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Tuesday 25 September 2018

New wine initiatives for Vinexpo Bordeaux

While wine trade fares are now common around the world, there is nothing of the size and scale of Vinexpo, in Bordeaux.

The 20th edition of Vinexpo Bordeaux, which takes place from May 13-16, 2019, has announced several new features to highlight its position as a strategic show.

Over 40,000 trade visitors from 150 countries are expected to attend and discover products presented by 2,000 international exhibitors.

The Vinexpo brand now organises events in four cities around the world: Bordeaux, Hong Kong, New York, and soon Paris in January 2020, as well as a touring event, Vinexpo Explorer.

“Vinexpo is continuing to expand internationally and Vinexpo Bordeaux is the group's cornerstone - this is our flagship and it will receive even more resources for 2019,” said Patrick Seguin, President of Vinexpo’s executive board and Chairman of the Bordeaux-Gironde Chamber of Commerce.

A planned investment scheme to refurbish the exhibition hall has been accelerated. For its 2019 edition, the show will be housed in a new facility replacing Hall 2 (cost: €34.7 million). This initiative will continue in the next few years with the gradual renovation of Hall 1.

At the same time, new access will be set up to the exhibition. Attendees will be able to use the Vinexpo Citypass. This pass gives free access to the TBM (tramway and bus) network and offers numerous advantages so they make the most of their stay in Bordeaux (free entrance to the Cité du Vin, some of the city's museums etc.). There will also be a special reception and information stand at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport and at the Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station.

The first Symposium Vinexpo will be organised in association with the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. This event will provide answers to the major challenges facing the industry. The theme for 2019 will look at the impact of climate change on the wine and spirits industry.

The scientific, technical and economic aspects will be considered during talks taking place throughout the day on 14 May. This topical issue will be examined by representatives from the French Wine and Vine Institute and its international experts.

Another initiative is Les Diners du Palais (May 13-14) where exhibitors will be able to invite their guests to the Palais de la Bourse. Their own wines will be served as they dine, paired with a menu designed by a Michelin-starred chef.

La Grande Dégustation (tasting event) will be held at the Palais de la Bourse on the evening before Vinexpo opens; it will be open to the general public. Information on

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