The Vinexpo Academy

Tastes to discover and knowledge to share

The Vinexpo Academy is a four-day line-up of talks, conferences, masterclasses and tastings – destined to enrich the lives of all those attending, no matter what level of sophistication they may have. The Academy is the exhibition’s platform of discoveries, featuring wines and spirits from around the globe.

It’s a great opportunity to explore and enjoy top Italian wines at Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri Top Italian Wines Masterclass, which will be presented for the first time ever in France. Other exciting masterclasses include “the Irish spirits renaissance”, a tasting that highlights a selection of the country’s latest spirits innovations including whiskies, gins, and whisky cream liqueurs.

The Academy programme will include tastings of wines from lesser known vineyards, such as Serbia. Through a tasting of 18 representative wines, this under-the-radar wine country will present its grape varieties and various wine styles.

Another country set to present some very special treasures is Georgia, with its “Cradle of wine” tasting and conference highlighting the country’s 8,000 years of winemaking history and Qvevri winemaking method which has largely inspired some of current day winemaking trends in Georgia and beyond.

In addition, wines, as well as sakés and sochu (two traditional Japanese beverages), will play an important role in this year’s Vinexpo event programme, with a thorough presentation of their production processes and suggestion of pairings with non-Japanese cuisines. The masterclass will be hosted by leading representatives of Miyasaka Brewing Co. Ltd and the Japanese Saké and Sochu producers’ association.


The famous Spanish bodega, Tempos Vega Sicilia, will offer a comparative tasting of one of the country’s main grape varieties, Tempranillo, grown on different terroirs and under different climates, of Spain.

Among the very numerous prestigious wine and spirits tastings at the Vinexpo Academy is the 2016 vintage tasting of Bordeaux’s Union des Grands Crus.

Besides tastings, the Vinexpo Academy is also a great place to learn about various other aspects of the wine and spirits world. For instance, the international association “Declaration to protect Wine Place & Origin” will be holding a press conference covering its work for the protection of wine origins and against their abuse and miscommunication to consumers, a topic that is extremely relevant to wine and spirits producers and professionals around the globe.

Several award ceremonies such as “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017”, “les Victoires du Liège”, and “the Institute of Masters of Wine & the Drinks Business Lifetime Achievement Award 2017” have also chosen the Vinexpo Academy for their events.