Speakers

The programme for the 2014 Florence Symposium included a full series of debates, talks, tastings, and lunches in the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence in the daytime.  The evenings consisted of three dinners held in wineries in the Tuscan countryside; in the former papal Palazzo Corsini, overlooking the River Arno; and in the new Cantina Antinori del Chianti Classico in Bargino.


 

Grapes - Mariafeld cloneSpeakers at the 2014 Symposium

Daniel Alegre (President, Worldwide Partnerships and Business Solutions, Google) 
Annette Alvarez-Peters (Global Wine Buying Director, Costco)
Marchese Piero Antinori (owner, Marchesi Antinori; President, Istituto Grandi Marchi)
Francisco Baettig (Head Winemaker, Viña Errazuriz)
Gerard Basset OBE MS MW MBA
Frank Cornelissen (owner and winemaker, Etna, Sicily)
Oscar Farinetti (winemaker, entrepreneur and founder of Eataly)
Gaia Gaja (Gaja)
Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja (CEO, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia)
Peter Godden (Group Manager, Industry Applications, Australian Wine Research Institute)
Bill Harlan (owner and founder, Harlan Estate)
Stephen Henschke (owner and winemaker, Henschke)
Dr Rowald Hepp (Managing Director, Schloss Vollrads)
Dr Hildegarde Heymann (Professor Enologist, University of California Davis)
Dr Cesare Intrieri (Emeritus Professor of Viticulture at the University of Bologna)
Bruce Jack (winemaker, Flagstone Winery; Accolade Wines, The Drift Wines and La Bascula Wines)
Professor Gregory Jones (viticulture research climatologist, Southern Oregon University)
Willi Klinger (Managing Director, Austrian Wine Marketing Board)
Johan Larsson (Senior Wine Buyer, Systembolaget, Sweden)
Anne-Claude Leflaive (co-gérant and winemaker, Domaine Leflaive)
Paul Pontallier (Managing Director, Château Margaux)
Henri de Pracomtal (CEO Chêne & Cie. incl Tonnellerie Taransaud)
Jancis Robinson MW (wine journalist and author)
Christophe Salin (Managing Director, Domaines de Barons de Rothschild)
Rajeev Samant (Founder and CEO, Sula Vineyards, India)
Dr Hans-Reiner Schultz (President, Geisenheim University)
Christian Seely (Managing Director, AXA Millésimes)
Peter Sisseck (owner and winemaker, Pingus)
Alberto Tasca d’Almerita (CEO, Tasca d’Almerita)
Alessandro Torcoli (Editor, Civiltà del Bere)
Dr José Vouillamoz (geneticist and author)
Maurizio Zanella (Chairman, Ca' del Bosco; Chairman, Consorzio Franciacorta )
 
Sessions were moderated by the following Masters of Wine:
 
Jean-Michel Valette MW (Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine), Bob Betz MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, David Gleave MW, John Hoskins MWOlivier Humbrecht MWDebra Meiburg MW, Fiona Morrison MW, and Pierpaolo Petrassi MW.