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Wine experts plan Sussex conference
9:19am Thursday 19th April 2012 in Business News
The status of Sussex as a serious producer of sparkling wines has been boosted by the announcement that the ninth International Cool Climate Symposium will take place in Brighton.
The four-yearly conference will be a joint effort between Plumpton College, the Institute of Masters of Wine, University of Brighton, the trade organisation English Wine Producers and the UK Vineyards Association.
For the 2016 event, Plumpton will host wine tours while plenary sessions, workshops and most networking activities will be held in Brighton.
The International Cool Climate Symposium accepted the English group’s proposal because, a spokesman said in 15 years of commercial production traditional English sparkling wines have won numerous awards and the UK has become a key market for wine exports and a centre for wine education.
Chris Foss, the head of Plumpton’s wine department, said: “Organising this will be a daunting task but it’s high time we did it.” The ICCS was founded in 1984 and happens every four years. It has only been in Europe once, in 1992 in Mainz, Germany.
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