Day three - 16 June 2018

RiojaForum in Logroño, Calle San Millán, 23-25, 26004

0800 Power breakfast - optional, informal sessions

Home and away: making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at home and abroad, what are the universal truths and what needs adapting to circumstance?
With Dominique Lafon and Ted Lemon

Is a redefinition of terroir needed? The arguments for and against including the microbiome, altitude, plant and clonal selections

With Dr Laura Catena

Winds of change - an overview of the DOCa Rioja regulatory developments
With José Luis Lapuente Sánchez

Grape domestication - why, where, how?
With Dr José Vouillamoz

0930 Panel discussion

The biosphere of the vine

What the moderator says:
Three extraordinarily talented viticulturists, Rosa Kruger, Marco Simonit and Kees Van Leeuwen join Fiona Morrison MW to discuss the biosphere of the vine. What are the primary life forces contained within a vine? How do they grow, renew and age? How can we intervene to shape the vine for the future and enable it to withstand climate changes? Sharing practical examples and anecdotes, these three experts will describe their pioneering work in vineyards throughout the world and offer solutions for preserving the vine’s essential characteristics.

Rosa Kruger (Old vine expert, South Africa)
Marco Simonit (Pruning expert, Italy)
Kees Van Leeuwen (Vine expert, Bordeaux, France)


Fiona Morrison MW

1045 Break

1115 Walk around tasting

The New Spain: a discovery tasting

Selected by Sarah Jane Evans MW

This walk around tasting offers a remarkable opportunity to explore the excitement of the New Spain. It has been designed to showcase what is happening in Spain today from North (Txakoli de Bizkaya and Cangas del Narcea) to the South (Sanlúcar de Barrameda), and from West (Valdeorras) to East (Empordà and Alicante). There are wines from the Islands (Mallorca, Tenerife and La Palma), and many more. The selection was made to introduce a number of Spain’s less common grape varieties, including Albarín Negro, Albillo Mayor, Baboso Negro, Cariñena Blanca, Carrasquín, Mantonegro, and Perruno. There are examples here of wines grown on volcanic soils, on slate and on granite, as well as on sand, clay and loam. In terms of vine-growing, there are wines from regions that designate themselves as ‘heroic viticulture’. There are examples of very old bush vine wines, as well as the rare Cordon Trenzado from the Orotava Valley in Tenerife. Come and meet the winemakers and taste their wines.


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A Greek lunch
Hosted by Enterprise Greece

Greece is one of the oldest wine cultures of the world and the recent developments of Greek wine are proving fascinating. Distinctive styles, hundreds of local varieties, most of which are not grown anywhere else, innovative wineries and some of the brightest oenologists around have created a world-class vinous landscape. Greece has a food and wine matching experience that spans several millennia and so in true tradition, some of the best varieties and classic appellations of Greece will be matched with a menu prepared by award winning chef Konstantinos Vassalos.

1430 The Living Wine lecture

Curating an adaptive wine business: a broader view of how we plan and operate

Will approaches we used for the last decade still work for the next? Why do we talk about change but find it hard to actually make the changes we need to make? In this session we explore the idea of the 'challenge of adaption' for wine businesses. Veteran retail and consumer specialist Michael Walton will talk on what appears to be our greatest challenges and point to the need for a change in the way we operate. We’ll talk consumers, we’ll talk retail and we’ll talk how we set up our businesses. In this interactive session we’ll also use a number of case studies to illustrate the big opportunities available and what we might do next.

Michael Walton (Michael Walton Consulting, Australia)


1530 Break


1600 Panel discussion 

Let it breathe: ox and redox

What the moderator says:
The words oxidative and reductive can be abstract and imprecise in their definition and sensory evaluation, and often used erroneously. This session addresses the role of oxygen in winemaking, assessing both the technical and practical aspects of the use of stainless steel, oak barrels, lees contact, battonage and sulfur dioxide. It links the technical aspects of winemaking with the qualitative and sensorial results.

Bob Bertheau (Chateau St. Michelle, Washington State, USA)
Dominique Lafon (Burgundy, France) 
Valerie Lavigne (ISVV Bordeaux, France)

Amy Christine MW


1745 Depart for Gala dinner - buses provided

1815 Gala dinner 

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Return buses provided to central Logroño, first bus departs 2230, last bus departs 0130

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