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Canada to host the 10th quadrennial International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Canada will host the 10th edition in July 2020, a first for North America, as announced at this weekend's 9th quadrennial International Cool Climate Wine Symposium held in Brighton England.
by David Furer
June 01, 2016

Canada will host the 10th edition in July 2020, a first for North America, as announced at this weekend’s 9th quadrennial International Cool Climate Wine Symposium held in Brighton England.

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The 10th ICCWS will be held at Ontario’s Brock University atop Niagara Escarpment in the town of St. Catharines. Brock is home to the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) which is charged with addressing the research priorities and knowledge transfer of the Canadian grape and wine industry with partnerships across Canada and internationally.

CCOVI’s Debra Ingalis addressed the audience of over 500 international delegates stating, “with our continued hard work we’ll do as well as this week’s 2016 organizers.” She later told WBM that, “570 attendees was a great number for England, and we want to look at all aspects; the viticulture, winemaking, business, and the consumer preference side of the industry in marketing high quality, cool climate wines.” Ingalis sees Brock as close to a large portion of the US wine industry with the hope of drawing upon that geographic proximity to others working with cool climate challenges and in business along with those in the research sector across the US.

“We’re on the cutting edge of premium cool climate wine production,” asserted the Canadian Vintners Association’s Beth McMahon, “working in a landscape night & day from where we were 20 years ago.” McMahon confirmed all Canada’s wine regions will coordinate efforts to support and benefit from ICCWS 2020.

Wines of Ontario’s Magdalena Kaiser is enthusiastic for what it’ll bring to her region as “it’ll provide a great opportunity to showcase what we're doing to the world.” According to Kaiser, CCOVI has sent people to many editions of ICCWS and that they’ll share efforts to build ICCWS 2020 “with our shared stakeholders across Canada, our research community, tourism and other wine associations." She offered that ICCWS delegates will be invited through pre- and post-conference programming and excursions such as Ontario’s annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, likely to be scheduled immediately following ICCWS 2020.

Unsuccessful bidders for the 2020 edition included New Zealand, Australia, and Chile.

Look for Furer’s overview of ICCWS’s 9th edition in an impending WBM.


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