Etna Wine is on a roll ticking all the boxes: distinctive indigenous grape varieties, cool-climate conditions at altitudes between 400m to1,100m; myriad soil types from volcanic ash and pumice to patches of limestone and sand; terraced slopes and even some pre-phylloxera vineyards.
During the International Wine Tourism Conference Sicily 2017(IWINETC), key note speaker, Susan Hulme MW will deliver a talk titled Red Hot Rosso’s & Cooled down Biancos followed by Wines of Etna Grand Tasting featuring wines made from indigenous red grape varieties Nerello Mascalese & Nerello Cappuccio and whites grape varieties: Carricante & Catarratto.
Susan Hulme MW is a British Master of Wine and an Italian Wine specialist living in the UK.
In the past Susan has lived and worked in Italy, in Sicily, Bari, Naples and Tuscany. She became a Master of Wine in 2005. She won the Madame Bollinger Tasting Medal, awarded for an outstanding performance in the tasting part of the Master of Wine examination.
Susan is also involved in wine consultancy, wine judging and wine education. She is responsible for co-ordinating the European course days for second year MW students in the UK. She has been a panel judge for the International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the last 10 years and was a judge for Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) as well as having been invited as a guest judge at many international competitions.
Susan is also a former chairman of the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) and has been the editor of the AWE Newsletter ‘AWE Inspiring News’ since 2005.
Since 2007 she has been on the Institute of Masters of Wine Events Committee, organising events such as the Madam Bollinger tasting and Languedoc-Roussillon event.
Aside from wine reviewing and wine writing, Susan runs her own education and consultancy company, Vintuition Ltd, based in Windsor, UK and provides all kinds of training and wine courses for the trade and members of the public.
Susan is one of 4 key note speakers at IWINETC and will blend with Mai Tjemsland MW, Judith Lewis & Robin Shaw as 2017 Keynotes. The 2017 Sicily Conference will include around 30 talks classified in one of the following areas:
- Professional Development: Expert advice & insight into enhancing our career in the wine tourism industry
- Research: Trends and predictions on aspects of wine tourism
- Branding & Marketing: These sessions are certain to give you ideas to improve your business
- Grape Escape Destinations: Key sessions dedicated to tour operators and travel agents
- Network & Connect: Formal & Informal presentations usually including wine tasting
Join us March 28 & 29, 2017
Registering for IWINETC is the only way to experience these fantastic speaker sessions. Registration is open – start planning today by browsing attendance options to find the perfect fit for you and/or your business.Stay on a couple of days more and visit some of the Etna producers included in the Grand Tasting. Tour 1: Discover the picturesque slopes of Etna and Tour 2: All aboard the Etna Wine Train to track down the perfect vintage
Many more speakers will be announced later in December – so stay tuned and follow us on Twitter. Get ready for the most explosive IWINETC experience yet!