3rd Annual ‘International Volcanic Wine Conference’ To Be Held In Berlin, Tuesday May 26, 2020

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Annual Conference Created and Hosted by Award-Winning Author and Master Sommelier John Szabo, together with Volcanic Wines International.

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John Szabo, Master Sommelier and award-winning author, together with Volcanic Wines International (VWI) is proud to announce the 3rd annual ‘International Volcanic Wine Conference (IVWC)’, to be held in Berlin, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The event follows the highly successful conferences, held in New York the past 2 years, and Szabo’s acclaimed book on the subject, ‘Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power,’ published in 2016. VWI is honored to be working with Organize Communications, based in the German-speaking markets of Austria, Switzerland, and Germany, to help us coordinate and manage IVWC3 in Berlin.

The IVWC, going into its third year, aims to continue its mission of establishing a volcanic wine movement, and provide educational and promotional opportunities for volcanic wine producers internationally. The conference acts as a catalyst and facilitator, bringing together all of the world’s volcanic regions and wines, that while incredibly diverse, represent a unique category of wines produced under some of the most extreme viticultural conditions on the planet. The annual conference also aims to continue to establish the ‘Volcanic Wine Classification’ as a premium category of high quality, terroir-driven wines with a true sense of place.

This past year’s 2019 conference in New York brought together producers from all over the world, including Armenia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South America and the US, helping raise the profile of volcanic wines. Exclusively for qualifying wine trade and media, industry professionals had the opportunity to sample wines from close to 70 wineries from 23 different volcanic wine regions and engage with some of the world’s leading volcanic wine experts.

"The Soave Consortium has always believed in the need of creating a specific category to identify volcanic wines and their unique characteristics,” says Sandro Gini, Soave Consortium President. “We are also excited to be joining forces with our neighbors in Vesuvio and Santorini for a joint cooperation in promoting volcanic wines in Europe and the opportunity to participate in the Berlin conference."

The IVWC began with an opening presentation hosted by John Szabo and Benoît Marsan Ph.D., Chemistry Professor at the Université du Québec in Montréal. Szabo and Marsan presented the results of their joint research study related to minerality. “It was a terrific opportunity to take a deep dive into the complex interaction between vines and volcanic soils, both through tasting and talking with vintners from around the world,” said Tara Q Thomas, Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine. “The session with Professor Marsan, who gave us a crash course in inorganic chemistry, was an extra bonus, offering us a deeper understanding of the many ways soil chemistry can affect what we taste in our glasses.”

Regional seminars included “Earth, Ash and Fire: Three Decades of Galardi from the Roccamonfina Volcano,” sponsored by The Winebow Group; “Soave, A Volcanic Agricultural Heritage,” sponsored by the Consorzio Tutela Vino Soave; and “Vesuvius Lacryma Christi Stories,” sponsored by the Vesuvio DOP Consorzio Tutela Vini.

“It was a great event, offering insight into the world of volcanic wines,” said Tara Empson, CEO of Empson USA, which represented Soave producer Tenuta Corte Giacobbe Dal Cero. “The seminars tied together the many factors that help shape and characterize these remarkable wines. The grand tasting was diverse, as there were producers from many parts of the world, which helped attendees understand the similarities and differences of their wines.”

“It’s exciting to see how the volcanic wine movement — and the annual conference — continue to gain traction,” said John Szabo MS. I look forward to carrying on our mission to elevate the volcanic wine category in the eyes, and palates, of industry professionals as well as wine lovers at next year’s conference in Berlin.”

For more information and the latest updates, visit Volcanic Wines International’s official website, and follow VWI’s Facebook (Volcanic Wines International) and Instagram (@volcanicwines_intl) pages. Additional details regarding the conference, including confirmed participants and seminar schedules, will be announced soon.

About John Szabo
John Szabo is a Toronto-based author and wine critic, and in 2004 was the first Canadian to add the Master Sommelier credential to his name. He was named ‘Canada’s best-known sommelier’ in Meininger’s Wine Business International, and he is a partner and a wine critic for WineAlign.com and freelances widely. In addition to Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power, his book titles include Pairing Food and Wine for Dummies and Sommelier Management. John also works as a restaurant consultant, and speaks and judges internationally, when he’s not making a few dozen bottles of wine from his vineyard in Eger, Hungary.

About Volcanic Wines International (VWI)
The mission of Volcanic Wines International is to take the leading role in defining and establishing a Volcanic Wine Movement, and to provide educational and promotional opportunities for volcanic wine producers internationally. Volcanic Wines International also plans to establish the volcanic wine brand as a premium category of high quality wines with a true sense of place.

About Colangelo & Partners PR
Founding partner in VWI, with offices in New York and San Francisco, Colangelo & Partners specializes in premium food, wine and spirits brands, and has long-established relationships with the key press that drive these business categories and help determine the industry leaders. Agency principals have years of experience in retail and distribution as well as communications, a rare combination that gives Colangelo & Partners invaluable insights into consumer purchasing behavior.

About Organize Communicatons
Organize Communications is an owner-operated agency specializing in consulting and communications for the wine, food and hospitality industries. Their main offices in Karlsruhe and Zurich are located in the heart of German-speaking markets, two regions renown for all manners of epicurean pursuits. The important metropolitan regions and media markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland represent their base, and they maintain connections with many top players, including through their own numerous events. The current mission of Organize Communications is to support VWI in the organization and communications of IVWC3 and provide European participation outreach and guest management. Organize Communications is proud to support the creation of a Volcanic Wine Movement, initiated by Volcanic Wines International with these supporting activities.

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