New Zealand Society for Viticulture & Oenology brings international wine conference to NZ


The New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology (NZSVO) is thrilled to announce they are the next hosts of the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS). Having successfully hosted this globally renowned conference twice previously, the NZSVO see their winning bid as an acclamation of their previous efforts and a confirmation of the world-wide interest in New Zealand wine. “It is quite the coup that the NZSVO have secured another opportunity to host the ICCWS,” says Philip Gregan, CEO of NZ Winegrowers. “It will be such a pleasure to share the NZ wine story with our industry peers and reveal how far we’ve come since NZ last hosted the ICCWS 20 years ago.”

The NZSVO exists for the promotion and dissemination of technical information in viticulture, oenology and related sciences for the benefit of the grape and wine industries of New Zealand. The primary role of its committee of ten is to organise annual technical workshops for their industry colleagues with the intention of discussing current trends, sharing knowledge and providing analytic insights. The committee is comprised of industry leaders, mentors and innovators and together they provide a well versed approach to curating engaging and educational workshop programmes. Several of the current committee members contributed to the successful hosting of NZ’s previous two ICCWS.

“We are beyond excited to host a third ICCWS,” says NZSVO chair, Jeff Sinnott. “New Zealand has grown so much since we last hosted and this past experience puts us in a unique position to create an immersive and engaging event.”

The NZSVO commenced their application to host the 11th ICCWS in 2019, prior to borders closing to Covid 19 and prior to the completion of the Te Pae conference centre in Christchurch. Three years on, and the state-of-the-art Te Pae now completed and open, NZSVO knows it is the ideal host for the 2026 event. Its committee is embracing the opportunity to extend their skill sets to drive the design of a three day ‘Pure Innovation’ conference programme. “There are some very exciting research projects and industry trials happening at the moment and we hope to bring them to light in four years time,” says Jeff.

NZSVO have support from several of NZ’s most respected affiliate organisations including Plant and Food, Bragato Research Institute, Lincoln University and Auckland University. “We all contribute deep industry knowledge to the planning process, not to mention an impressive list of colleagues and contacts,” says Jeff. “The challenge may actually be keeping the programme to just three days.”

In addition to sharing cutting edge technology and the latest industry research, the NZSVO is committed to offering an immersive NZ experience. “We have partnered with Tourism New Zealand and NZ Winegrowers to offer delegates a mix of experience packages for the shoulder dates of our conference,” says Jeff. “We have such a beautiful country and diverse range of wine growing regions. It would be a disservice not to provide visiting delegates with the opportunity to experience NZ beyond the event four walls..”

The ICCWS 2022 was hosted by Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It was the responsibility of their committee to select the next host country for the conference. To view the NZSVO’s winning pitch video, click here


About New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology:

The NZSVO is an independent, non-profit organisation established in 1985 for the promotion and dissemination of technical information in viticulture, oenology and related sciences for the benefit of the grape and wine industries of New Zealand. The NZSVO encourages the continuation of education in viticulture and oenology, and helps to ensure and maintain the highest standards of quality for such educational objectives.

The NZSVO is a thriving community of industry leaders that welcome new members and champion the next generation. Membership includes people with a common desire to gain increased knowledge about all aspects associated with the wine industry. Annual technical workshops are open to members and non-members alike.

Proud sponsors of the New Zealand Young Viticulturist & New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year programmes, the NZSVO is committed to supporting the next generation, growing the future of the New Zealand wine industry.

About International Cool Climate Wine Symposium:

Established in 1984, the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium brings a community of international scientists and industry professionals together to focus on issues surrounding the production of wine in cool climates.

These meetings have become key events for the international grape and wine industry, where front-line research and innovative techniques have been presented, many wines have been tasted and enduring friendships and research partnerships established.

The ICCWS covers all aspects of cool climate winemaking, from vine to glass to consumer, and provides delegates with a platform to discuss the latest research, exchange information and network with other wine producers, and to taste some spectacular examples of the wines from the host country.

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