Felicity Carter is editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, an English language bi-monthly magazine published in Germany. We asked her why Vinexpo Bordeaux is so important for her.
My magazine covers the global wine trade, looking at what’s happening on both the wine production side and also on the market. It’s therefore very important that I visit Vinexpo, as it offers a great opportunity to catch up with significant people. One of the nicest things about Vinexpo is that it’s got the best food of any of the trade fairs, which makes it a pleasure to meet people over lunch or a coffee.
What do you see as the main issues facing the global wine industry now and over the next 12 months?
What I’m expecting to see is a continuation of the two major trends of the past couple of years: the unstoppable rise of sparkling wine and rosé. There’s also a growing interest in autochthonous varieties.
As a journalist, what tips do you have for visitors to make the most of the show?
Anybody visiting Vinexpo needs to make as many appointments in advance as possible. Vinexpo is slightly more formal than other trade fairs, and it’s more difficult to just drop in on stands. My other tip would be to leave time in the schedule to visit Bordeaux itself, which is a jewel box of a city.
Photo: Felicity Carter – Editor-in-chief, Meininger’s Wine Business International