By Isara Vongluanngam

Every two years, wine researchers from around the world come together to exchange their latest findings and knowledge at OenoMacrowine conference. This renowned international congress focuses on macromolecules and secondary Metabolites of vine and wine. This year, organized by the Oenology Research Unit of the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) in Bordeaux, took place from July 10 to 13th 2023, encompassing a wide array of topics ranging from viticulture, grape and wine microbiology, wine chemistry to sensory analysis.

This event provided invaluable insight into addressing the challenges facing the wine industry on a global scale. In addition to academic sessions, attendees also had the opportunity to visit ISVV research facility, local winery, and attend a gala dinner.

I am honoured that my research work was selected by international scientific committee for oral presentation and poster under the topic of “Changes in Cu fractions and riboflavin in white wines during short-term light exposure: Impacts of oxygen and bottle colour”. Participating in this remarkable conference allowed me to broaden my knowledge and gain new perspectives in wine research and innovation as well as to build connections with fellow wine scientists. It is inspiring to see the collective efforts of wine research community and the potential impact we can bring to the industry.

 “Changes in Cu fractions and riboflavin in white wines during short-term light exposure: Impacts of oxygen and bottle colour”

After the conference, I had the privilege of visit Chateau Margaux, where I engaged in discussions relevant to my current project with Dr. Blandine De Rouffignac, the research and development manager. This visit allowed me to gain valuable insights into industry-specific issues, aligning my work with real-world industry needs.

Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to all of my supervisors and ARC Training Centre for the travel allowance support which made this trip possible. It has been an invaluable experience that will shape my future contributions to the wine research community and industry.

Isara Vongluanngam is a PhD student in the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production at Charles Sturt University.