The Masters of Wine symposium is held, like the Olympic Games, once every four years.
The 2018 edition ended in Logroño, Spain, yesterday and it was announced the 2022 edition will be held in Adelaide, South Australia.
Brian Croser, representing Australia in Rioja, said: “We are highly honoured and very surprised,” at the decision by the Institute of Masters of Wine to head to Australia for the organisation’s next major event, which will take place from June 21-24, 2022.
The veteran winemaker said that Adelaide was the ideal place in Australia for the symposium, both because of its proximity to many famous wineries and wine regions, but also because the city is home to both The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and Wine Australia, The Drinks Business reported.
Croser said that by the time the IMW comes to Adelaide “the Australian wine community will have changed an enormous amount.”
The IMW International Symposium is the institute’s biggest and most important event, and Adelaide follows this year’s symposium in Logroño; the 2014s event in Florence, and 2010 in Bordeaux.
The Australian-based symposium will follow a similar format, taking place over four days in mid-June.
The event in Australia will be co-hosted by Wine Australia, and will be the institute’s 10th symposium. Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia, said: "We’re thrilled to be hosting the world of wine in Adelaide in 2022 and look forward to showcasing Australia’s diverse and thriving wine scene, and our enviable epicurean culture."