The 2015 edition of Vinexpo, the world’s biggest international wine and spirits exhibition, took place from 14 to 18 June in Bordeaux. This year’s show unveiled a brand new format that combined business with entertainment.
Buyers from all over the world gathered at Vinexpo to taste and order products exhibited by more than 2,400 participants from 44 countries.
In every aisle, producing countries presented a rich and varied panorama of wines and spirits from around the world. Amongst which were Columbian rum alongside Ukrainian vodka, Peruvian pisco and Japanese whisky; or New Zealand Chardonnay next to Argentinian Malbec, Californian Pinot Noir, Portuguese Verdelho, German Riesling or French rosé from Provence.
Every corner of the globe was represented as French exhibitors was joined by wine and spirit brands from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Australia, Georgia, Austria and Ukraine, making up 40% of the exhibition. The wine growers of Napa Valley were grouped together on the “Napa Valley Vintners” pavilion, turning the spotlight on the US industry.
Vinexpo Academy tastings and talks
As well as launching a range of innovations, Vinexpo hosted a series of top-flight talks and tastings through its Academy. Offered almost 80 special events over 5 days, the programme added a new dimension to the Vinexpo experience. This crucible of sensations and ideas hosted internationally renowned sommeliers, oenologists, economists and entrepreneurs who shared their knowledge at guided tasting events and highly specialised talks.
VINEXPO was founded in 1981 under the auspices of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vinexpo exhibition has grown over the years to become the leading gathering for wine and spirits professionals. Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years and brings together 48,000 trade visitors from 150 countries and 2,400 exhibitors representing 45 producer countries.
In even-numbered years, Vinexpo Overseas, a subsidiary of Vinexpo, organises exhibitions in growing markets. In 1998, the first Vinexpo Asia-Pacific exhibition was held in Hong Kong, followed in 2000 and 2002 by two further exhibitions in Tokyo. Since 2006, Vinexpo Asia-Pacific has taken place in Hong Kong every two years and has become the key exhibition of the industry in Asia.
The first Vinexpo Nippon, a new event dedicated to the Japanese market, was held in Tokyo from 1 to 2 November 2014. The next will be Vinexpo Hong Kong, 24-26 May 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.
Source: Vinexpo SAS,
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