Fenavin 2019 – Spain’s Leading Wine Fair
This article is of particular interest to the wine trade and in particular wine buyers. The organisers specifically focus on sponsoring trade missions putting buyers in touch with Spanish wineries of all sizes. Whether a small specialist importer or a larger retailer the fair will be of interest. Over the next few weeks I will be doing a number blog features with highlights from three days of intensive tasting and this will be of interest to all readers. These winery profiles will all be included in the 12th edition of Wine behind the label as well as in our monthly updates for members.
Fenavin (www.fenavin.com) is now very well established and has in recent years established itself as the leading specialist fair, for wine exhibitors, in contrast with the giant generally food oriented fair in Barcelona, Alimentaria. For obvious reasons the two operate in alternate years.
Logically you would consider Fenavin might struggle in comparison, being based in the city of Ciudad Real in the far south of La Mancha. However the organisers have very successfully targeted the international wine trade and based on the arrangements I have enjoyed with the UK delegation things are very efficiently handled.
Ganimedes, one of nine pavilions
As well as the close to 2,000 exhibiting wineries, visitors also benefit from a number of seminars and specialist tastings and the free pour Wine Gallery where wines can be previewed before visiting exhibitors. It is split into sparkling, whites, rosados, reds, fortifieds and a focus for 2019, organic wines.
The international delegations will help with organising flights and train transfers from Madrid to Ciudad and crucially organise the visiting buyers and a handful of overseas press visitors with hotel accommodation. So in summary this is a must for all wine importers large and small looking for Spanish wines. If you are interested in visiting in 2021, contact the organisers at the website above.
The Wine Gallery
If you are based in the UK and are interested in the 2021 fair you should contact Gerald Lawson-Tancred at Xtend2 (www.xtend2.co.uk), which organises the UK delegation.
Readers can look forward to details of new wineries and wines from Rioja, Priorat, Cataluña, Navarra, Pago Arinzano, Cava, Montsant, Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, Rias Baixas, Ribeiro, Castilla y León, Sierra de Salamanca, Sierra de Gredos, Cebreros, Vinos de Madrid, Murcia, Manchuela, Valencia, Málaga/Sierras de Málaga, Jerez and Mallorca.