Take your place at Vinisud 2018This article is published in conjunction with our media partner Vinisud.
To book an exhibition stand at Vinisud, or register your attendance as a guest, visit Vinisud. To register for the World Wine Meetings, visit WWM Global.
Vinisud, the international showcase for the world’s most exciting wine region, returns this month. The trade show, which will be held February 18-20 at Montpellier Exhibition Centre, will see over 30,000 visitors discover the wines of almost 1,500 exhibitors, with all Mediterranean countries represented.
Vinisud aims to bring together Mediterranean wine producers and trade buyers, and ranks among the world’s top five trade events for buyers. With Mediterranean wines accounting for 29% of global production, the show is the benchmark Mediterranean wine event for discovering new finds and emerging consumer trends.
This year’s event will focus on three key issues: effective marketing, unearthing new gems and exploring the latest consumer trends. Visitors will be able to explore six ‘zones’ promoting innovation and identity, including areas dedicated to sparkling wines, rare and unusual grape varieties, and a showcase of new winegrowers and up-and-coming market players.
Along with free-pour tasting formats giving visitors the opportunity to discover the gems of Mediterranean wine, other sections of Vinisud will highlight wine tourism, digital technologies, and the growing trend of responsible drinking.
For the first time ever, Vinisud 2018 will mark the fourth and final event in a series connecting both French and international wine players, following Vinovision, Forum International d’Affaires, and the World Wine Meetings, all of which are taking place in France earlier in the week.
Alongside Vinisud, the World Wine Meetings (WWM Global) is an exclusive wine and spirits convention that provides producers with the opportunity to develop and increase wine exports worldwide by meeting with 150 buyers from more than 30 countries.
From 14-17 February 2018, registered producers will be provided with personalised schedules of carefully matched one-on-one meetings with selected international wine buyers, enabling them to find the perfect importer or distributor for their wines.
Alongside the private meetings, WWM Global also runs lunches, a gala dinner and a mini fair, giving producers the chance to show off their wines to importers in a friendly atmosphere. Exhibitors can also opt to run masterclasses where they can promote their region with the undivided attention of influential international buyers.
- “As a start-up brand you focus hard on achieving credibility and creating awareness. Winning Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy provided us with a level of credibility and exposure that we simply could not have achieved on our own. The awards helped secure key listings in Harvery Nichols and Selfridges and certainly played a significant part in opening up dialogue with potential U.S importers and ultimately securing one. I thought hard about which competition to enter and what the return on that investment would be. I can say with absolute confidence that the IWSC was worth every penny.”David ShepherdFounder & Director, Corte Vetusto
- “IWSC is a very important competition to us in terms of showing consumers our quality. It's one of the competitions that we definitely enter on a yearly basis.”Ian ChangMaster Blender, Kavalan Distillery
- “Out of all of the awards, the IWSC is probably the most prestigious and most honest awards. You choose your judges very well and they're very good, honest, decent people. They do it for the love of the industry.”Sukhinder SinghMD, The Whisky Exchange
- “The IWSC is a very prestigious competition. The prestige is a great thing to be able to communicate to our customers who have great respect for it.”David PorterOperations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
- “The IWSC represents everything, without a doubt. There's no better competition in the world where you can judge yourself not just against your countrymen but against the rest of the world.”Andy AndersonWinemaker, Takapoto Estate
- “Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire GriffithsCommercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
- “It's one of the greatest international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz MoserWinemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
- “Because of the number of international judges that are tasting the wines and the number of wines that are being entered, it’s a great privilege for us to receive this award. The history of the competition, the standing that it has amongst the international wine world and certainly amongst one’s peers, to be able to get an award at the IWSC means a lot. There are a lot of competitions around the world – this probably represents the top award you could get as a winemaker.”Gary & Kathy JordanWinemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
- “It’s a great honour to win especially as nowadays people are focusing on the quality not just the numbers, so it does mean a huge amount getting recognition from an institution as well sought after as the IWSC.”Chris BlandyOwner, Blandy's Wines
- “This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor FuentesDirector General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
- “The IWSC is a well renowned, well looked up to standard and a symbol of premium products so it’s a great achievement to win any award.”Andrea FreeboroughCellar Master, Nederburg Wines