2016 trade shows: Get your diaries to the ready !

Saturday January 16 2016 by Vitisphere

A change of plans has meant that Bordeaux Vinipro is no longer the first event in this year’s round of trade shows. The Bordeaux and South-West France wine show has been “postponed until a later date” due to insufficient exhibitor numbers and will not be taking place on January 17-19. It therefore makes way for Vinisud, which has made timely overtures to wines from the Gironde region and will also take place annually from now on. The twelfth Mediterranean wine show will run from February 15 to 17 at the Montpellier show ground where 1,700 exhibitors are due to attend, mainly from the Mediterranean regions though also from South-West France and even from California, this year’s guest of honour, a nod to Vinexpo 2015. In 2014, Vinisud’s 1,750 exhibitors welcomed just under 31,000 visitors, down 5% on 2012.

Montpellier is also the stage for Millésime Bio which takes place from January 25 to 27. The 22nd show last year brought together 800 organic wine exhibitors from around the world and welcomed 4,800 visitors (+13 % compared with 2014).

Across the French wine regions, the Salon des Vins de Loire takes place in Angers from February 1 to 3. In 2015, its 400 Loire exhibitors welcomed 9,000 visitors. From March 21 to 25 the Grands Jours de Bourgogne runs in Burgundy, with details of the event due to be released early this month concurrently with registrations. In 2014, 950 exhibitors spread over 15 different tasting venues and 2,400 visitors (+9 % compared with 2012) took part.

The world of French wine shows sees a newcomer this year with the maiden event of Bulles Expo due to be held on June 20 and 21 in Paris (Parc Floral). Designed by Vitisphere and organised by GFA Events, the advent of an international sparkling wine show mirrors growth within the category, both from a supply and demand perspective.

Farther afield, the key event in the international calendar will once again be Prowein in Düsseldorf. Taking place from March 13 to 15, the show’s organisers have announced that 6,000 exhibitors and 52,000 visitors will be taking part. The German show’s offshore counterparts Prowine Asia will run from April 12 to 15 in Singapour and Prowine China in Shanghai from November 7 to 9. Vinexpo will also be rolling out events in Asia: in Hong Kong from May 24 to 26 and in Tokyo from November 15 to 16. For the globetrotters amongst us, the year’s round of events is capped off with the Bulk Wine Exhibition on November 21 and 22 in Amsterdam. Unless, that is, you are tempted by more technical exhibitions, such as Intervitis-Interfructa in Stuttgart from November 27 to 30 or the 20th Vinitech-Sifel in Bordeaux from November 29 to December 1.

 

Source: Vitisphere; Photo: Vinexpo

 

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