10th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases
REIMS (FR) 4-7 July 2017
Reims is a city in France's Champagne-Ardenne region. It was founded by the Gauls, but its 3rd-century Porte de Mars triumphal arch marks its later Roman conquest. It's the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region. For more than 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at its Cathédrale Notre Dame.
Reims is one of the centres of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, and most open for tasting and tours. Champagne ages in the many caves and tunnels under Reims, which form a sort of maze below the city. Carved from chalk, some of these passages date back to Roman times.
The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne - URCA) was created in 1548. This multidisciplinary university develops innovative, fundamental and applied research. It provides more than 18 000 students in Reims (22 000 in Champagne-Ardenne) with a wide initial undergraduate studies program which corresponds to society's needs in all domains of the knowledge. Inside URCA, the URVVC (Unité de recherche Vignes et Vins de Champagne) is focused on the development of sustainable viticulture and oenology by finding new strategies to protect vines from diseases and by detecting their effect on wine quality.