The full range of world products packed into 6 exhibition halls

Top-class international wine-tasting programme

“A compact and virtually complete range of products from the international wine and spirits industry awaits professionals at the forthcoming ProWein 2004“, says the Project Manager Klaus Henrich, as he sums up the attractions of the International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits in Düsseldorf. From 29 February to 2 March 2004 around 2,800 exhibitors will be presenting virtually a complete range of wines and spirits from the world market. The largest contingents of exhibitors traditionally come from Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Austria, although overseas producers (for example from Latin America, the USA, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa) or new-comers from Eastern Europe (e.g. Rumania, Hungary or Slovenia) also use the ProWein to present themselves to an international trade audience. The ProWein also covers the whole market from a structural point of view. Small, select winegrowers are just as well represented as global players or providers of branded goods.

“Our main concern now is to ensure that the products are distributed between the halls in a clear and compact way, so that a compact range of goods awaits the trade visitor“, says Klaus Henrich. “The most important thing for a fair of this size is to ensure transparency of the product range.“ The layout has basically already been fixed, i.e. visitors will find the following countries/segments in the individual halls:

Hall 3: Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Greece

Hall 4: Germany, Deutschland, other European countries

Hall 5: Germany, France, other European countries

Hall 6: Spain, Portugal, overseas, other European countries, wine-tasting zone

Hall 7: Spirits

Hall 8: Austria

For many years a regular feature of the ProWein has been the international wine-tasting programme, which over 90% of trade visitors value and utilise as a useful source of information. At the ProWein 2004 the central attraction will be the Burgundy family of wines. Attention in the white wine sector will focus on international dry Burgundy wines of vintages 2001, 2002 and 2003 – in particular, the vine types White Burgundy, Grey Burgundy and Auxerrois. Dry red wines of vintages 2000 to 2003 in the vine types Late Burgundy and Black Riesling will be presented. Following the successful Sparkling Wine Première in 2002, attention is once again focused on a “sparkling subject“ at the ProWein 2004, namely Champagnes & Co. – International Sparkling Wines using the traditional bottle fermentation method. In the central tasting zone in Hall 6, trade visitors can gain a comprehensive overview of the international range of these three themes.

The ProWein is exclusively open to trade visitors every day from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm from 29 February to 2 March 2004. The day ticket costs € 20.00 and the full fair ticket € 35.00; the catalogue (available approximately 2 weeks before the exhibition starts) can be purchased from the Meininger Verlag for € 9.00 (fax 06321-89 08 14 or email: prowein@meininger.de).