Session 10 - Science versus Belief

SESSION 10

 
Science Versus Belief
 
Paul Pontallier (Managing Director, Château Margaux)
Henri de Pracomtal (CEO Chêne & Cie. incl Tonnellerie Taransaud)
Francisco Baettig (Head Winemaker, Viña Errazuriz)
 
Moderated by Jean-Michel Valette MW
 
Trends in wine production often appear to pull in different directions: painstaking biodynamic and organic methods on the one hand with new materials and the latest technology on the other.  Many winemakers, however, marry traditional techniques with the latest science quite comfortably.  To what extent is winemaking moving toward a technological future?