Last year Marbella benefited hugely from the presence of Michelle Obama and her daughter, Sasha, and this year the city will once again hit the headlines when self-confessed wine lover, Kofi Annan attends the Third World Conference on Climate Change and Wine, which is being organised by The Wine Academy of Spain.
It is the first time that this important conference has been held in Marbella and it is anticipated that the presence of such a distinguished speaker as Mr. Annan will capture the attention –and imagination – of the world’s media.
The ex UN Secretary General will deliver a presentation entitled “Sustainability, climate change and the corporate world.” The conference will be co-ordinated by Pancho Campo, whose unquestionable expertise has already raised the profile of fine wines in Andalucía.
The presence of the III World Conference on Climate Change and Wine – which was last held in Barcelona two years ago – demonstrates that Marbella remains a serious contender as a host for high profile seminars such as this.
Climate change is a global cause for concern, so it is hardly surprising that winemakers are also hoping to tackle this issue before it becomes an insoluble problem for the industry.
More than 20 experts will address the conference, including biodynamic expert Nicolas Joly, soil scientist Claude Bourguignon, Marques de Griñón’s Carlos Falcó, MW Susan McCraith and Greg Jones, a climatologist from the University of Southern Oregon.
This illuminating conference will take place at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella from April 13th to 14th 2011.