What were the media looking for at Vinexpo this year? The put the question to several as we met with them in the convivial press zone…
The issues and trends that are on my mind, and that I hope to “fill in” at Vinexpo, are things like labor and immigration, and price adjustments in reaction to the political climate in the UK and the US. I also have a special affinity for sparkling wine (including those produced outside of Champagne), and for what’s happening in emerging consumer markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and China. Vinexpo is so comprehensive that I’m sure I’ll be able to learn about those things and more! At this show, there’s no way to cover it all, so it helps to go in with a very solid “itinerary” that I adjust as needed.
Editor and co-founder, the-buyer.net
Vinexpo is a wonderful opportunity for a journalist and commentator on wine to hear first-hand the issues, the opportunities and challenges wine producers the world over are facing. It’s vital to spend as much time as possible asking the right questions and listening to the answers. My tips? Find the time to explore, discover, attend keynote talks and remember the world of wine is changing far quicker than your business so you need to be watching and listening to keep up.
Rodolphe Wartel – Publishing director, Terre de Vins
We are looking to meet with operators, mainly French, that we do not meet with regularly. It is an opportunity to better understand their developments and their news, and to have new sources of information. Our focus is on France, all regions. For Bordeaux, where a part of our team is installed, we will also be looking for a “different” Bordeaux, less woody, more creative, engaged: wines that can give a rejuvenated image of Bordeaux, as part of a supplement that we publish in September. We also hope to learn! The conferences proposed on Brexit and Spain as a guest of honour are points of interest that position Vinexpo at the heart of international news.