The Future of Wine

A focused one-day business conference for all involved in wine’s production, distribution and….propaganda.

Our objective is prioritising debates and discussions, clarifying some of the confusion around what

sustainability means and how you put it into practice in the wine industry.

Speakers

Basile Tesseron, CEO, Chateau Lafon-Rochet
Alan Neil, Market Manager UK & Ireland, Yealands Wine Group (New Zealand)
Richard Bampfield, MW
Anna Chilton, Head of Sustainability, Linton Park Wines (Camellia plc)
Tamlyn Currin, Wine Writer, JancisRobinson.com
Peter Lacy, Senior MD, UK & Ireland, Accenture Strategy, Author of “Waste to Wealth”
Chris Foss, Founder of the Plumpton College Wine Division, ADVICLIM Research Group Partner and Chair of the Wine GB Environmental Sustainability Workgroup
David Harvey, Head of London Office, Raeburn Fine Wines
Anne Jones, Partner & Category Manager, Wines, Beers and Spirits Buying, Waitrose & Partners
Santiago Navarro, CEO & Co-Founder, Garçon Wines
Edward Robinson, Wine Buyer, The Co-operative Group
Belén Iácono, Chief Agronomist, Adrianna Vineyard, Catena Zapata
Douglas Blyde, Editor, Wine List Confidential, Drinks Columnist, Evening Standard
Marco Simonit, Co-Founder, Simonit & Sirch
Tony Milanowski, Winery Manager, Rathfinny Wine Estate
Sue Daniels, Winemaker and Senior Technologist, Marks & Spencer
Jane Awty, Partner, Oatley Vineyard
Sally Evans, Owner/Winemaker, Chateau George 7 (Fronsac)
Ross Barclay-Beuthin, Founder, Cloud Agro Ltd.
Damien Barton Sartorious, CEO, Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton
Tim Field, Head of Sustainability & Trustee of Agricology, Daylesford Organic
Lauren Holman, Head of UK Sales, Château Léoube

Future of Wine Forum

Agenda Highlights

Is sustainability a threat or an opportunity for the wine industry?
With tight margins outside super premium brands, we’ll debate whether risks can truly become opportunities

Pesticides: Are we seeing the end of chemicals in the vineyard?
A frank discussion about whether this is practical, and even desirable
How can inexpensive/mass produced wines be made in a sustainable way?
Bigger players in wine are all keen to show their sustainability credentials. We will debate which approaches are credible at scale
How will climate change impact the wine industry by 2030?
Weather volatility is a factor today. We’ll discuss what the models suggest the climate will look like in key regions by 2030, and what winemakers and others can do to mitigate impacts
Certification – Helping drive up standards or just getting in the way?
Winemakers are split on certification. Some love it, some hate it. This session will dig into its real value, and discuss whether there are just too many schemes out there, and how that can change
Ingredient labelling for wine. How will it work, and when is it coming?
At least one leading MW argues that ‘radical transparency’ may not be that helpful. This session will debate exactly what’s set to happen on ingredient and method disclosure in wine.
Can smaller producers afford sustainability, whatever that means?
Can you go ‘chemical’ free in a wine business selling at 10 euros a bottle? It may be too risky for many, given their margins. Here we shall debate what sustainable looks like when cost is a key factor
The role of retail: How can big wine buyers support sustainability programmes up the chain?
Supermarkets are already influencing different parts of the wine industry, including production, in a positive way. We will discuss the views of some leading buyers and dive into their programmes

Does biodynamics et. al., help your wine sell, taste, and age better
Biodynamics may have a new competitor in regenerative agriculture approaches from big wine brands. Do these different approaches actually improve wine and offer a climate ‘hedge’? Are organic approaches better or worse for the environment? We will discuss.

 Tackling topsoil degradation: Why it matters and what to do about it
Topsoil is of huge concern for global agriculture. Carbon content is a third of what it could be, and degradation is a massive risk. But there are ways of retaining and building good soil. This session looks at what works, what it costs and the impact it has on winemaking and vineyard health

Bottle weight: Is it possible to get a standardised approach that cuts costs and CO2?
Standardisation of bottle weight might be a pipe dream at this stage, but cutting excess weight saves money and has a positive CO2 impact. We will look at the initiatives and business drivers and how it can be done without compromising customer perception and product integrity
Irrigation and water management: How producers can make smarter choices
At least one major Rioja producer says they are more worried about water resilience than climate change right now. For water-stressed regions use, reduction and basic availability are key issues. In this session we will cover how leading producers are able to cut use, and still make great wine
Young consumers and the role of sustainability: What will it take to stay relevant and desirable?
Producers and wine brands in places such as Bordeaux are concerned about future demand. What do younger consumers, Gen X’ers and Millenials (just coming into spending power) want from wine brands? Will sustainability be as significant as terroir, history and even the year, in future? Our group of experts will debate.

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This event is for you if you also believe that sustainability and how it is put into practice, is key to the future of the wine industry.

We’re bringing together 100 or so leading experts worldwide, from producers to retailers, suppliers to distributors to debate the big questions – deliver answers – and discuss their challenges.

It will be a unique opportunity.

The Venue

The  Conduit

40 Conduit St

Mayfair

London

W1S 2YQ

United Kingdom

We’re looking for sponsors for this event, and others in our planned series for 2020.

Sponsors will be supporting a sustainable start-up business, and more importantly, crucial debate on how sustainability is set to impact the wine industry.

We bring together leading thinkers to present solutions, and we need sponsors to help us do that more effectively, publish articles, videos and podcasts to support this work.