The Wine Forum originated during the 2007 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland. There, a group of global leaders who share a passion for wine enjoyed exclusive tastings for the first time as part of the Official Programme. Jancis Robinson led the group through tasting themes that included “Classic Clarets”, “The Emerging Wine World”, “Mines and Wines”, “Napa Valley” and “The Judgement of Davos”. These tastings were reported on in the international press.
Members of this wine loving community felt this wine experience should extend beyond the World Economic Forum, incorporating their philanthropic interests. Simultaneously, they wanted to develop direct connections with producers without brokers and wine merchants in between. Thus in 2009, The Wine Forum was founded by David Spreng and Vidhi Tambiah as a private, independent, not-for-profit wine enthusiasts club that would fulfill this charitable objective through the medium of world-class wine experiences.
The membership corps is diverse and includes CEOs of leading developed and emerging market companies, politicians, public personalities, authors, academic thought leaders, editors and noted columnists from primary media channels. Members typically enjoy collecting and consuming fine wines rather than purely investing in wine for financial gain. Roughly a third of our membership comes from the developing world.
The Wine Forum is constituted as a Swiss Not-For-Profit Association based in Geneva.