Have you tasted wine from Tasmania yet? Or from Shandong? But of course you know the wine from Swartland, no? These regions figure among the newcomers and emerging players in the wineproducing world. The grape varieties, however, that are being cultivated on the new discoveries of Australia or in the hip zones of South Africa are our old familiar travelling companions: Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – these particular vines make up the majority of the plantings in most of the new vineyards.

As we find traditional grape varieties in new growing regions, we also encounter new varieties in the old traditional regions. The world of wine is in a state of constant motion; things are always developing, moving forward – but the word ‘forward’ is itself open to interpretation. While new and fungus-resistant grape varieties are being cultivated in Germany, China’s rapidly growing wine industry seeks to establish its foundation in the traditional French grape varieties. But will this remain the case for ever?

At MUST–Fermenting Ideas, concepts and hypotheses will be presented and analysed, to extrapolate a set of models from the results, indicating how the viticulture of the future might take shape, and what shape it might take.