Forging Links

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The business of the symposium began on the morning of Friday 25 June. Dr. Josef Schuller MW, Chairman of the Institute, and Fiona Morrison MW and Jacques Lurton, Co-chairmen of Forging Links, welcomed delegates from 31 different countries. Georges Haushalter, Vice President of the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux - the principal sponsor of Forging Links - and President of Union des Maisons de Bordeaux then opened proceedings with his keynote address on the theme of Bordeaux reaches out to the world.

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  Introduction Josef Schuller
Dr. Josef Schuller MW - Chairman, The Institute of Masters of Wine
Josef Schuller became the first Austrian Master of Wine in 1998, and was elected the first non-UK Chairman of the Institute in 2008.  Born and raised in Burgenland, Austria, he gained a degree in business studies in Vienna before carrying out wine marketing research and gaining his PhD in Stellenbosch in South Africa.  He was a Fulbright scholar at Berkeley, California and a consultant for Robert Mondavi Winery before he founded the Austrian Wine Academy in 1989, where he remains managing director today.
    Fiona Morrison
Fiona Morrison MW - Co-Chairman, Forging Links
Fiona has over 25 years of experience in fine wine in Europe and the USA.  A winner of numerous awards for her wine journalism, she is a former head of external relations at the CIVB.  Since marrying Belgian negociant and Le Pin owner Jacques Thienpont in 1997, she divides her time between Belgium and Pomerol.
    Jacques Lurton
Jacques Lurton - Co-Chairman, Forging Links An internationally renowned winemaker and consultant, Jacques is owner of La Martinette in Bordeaux and of The Islanders Estate on Kangaroo Island in Australia.
  Keynote Speech Georges Haushalter Georges Haushalter - Vice President, CIVB
Georges Haushalter is general manager of the négociant La Compagnie Médocaine des Grands Crus, a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Millésimes, Président of the Union des Maisons de Bordeaux and Vice President of the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux.


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