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IMW Volcanic Wines Seminar and Tasting

Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:00am - 01:00pm

Wines grown on volcanic soils are often thought to possess several structural attributes in common, including fresh acidity, saline minerality, and distinct longevity.  But if this is true what are the  actual mechanisms at work?  Are the chemical components of these particularly distinct soils responsible for this ‘volcanic style’?  Could soil structure and water availability play a more influential role than, for example, the vineyard location, grape variety, or micro-climate? 

Join our panel of distinguished speakers: Charles Frankel, geologist and author of Vins de Feu; Bernard Schoffit of Domaine Schoffit, one of only two owners of the volcanic Grand Cru Rangen, Alsace; and Giovanni Pionchia of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Soave e Recioto di Soave, to discuss this subject which, judging from the Twitter conversations and Facebook comments, would appear to be particularly topical at the moment.


The first half of the event will be a sit-down seminar featuring our three panellists and the wines they have selected to illustrate their points. This will be followed by a walk-around, free-pour tasting of about 50 wines from volcanic soils around the world. Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to taste wines side by side from the soils of Soave, Santorini, Kaiserstuhl and Etna; Vesuvius, Madeira and Mount St Helens

Guest tickets are priced at £55. To book please contact Camilla Fitzgerald ([email protected]) or +44 (0) 207 383 9130. 


Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, W1G, 9LQ

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Camilla Fitzgerald

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Institute of Masters of Wine


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