In March wine connoisseurs and lovers will get their money’s worth again in Düsseldorf: While the leading trade fair ProWein in the exhibition halls will be exclusively open to trade visitors from all over the world from 24 to 26 March, the city will again see a multitude of enjoyable evening events on the theme of wines and spirits – accessible to all. Under the motto “ProWein goes City” 54 restaurants, hotels and specialist retailers will be taking part in the joint initiative launched by Messe Düsseldorf and the business association Destination Düsseldorf this year. After kicking off with a pilot project in 2007 the initiative has seen steady growth and is being held concurrently with ProWein for the seventh time now. “ProWein goes City” is a way to forge a link between ProWein trade visitors and the ranges on offer for end users with an interest in wine,” says Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, and adds: “What’s more, exhibitors benefit from the extra offering after trade fair hours throughout Düsseldorf.”
“ProWein goes City” addresses all wine lovers in Düsseldorf and the region as well as trade visitors at ProWein who wish to wind down after their day at the trade fair. The events deliberately start after closing hours which means many wine-growers represented at ProWein can also present their wines in person. “With approximately 90 events this year “ProWein goes City” has enjoyed continued growth, not only in terms of quantity but also quality,” explains Boris Neisser, CEO of Destination Düsseldorf, adding “We are delighted with the many new partners from specialist wine trade and top restaurateurs in Düsseldorf and the region.”
Be it wine tastings, special wine menus, cooking courses, vinophile parties and cultural events – the spectrum ranges from a Brazilian Christmas complete with samba group and German and South African wine tastings to a tour of Spain, Italy and France’s wine regions. Champagne lovers can taste various top brands (at Champagner Galerie & plaisir – Französische Weine as well as at the Institut Français) or look forward to sparkling delights accompanied by sparkling jewels (VIF Weinhandel). Those preferring an exquisite 5-course dinner with their champagne will get their money’s worth at the grand Champagne Gala held at the newly renovated Steigenberger Parkhotel.
Many New Participants
Also taking part for the first time this year are restaurants known for their outstanding cuisine like the “Zin-Zin”, “Landhaus Mönchenwerth”, “Fehrenbach – Das kleine Restaurant” and “Herzog von Burgund” in Neuss. Düsseldorf’s highest wine-tasting event takes place at a height of 180 metres – at the “Günnewig Restaurant Top 180 (Rheinturm)”. And those wanting to chat with both winegrowers and wine lovers around a large table while enjoying culinary menus can take their seats at the “Falstaff Table du Vin”: this involves ten top Düsseldorf restaurants – including “Im Schiffchen”, “Victorian”, “Monkey’s West” and “La Piazetta” – who will be awaiting a maximum of ten guests around a long table.
Wine Tastings off the Beaten Track
What dishes go with the bouquet of a Chardonnay? What wine should you serve with fish menus? The answers to these questions will be provided by Frank Petzchen Kochevents and the “Café de Bretagne”. And “ProWein goes City” even features bio-dynamically and organically produced wines: 90 top-notch international vintners present their wines at the Industrieclub Düsseldorf. Another exceptional tasting event is the “Swisswine@ProWein ” where 50 Swiss winegrowers will be presenting their current collections. Wine tasting complete with DJ in a relaxed atmosphere is offered by WineLive (Get-Together-Party), D’VINE (Open Kitchen Party), WeinGut in Neuss (party with 20 Portuguese wine producers) and Falstaff (Big Bottle Party at Les Halles). Once again proving a major crowd-puller will be the grand “Tre Bicchieri” tasting involving the highest award-winning Italian wines (CCD-Stadthalle).
For a full programme overview go to www.prowein-goes-city.de.