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Recap: Day two of the symposium

Recap: Day two of the symposium

This month, we will be looking back at the daily events of the recent international symposium which was held in Wiesbaden June 29 – July 2. The symposium was hosted by the Federal State of Hessen, Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI) and Wiesbaden Congress and Marketing.

Day two saw the first full day of programmed events, starting with a highly sought-after session moderated by Justin Howard-Sneyd MW about regenerative viticulture and ‘Farming for the future’. On the panel was Dr. Jamie Goode, renowned wine writer with a PhD in plant biology, Mimi Casteel, farmer and winemaker who believes regenerative agriculture is the answer to climate change, and Abby Rose whose radio show ‘Farmerama’ has quickly become a leading voice in the global regenerative movement highlighting the positive role farmers play in determining the future of the earth and its people. The insights shared appeared to be eye-opening and thought-provoking amongst delegates.

Left to right: Dr. Jamie Goode, Mimi Casteel, Justin Howard-Sneyd MW and Abby Rose (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Following this session was the first seated tasting of the symposium, a Riesling walk-through moderated by Jancis Robinson MW with some of the world’s most renowned Riesling producers and some of the most exciting new entrants into the world of this refreshing and iconic grape variety. A massive logistical feat, delegates tasted 14 wines from Germany, Austria, the U.S., France and Australia.

Egon Muller and Jancis Robinson MW (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Line-up of wines tasted during Riesling tasting. (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Our lunch sponsor, Moet-Hennessy Wine Division, gave delegates the opportunity to taste wines from three different regions and terroirs from the Moet-Hennessy wine portfolio, pairing their lunch with a Cru Classé rosé from Château Galoupet, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and a Chardonnay from Terrazas de los Andes.

Line-up of Moet-Hennesy Wine Divison lunch wines. (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Later, presentations were given regarding the future of grape varieties and the problem with packaging in the wine industry, delivered by Dr. Jose Vouillamoz, and Dr. Liz Thach MW respectively. Dr. Liz Thach MW’s session evoked an inquisitive response from delegates around the room, as they blind tasted the same wine but stored in four different types of packaging, and were surveyed live to see what they thought was the most impressive format.

Left to right: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Töpfer, Dr. Riccardo Velasco, Gaia Gaja and Dr. José Vouillamoz (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Left to right: Dr. Armando Corsi, Gilian Handleman, Dr. Liz Thach MW and Dr. Chris Borman (Credit: Arne Landwehr)

Another key moment of the symposium followed, where delegates were taken to a surprise location dinner at one of the VDP: Die Prädikatsweingüter’s wine estates. Delegates learnt when they arrived at their locations where they would spend their evenings, giving them an intimate opportunity to learn about the local producers and their wines, and dine in their homes whilst networking with other delegates. We would like to thank the VDP for their immense effort and support in putting this exciting evening together, and the individual wine estates for their kindness and hospitality.

The list of participating VDP wineries were as follows:

  • Schlossgut Diel
  • Weingut Kruger-Rumpf
  • Weingut Prinz Salm
  • Weingut Balthasar Ress
  • Weingut Baron Knyphaysen
  • Weingut Familie Allendorf
  • Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung
  • Weingut Hamm
  • Hoschule Geisenheim University
  • Weingut Joachim Flick
  • Weingut Künstler
  • Weingut Leitz
  • Weingut Robert Weil
  • Schloss Johannisberg
  • Schloss Vollrads
  • Kloster Eberbach
  • Domdechant Werner
  • Weingut Gunderloch
  • Weingut Kühling-Gillot
  • Weingut Winter

Group of delegates at one of the VDP wine estates locations (Credit: Linda Deutsch)


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