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The 9th International Cool Climate Symposium: Shining a light on English wine

03 June 2016

The 9th International Cool Climate Symposium: Shining a light on English wine

Liberty Wines were extremely proud to be a Patron Circle sponsor of the International Cool Climate Symposium that took place in Brighton last week.


The culmination of many years’ preparation from a team that came from all parts of the industry, the symposium kicked off last week with an event at Brighton Museum and saw an impressive range of English wines, including Hattingley Valley, Hush Heath Estate and Nyetimber, on show to delegates that had flown in from across the globe.


The days that followed saw a stellar line-up of experts cover a huge range of topics concerning the making, distributing or selling of wine from cool climate regions. Speakers such as Jancis Robinson MW and Oz Clarke threw their support behind English and Welsh wine producers and marked the huge strides forward the industry has made.


Hattingley Valley winemaker, Emma Rice, was one of the key organisers of the event and was delighted with the way the event unfolded. She commented,


“It took four years with a lot of hard work and stress for all concerned, but the English wine industry really came up trumps. The whole event was seamless in its presentation and compliments from all the visiting academics, industry professionals and wine trade press have been coming in thick and fast.

“As an English winemaker it was a real moment of pride for me and all my colleagues across the country to see our wines shine as we pulled together to put on a spectacular show. It sounds corny but it did feel like a coming of age for us, with recognition for the fantastic wines we are producing.

“The flipside is the realisation that we still have a lot of hard work ahead to manage our extreme cool climate.  We learnt a huge amount from (and were inspired by) the speakers who have experienced similar challenges and succeeded in their respective countries. I felt it was vital that the industry played a role in the event and I am so pleased that Hattingley Valley was able to be one of the winery sponsors, thanks to Simon Robinson who believed me four years ago when I said it was going to be worth it.”


The symposium was also the perfect start to English Wine Week, which has shone an additional spotlight on the high quality of wine being produced on our shores. Now is an exciting time for the industry and we are delighted to have such a fine range of English wines in our portfolio as Hattingley Valley, Hush Heath Estate, Bride Valley, Stopham Estate and Nyetimber.


For more information on the ICCWS please visit: http://www.iccws2016.com