International Specialists descend on Coonawarra for Australian Cabernet Symposium

The 3rd triennial Australian Cabernet Symposium is being hosted by the Coonawarra Vignerons on Thursday 5 July 2018.  An exclusive sold out pruning workshop will follow on Friday 6 July 2018.

The Symposium provides industry colleagues and wine lovers the opportunity to learn about the history of the variety, as well as the innovations and developments occurring in the fields of wine research, viticulture, winemaking and the marketing of Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker of Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Sue Hodder said “Coonawarra continues to carve the direction for excellence in the world’s most widely planted grape variety – Cabernet Sauvignon.  This week we will put all aspects of growing, making and marketing premium Cabernet under the microscope in a global context.”

This Symposium is facilitated by Angie Bradbury, Managing Director of Dig & Fish and will feature Australian and international specialists who will share their insights about the many unique facets of the noble Cabernet Sauvignon variety, including:

  • Marie Catherine Dufour (Institut Francais de la Vigne et du Vin): Understanding the French approach to clonal material/propagation
  • Michael Silacci (Opus One): Insights into International Cabernet Winemaking – The Californian Experience
  • Andrei Prida (Seguin Moreau): Recent Achievements in Oak Wood Chemistry
  • Scott de Bruin (Mayura Station): The Art of Storytelling and Place – Marketing Success

The Cabernet Symposium Committee Chair, Cath Kidman said “Some of the most respected international researchers and winemakers have made the trip to the Terra Rossa soil to share the latest findings and opinions, predict future trends, taste world class wines and address challenges.”

“There will of course be a distinct Coonawarra take on some of the presentations – given the region’s unique climate, terroir and capacity to produce wines of immense distinction” said Olivia Nunn, Coonawarra Vignerons Executive Officer.

The program brings together key presenters within the framework of three themes, showcasing:

  • Evolving Viticultural Paradigm;
  • Enhancing Cabernet Expression; and
  • Sharing Exceptional Cabernet.

The Pruning Workshop facilitated by international pruning specialist Marco Simonit aims to provide a valuable insight into Marco’s pruning methods now adopted by leading producers worldwide, proven to extend the life of vines and improve the quality of the wines. The pruning workshop consists of an information session, followed by a practical hands-on demonstration in the vineyard.




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