He will also present WineFuture - Rioja 2009, an event to be held in November that will bring Robert Parker to Spain for the first time
Pancho Campo, the first and only Spanish Master of Wine and President of WineFuture 2009 will speak about "A World in Crisis. Challenges for the Wine Industry" at FENAVIN 2009, the National Wine Fair to be held between May 5th and 7th at the Ciudad Real Exhibition Center.
During his presentation, Pancho will analyze the main challenges faced by the world of wine and will mention some possible solutions. Furthermore, he will describe the opportunities to be found in the midst of the crisis, especially related to Spanish wines.
At the end of his speech, the Master of Wine will officially present WineFuture - Rioja 09, the event that has managed to attract Robert Parker to Spain for the very first time. Along with Parker, some of the industry's most influential names will gather in order to analyze the challenges that the world's wine industry is currently facing, providing solutions, ideas and leadership. Some of these names include Jancis Robinson, Mel Dick, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, Dan Jago, Steven Spurrier and many others.
During WineFuture 2009, Robert Parker, considered to be the most important and powerful critic in world wine history, will perform a masterful tasting of 10 wines connected to a subject related to the event's philosophy.
WineFuture 2009, international conferences organized for this November by the Wine Academy of Spain, will bring together in Spain the most important figures in the global wine industry. They will analyze the challenges faced by this sector at the moment. One of the speakers will be FENAVIN's Director, Manuel Juliá, who, among other relevant positions, has been the General Director of Economic and Financial Policy and the Vice-president of the Ciudad Real Provincial Government. The Managing Director of FENAVIN, Manuel Juliá, together with José Peñín, head of the Peñín Guide, are some of the Spanish speakers on technical matters.
During these conferences, participants will analyze the problems affecting the wine industry, especially those related to the economic crisis, sales and consumption. WineFuture will be held every two years and its goal is to become a high-profile international event where the industry's trends and development are analyzed and new market strategies looked at.
Pancho Campo, the only Spanish Master of Wine
Pancho Campo is the only Spanish Master of Wine. He completed his viticulture education as well as his wine marketing studies at the prestigious University of California-Davis. He writes about wine for a series of publications, including prestigious magazines such as the Australia & New Zealand Wine Industry Journal and his opinions have been included in reports and articles by the BBC and The Times. He has attended a number of courses to amend his education in Bordeaux, London and Austria. Pancho also teaches the courses offered by WSET in Spain and he is the founder of the International Wine Symposium.
In addition, he has founded the Madrid Wine Festival and the Barcelona Wine Festival. He has also organized the first international conference covering global warming and wine, the World Congress on Climate Change and Wine, with the participation of Al Gore and the support of the OIV and the Ministry for Environment.
The Wine Academy
TWA is an organization devoted to the training and qualification of professionals from the wine industry and it is the official representative of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Spain. Its courses are attended by technicians from supervisory councils and wineries, producers, marketing and export personnel, sommeliers, etc. It organizes the events listed below and works with supervisory councils such as Jerez, Ribera del Duero, Rías Baixas, Somontano and Ribera del Guadiana, and wineries such as Bodegas Miguel Torres, Castillo de Perelada, Codorniú and Allied Domecq on a regular basis.