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The Pinot Noir Alliance announces first session

Published:  18 September, 2017

Five producers from some of the world’s most famous Pinot Noir producing regions are teaming up to promote the variety worldwide.

The Pinot Noir Alliance is a collaboration of five producers from renowned Pinot Noir regions: New Zealand, Australia’s Yarra Valley, California, Chile, and its homeland, Burgundy. 

Based on an idea from Cono Sur chief winemaker Adolfo Hurtado, the alliance’s objective will be to promote the potential of this “challenging and yet potentially rewarding grape variety” and also show its versatility with food styles.

The alliance’s first session is being held on October 9 at Andaz Studios in Liverpool Street, London, where Hurtado, David Bicknell of Oakridge wines (Yarra Valley, Australia), Gordon Russell of Villa Maria (NZ), Christophe Chauvel of Domaines Albert Bichot in Burgundy and Pierre-Marie Pattieu of La Crema in Sonoma, California will welcome visitors to discuss the future of the grape.  

Tim Atkin MW will oversee the session, which will explore how soil, climate, vine age and human interaction come together to create unique styles for each region.

“Pinot Noir has been my consuming passion since I joined Cono Sur in 1997, and over those 20 years we have worked to bring it to the heights we know that it can reach in Chile," said Hurtado.

"I’m so pleased to gather with these great producers from around the world show how varied and versatile the grape can be, and celebrate this amazing variety in all its different flavours and forms.”