Lebanon is home to one of the oldest wine cultures in the world that can be traced as far back as 7000 years ago. Ancient Phoenicians had a well-developed wine industry and were spreading the knowledge of winemaking all throughout the Mediterranean. But how much of those ancient origins can be seen in the modern Lebanese wines?
Currently there is a renaissance happening in the Lebanese wine world. Ancestral grapes and winemaking techniques that were long forgotten are now being highlighted and revived by the new generation of talented winemakers.
In this webinar we will discuss the fascinating and exciting past, present and future of the Lebanese wine. We will talk about the numerous challenges but also the incredible potential of this very special wine region.
Vitalii Dascaliuc was born in the Republic of Moldova, a country with one of the oldest wine cultures in the world. He was first exposed to wine through the rural wine-making of his grandparents.
He is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds the WSET Advanced level certificate. He is also a wine judge for The Ultimate Wine Challenge and The International Wine Competition. He is currently one of the buyers at Domestique Wine in DC and is a wine educator at La Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels in NYC.
Rick's Pick: Miguel Torres discusses the winery's role in the fight against climate change discussion as well as the recovery and rediscovery of Spain’s lost indigenous grapes.
Over thirty years ago, Familia Torres embarked on an exciting project close to its heart: the recuperation of ancestral varieties which were believed extinct after the devastating phylloxera plague of the late 19th century. The idea was to recover the winemaking heritage of Catalonia, and thanks to the efforts of the family's fifth generation, the project is going stronger than ever! More than 50 varieties have been rediscovered so far, a few of which are very interesting from a winemaking perspective.
Miguel Torres, who is now heading these efforts, will share more about this amazing project and how it is also making a positive impact on climate change.
Miguel Torres Maczassek is fifth-generation and has been the General Manager of Familia Torres since 2012. Miguel started as Manager of the Jean Leon winery (Penedès), later at Familia Torres he oversaw the new ventures in Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda and Rias Baixas and worked as General Manager of Miguel Torres Chile. Today, his primary focus is the production of wines from unique vineyards and historical estates, climate change and the recovery of ancestral varieties.
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