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The wine industry in Eastern Europe forum

The forum “The wine industry in Eastern Europe: challenges, realities and future prospects”

19.07.2021, News

Drinks+ is a media partner of the International Economic Forum which will be held on July 30-31 online.


For the first time, an international event organized by OenoCo International will address the issues and challenges facing the wine sector in Eastern and Central Europe. The Forum aims to bring together producers, importers-exporters, sommeliers and wine educators to exchange ideas on the latest developments in the region’s wine industry.

The forum will consider the current state of affairs and problems in this area, offer professional solutions focused on the needs of manufacturers in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as possible ways to expand exports and enter new international markets. The Forum is also aimed at uniting the efforts of the international community of wine professionals, local and international business, as well as government bodies, academia, civil society in order to increase the competitiveness of the wine sector in the economies of Central and Eastern Europe.

The International Economic Forum will be held for 2 days in an interactive mode with panels and webinars where participants can listen to famous speakers.

Forum program:

30 July

10:00- 10:10 am Opening Remarks

10:15- 10:45 am – Petar Raychev, SCEB Vice President & General Manager CPG, Bulgaria, “Wine Production In a Circular Economy: Minimum-Waste Technologies”

11:00- 11:30 am – Antonio Rallo, Sicilia Doc winemaker and President of Consorzio Sicilia Doc, Italy.

13:00- 13:30 – Caroline Gilby, MW, United Kingdom, “Role of a native grapes in building a marketing narrative”

13:40- 14:10 – Polly Hammond, 5forests, New Zealand, “More Human Than Human: How the Eastern European Wine Industry can leverage digital to overcome challenges, build relationships, grow brands…and sell more wine.”

15:00- 15:30 – Gheorghe Arpentin, R&D Purcari, Republic of Moldova

15:40- 16:10 – Nicolae Minciuna, Oenologist Engineer, Republic of Moldova, “Wine Tourism and its impact on local communities”


31 July

10:15- 10:45 am – Elizabeth Gabay, MW, France

11:00- 11:30 am – Robert Joseph, Editorial Consultant and Columnist of Meininger’s Wine Business International, Co-owner of Greener Planet and Grand Noir Wines- Germany, “Land or Brand? Local Grapes or International? Does the future for Eastern Europe like in appellations and traditional indigenous grape varieties? Or in brands and international ones? The answer is not as clear cut as some people would like to imagine.”

13:00- 13:30 – Tony Sasa, Director of Sales Il Palagio Wines, Italy, “The success story of Palagio to penetrate key wine markets”

13:40 -14:10 – Paula Stanca, OenoCo, Launching of Consortium-Introduction of the CWC

15:00- 15:30 – Tomislav Ivanovic, Vinopedia, Serbia, “The emergence of  Balkans’ native grapes as reference examples within the vast category of grape varietals.”

15:40- 16:10 – Scott Carney, Dean of Wine Studies, Institute of Culinary Education(ICE), United States, “Making the market move!”

The detailed program of the forum can be found here.