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Climate change in the spotlight of the 20th edition of the Great Wine Capitals annual conferences

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The OIV was present last week at the annual conferences of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, which was celebrating its 20th edition in Bordeaux.

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OIV Director General, Pau Roca, opened the conference "Wine, Environment & Society" on Tuesday 5th November2019 with an intervention focusing on "Global Environment Issues and Impact on Society".

Suzanne Mustacich, contributing editor for Wine Spectator, was the master of ceremonies in this conference, in which the OIV expert and the Organisation's ENVIRO group (Sustainable development and climate change) president, Professor Hans Schultz, (also president of Hochschule Geisenheim University), has participated by speaking about the "Impact of warming climate on the wine production". 

The speaker's panel was completed by the Research Director of Bordeaux ISVV, INRA: Eric Giraud-Héraud, who spoke on "the impact of consumers requesting wineries to produce 'clean and green' wines".

Suzanne Mustacich, Pau Roca, Hans Schultz, Eric Giraud-Héraud

A discussion panel followed their interventions with the participation of Jeremy Cukierman MW, Director of KEDGE Wine & Spirit Academy; Caroline Feely, Director of Château Feely; Caroline Frey, owner & Oenologist in Château La Lagune; Kim Forsberg, Sustainability Manager Vingruppen (Sweden), in the picture below.

New biological and organic modes of cultivation, such as more eco-friendly packaging and transports logistics, where part of the main points discussed.

About the great Wine Capitals Global Network

The Great Wine Capitals is a network of ten major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions.

This network encompasses the so-called ‘Old’ and ‘New’ worlds of wine, and it aims to encourage travel, education and business exchanges between the prestigious wine regions of Adelaide, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Lausanne, Mainz, Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco, Valparaiso and Verona.

Being founded in 1999, the Network has developed and introduced several projects, initiatives and programs with the objective of achieving excellence in tourism, business services and education within the global alliance of its renowned wine regions.