The Only Guide to Wine Fairs Across the World for 2022 – 2023 You Need
Do you have a vintage you want to promote? Or you’re looking for equipment and services for the production side of things?
We’ve taken the liberty to showcase the trade fairs you can still catch in the latter half of 2022 and what fairs you can look forward to during 2023.
FORUM VINI 2022: Munich, Germany
One of the final events in the wine industry’s calendar, FORUM VINI 2022 is set for three days between November 4th – October 11th at the MTC Centre. A matured event, the wine fair services both trade visitors and end consumers with attendance reaching 9,500 visitors annually. There are roughly 200 exhibitors present and showcase over 2,500 products together.
In addition to German and international wines, the product spectrum runs from delicacies to wine accessories, industry literature and services from the gastronomy, travel and online sectors.
Picture: FORUM VINI
WeinHerbst Munich 2022: Munich, Germany
WeinMünchen Herbst 2022 closes out the wine calendar for the year with an edition planned for October 29th – October 30th. The annual wine fair is characterised by the fact it’s held at the former Riemerschmidt liqueur factory, and focuses on the German winemaking region with 900 wines on display. Nevertheless, you still have winemakers come from as far as South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. Most of the winegrowers are either independent or family wineries.
SIMEI 2022: Milan, Italy
SIMEI 2022 is prepared to repeat its success from last edition and welcome over 33,000 visitors to Fiera Milano. The trade fair is the biggest event of its kind for the Italian winemaking region, which continues to set the standard and dominate culturally. It’s why you have buyers from all continents in attendance. The dates have been set for November 15th – November 18th. Of course, you have wines and alcoholic beverages as the stars for the show, but SIMEI is also a cross-sector procurement platform for the associated technological sectors.
The support programme features highlights such as the SIMEI Innovation challenge and the very timely Sustainable Wine Roundtable.
ENOVITIS 2022: Milan, Italy
Enovitis Business pairs well with SIMEI as the specialised indoor trade fair, which services not just production but harvesting grapes. You’ll see all there is to see about vineyard cultivation from November 15th until November 18th. Enovitis Business 2023 is an essential link in the entire wine production chain. From what grows on the vine to what pours out of the bottle.
Together, Enovitis Business and SIMEI create a potent B2B platform that pulls visitors from all wine making regions in Europe. Enovitis Business is only one part of a trio of events. There’s also Enovitis in campo (fair in the field) and Enovitis extreme (heroic viticulture). All three events are spaced throughout the year.
VINITECH-SIFEL 2022: Bordeaux, France
After a forced digital edition during the pandemic, it’s time to bring back VINITECH-SIFEL in 2022 as a physical event. All preparations at the Parc des Expositions in Bordeaux are made for November 29th – December 1st. The duo of events is spaced out every two years and services the needs of professionals not just in wine production, but also arboriculture and vegetable production.
The cross-sector nature of the events appeals to players in the wine and market garden industries, who are looking to make informed purchases of innovative technologies. You join more than 900 other exhibitors from 20 different countries. What’s specific here is the high-quality program with a lot of scientific sessions in place.
HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2023: Hong Kong
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair presents international exhibitors with the ideal conditions to penetrate the Chinese wine market, which is one of the fastest growing in the world. Due to the pandemic, the trade fair was moved to early January 2023. The dates are set for January 10th – January 11th. As always, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the wine fair.
The 2019 edition was quite successful with 1075 exhibitors and 15,248 trade visitors in total. At the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair you connect with industry associations and buyers with solid influence in China.
Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2023: Paris, France
Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2023 open the calendar year with an exciting edition planned for February 13th – February 15th at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The newly formed trade show is firmly on the B2B side of things. Editions are spaced every two years, which gives the market the necessary space to reinvigorate and present buyers with interesting new products across the entire alcoholic beverages' value chain.
The numbers are more than satisfactory: 2800 exhibitors, 29,280 trade visitors, 126 countries. The trade fair boasts a dynamic support programme with sub-events like Be Spirits, WOW! World of Organic Wines, La Nouvelle Vague, Wine Tech Perspectives, L‘Avenue and lastly the Communal International Area. The combination of the two trade fairs delivers a lot of value to winemakers and buyers alike.
WeinFruhling Dusseldorf 2023: Dusseldorf, Germany
The spring equivalent of WeinHerbst Munich, WeinDüsseldorf Frühling focuses on the local wine region in Germany and its surrounding countries. The 2023 edition is scheduled for the weekend March 5th – March 6th at the Rheinterrasse. It’s the ideal platform for vintners and wineries to present their best and newest vintages. You’re met with a rich assortment of 900 different wines. The wine fair gives exhibitors ample opportunities to penetrate the local market.
Vinitaly 2023: Verona, Italy
Of course, no list can be complete without Vinitaly, which is arguably the biggest wine fair in the world with an audience of 113,000 international trade visitors last time it was held live. It’s one of the most diverse trade fairs as well with 400 smaller events peppered throughout, which give exhibitors so many opportunities to engage with their audience. The hosted buyer programme is a definitive highlight when it comes to B2B networking.
Vinitaly 2023 is held at Fiera Verona during April 2nd – April 5th. The trade show is comprehensive in its reach and runs alongside Enolitech, which is a trade fair for winegrowing, olive growing and beverages. One of the definite highlights of Vinitaly is the opportunity to experience Verona and its most iconic cultural hotspots as they’re incorporated in the fair’s programme.
London Wine Fair 2023: London, UK
The London Wine Fair 2023 returns to Olympia London's Grand Hall in mid-May, creating the perfect conditions for trade visitors to sample wines and place orders. The dates have been set for May 15th – May 17th, and you can expect over 10,000 trade visitors in attendance. What makes the London Wine Fair an essential stop for every buyer is the fact that exhibitors display more than 9,000 wines from all around the world.
The wine fair consistently exhibits every year, and has missed only a few editions due to COVID. Right now, the London Wine Fair functions as the go-to marketplace to restart the industry. Its reach is global as visitors come from Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and North and South America.
Picture: London Wine Fair
ProWein 2023: Dusseldorf, Germany
Scheduled for March 19th – March 21st, ProWein 2023 is set to bring back top wine makers from around the world to Messe Dusseldorf once more. The annual trade fair services eight business sectors - the wholesale, retail, import/export, catering, trade, services, and hospitality industries, which means exhibitors are in an advantageous position to diversify their revenue streams easily.
The 2022 edition is still rebuilding attendance following restrictions during the pandemic, but the numbers were more than satisfactory. Over 5700 exhibitors showcased and attracted a total of 38,000 trade visitors from 145 countries. Come for the business opportunities, stay for the top-tier events like the Organic World and the Champagne Lounge.
Bordeaux Wine Week 2023: Bordeaux, France
Recently rebranded Bordeaux Wine Week did incredibly well during its 2022 edition at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux Lac. The wine fair has remade itself into a B2B platform with an incredible support programme to ensure strong networking - The Symposium 'Act for Change', The Grands Crus weekend, The Vinexpo Meetings and the Bordeaux Wine Festival. All in all, there are 45 talks and tastings.
Bordeaux Wine Week 2023 has entered its planning stages, but it’s too early to know the exact dates other than it will take place in June. In the past, this wine fair has pulled over 1700 exhibitors and 46,000 trade visitors. The whole world of wine is present – over 150 countries.
Picture: Bordeaux Wine Week
VieVinum 2024: Vienna, Austria
VieVinum 2024 has just been announced. The international wine festival is going to take place between May 25th – May 27th at HOFBURG Vienna. The biennial event is open to trade visitors (allowed in the mornings) and the general public (welcome to browse during the afternoon hours). Overall, you’re in the company of 500 exhibitors including producers, importers and distributors from Austria and all over the world.
VieVinum opens the door to the Austrian market as it’s its largest and most important wine event. You get to meet with wine trade houses that work in Austria and the surrounding region. There’s a lot to do, and several kick-off events to help you make a great first impression.