How to succesfully acquire a wine estate

Country of honor : ARMENIA

Program 2014

VDEWS 2014 includes :
- 6 seminars, with simultaneous translations, in the Regina room.
- 3 prestige tastings.
- musical performance.
- a new VDEWS reward « Grand Prix du Vin ».
- lunches and dinners served with fine wines provided by our sponsors.

The official opening of the 6th edition of the VDEWS will take place at 3pm.

In so far as possible, transfers between Milan-Malpensa airport and Villa d’Este will be carried out by our partner MASERATI.

Arrival of participants, registration and check-in : You will receive the full symposium program and a USB key containing further information. Plus tickets for any Prestige Tasting(s) booked in advance.

Glass of Champagne.

5pm – 5.30pm : welcome speech in the Impero room, glass of Champagne Roederer in hand.

5.30pm – 8pm : open tasting session in the Impero room. Here participants will be able to taste numerous wines offered by the attending producers.

5.40pm – 7pm : first Prestige Tasting limited to 50 seats and by advance booking. Theme is « Botrytis Forum ». Presentation by Akos Forczek.

8.45pm : opening dinner. Feel free to bring along a bottle of one of your favorite wines that you would like to share with the guests seated at your table !

10.00pm : Exceptionnal watches in exhibition (salon Pino) from our Partner Pisa Orologeria (Milano).

11.30pm : and so to bed !


7am – 9am : breakfast in your room or in the Veranda room.

9am – 10.15am : seminars 1&2 – part 1 « How to succesfully acquire a wine estate ». A « table ronde » with Patricia Perrin, Nicolas Lunel, Alexandre Kurgansky, Alexandra de Vazeilles, Orazio Vagnozzi.

10.15am – 10.40am : coffee break (Lavazza).

10.40am – 11.50am : seminars 1&2 – part 2 « How to succesfully acquire a wine estate » Discussion with the audience.

12 noon – 1pm : open wine tasting, with wines from the attending producers. Impero room.

1.15pm – 2.30pm : lunch in the Veranda room

3pm – 4pm : seminar 3 : « Re-uniting North and South Europe » by Christian Saint-Etienne.

4.30pm – 5pm : coffee break (Lavazza).

5pm – 5.45pm : seminar 4 : « Evolution of the wine consumption in top restaurants » by Antonio Santini (3-star restaurant Dal Pescatore)

6pm – 7:15pm : Prestige Tasting : a comparative vertical tasting of Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Haut-Brion, presented by Prince Robert de Luxembourg and Jean-Philippe Delmas. Veranda room.

Or open tasting of wines provided by attending producers. Impero room.

7.30pm – 8.30pm : « Grand Prix du Vin » Display of the lots (3 magnums per lot) in the Impero Room. Auction to be held during Saturday dinner.

9pm : Austrian dinner in the Veranda room, wines courtesy of our sponsors : Pichler- Krutzler / Clemens Strobl / F.X. Pichler / Tement / Leo Hillinger / Kracher.

11.30pm : and so to bed again !

9pm - Austrian Wine Dinner

The dinner of Friday the 7th of November will be an opportunity to taste and enjoy some fantastic Austrian wines, in presence of the producers and in partnership with the Austrian Wine Marketing Board directed by Willi Klinger.


Weingut Tement - Sauvignon blanc du Südsteiermark Cuvée Zieregg Vinothek réserve 2011

Weingut F.X. Pichler - Grüner Veltliner de la Wachau Cuvée Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Smaragd 2012

Weingut Pichler-Krutzler - Riesling de la Wachau Cuvée Dürnsteiner Kellerberg 2013

Weingut Clemens Strobl - Grüner Veltliner de Wagram Cuvée Losling 2013


Weingut Hillinger- Syrah, Blaufränkisch & autres cépages du Burgenland Cuvée 2011

Weingut Pichler-Krutzler - Blaufränkisch du Südburgenland Cuvée Weinberg 2011


Weingut Kracher – Chardonnay (80%) et Welschriesling (20%) Burgenland
Grande Cuvée Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) 1999


7am – 9am : breakfast in your room or in the Veranda room.

9am – 10.15am : seminar 5 : « A personal experience of the world of wine », by Hugh Johnson.

10.15am – 10.30am : coffee break (Lavazza).

10.30am – 11.00am : ARMENIA, a wine country to discover.

11.00am – 11.30am : The project of the Lauréat of our new « Grand Prix du Vin ».

11.45am – 1pm : open wine tasting, with wines from the attending producers. Impero room.

1.15pm – 2.45pm : lunch in the Veranda room.

3:15pm – 4pm : « Using multimedia and technology to map the world’s great vineyards » with Antonio Galloni, Founder, Vinous.

4pm – 5:15pm : seminar 6: « About the influence of gamma rays on the behavior of daisies » by Nicolas Dautricourt, Stéphane Derenoncourt, René Millet. (Classical music, Wine, Painting).

5.30pm – 7pm : third Prestige Tasting, limited to 50 seats for those who have booked in advance. Veranda room. Romanée-Conti & Montrachet : présentation by Mr Aubert de Villaine.

Or open tasting of wines provided by attending producers. Impero room.

Or 8 wines from unknown varieties by José Vouillamoz. Torlonia room.

7.30pm – 8.45pm : musical performance, by Maurizio Baglini, Silvia Chiesa &. Nicolas Dautricourt. Colonne room.

9:15pm : Gala dinner. Veranda room. Wine auction for : GRAND PRIX DU VIN

11.30pm : Pot-pourri Jazz Club « Fazioli », with Willi Klinger.

9pm - Gala Dinner

Veranda room. With auction lots financing the project of the first winner of the “Grand Prix du Vin”.


Maison Roederer (France - Champagne) - Champagne cuvée Cristal 2002 Magnum.
Weingut Tegernseerhof (Autriche – Wachau) - 2012 Wachau Smaragd Grüner Veltliner Ried Dürnsteiner Höhereck.
Grattamacco (Italie - Maremma) - Bolgheri Vermentino 2012.
Weingut Martin Wassmer (Allemagne) - 2011er Schlatter Maltesergarten Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).
Grattamacco (Italie - Maremma) - Bolgheri Superiore 2011.
Château Montrose, deuxième cru classé 1855 (France - Bordeaux) - Château Montrose 1996.
Weingut Kracher (Autriche - Burgenland) - 2011 Burgenland Beerenauslese (BA) - (60% Welschriesling, 40% Chardonnay).


Breakfast until 10.30am. Veranda room. Informal debriefing of the 2014 VDEWS during breakfast.

Farewell to all participants and announcement of dates for the 2015 edition.