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Building a Climate Response in Wines and Vines – Techonoly and Nature



May 21 @ 5pm BST | 9am PDT


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Round Table


This Climate Talk will bring together wine makers across various wine regions in the world, that will share how they are using technology and nature to adapt and mitigate climate change across the various stages of the wine value chain.


JAMIE GOODE – Wine Journalist . UK . Moderator

SIMON GRIER – Villiera Wines . South Africa

COREY BECK – Coppola Winery .  USA

FERNANDO BUSCEMA – Catena Zapata . Argentina



Corey Beck

CEO and Winemaking Chief at Francis Ford Coppola Winery . USA

Corey Beck has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry. After UC Davis, Corey returned to Chateau Montelena as their Cellar Master, working with grapes his grandfather planted in the 1970s- from the same vineyards that gained international recognition in the famous Judgment of Paris tasting. Wanting to broaden his repertoire, Corey joined Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate, Niebaum-Coppola) in 1998 as their assistant winemaker. In 2006, the Coppola family purchased the historic Château Souverain property in Sonoma County, providing a home for the ever-popular Diamond Collection wines, and appointed Corey as director of winemaking and general manager. In 2013, he spearheaded the purchase of the former Geyser Peak facility and vineyard acquisition, and transformed that property over the next few years into what is now Virginia Dare Winery. In 2018, Corey was promoted to CEO of The Family Coppola’s winegrowing endeavors in Sonoma County, managing all business operations, while simultaneously continuing his role as Winemaking Chief. A respected member of the Sonoma County community, Corey is a past president of the Sonoma County Vintners and is regularly involved in a variety of wine industry symposiums and advisory councils. In November 2016, Wine Business Monthly named Corey one of the “Top 50 Leaders,” one of the most sought-after wine industry recognitions.


Fernando Buscema

Executive Director at the Catena Institute of Wine (CIW) . Argentina

A passionate researcher and fifth-generation winemaker, Fernando leads a team of PhDs in conducting studies that continue to demonstrate the pioneer spirit that characterizes this century-old Catena Zapata family winery. Fernando joined the Catena Zapata family in 2005, after graduating with honors from Don Bosco School of Enology. He quickly became the Research & Development Director in 2007, given his devotion for quality and a meticulous attention to detail. As the Head Winemaker for Nicolás Catena Zapata and President of Bodegas CARO (joint venture Catena Zapata - Chateau Lafite-Rothschild), Fernando is committed to achieving excellent, memorable wines. Fernando has vast international winemaking experience, having worked in Italy and California, and holds a master's degree in Viticulture and Enology with honors from University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, Buscema participated in groundbreaking research about high-altitude viticulture and growing Malbec in various geographic areas around the globe. His work was published in numerous scientific magazines including American Journal of Enology & Viticulture and Food Chemistry.


Simon Grier

Owner and viticulturist at Villiera Wines . South Africa

Even from school days, Simon always wanted to be a farmer. After studying Agriculture at Stellenbosch University and working for a few years on a poultry farm, Simon took over as Villiera’s Viticulturist (in 1983 and was the first family member to join the family’s newly acquired wine business. He has always been a keen supporter of maintaining environmentally friendly vineyard management practices, with a strong focus on green energy. As a result of Simon’s efforts Villiera has been recognised as a sustainable wine farm by being awarded the Great Wine Capitals Sustainable Wine Tourism practices, The Nedbank Green Award (Leadership in conservation), the Eskom ETA awards ‘Energy Efficiency Champion’, the KLINK Awards as the ‘Greenest Wine Farm’, amongst others. Simon also works closely with the very rewarding Pebbles Project and was involved in making the OWETHU Clinic a reality at Villiera. From 2014 to 2016 Simon worked with Simonit & Sirch (from Italy) during the pruning season where they trained the Villiera Vineyard team special pruning techniques to extend the productive life of our Vineyards.


Jamie Goode

Wine Journalist . UK

Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer, lecturer, wine judge and book author. With a PhD in plant biology, he worked as a science editor, before starting, one of the world’s most popular wine websites. He is columnist for UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, and writes regularly for a range of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Noble Rot, Wine & Spirits, Vine Pair and Drinks International. He is in demand as a speaker/lecturer and also a wine judge, and is one of the co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge. He has been a regular overseas judge for the Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition in South Africa and WineAlign’s National Wine Awards of Canada. He has recently been a keynote speaker for the Cool Climate Wine Symposium, the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, the Australian Wine Technical Conference, The Atlantic Wine Forum, the Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Celebration, the Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium and Texsom. He’s also prolific on Twitter (@jamiegoode) and Instagram (@drjamiegoode).