The Union des Grands Crus and Vinitaly reach an agreement over dates

Thursday June 30 2016 by Vitisphere

Diaries to the ready – the dates for Bordeaux en primeur week and Vinitaly, from 2017 to 2020, have just been announced. Renewing their 2012 agreement, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) and Vinitaly (organised by Veronafiere) have now made arrangements for the next four years (see dates below).

By renewing their partnership, the two organisations are hoping to maximise the spring calendar for the European wine industry. “The aim is to maximise attendance by buyers and the media from across the world at two major events for the wine industry”, sums up a press statement. To avoid conflicting dates, the two organisers are again holding en primeur week and Vinitaly in succession rather than simultaneously. 

The original agreement four years ago was a landmark decision as it showed that France and Italy could rise above their national wine interests in response to the needs of the major wine industry players. The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and Vinitaly acted pragmatically and professionally”, said a delighted Olivier Bernard, UGCB chairman, and Giovanni Mantovani, Veronafiere CEO, in tandem.

In 2017, en primeur week will run from April 3 to 6 and Vinitaly from April 9 to 12. In 2018, Bordeaux week will be in full swing from April 9 to 12 whilst Verona will host its show from April 15 to 18. In 2019, the UGCB will organise the en primeur tastings from April 1 to 4 and Veronafiere will organise Vinitaly from April 7 to 10. Finally, in 2020, en primeur will take place from March 30 to April 2, whilst Vinitaly will be held from April 5 to 8.


[ Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Vinitaly ]


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