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Geographical Digest’s Virtual Wine Series Heads Down Under


The popular global wine tasting series journeys to the Southern Hemisphere for its December webinar.

December 10, 2020 (Los Angeles, Calif.)  The SOMM Journal is pleased to announce the fourth installment of its Geographical Digest Wine Education Webinar Series which was launched in September. “The Southern Hemisphere: From Down Under to the Tip of the Andes” is scheduled for virtual broadcast on December 16, 2020. The series, held in partnership with National Geographic Books and its newly released New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, is designed to bring global wine industry leaders together to educate enthusiasts of all levels about the world of wine.

Though the wine world as we traditionally know it started in the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers and producers on the flip side of the globe are turning things on their head. “The Southern Hemisphere: From Down Under to the Tip of the Andes” will allow viewers the opportunity to journey south through Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and Peru to explore the terroirs, techniques, and tales from these diverse Southern Hemisphere wine regions. Moderated by Lars Leicht, VP of Education for The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine, “The Southern Hemisphere” will feature a panel of seven winemakers who will discuss the terroirs that make their regions unique and how those characteristics are translated into the glass. 

Participants in “The Southern Hemisphere” webinar include: Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker for New Zealand’s Craggy Range; Tim Irwin, US General Manager of Penfolds, Australia; Winemaker Sebastian Labbe of Viña Santa Rita in Chile; Luis Gomez, Winemaker of Peru’s Intipalka; Chief Winemaker David Bonomi of Bodega Norton, Argentina; Juan Pablo Murgia, Chief Winemaker at Bodega Argento in Argentina; and Johan Reyneke, Proprietor of South Africa’s Reyneke Wines.

Geographical Digest’s educational webinar series will continue into 2021 with the following future presentations: January 21: An Exploration of Renowned Single Vineyards; February 18: Technique or Terroir – Is It Production or Nature That Make These Wines Great?; March 18: Italy – North to South; April 22: Luxury from Remarkable Sites; May 20: A World of Bordeaux Blends; and June 24: Western Europe.

Live virtual tastings will be held at 9AM PST and 12PM EST on the respective dates, and are available to be viewed live via SommCon or on-demand at the convenience of the audience. Enthusiasts can register for the live or on demand sessions, free of charge, at GeoDigestClub.com or SommJournal.com.


The SOMM Journal is written by and for wine and beverage industry professionals. Owned by Meridith May, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The SOMM Journal broadens both emerging and veteran industry professionals’ understanding of the business. Departments cover top restaurants’ wine and mixology programs; in-depth profiles of the world’s wine regions; industry trends and technology; and exploration of current issues that most concern sommeliers. The SOMM Journal is available digitally online and the print edition, which is free to trade, is distributed nationally.

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