ICCWS Supporters

A cast of luminaries from throughout the wine world and a host of key wine bodies support the ICCWS. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

Picture of Jancis RobinsonEnglish and Welsh wine comes of age as Brighton prepares to host luminaries from the world of wine at the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium at the end of May 2016.”

Jancis Robinson MW,


Steven SpurrierThanks to a growing number of quality-driven producers, the spotlight has been on English sparkling wine for a few years now.   The 2016 International Cool Climate Symposium will show why this attention is so well deserved”

Steven Spurrier, Bride Valley Vineyard founder with wife Bella, and consultant editor for Decanter Magazine


StephenSkeltonThe holding of the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton is a very positive step forward in the recognition of the UK as a place to grow grapes and make good wines and will help put us on the map of genuine producer countries.

“I am really looking forward to the Symposium as it will enable me to meet up with fellow producers from other cool climate regions and to exchange ideas and techniques which will help us grow better grapes and make even better wines.”

Stephen Skelton MW, viticultural consultant,

Peter Dry of the Australian Wine Research IndustryWines from cool climates tend to be fresher, lighter-bodied and more delicate than those from warm to hot regions. In particular, there is no doubt that the sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reach their greatest potential in these regions.

“The International Cool Climate Wine Symposia provide an excellent opportunity for people from many parts of the wine world to exchange ideas and to enjoy the camaraderie for which the wine industry is renowned. These meetings are always held in or close to a wine region and the visits to vineyards and wineries are a great attraction.”

Dr Peter Dry, viticulture consultant, The Australian Wine Research Institute

Hans-Schultz-small1Many famous wine growing areas have a “cool climate”, although there is no unique definition of what that actually is. We know that cool climates have a special effect on certain quality aspects of specific varieties, yet we are still far from having a comprehensive understanding of what this connection is.

“The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in 2016 offers a unique chance to assemble the newest information on grape and wine science and will serve as a valuable platform for the interaction of scientists and supporting industries.”

Prof. Hans R Schultz, president, Geisenheim University, Germany

Justin-Howard-SneydIf 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. At the 8th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Tasmania, many academics and wine commentators I spoke to found a large number of important topics among the matters discussed. I met some fascinating people, and made a lot of useful connections.”

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, The Hive Wine Consulting Ltd & Laithwaite’s Wine

Organising bodies

UK Vineyards Association

UK Vineyards AssociationAs chairman of the UK Vineyards Association, the industry trade body, I want to warmly welcome you to the ICCWS website. The selection of our country to host this prestigious event marks a coming of age for our industry.  These symposia offer the chance to meet winemakers, academics and wine writers from across the globe and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about getting the best from our wines in a cool climate, overcoming the many challenges that can arise at the cutting edge of wine growing.

“Do register to stay in touch – come and take part and, insodoing, discover just how much England and Wales have to offer the wine world.”

Paul Langham, chair, UK Vineyards Association, & founder, a’Becketts Vineyard

English Wine Producers

English Wine ProducersI have long felt that it is tremendously important for English wine to be recognised by the global wine industry. Hosting the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in the UK will enable people throughout the world to realise that England is a serious, world-class wine producing country. I have seen what a fantastic effect the ICCWS has had on its previous host nations, and I am delighted that the Symposium will be taking place in Brighton in 2016.

Mike Roberts at Ridgeview“We have a unique perspective. Although technically part of the Old World, and with a deep respect for its producing traditions, the English wine industry adopts an open, New World attitude to wine production.

“As well as the Symposium itself, the opportunity for pre- and post-winery visits are unparalleled, with England and Europe’s vineyards all within a few hours travel.

“We look forward to seeing you.”

Mike Roberts MBE, chair, English Wine Producers, & founder Ridgeview

South East Vineyards Association

SEVA logoAs chair of the South East Vineyards Association, it will be wonderful to host key industry speakers and wine producers from all over the world in our region. Having attended four previous Cool Climate Symposia, I know how very useful and enjoyable they are for all concerned.

“SEVA members will be the first to benefit from the symposium presentations and networking opportunities, and we in turn look forward to sharing with you the dynamism that characterises our region. Come and discover the wines of the South East of England!”

Chris Foss, chair, South East Vineyards Association, & head of wine department, Plumpton College

Plumpton College

Plumpton Logo 3 colWe at Plumpton College are really looking forward to the 2016 Symposium. We’ve been working with the English wine industry for over 25 years, and have seen it grow to become an important economic player in the South East of England. At the same time, Plumpton College has become the national centre for training, education and research in wine, and is now gaining an international reputation. The Cool Climate Symposium will be a great opportunity for the world wine community to join us as we look forward to what the next quarter-century holds in these exciting times.”

Des Lambert, principal, Plumpton College

Wine & Spirit Trade Association

WSTA logoFrom the outset, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association strongly supported the English and Welsh Wine industry in its bid to hold the next International Cool Climate  Wine Symposium. Growing grapes and producing good wine in a difficult climate, such as in England and Wales, demands special skills and knowledge, and the WSTA believes that the symposium will be a great opportunity to improve that knowledge base for the good of the industry. It will also enable the youthful UK wine industry to show the rest of the world that it can hold its own with some of the very best in the global business.”

John Corbet-Milward, wine policy director, Wine & Spirit Trade Association