Villa d'Este Wine
Symposium 2017

From 9 to 12 november 2017

Seminars & Workshops

Friday 10th of November A.M. 

Round table discussion on the use of pesticides
Speakers : Renzo Cotarella from Italy,  Egon Müller from Germany, Thibault Gagey from France, Lilian Berillon (

Friday 10th of November P.M. 

Hervé Berland : « Château Montrose : An Organic Approach to Grand Vin »
Hervé Berland, CEO of Château Montrose, property of the Bouygues family, will provide us with a detailed explanation about the sustainability policies implemented at the property starting 10 years back. Policies aim to become fully energy self-sufficient and integrate an organic and sustainable approach at all levels, without losing the qualities and character of the recognized terroir of Château Montrose.

Saturday 11th of November A.M. 

Angelo Gaja : “Climatic Changes and the Artisans of Wine”
Angelo Gaja, a world-renowned and respected Piedmontese name, who is now gradually handing over the reigns of the growing family business to his children, will share his vision of expected climate changes. With his recent investment in a vineyard on Etna and with his property in the DOCG of Bolgheri, he will share his view and experiences from all 3 regions.

Roman Niewodniczanski : « The Vineyards of the Saar : Past, Present and Future »
Roman is the owner of one of Germany’s most revered domaines, the Weingut Van Volxem in Wiltingen. Passionate about the region’s glorious winegrowing past, when wines from the Moselle were amongst the most expensive in the world, he will explain us how he is currently adapting to world markets without losing the age-old identity of his region and Riesling as variety.

Saturday 11th of November P.M. 

Axel Marchal & Gabriel Lepousez : « Evolution of Taste »
To what extent will the impact of the new approaches to viticulture and methods of vinification affect the taste and style of wines?

The workshops of this 2017 edition

NYETIMBER : This pioneering producer of great sparkling wines in Great Britain, will present the estate and wines through a tasting with the GM.

VON WINNING & HELMUT DÖNNHOFF : A liquid illustration of 2 different styles of Riesling from 2 of the greatest domaines and regions in Germany : Palatinat & Nahe.

SZEPSY : Presentation and tasting of this legend from the Tokaj region.

Prestige tastings

A vertical of Valbuena, the 2nd wine of Vega Sicilia, pure Tempranillo.

2012 – 2010 – 2007 – 2006 – 2005 – 2004 – 1998
Moderator : Mr. Gonzalo Iturriaga (Tec.D)

A vertical of Rieslings from Weingut Egon Müller
2015 Scharzhofberger Kabinett “alte Reben”
1994 Scharzhofberger Kabinett
2015 Scharzhofberger Spätlese
1997 Scharzhofberger Spätlese
1988 Scharzhofberger Auslese
1975 Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel
1975 Scharzhofberger Auslese Eiswein
1976 Scharzhofberger Trockenbeerenauslese
Moderator : Monsieur Egon Müller

A vertical of 2 Grand Crus from Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin GC : 2012 – 2010 – 2009 – 2006
Clos St Jacques PC : 2012 – 2010 – 2009 – 2006
“Introduction wine” to the Rousseau style : Lavaux St Jacques 2012 Moderators : Madame Cyrielle Rousseau & Monsieur Eric Rousseau

Additional classical moments

  • Open informal tasting of wines from all present producers in the Impero room.
  • The great classical cuisine of Chef Michele Zambanini
  • Great wines offered by our honoured Sponsors
  • As always all participants are invited to share some favourite bottles from their private cellars with their table during the dinner Thursday evening.
  • 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 »).
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