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Get Ready for the Largest Wine Exhibition in the World: Vinitaly 2023

Vinitaly is the world’s first and largest wine and spirits fair for wine business operators on international markets. Dating to 1967, the fair is held annually in the northern city of Verona with four days of networking between producers, buyers, and stakeholders in the global wine supply chain. This year’s Vinitaly will be the fair’s 55th edition and will take place between April 2-5. 

Vinitaly 2023 is expected to draw in roughly 4,500 exhibitors who will present wine labels from over 40 countries, according to ExpoBeds, a tour operator that plans, selects, and books trade fair travel. The fair will also hold informational sessions and demos on new trends in and issues facing the wine-making, mixology, and marketing aspects of the industry.

Take a look at some of the most intriguing events, many of which are incredibly exclusive, from the four-day fair below:

April 2:

  1. Sicily and Sardinia is a selection of 10 wines from Sicily and Sardinia that will be available for tasting for €15. Buy tickets here.

  2. Discovering ‘vini di Francia’ is a selection of wines from France that will be available for tasting for €15. Buy tickets here.

  3. New Trends - Wine to the Moon and Back tackles the new frontiers of wine making and how the industry is adapting to climate change. Register here.

  4. Armenian Wine House is an introduction on Armenian enology and viticulture, followed by four wine tastings for €15. Buy tickets here.

  5. Trip to South Africa is a tasting of four wines from two of the most prestigious wineries in South Africa for €15 . Buy tickets here

April 3:

  1. Chardonnay – A gift from Napoleon: The evolution of Chardonnay in Italy is a seminar lead by Jeff Porter, one of the United States’ most influential sommeliers. Porter will hold a masterclass exploring the Italian approach to producing Chardonnay, featuring samples of the wine from Italian regions such as Piedmont, Lombardy, Abruzzo, Sicily, Friuli, South Tyrol, Friuli, and Tuscany. Register here

  2. The diversity of Slovenia explores the diversity of Slovenian wine through wine tastings for €15. Buy tickets here

  3. Vini & Consumi Awards 2023 is a free awards event that awards wineries that have distinguished themselves in design, marketing, communication, and product during 2022. More information can be found here

April 4:

  1. Iconic women in Italian bollicine is a panel that will focus on women involved in the production of Italian bubbles, moderated by Alison Napjus, a wine critic and journalist. Register here.

  2. Indigenous varieties of the Balkans is a tasting of Balkan wines from various winegrowing regions for €15. Balkan wines have received high scores over the past few years, and the area is gradually attracting the attention of international wine critics. Buy tickets here

  3. The power of red wines is a tasting of red wines from various regions in Italy, including Campania, Molise, and Puglia, for €15. Buy tickets here

April 5:

  1. Istrian wines from Croatia is a tasting of international and indigenous grape varieties in the Istrian region for €15. Buy tickets here.

  2. Two iconic wine growing areas of Hungary – Tokaj and Szeksárd is a wine tasting of the red wines of the Szeksárd region and dry, sweet white wines of Tokaj for €15. Buy tickets here.

Asia London Palomba

Asia London Palomba is a trilingual freelance journalist from Rome, Italy. In the past, her work on culture, travel, and history has been published in The Boston Globe, Atlas Obscura, The Christian Science Monitor, and Grub Street, New York Magazine's food section. In her free time, Asia enjoys traveling home to Italy to spend time with family and friends, drinking Hugo Spritzes, and making her nonna's homemade cavatelli.