After one of the hottest summers on record – what does autumn have in store?

The hottest summer for 42 years was always going to come to an end – but did it have to be so soon?

The start of September may be synonymous with fading tan lines, kids back at school, and an end to weekend BBQs.

However, it also means CWO’s autumn programme has kicked off. Naturally, the upcoming Chief Wine Officer calendar is packed to bursting – just like a summer holiday suitcase.

In CWO’s cellar

If you’ve been a guest at a Chief Wine Officer event, you’ll know the wine theme helps shape the entertainment and education on the night.

Recent themes have included France v Italy, Old World v New World and A Walk on the Wild Side. A newly introduced theme is ‘The Australian A-list’. Behind Spain, Italy, France and Chile, the Australian wine industry is the world’s fifth largest exporter. And despite being home to some of the world’s oldest vineyard soils, vines and wineries, over 80% of Australian wine producers have only been established since the 1970s – making them very much new arrivals in the wine world.

Despite having no native grapes, Australia uses around 130 different grape varieties in commercial winemaking. As well as being known for Shiraz and Chardonnay, major grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Riesling. With wine produced in every state, Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions spanning around 160,000 hectares.

With a reputation for being one of the most fresh, diverse and experimental wine-producing countries in the world, expect to experience a range of flavours from cellars down under.

6,489 glasses of wine on the wall

Since the start of 2018 Chief Wine Officer has served more than 6,000 glasses of wine and champagne. May we take a few pixels to say thank you to all our guests – this is a new record, breaking 2017’s record, which broke 2016’s record, which broke 2015’s record, which broke… well, you get the idea.

Of course, the year is far from over. Whether your challenges lie with customer-centric big data, enterprise modernisation or cloud migration, you’ll find an event to support you in your career and networking. If you’re in the mood for something different, feel free to contact us with your event theme ideas (for example we now offer gin, golf, and whisky experiences).

The first post-summer event kicks off in just two weeks’ time, on the 18th September. To give you the best shot at being the next Chief Wine Officer, you’re invited to come and join us on social media. That’s where you’ll get the latest wine and champagne tips, tricks and trends, served up by the connoisseurs at CWO and our Masters of Wine.

See you there!

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