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WINE PARIS & VINEXPO PARIS – NEW HEIGHTS, LIMITLESS PROSPECTS

41,253 visitors from 137 countries, 4,070 exhibitors from 48 countries, and more than 100 events, seminars, tastings and conferences. These are the results achieved by the main Vinexposium exhibition, which reflects political and economic trends in the wine and spirits industry – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris.


In 2024, Drinks+ & Wine Travel Awards continues fruitful and active cooperation with Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. And we are glad to remind you once again that Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris has become a nominee of Wine Travel Awards in Enogastronomic Events / Event of the Year.

As part of the partnership between Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris and the Wine Travel Awards, the Wine Travel Awards Guide 2022-2023 was distributed at the exhibition, a unique printed and digital catalog that brings together members of the WTA community for the second award season. The guide will also be on the Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris website. The WTA Guide is a real navigator in the fascinating world of wine and wine tourism for professionals and wine lovers.

From February 12 to 14, 2024, Paris opened a window to the world of wines and spirits more widely than ever before – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris reached new heights, exceeding all expectations of the organizers.

41,253 visitors from 137 countries, 4,070 exhibitors from 48 countries, and more than 100 events, seminars, tastings and conferences with the entire international wine and spirits industry.

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On the first day of the event (February 12), the Vinexpo Challenge took place – a traditional blind tasting organized by the International Association of Sommeliers (ASI) and Vinexposium. Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia), the best sommelier of the world 2023 and Valeria Gamper (Argentina), the best sommelier of North and South America 2022, participated.

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And the very next day – February 13, in contrast to the Vinexpo Challenge, where deep knowledge and skills were demonstrated live by the best sommeliers, artificial intelligence surprised visitors with its skills. AI is currently revolutionizing many industries – the bar and liquor industry is no exception. From developing new recipes to optimizing operations, marketing and customer engagement, the potential of AI can bring efficiency to every stage of the alcoholic beverage creation process. Through a selection of case studies, visitors had the opportunity to learn exactly how to incorporate these technological advances into their toolkit to design, create, develop, analyze, optimize and promote the bars, cocktails and spirits of the future.

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La Nouvelle Vague – an exclusive platform designed for young producers in the wine industry with less than 5 years of experience – attracted huge interest from visitors. Exhibitors of La Nouvelle Vague were given individual space to present their debut wines in ideal conditions to an audience of qualified distributors. The aim of La Nouvelle Vague is to give young producers just starting their journey a decisive boost at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris and allow them to develop their distribution network in France and abroad.

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In an expanded format (1500 m2), with more than 140 alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, beer and cider exhibitors, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris presented Be Spirits, a platform dedicated to spirits, beer, cider and mixology of the future. Innovative events and concepts were also presented, which will help decipher new market trends, discover products that destroy stereotypes and are able to unite producers, distributors, bartenders and experts, for the sake of building the business of the future.

Among the new Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris directions:

  • NO/LOW – as a response to the rapid development of the non-alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks market. About twenty international brands were presented: non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beverages, including exquisite tinctures, functional beverages (non-alcoholic beverages containing minerals, vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, etc.), etc.;
  • BEERS & CIDERS is the main novelty of this year’s exhibition, the zone of beer and cider, the consumption of which has grown rapidly in recent years.

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INFINITE BAR impressed visitors with its scale – in the largest temporary cocktail bar in France (40 meters long) twenty world famous cocktail bars worked, including three guest bars from London, Barcelona and Madrid. Bartenders and mixologists collaborated for three days to offer visitors their first-class mixes.

CRAFT PAVILION offered a line of inspiring authentic brands from young talented makers.

The educational program of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris deserves special attention. Speakeasy room became a place for lively reports, panel discussions and master classes conducted by international industry experts.

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Since 2022, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, like all Vinexposium events, has committed to achieving an important and ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. In 2023, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris became the first Vinexposium event to measure and take action to reduce carbon emissions based on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) performance indicators aimed at achieving carbon neutrality. A team of professionals has defined indicators that allow us to measure, adjust and track the consequences of our actions over time. Their monitoring is carried out using the Climeet resource developed by Green Evénements. Detailed indicators and results can be found here. After the event, exhibitors and visitors, service providers and partners were consulted to jointly carry out the first carbon audit of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris.

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More information on the website.

41,253 visitors from 137 countries, 4,070 exhibitors from 48 countries, and more than 100 events, seminars, tastings and conferences. These are the results achieved by the main Vinexposium exhibition, which reflects political and economic trends in the wine and spirits industry – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. In 2024, Drinks+ & Wine Travel Awards continues […]

DARIA KHOLODILINA BECAME THE WINNER OF THE IWSC 2024 EMERGING TALENT IN WINE AWARD

Congratulations to WTA nominee Daria Kholodilina from Georgia, who won the IWSC 2024 Emerging Talent in Wine Award sponsored by the London Wine Fair!


The list of exceptionally talented candidates for this award was announced last week. After a detailed review, the judges chose Daria Kholodilina. They were simply fascinated by Daria’s creativity and abilities. “It changes and moves forward the entire Georgian wine industry,” experts noted. “Her influence, ingenuity and work are creating markets and changing the way we think about wine.”

Daria Kholodilina is an expert in the field of wine tourism in Georgia, she is a big fan and popularizer of Georgian wine, has a WSET 3, Georgian Wine Expert certified by the Georgian Sommelier Association. She regularly blogs about Georgian wine in social networks. In 2022, Daria Kholodilina joined the WTA community in the nomination Wine & Food Influencer/The Brightest Journey.

Daria was born in Ukraine, and in 2013 she moved to Georgia and has since fallen in love with this country. She participated in the development of Georgia’s national tourism strategy for 2015-2025, focusing on marketing and promotion.

The judges were impressed by how Daria Kholodilina acquired deep knowledge in such a deep topic as Georgian wine in a few years and became a respected specialist in the field. She is the co-author of the book about Georgian wine, the only English-language guide to the wine regions of Georgia “Georgia: A Guide to the Cradle of Wine“;  she hosts a podcast and radio show on the same topic, and also created her own wine tourism company, Trails and Wines.

In 2020, Daria spent several months traveling around Georgia, visiting wineries and filming interviews with winemakers. She gave her notes to Georgian wine importers in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands to help them promote the wines. In addition, Daria organizes training on the development of wine tourism and conducts numerous tasting events, presenting Georgian wine in Georgia and abroad.

The IWSC 2024 Emerging Talent in Wine judges praised Daria Kholodilina’s work and expressed their admiration for her intention to use her £2.5k travel award to help her community and expand her impact. In her application, Daria said she had two ideas for how to spend her scholarship – an internship at a European winery to conduct more in-depth training sessions for Georgian winemakers, and representing small Georgian producers at one of the major trade fairs.

Daria Kholodilina is sincerely happy about her award: “Georgian wines have already received several medals from the IWSC, but I am happy to bring home the first award in the field of wine communication and marketing in Georgia!”

The Wine Travel Awards team hopes that this year will be a stellar one for Daria – and she will win this project as well. Public voting for the nominees of the 2024 award will start on March 1 and we invite readers to support Daria by visiting her page from March 1 to 31 and giving her a “like”.

Congratulations to WTA nominee Daria Kholodilina from Georgia, who won the IWSC 2024 Emerging Talent in Wine Award sponsored by the London Wine Fair! The list of exceptionally talented candidates for this award was announced last week. After a detailed review, the judges chose Daria Kholodilina. They were simply fascinated by Daria’s creativity and abilities. […]

ProWein Dusseldorf Once Again Hosts Wine Travel Awards

In 2024, the renowned ProWein trade fair for wine and spirits will once again welcome thousands of global wine professionals to Dusseldorf from March 10 to 12.


The collaborative partnership between the Wine Travel Awards, an innovative annual global project in the field of wine tourism initiated by Communication Media Group Drinks+, and one of the primary exhibitions, persists with continued success.

This year in collaboration with ProWein the Wine Travel Awards Team will gather the professionals in the global wine and spirits market to take place at the ProWein forum event: The Wine Travel Awards Tasting Around the Sustainable World.

  • FORUM is located in hall 13, booth F100.
  • Date: Tuesday, 12.03.2024
  • 14.00 — 15.00

In the framework of the event Wine Travel Awards presents the Wine Tasting showcasing six Community Members of the project. These producers, hailing from various countries worldwide, embody established models of business and production.

Gergely Szolnoki

In addition, attendees of the event will have the opportunity to savor the results of progressive practices, and the theoretical “aperitif” of the tasting will be a brilliant performance of Prof. Dr. Gergely Szolnoki* from Geisenheim University, the WTA jury for the third year in a row, who will address: where does sustainable wine tourism start and where does it end; which concrete measures contribute most effectively to the sustainable development of the wine tourism sector; and what are the main drivers and barriers to the implementation of sustainable wine tourism. The conclusions and specific recommendations, set out in the presentation, are based on study the guidelines and best practice of more than 1,500 wineries in 42 countries – the main drivers of sustainable wine tourism.

Moreover, at the ProWein international trade press stand, the Wine Travel Awards (WTA) Guide 2022—2023* — the final catalogue of the WTA community members of the second WTA season, a unique print and digital edition is going to be presented and distributed.

The WTA Guide aims to showcase the most dynamic and inventive wine and spirit businesses, brands, personalities, and projects participating in the second edition of the Wine Travel Awards. Beyond the printed version, the WTA Guide will be featured on the Digital Trade Press Stand — an online platform by Messe Düsseldorf, enhancing its visibility through integration with the ProWein Web Portal.


For more details, contact us via partnership@winetravelawards.com


*Communication Media Group Drinks+ has been operating within the Eastern and Southern Europe markets since 1993, and have been successfully working as a media partner with the ProWine exhibition for 15 years.

*Gergely Szolnoki, Professor of Market Research at Geisenheim University (Germany) and honorary professor of Wine and Beverage Management & Marketing at the University of West Attica (Athens/Greece). His research fields cover consumer behaviour, communication and social media, organic wines, market analysis and wine tourism. In addition to his scientific activities, Gergely is a delegated expert in the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in the fields of wine economics and statistics.

 

In 2024, the renowned ProWein trade fair for wine and spirits will once again welcome thousands of global wine professionals to Dusseldorf from March 10 to 12. The collaborative partnership between the Wine Travel Awards, an innovative annual global project in the field of wine tourism initiated by Communication Media Group Drinks+, and one of the […]

Toast to Elegance: London Wine Fair 2024 Showcases the Finest in Vinicultural Excellence

The London Wine Fair 2024 will take place from 20th to 22th May at Olympia London. It is the UK’s biggest and most loved wine trade fair, connecting over 10,000 drinks industry professionals. Last year, London Wine Fair, the official exhibition partner of Drinks+ and Wine Travel Awards, brought together more than 400 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors. The WTA Awards Ceremony was held for the second time at London Wine Fair 2023.


Scheduled to take place at Olympia from May 20th to 22nd, the 2024 edition builds upon the success of the 2023 show, which boasted over 400 exhibitors and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors. There is a packed schedule of masterclasses, tastings, and impactful industry sessions. All visitors and exhibitors get access to a digital networking and show planner platform.

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Remarkably, the LWF reported the highest number of on-site re-bookings during a show since at least 2017, with prominent UK agents, including Hatch Mansfield, Enotria&Coe, ABS Wine Agencies, Felix Solis, Friarwood Fine Wines, EWGA, Ellis Wines, and Richmond Wine Agencies, already confirming their return for the upcoming year.

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What to Expect in 2024?

The 2024 show sees the return of key industry players after several years. Mentzendorff has already confirmed participation, with other major names expected to commit in the coming days and weeks. The increased focus on fine wine exhibitors is highlighted by a new feature, “The Judgement of London,” paying homage to the historic 1976 Judgement of Paris. This event will witness blind tastings of top Bordeaux estates against their New World counterparts on the first day of The Fair, co-curated by Ronan Sayburn MS, CEO at The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, and accessible by invitation only.

Following a challenging two years, the success of the 2023 London Wine Fair positions the event for an unmissable 2024 showcase. The Net Promoter Score for the 2023 fair, a measure of brand success criteria, was an exceptional 23.7, surpassing the industry average of four. This score, 22 points higher than in 2022, provides a significant endorsement for the recent show and signals anticipated growth and success for future events.

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The survey also highlighted the high-quality visitor audience, with those holding direct buying power increasing to 43% from 36% in 2022. The most represented job title was “director,” accounting for just under 10% of the audience. Investments made to attract the on-trade, especially after a turbulent three years in this sector, paid off, with “sommelier” being the second-highest recorded job title, and 34% of the total visitor audience representing the on-trade.

Hannah Tovey, Head of the Fair, expressed her excitement, stating, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome back so many of the UK’s leading players so early in the planning for 2024. It is particularly gratifying that some are returning after a significant break, a ringing endorsement not only for the importance of the London Wine Fair but also for trading conditions in the UK. We are looking forward to announcing several new initiatives and groundbreaking content alongside our exhibitor news and content over the coming months.”

The London Wine Fair features nine unique areas each focusing on different aspects of wine, drinks, and the alcohol industry, providing a comprehensive experience for visitors.

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London Wine Fair Areas

The London Wine Fair has nine distinct areas covering different themes related to wine, spirits, beer, cider, and the alcohol industry.

  • Drinks Britannia showcases the best British-made alcoholic drinks.
  • The Education Zone helps visitors develop their knowledge about alcoholic drinks.
  • Esoterica features exclusive and rare wines from specialist importers.
  • The Discovery Zone showcases the latest innovations in wine tech, sustainability, and startups.
  • Masterclasses offer guided tastings of wines from top regions by experts.
  • The Trading Floor allows visitors to stock up on wines for retail and restaurants.
  • Industry Briefings deliver insights on key industry topics by experts.
  • Walk-Up Tastings allow sampling wines from around the world.
  • Wines Unearthed features never-before-imported wines to the UK.
  • The Mindful Drinking Experience covers low and no alcohol trends.
  • Other features include the Wine Buyers Awards, spirits/beer discovery, Judgement of London wine tasting, and talks at the Centre Stage.

Visit the website to find out more details.

The London Wine Fair 2024 will take place from 20th to 22th May at Olympia London. It is the UK’s biggest and most loved wine trade fair, connecting over 10,000 drinks industry professionals. Last year, London Wine Fair, the official exhibition partner of Drinks+ and Wine Travel Awards, brought together more than 400 exhibitors and over 10,000 […]

V d’Or laureate, Bernard Magrez Group, will participate in Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024

From February 12, 2024, the leading European exhibition – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris – will start in Paris, where it will gather under its roof 4,026 exhibitors and 40,000 specialist visitors from all over the world.


Among the participants of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024 are such giants of the world wine industry as the Bernard Magrez Group, which includes real stars: Château Pape Clément (Grand Cru Classé of Graves), Château La Tour Carnet (Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc), Château Fombrauge (Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Émilion), Clos Haut-Peyraguey (Premier Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes) and dozens more outstanding wineries from different countries of the world. All these incredible wines will be waiting for guests at the stand of Bernard Magrez Group (Hall 4 – D133).

Visitors to the stand may be lucky enough to meet the Maestro himself – Monsieur Bernard Magrez, the most creative and prominent figure in the modern wine world. Bernard Magre became famous not only for the high quality of his wines, but also for his patronage of artistic projects and outstanding start-ups.

Bernard Magrez Group

This year Bernard Magrez Start-Up Win was nominated for the V d’Or, Vinexposium’s Business Awards, in the “Best Transmission Initiatives” category. The award will be presented at a festive ceremony on February 11, during La Nuit des V d’Or, on the eve of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. The V d’Or award recognizes outstanding performance and sustainability achievements by industry representatives.

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Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexposium, commented on the event’s mission: “The V d’Or award is a firm expression of our commitment to a sustainable and responsible wine industry, a symbol of excellence and the preservation of our terroir for future generations.”

“The wine world is full of strong personalities who constantly reveal themselves through ambitious initiatives and projects. We established the V d’Or to reward their energy and enthusiasm,” explains Michel Chapoutier, chairman of the V d’Or committee.

The Wine Travel Awards team congratulates the winner and is proud to emphasize that it feels this pleasant event as a personal holiday. In 2023, WTA was selected out of 2,000 startups to be a member of the Bernard Magrez Start-Up Win Incubator and we are now part of an active environment that supports valuable ideas and projects that contribute to the development of the wine industry and wine tourism.

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From February 12, 2024, the leading European exhibition – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris – will start in Paris, where it will gather under its roof 4,026 exhibitors and 40,000 specialist visitors from all over the world. Among the participants of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024 are such giants of the world wine industry as […]

Bernard Magrez Group, лауреат V d’Or, візьме участь у Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024

З 12 лютого 2024 року у Парижі стартує провідна виставка Європи – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, яка збере під своїм дахом 4026 експонентів та 40 000 відвідувачів-фахівців з усього світу.


Серед учасників Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024 – такі гранди світової винної галузі, як Bernard Magrez Group, до якої входять справжні зірки: Château Pape Clément (Grand Cru Classé of Graves), Château La Tour Carnet (Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc), Château Fombrauge (Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Émilion), Clos Haut-Peyraguey (Premier Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes) та ще десятки видатних виноробень з різних країн світу. Усі ці неймовірни вина чекатимуть гостей на стенді Bernard Magrez Group (Hall 4 – D133).

Можливо відвідувачам стенду пощастить зустрітися з самим Маестро – месьє Бернаром Магре, найбільш креативною та видатною фігурою сучасного винного світу. Бернар Магре уславився не лише вищою якістю своїх вин, а й меценатською підтримкою мистецьких проєктів та видатних стартапів.

Bernard Magrez Group

Цього року Bernard Magrez Start-Up Win було номіновано на V d’Or, Vinexposium’s Business Awards, у категорії «Best Transmission Initiatives», премія буде вручена на святкової церемонії 11 лютого, під час La Nuit des V d’Or, напередодні Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. Премія V d’Or відзначає видатні досягнення представників галузі з погляду продуктивності та сталого розвитку.

Bernard Magrez Group

Месьє Родольф Ламейз (Rodolphe Lameyse), СЕО Vinexposium так прокоментував місію заходу: «Нагорода V d’Or є твердим вираженням нашої прихильності до стійкої та відповідальної виноробної промисловості, символом досконалості та збереження нашого терруару для майбутніх поколінь».

«Винний світ сповнений сильних особистостей, які постійно виявляють себе через амбітні ініціативи та проєкти. Ми розробили V d’Or, щоб винагородити їх енергію та ентузіазм», – пояснює задум Мішель Шапутьє (Michel Chapoutier), голова комітету V d’Or.

Команда Wine Travel Awards вітає переможця і з гордістю підкреслює, що відчуває цю приємну подію як особисте свято. У 2023 році WTA було обрано з 2000 стартапів до членства Інкубаторі Bernard Magrez Start-Up Win і тепер ми є частиною активного середовища, яке підтримує цінні ідеї та проєкти, що сприяють розвитку індустрії вина та винного туризму.

Фото: facebook.com/Bernard.Magrez.Vignobles.Proprietaire

З 12 лютого 2024 року у Парижі стартує провідна виставка Європи – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, яка збере під своїм дахом 4026 експонентів та 40 000 відвідувачів-фахівців з усього світу. Серед учасників Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris-2024 – такі гранди світової винної галузі, як Bernard Magrez Group, до якої входять справжні зірки: Château Pape […]

Expect An Impressive On! Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2024 Will Come Soon

In 2024, Drinks+ & Wine Travel Awards continues its fruitful and active cooperation with Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. This partnership is deepening as Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris is a Wine Travel Awards nominee in the Enogastronomic Events / Event of the Year category.


From 12 to 14 February 2024, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will be the stage for Vinexposium’s flagship exhibition that mirrors the political and economic trends within the wine and spirits industry – Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. The event will gather 4,026 exhibitors, welcome 40,000 trade visitors from across the globe and host an extensive programme of 122 conferences, debates, panel discussions and masterclasses.

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For three days, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris’ boundless energy promises to scale new heights. The ON! programme, which has been broadened to get conversations going and fuel reflection within the industry, will be at the very core of this buzz. Details of the 122 sessions available at the exhibition can now be viewed online.

For the fifth time, Europe’s leading trade fair will become one of the most important events in the industry’s business calendar and the first major international event of the year. In 2023, the event was attended by more than 36,000 visitors from all continents from 42 countries. Looking to the future, the organizers predict an expansion of horizons, namely +72% of visitors compared to 2023.

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Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris Events

With its sights set squarely on the trends and movements that drive the wine and spirits industry, the ON! programme will be curated by international experts. Drawing on extensive, long-standing knowledge of the sector, their mission will be to decipher and deliver information on innovative projects that help understand markets and their development.

The exhibition will feature numerous special events, such as tasting areas, forums, and conferences.

A taste for discovery

The ON! will provide an enhanced programme of world-class tastings and masterclasses offering a taste of the quintessential features of regions, appellations, products, brands and wineries from around the world, or alternatively fulfilling a desire for discovery:

  • Masterclasses featuring regions such as Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne, Languedoc, Beaujolais, Cognac, Auvergne, Bordeaux, the Loire, and the Rhone Valley, alongside Friuli, Tuscany, Vinho Verde and the State of Virginia, or grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, or Grüner Veltliner; or a specific terroir, like vineyard sites for volcanic wines, CentreLoire or Cognac.
  • Masterclasses focusing on Italian wines – Prosecco, Chianti and Pinot Grigio – or iconic Australian wines by Penfolds or from Coonawarra, the finest Cabernets from the Napa Valley, enterprising wines from New York or wines from the ancient vineyards of Türkiye, ranging from the great classics to new styles of wine.
  • A series of conferences hosted by the California Wine Institute, New York Wines and Oregon Wine.
  • The Vinexpo Challenge, the traditional blind tasting challenge organized by the International Sommelier Association (ASI) and Vinexposium, hosted by Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia), 2023 Best Sommelier of the World, and Valeria Gamper (Argentina), 2022 Best Sommelier of the Americas.

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The growth of no/low drinks

Salient trends to watch out for this year at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris include the no/low category which will be the topic of conferences and masterclasses, among them:

  • Can sobriety become jolly? by Antoine Besse and Caroline Noirbuisson.
  • How to implement an inclusive choice of no/low drinks by Jérôme Cuny and Christine Parkinson.
  • The taste of the future: alcohol-free Grands Crus? – a masterclass exploring the future of superpremium alcohol-free wine, hosted by Rodolphe Frerejean-Taittinger, CEO of French Bloom.
  • Secrets of a Sobrelier: alcohol-free craft drinks with Benoit d’Onofrio.
  • The Battle of the Sommeliers will address The role of alcohol-free drinks, by Marc Almert, 2019 Best Sommelier of the World.
  • Chef Sommelier at Baur au Lac (Zurich) with Dominique Laporte, 2004 Best Sommelier of France and leading critic Robert Joseph.

Robert Joseph also is a member of the WTA Jury in 2024.

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Sustainability, from the vineyard to the packaging

Sustainability has become a major challenge for the beverage alcohol industry and will be a part of the ON! programme with:

  • A Vinexposium panel discussion addressing ways of raising awareness about sustainability.
  • Conferences featuring biodynamics, a vector of excellence and winegrowing of the future, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of biodynamics, hosted by Gérard Bertrand; the impact of a changing climate on terroir-driven wines, with François Gilbert.
  • Masterclasses, including Sustainable tasting: exploring climate solutions, with Marta Mendoca for the Porto Protocol and Jamie Goode.
  • Tastings by a number of wineries and regions revolving around research into the contribution of stems in winemaking, a versatile response to climate issues, hosted by Jérémy Cukierman and Frédéric Massie.

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Industry developments

With many conferences, panel discussions and debates on the future of wines internationally:

  • The conference Wine by colors: what are the global trends? on changing consumer and production patterns will be presented by John Barker, director of the International Vine & Wine Organisation (OIV) and Giorgio Delgrosso.
  • Who will win in tomorrow’s global wine market? hosted by the Hopscotch Sopexa agency will reveal the findings of the 10th Wine Trade Monitor, its forward-looking research conducted in 2023 in 9 key markets.
  • Looking for opportunities to win in challenging times, a conference hosted by the IWSR which will examine the impact of the economic landscape on the global beverage alcohol market.
  • Taste shift: 2024 prospects for French consumers, hosted by Bernard Burtschy, Julia Markowski and Sarah Multigner.
  • Doing business within the context of Brexit in 2024. Faced with the challenges thrown up by new laws that aim to change the very definition of wine, should wine producers continue to invest time and effort in the United Kingdom? with Miles Beale (WSTA), Justin LiddleNadine MaccallionChuck Cramer and Andrew Catchpole.

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Innovation

This topic will bring together experts in technology, research and trend analysis, digital communications and e-commerce. The WineTech Perspectives, an area dedicated to industry innovation and digitalisation created in conjunction with the Wine Tech and Vinocamp, will host a series of 26 hard hitting presentations in dynamic, participatory formats on the following 3 themes:

  • Tech for Good/Sustainable, featuring a panel discussion on Re-use: is the wine industry ready to take the leap? and a keynote interview with Laurent David, chairman of LWT.
  • Data, A.I. and Web 3.0 will be addressed at a panel discussion on Wine labels: different perspectives on innovation and regulations and a keynote interview with Heini Zachariensen, Vivino CEO.
  • Consumption & Retail, with a panel discussion on sharing the culture of wine: the potential for new communication formats, with Marion ChâteauSylvain DadéDiane SouquièreGilles Raison and a keynote interview of Michel Chapoutier.

The exhibition will end with an after-show cocktail party Rhone in white.

Check the website to find out more information.

In 2024, Drinks+ & Wine Travel Awards continues its fruitful and active cooperation with Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. This partnership is deepening as Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris is a Wine Travel Awards nominee in the Enogastronomic Events / Event of the Year category. From 12 to 14 February 2024, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will be the stage for […]

The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2022-2023 – Traveling Around the World

Good news from the Wine Travel Awards team: starting this year, the advertising campaign for the award nominees will last at least a year and a half instead of a year and a half as it used to be before.


This happened due to the improvement of the award algorithm: now the catalog of nominees – The Wine Travel Awards Guide – will be released at the beginning of the year following the award year and distributed at the world’s leading wine exhibitions until June. This adds six months of active marketing for each new participant – so we invite you to join us: there are 27 days left until the application deadline.

So, in line with these changes, The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2022-2023, a unique printed and digital catalog uniting WTA community members of the second awards season, has recently been published. The WTA Guide is a true navigator of exciting experiences and personalities in the world of wine and wine tourism for professionals and wine lovers.

This edition on around 250 pages will be distributed throughout 2024 at major wine fairs and events globally, including Wine Paris-Vinexpo Paris 2024, ProWine 2024, Vinitaly 2024, London Wine Fair 2024, as well as fairs and events in Georgia, Poland, Baltic countries, Ukraine, etc. The WTA Guide is a strong introduction to the target audiences of the most powerful world’s exhibitions where participants will get a printed copy of the Guide.

Wine Travel Awards Guide 2022-2023

Visitors to ProWein will also be able to scan a QR-code from the posters which will lead to the digital WTA Guide. The digital version will be available on the WTADrinks+ProWine and Wine Paris-Vinexpo Paris websites. Additionally, the WTA Guide will feature in email marketing campaigns to our database of 22,650 international wine and tourism professionals and operators to enhance global awareness and attract new partners, distributors, and consumers.

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph

The sponsor of this informative publication is Consorzio dell’Asti DOCG. In this issue, you will learn what Robert Joseph’s assessment of local wines, including the world’s first sparkling quevrey, was during his visit to Shumi Winery (Georgia).

Chris Yorke

Where to Go to Taste Real American Beef in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan… How Chris Yorke, CEO of Austrian Wine, evaluates such an outstanding wine event as The VieVinum… What corners of France and what ways privileged tourists of the premium Wine Paths agency get to… What plans Nicolas Clerc MS — President of the United Kingdom Sommelier Academy has as an ambassador… What Winalist proposes to visitors today… Or what modern cocktails based on wine are recommended by Giorgio Facchinetti, Ambassador of Consortium of Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti DOCG… And many, many other things that boggle the imagination and call every oenotourist to travel.

Nicolas Clerc

Nicolas Clerc

Anyone who does not rely on chance and would like to receive a guaranteed copy of The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2022–2023, we invite you to fill out an application for the Guide, paying only for delivery.

Giorgio Facchinetti

For collaborations and partnerships, please contact: partnership@winetravelawards.com or +38 067 447 45 78 (WhatsApp).

Good news from the Wine Travel Awards team: starting this year, the advertising campaign for the award nominees will last at least a year and a half instead of a year and a half as it used to be before. This happened due to the improvement of the award algorithm: now the catalog of nominees – The […]

Holiday Surprises from Rutabalm Company

On the eve of the New Year holidays, the WTA nominee — Rutabalm — has prepared festive packaging for its well-known RUTA balm. Now the beautiful bottle of the balm is complemented by a bright gift box. So, as before, so now, RUTA balm is a worthy gift for any festive or business event.


Winter is still ongoing, and the festive vibe still fills the air. That’s why RutaBalm decided to update the design of its famous RUTA balm. So now fans of RutaBalm products have a chance to add a rare bottle to their collection!

RutaBalm

The packaging design was developed by a graphic designer — Vitaliya Levchenko from the RutaBalm team. The gift box is made of durable metallized cardboard. RUTA balm is a worthy gift for any festive or business event.

RutaBalm

RUTA is a craft herbal balm created from 96 of the best botanicals collected from different parts of our beautiful Ukraine – from Chernihiv forests to Crimean steppes, from the Carpathian Mountains to the meadows of Poltava region.

On the eve of the New Year holidays, the WTA nominee — Rutabalm — has prepared festive packaging for its well-known RUTA balm. Now the beautiful bottle of the balm is complemented by a bright gift box. So, as before, so now, RUTA balm is a worthy gift for any festive or business event. Winter is still ongoing, and the […]

The picturesque Cloudy Bay – the door is open to wine lovers

The warmest month in New Zealand is January. And it is not surprising that right now it is summer in the southern hemisphere. Cloudy Bay, one of New Zealand’s greatest wineries, a Wine Travel Awards nominee in Brand – the Visiting Card of the Country, opens its doors to anyone who loves summer, fine wine and breathtaking scenery.


Cloudy Bay Winery has two locations in Marlborough and Central Otago. The doors of both are open to avid wine tourists and just anyone who cares about good wine.

Cloudy Bay

Known as the birthplace of New Zealand wine, Marlborough is the sunniest place in New Zealand and it is here, surrounded by the Richmond Ranges, vineyards and spectacular scenery, that you can explore the full range of Cloudy Bay wines and enjoy a delicious lunch. The wines produced here have a clean and rich taste with pronounced notes of stone fruits, lemon and exquisite echoes of exotic fruits.

Summer restaurant in the garden – Jack’s Raw Bar, is open daily from 12.00 to 15.00 from December 1 to April 30. This is a place where time has stood still, fresh oysters and bright dishes made from local vegetables and fruits await true gourmets. Locals love this restaurant for its seasonal menu and have dubbed it a “seafood haven.”

Cloudy Bay

Central Otago is Cloudy Bay’s second location, “our second home,” as the winery team calls it. The cellar and restaurant The Shed is located on the shores of Lake Dunstan. The impressive outdoor spaces are perfect for enjoying a glass or two paired with local cuisine. But guests can come here in winter as well: burning fireplaces, breathtaking views and a cozy warm atmosphere, what else is needed to relax the body and let the imagination of the soul fly? The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11.30 to 15.00.

Cloudy Bay

Only one Te Wāhi Pinot Noir is produced in Central Otago, but the full range of Marlborough wines is available here for tasting. The comfortable tasting room has tables for groups of up to six people. For larger groups, please contact the winery in advance.

Photos: cloudybay.com

The warmest month in New Zealand is January. And it is not surprising that right now it is summer in the southern hemisphere. Cloudy Bay, one of New Zealand’s greatest wineries, a Wine Travel Awards nominee in Brand – the Visiting Card of the Country, opens its doors to anyone who loves summer, fine wine […]

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