The exhibition of Mediterranean Wines and Spirits
From 24 February to 26 February 2014 the Expo Park of Montpellier will host the 20th edition of the Vinisud wine fair.
What is Vinisud?
The main international wine fair dedicated to wine producers of mediterranean wine regions : from France to Israel through the Maghreb, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal… this wine fair introduce in the European version about 1650 wine exhibitors.
With its success in Europe Vinisud, is also installed once a year in a restricted version (400 exhibitors) to Shanghai (29/30/31 October 2014) since 2013.
The both are exclusively for wine professionals (importers, buyers, sommeliers, winemakers, growers … etc)
Let’s go to the program:
- Official opening of Vinisud exhibition : Monday 24 February – 11am – North Entrance Hall
Vinisud Master Classes
- “Discovering Mediterranean wines” presented by Paolo BASSO, winner of the 2013 World’s Best Sommelier award – Monday 24 February – 2.30pm to 3.30pm
- A tasting of Mediterrane an wines awarded prizes in the Brussels contest: Monday 24 February–2.00pm to 6.00pm
- “Sparkling Mediterranean wines” – presented by Beppe Giuliano, director of Euposia magazine and organiser of the Euposia challenge, a contest devoted exclusively to sparkling wines produced using the classical method (6th edition in 2013). In a journey spanning 6 countries and a dozen different wine producers, he will outline the traditional Mediterranean methods. – Monday 24 February – 4pm to 5pm
- “AOC Languedoc” presented by the CIVL-Languedoc Wines Joint Trade Council– CIVL – Monday 24 February – 4pm to 5pm
- “Grenache, an international grape variety” presented by the Grenache Association – Monday 24 February
- “Horizontal tasting of the Moscato d’Asti appellation” – Exploring the various organoleptic characteristics of the appellation area presented by the Moscato d’Asti producers’ group – Monday 24 February – 5.30pm to 6.30pm
- “Rosé wines in Languedoc” presented by the CIVL – Languedoc Wines Joint Trade Council – CIVL – Tuesday 25 February – 9.30am to 10.30am
- “When grape variety and heritage go hand in hand…” presented by Olivier POUSSIER, winner of the 2000 World’s Best Sommelier award, and Raphaël Pierre-Bianchetti, President of the Corsican Sommeliers Association – Exploring Corsican grape varieties with unexpected and magical names! – Tuesday 25 February – 10am to 11am
- “World trends in rosé wines” presented by the Provence Wine Council – CIVP – Tuesday 25 February – 11.15am to 12.15pm
- “Roussillon wines” presented by the Roussillon – Wines Joint Trade Council – CIVR – Tuesday 25 February – 11.30am to 12.30pm
- “The greatred wine appellations/regions of the Mediterranean” jointly presented by Gérard BASSET and Paolo BASSO, winners of the World’s Best Sommelier award in 2010 and 2013 respectively – Tuesday 25 February – 2.15pm to 3.45pm
- “Mediterranean PGI, naturally rosé” animated by Kelly Mc Auliffe, organized by Intervins Sud Est – Tuesday 25 February – 4.00pm to 5.00pm
- “AOC Languedoc” presented by the CIVL – Languedoc Wines Joint Trade Council – Tuesday 25 February – 4.15pm to 5.15pm
- “A tasting of organic Mediterranean wines awarded prizes in the Amphore contest, an International competition for organically grown wines” – Tuesday 25 February – 5.45pm to 6.45pm
- “Organic wines for the Scandinavian market“, a tasting with Britt Karlsson, BKWine (including biodynamic) –Wednesday 26 February – 9.30am to10.30am
- “Sud de France Star Sommeliers challenge“ presented by Sud de France Développement – the 1st edition of this contest to be held at Vinisud is reserved exclusively for sommeliers and entirely dedicated to Languedoc Roussillon wines. Unparalleled in the profession, this contest is run in close collaboration with the Languedoc-Roussillon & Southern Rhône Valley Sommeliers Association. The winner is offered a 4-day trip to New York to be a judge on the panel of the Sud de France Challenge dedicated to American sommeliers. This is a 2-stage event; though the morning session is held behind closed doors, the final in the afternoon is open to visitors to the trade fair. It takes place in the conference room with the 3 finalists tested before a panel of distinguished sommeliers… a rare experience centred on a region that produces outstanding wines. Monday 24 February – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
- “The taste of … others” … Organic and biodynamic wines presented by Evelyne Malnic, journalist and author of the ‘Guide des vins en biodynamie’ (Féret) and of the website plusbellelavignebio.com , with contributions from Yannis Kherachy, Michelin-starred sommelier from the Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, Jean Natoli, wine expert from Oenoconseil, Pierre Guigui, journalist, Cédric Lecareux, estates director of the Gérard Bertrand Group, Jean Guizard of Aux Grands vins de Montpellier – Monday 24 Feburary – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
- “Funding a wine industry project“, Participatory funding courtesy of the internet…by Vitisphère – Monday 24 February 2014 – 4.45pm to 6.15pm
- “Managing and showcasing the wine-growing landscapes of the Mediterranean regions” Taking into account the challenges and diversity of landscapes in the development strategy adopted by wine-producing regions with reference to 4 specific Mediterranean regions: Aix Sainte-Victoire, Banyuls, Costières de Nîmes and Penedés. Presented by professional vineyard managers and the French Vine and Wine Institute – Tuesday 25 February 2014 – 9.30am/11.00am
- “Why we should preserve original Mediterranean grape varieties and how to achieve this” presented by Wine Mosaic – Tuesday 9.45am to 10.45am “
- “What purpose do wine contests serve?” Presentation of the results of a survey carried out by Vitisphere – Tuesday 25 February 2014 – 11.15am to 12.30pm
- “How to promote wines produced from original Mediterranean grape varieties” presented by Wine Mosaic – Tuesday 4.00pm to 5.00pm
- “Original wine tourism for the Mediterranean” – Round table discussion with contributions from wine tourism estates, travel agencies and institutional stakeholders. “Soleil, patrimoines historiques et culturels, vins d’exception… la Méditerranée” (Sunshine, historic and cultural heritage, exceptional wines…the Mediterranean, a wine tourism paradise), arranged and presented by André Deyrieux, wine tourism consultant and founder of the web magazine Winetourisminfrance.com. – Tuesday 25 February 2014 – 4.30pm to 6.30pm
- “All aspects of the world’s rosé wines” and “Behaviours and perceptions of 35 million consumers of rosé wines in France” – Wednesday 26 February – 9.30am to 10.30am
- “The Aperitif and wine – New consumption trends” – Results of the survey conducted by Wine Intelligence. – Wednesday 26 February 2014 – 10.30am to 12 noon
Press conference – Press room
- “All aspects of the world’s rosé wines” and “Behaviours and perceptions of 35 million consumers of rosé wines in France”- Monday 24 February – 5.30pm
Vinisud 2.0 Pavilion
Hosted by a team from the specialist wine agency, Sowine. In order to gain coverage on all the social media networks throughout the exhibition, every day the pavilion will offer a number of workshops and tastings which both exhibitors and visitors are invited to attend: Among the topics announced in advance:
- Wine and Generation Y
- Utilising social media for winegrowers (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Using video as a promotional tool for winegrowers
- The impact of the internet on the wine sector
- The Evin Law and the internet
- Winegrowers & Twitter
- How to communicate online with a limited budget?
- What impact do social media have on the various wine markets?
“Mediterranean Expression by Vinisud” area
This new area will showcase the rich diversity of the Mediterranean’s wine, culinary and cultural heritage.
- Its very first 300m2 tasting area will be hosted by Wine Mosaic, where participants can enjoy a unique experience sampling unusual Mediterranean grape varieties. The Wine Mosaic association campaigns for vinodiversity by encouraging the protection and promotion of Mediterranean grape varieties. In partnership with Vinisud, it offers a comprehensive set of resources for exploring vinodiversity in the Mediterranean region:
A sampling area where you can discover “100 Mediterranean grape varieties you have never tasted before” .
The presence of twenty winegrowers from every country within the Mediterranean basin who will present to you a varied and representative vision of this region’s rich diversity.
Two series of presentations bringing together wine industry speakers from a variety of backgrounds, who will discuss the importance of protecting and promoting unusual grape varieties.
“Talk and Taste” sessions where winegrowers will invite you to sample their wines from original grape varieties and explain their approach to wine-making.
- At the same time, a second area will be dedicated to exploring Mediterranean gastronomy, sampling “huile de vignerons” (winegrowers’ oil), cultural exhibitions featuring photographs of Mediterranean vineyard landscapes taken by Claude Cruells, an exhibition on Wine in Ancient Times – where it was grown, its production process and trading routes (by sea and overland), presented by the Musée de l ́Ephèbe (Adonis Museum dedicated to underwater archaeology) in Cap d’Adge.
Choukroun Chicheportiche Jonathan
Programme et photos ©Vinisud