As the IMW’s flagship event, the symposium programme seeks to take a critical look at the world of wine and its future.  There will be world-class tastings, thought-provoking presentations and controversial debate, as well as exciting themed lunches and dinners organised by our sponsors and hosts. Open to anyone to attend, the symposium offers outstanding networking opportunities and will run over four stimulating days from 29 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts for this not-to-be-missed event are the federal state of Hessen, Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI) and the city of Wiesbaden.


The first day of the symposium is packed with invigorating talks, debates and tastings – including an exciting walkaround tasting where MW winemakers show the wines they are most proud of, and closes with a unique dinner hosted by Henkell Freixenet.


Day two takes a look at very diverse topics including the future of grape varieties and what should be done about the “elephant in the wine cellar”.  Lunch will be provided by Moet-Hennessy Wines Division and the evening promises a unique dining experience sponsored by the VDP.Prädikatsweingüter.


The next frontiers in wine yeast research, a cool future for Pinot Noir, and a special interview led by Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW with one of Hollywood and Broadway’s esteemed actors. With lunch provided by Austrian Wine, the day closes off with a special gala evening on the banks of the River Rhine.


Steve Charters MW reveals the findings of original consumer research and Harry Eyres moderates a prestigious tasting over important decades of wine history.  The closing keynote is by the 2022 Woman of the Year (Drinks Business), Dr Laura Catena, fourth generation Argentinian winemaker.