Macrowine 2020


Invited Speakers

Keynote speaker: Prof. Steve Tyerman
Topic 1: Grapevine diversity and viticultural practices for sustainable grape growing

Steve Tyerman has been involved in plant physiology research for over 25 years. His research interests lie in the area of grapevine physiology and in particular vine and berry water relations. He has a biophysical background and brings this to bear by using novel sensor technology for probing vine performance and responses to stress.  He has researched membrane transport systems, nutrition, salinity and water relations. He is a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production and the Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Francisco Carrau
Topic 2: Microbial ecology from vineyard to consumption

Francisco Carrau is full professor at the Universidad de la Republica of Montevideo (Uruguay). His research is focused on the development of sustainable viticulture practices and “low-input winemaking” strategies for increased quality and wine differentiation; yeast fermentation technology related to aroma and polyphenol compounds of grapes; biodiversity of grape and wine yeasts and its potential application in food biotechnology;  Tannat Genome, tannic and flavour composition. He is leading the development of Hanseniaspora vineae yeast as a eukaryotic cell model and as a non-conventional yeast for the production of unique wines in the global wine market.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Fernando Zamora
Topic 3: Novel tools and strategies for precision and sustainable varietal and regional enology

Fernando Zamora is  full professor of the Faculty of Oenology of the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain). He is currently the director Experimental Winery of the Rovira i Virgili University and president of the Technology Commission of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). His main research subjects are in the area of phenolic compounds, colour and astringency of red wines; proteins and polysaccharides of wine, sensory and technological implications; influence of climate change on wine composition and quality;  adaptation of winemaking techniques to global warming conditions.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Maria Nikolantonaki
Topic 4: Wine longevity and shelf-life

Maria Nikolantonaki is assistant professor of Wine Chemistry and of Enology at the University Institute of Vine and Wine “Jules Guyot” on the University of Burgundy. She has previously conducted research activity at University of Bordeaux and University of California Davis. Her research activity focuses on the study of the chemical and biochemical mechanisms underlying the white wines oxidative stability, the development of analytical tools for predicting wines aging potential and the use of high resolution mass spectrometry and NMR for investigating the reactivity of sulfur containing compounds in wine acidic conditions.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Philippe Darriet
Topic 5: Chemical diversity of 'special' wine styles: fortified wines, passito style, botrytized and ice wines, orange wines, sparkling wines

Philippe Darriet is Professor in Enology and Director of Enology research unit at Institute of Vine and Wine Science from University of Bordeaux France. His research activities mainly concern the characterization of volatile odoriferous compounds, often present in trace amounts, which are involved in the typical aromatic nuances of some varieties as Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and noble rot sweet wines or are responsible for off-flavors (earthy, herbaceous and fungal odors). He also studies the chemical, biochemical and microbiological aspects related to aroma compounds and their precursor forms, as their chemical reactivity during the vinification and ageing process.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Alejandro Giorgetti
Topic 6: Physiology of chemosensory perception, sensory science, consumers perception

Alejandro Giorgetti is Associate Professor of biochemistry at the University of Verona, Italy since 2018, where he leads the Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics. As a second affiliation, since 2015 he is the P.I. of the Structural Neuroinformatics group in the Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS) / Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) (Computational Biomedicine (IAS-5/INM-9)), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. His principal activities regard protein structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction of membrane chemo and neuro-receptors with their cognate ligands.