The 2023 edition of Fenavin, a leading trade fair for Spanish wine in Ciudad Real, recently drew to a close after running from May 9th to the 11th.
In total, 1921 wineries from all over Spain showcased their products across multiple pavilions for over 19,000 buyers, of which more that 4000 were international and came from over 100 countries. Even more impressive, the fair welcomed more than 117,000 visitors and estimates that it gave rise to 519,000 commercial contacts worth 106 million euros.
Opinion Leaders and Buyers Visit the Fair
A group of 10 opinion leaders and buyers attended the fair. After a warm welcome on the first day, they met with different wineries in the wine gallery, which was followed by a lecture in English entitled “A walk among Spanish wines,” given by oenologist and vine grower María Antonia Fernández Daza and focused on La Mancha PDO wines.
Then María led them in a private wine tasting called “Unique wines from Ciudad Real.” The guests were then served lunch at the Fenavin restaurant, which was followed by meetings with different wineries.
In the evening, they had the option to visit Bodegas Reconquista for a tour, a wine tasting, and a small reception.
The next day, the group of opinion leaders and buyers met with exhibiting wineries in the Wine Gallery, followed by a roundtable discussion entitled “Spanish wines: Main strong points in international markets.” It was moderated by María, and the participants were Marcelo Copello, a Brazilian opinion leader in the wine sector; Monica Bielka-Vescovi, an international wine expert; and Zbigniew Kawalec, executive director at Darwina.pl.
After the discussion, the group was able to network with exhibiting wineries again, and then attended a second roundtable discussion entitled “500 Parker Points” featuring wineries with wines that have received 100 points from Robert Parker. This included Bodega Pérez Barquero, Bodega Familia Nin Ortiz, Bodega Marqués de Murrieta, Bodega Contador, and Bodega Rafael Palacios.
The opinion leaders and buyers were again given the opportunity to connect with wineries, followed by a private wine tasting under the same theme as the lecture, “A walk among Spanish wines.”
On the final day of the fair, the group accompanied journalists to meet with Manuel Juliá, the director of Fenavin, followed by their final meetings with exhibiting wineries.