Villa d'Este Wine
Symposium 2016

From 3 to 6 november 2016
VDEWS 2016’s Report Marie von Ahm

Seminars & Workshops

Friday 4th of November A.M. 

Round table – Seminar 1: Fine Wine and Science : « The State of Affairs »
Speakers: Axel Marchal, (ISVV – France),  Manfred Stoll (Geisenheim University – Germany),  Pedro Parra (Chile),  Pascale Deneulin (Changins – Switzerland),  Osvaldo Failla (Italy)


Workshop 1: Château d’Yquem
Limited to 50 seats

Friday 4th of November A.M. 

Seminar 2: How the brain copes with the sensory dimensions of great wines
By Gabriel Lepousez (Institut Pasteur, France)

Saturday 5th of November A.M. 

Seminar 3: “Bubbles”
By Gérard Liger-Belair (University of Reims – France)

Seminar 4: Wine and Communication: The Future
By Heini Zachariassen (Vivino) and Eric LeVine (CellarTracker)


Workshop 2 : Château Cheval-Blanc
Limited to 50 seats

Saturday 5th of November P.M. 

Seminar 5: Artificial Intelligence
By Antoine Petit (INRIA – France)


Workshop 3: The 4 major types of soils: Sandy soil – Clay – Gravel – Clay and limestone
By Stéphane Derenoncourt
Limited to 40 seats

Prestige tastings

Thursday 3rd of November P.M. 

Blind comparative tasting: The expression of Syrah from around the world
Syrah, one of the most well-known and exquisite grape varieties existing. It thrives in various countries and regions across the world, and has a unique aromatic quality of expressing the terrior it grows in. Join us for a comparative blind tasting of ten of the world’s greatest Syrah wines, followed by a discussion about this great grape variety’s various expressions and styles. All wines will be of at least 80% Syrah and at optimum drinking age.

Tasting conducted by Marie Ahm
Limited to 50 seats, €300 per seat

Friday 4th of November A.M. 

Vin de bouche: Meursault Village 2011 (climat Narvaux)

Vertical tasting of 2 Crus from Domaine Coche-Dury
Meursault Perrières (2008 – 2006 – 2001 – 1996)
Meursault Rougeots (2009 – 2007 – 2005 – 1999)

Tasting conducted by Jean-François and Raphaël Coche-Dury
Limited to 50 seats, €1000 per seat

Saturday 5th of November P.M. 

Vin de bouche: Echézeaux 2010 and Romanée-St-Vivant 2011 

Vertical comparative tasting of 2 Crus from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

La Tâche (1964 – 1971 – 1981 – 1990 – 2005)
Grands Echézeaux (1964 – 1971 – 1981 – 1990 – 2005)

Tasting conducted by Aubert de Villaine
Limited to 50 seats, €1.200 per seat

Additional classical moments

  • Open informal tasting of wines from all present producers in the Impero room.
  • Great wines offered by our honoured Sponsors
  • As always a great italian dinner in the unique setting of Villa d’Este !
  • Gala Dinner with Great European Wines 
  • And, not to forget, the classical concert Saturday evening in the Colonna room with : Silvia Chiesa (Cello),  Maurizio Baglini (Piano Fazioli),  Nicolas Dautricourt (Violin Stradivarius « Fombrauge »).