Symposium will take place from 14 to 17 June 2018 at the Rioja Forum in Logrono, the centre of the Rioja region of Spain. Entitled ‘Living Wine’, the 9th International Symposium aims to examine the world of wine from numerous and new angles, to get us all talking about our relationship with wine and how we regard it in our lives.

Over 400 attendees will enjoy a fascinating, fun, action-packed long weekend which will include many of the top personalities in the wine world, both as speakers and delegates.

Open to anyone to attend by purchasing a ticket, the Symposium will be zooming in on specific subjects such as the microbes that fundamentally change the way wine tastes and we will examine how wines and drinkers each deal with oxygen. We will be zooming out by asking famous people from other walks of life to comment on wine from the outside, giving us an unusual insight into our industry.

We will look at the frontiers of winemaking from the mountain passes of Nepal to the chalky hillsides of Hampshire, and many places in between, and will then return to our host country, and celebrate the great pioneering producers of Spain who have led the renaissance of this country’s wines.

We will tackle the topics of today and of tomorrow. Whether we in the wine world are winning numerous challenges, those of climate change, of fraud and fake bottles, and of an expanding wine offer and a reduced wine market.

The Living Wine Symposium will be a thought-provoking, network-enabling, taste bud- salivating and wine knowledge-enhancing few days which will leave you enriched and delighted by your time spent in the company of over one hundred Masters of Wine. Many of them will be pouring their own wines at the Masters of Winemaking tasting.

Filled with magical moments, from the geeky to the indulgent, with some surprises along the way, this promises to be the most exciting and enthralling Symposium yet.


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“Every four years, taste makers from around the world come together at the IMW Symposium to talk, spit and rumble over the future of the wine business. I learn more in four days than in most years. I wouldn’t miss it” - Josh Greene, Editor & Publisher, Wine & Spirits Magazine