9th Davos of wine on the Lake Como in November

On the theme of the current great ecological evolutions, this ninth edition of Villa d’Este Wine Symposium will take place from 9th to 12th November on the banks of Lake Como. A brief overview of the program of these three days of high-level meetings and exchanges.

Every year since 2009 François Mauss, founder of the European Grand Jury and renowned blogger, brings together the top of the crop from the wine world in the exceptional setting of Villa d’Este for three days of meetings, debates and tastings. An unmissable event, also called “Davos of wine” by the regulars. The 2017 edition does not deviate from the tradition of excellence of this event which has for central theme, the ecological transition. The conferences organized on 10th and 11th November will be presented by different speakers: Aubert de Villaine (the co-manager of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is loyal to this event and the sponsor of the Symposium), Hervé Berland (Château Montrose), but also immense European winegrowers such as Angelo Gaja, the Marquis Piero Antinori, and the Germans Egon Müller and Roman Niewodniczanski.

There will also be great academics, researchers or doctors, such as Professor Khayat, cancer specialist and great wine lover, who will introduce several debates, but also Axel Marchal and Gabriel Lepousez, neuroscience researchers and specialists of the link between the brain and the perception of taste and finally Lilian Berillon, a nurseryman well known in the wine industry for his entirely- organic activity.

That’s for the theoretical part. But the goal of these three days is also to devote time to practice. And there the participants will be abundantly served. Three prestigious tastings will take place, dedicated to the wines of Vega Sicilia (Valbuena), those of Egon Müller (a vertical tasting starting from 1976 vintage with a selection of noble-rot grapes) and finally to the wines of Domaine Rousseau, presented by Eric Rousseau himself. Three workshops will also occur: an opportunity to discover the British sparkling wines from Nyetimber, the German rieslings from von Winning and Dönnhoff, and the tokays from Istvan Szepsy.

For the atmosphere, and the magic, the head chef of Villa d’Este, Michele Zambanini, will share some of his secrets before the concert and the gala dinner. An opportunity to hear Nicolas Dautricourt handle the bow on the Stradivarius violin “Château Fombrauge” bought by Bernard Magrez in 2011.

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