Chinese professor joins ICCWS 2016 cast list

One of China’s leading wine researchers, Professor Dr Huiquin Ma, will give a keynote address, on Wine production in challenging climates on the first day of the 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium.

cool climate vine growing at Albury Organic VineyardHaving trained at Stellenbosch University, Professor Dr Huiquin Ma, or Chin, as she is known, is at the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology at the University of Beijing.

Jancis Robinson MW OBE will be opening the proceedings on 26 May, with a succession of global experts being lined up to share their latest research.

One of New Zealand’s pioneering viticulturalists, Dr Mike Trought of the Marlborough Research Centre, will lead the session on Achieving vine balance on Day 2. The final day sees leading sensory psychologist, Professor Charles Spence from the University of Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology address delegates on wine sensory evaluation.

Taking place in Brighton in May 2016, over 40 of the world’s leading researchers and most influential academics are working with the ICCWS organisers to create an unmissable event. “This symposium will be exciting, innovative and of tremendous value to the wine community,” said Chris Foss, head of the wine department at Plumpton College, and chair of the ICCWS programme committee.

New grape varieties, emerging wine regions and new pests and diseases will all come under the spotlight, as will how best to manage climate-based variability, both in the vineyard and the winery.

New ways to optimize fruit quality and manage the vineyard will be described, as will the latest research on dealing with pests and disease, and optimizing cool climate styles of wine.

Doing business

Reflecting the UK’s place as the world’s wine market, a strong business and marketing strand will run throughout the symposium. Consumer behaviour, the emerging wine markets, wine tourism, and marketing new regions or wines will all be covered.

Masterclasses will introduce England’s finest sparkling and still wines, and delegates will be able to find out about placing their wines in the UK marketplace.

The closing day sees sparkling wine production taking centre stage, both traditional and charmat method. Organic and biodynamic production will also feature.

“It’s early days, but I’m very excited about the programme,” said Chris Foss. “It’s going to be of tremendous value to the wine community. It’s being driven by a group of really enthusiastic producers from some of England’s leading wineries, with the support and guidance of our enthusiastic International Advisory Panel.”

Running alongside will be a full programme for the public, including winemaker dinners and the inaugural Sussex International Food & Drink Festival, being held with the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival and including the Laithwaite’s Cool Wine Show.


Tickets will be going on sale shortly at £600 per head excluding VAT, to include entry to all seminars, workshops and tastings, with an Early Bird discount of £100 off, valid until the end of 2014.

To be kept in touch as the programme develops and when tickets go on sale, please register your details here.

Click here to download a copy of the Draft Programme and the International Advisory Panel


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