Trends change more quickly than ever nowadays, constantly vying for attention. Which ones ought we to follow? This is a significant question for wine merchants and sommeliers – and for winegrowers one of existential importance.
Developments like ‘natural wine‘ and ‘orange wine’ have spread their ripples rather quickly across the surface of the international wine scene, definitely affecting the behaviour of consumers. Methods of production and the origins of a wine now come more frequently into focus when making purchasing decisions. But how does the coming trends look? What will the next few years bring? What is to come? And how much of what is to come will remain?

What we will be drinking in the year 2050 is not only dependent upon the dictates of fashion, but also determined at least as much by climate change, by globalisation and by technical innovations. Climatic changes are already stirring up the world of wine, demanding that adjustments be made in matters of viticulture and vinification. How might the character of certain winegrowing regions change, and will the familiar identities of some wine production areas undergo significant metamorphoses?
At MUST–Fermenting Ideas, the wine summit in Cascais, near Lisbon in Portugal, scientific researchers, viticultural theorists, master sommeliers, critics and winegrowers will be holding forth on the future of the world of wines.