ICCWS 2016

9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Over three days, leading members of the international wine community will gather in Brighton to share ideas and meet with others involved in the wine business.

Since 1984, a community of international wine professionals has met every four years to discuss the issues surrounding the production of  wine in cool climates. These meetings have become key events, where front-line research and innovative techniques have been presented, many wines have been tasted and lasting friendships established.

Following on from the highly successful symposia held in the United States, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia, the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium will be held in England in May 2016, one of the newest and most dynamic wine regions of the world.

Taking as its theme “Successful wine production in changing climates”, the programme will be organised along three main themes:

•       Facing a challenging climate

•       Optimising fruit and wine quality

•       Cool climate wine styles

The viticultural, oenological and wine business aspects of these themes will be explored through keynote speakers, presentations, seminars, workshops, posters and tastings. Delegates will be updated on the latest developments, have the opportunity to discuss the key issues in their fields with their peers, and to meet with the leading suppliers to their industry.

Opportunities to explore

The Symposium’s base in Brighton also offers a great opportunity to discover the English wine industry, and to get to know the British wine trade, one of the most innovative in the world.

And this Symposium is more than just a conference. There will be vineyards/winery visits, the first Sussex International Food and Wine Festival, the annual Brighton Arts Festival, wonderful restaurants in Brighton and the surrounding area to explore, and of course, evening networking events and the Symposium gala dinner. It will be an outstanding opportunity for professionals from the whole world of cool climate wine production to meet, exchange ideas and taste wine along the backdrop of the English coast.

Register your interest now by clicking on this link, and we will keep you up to date with all the developments of this unique event.


If you grow grapes, or make wine in one of the world’s cooler regions, then this is a fantastic forum for the exchange of ideas about how to solve the problems of making and marketing of cool climate wine. Many academics and wine commentators I spoke to found a large number of important topics to interest them too. I met some fascinating people, and made a lot of useful connections.”

Justin Howard-Sneyd, Domaine of the Bee & Laithwaite’s Wine