Top-Class International Wine Tasting Programme

The Vast Multifarious World of White and Red Burgundy Wines

Champagner & Co.: International Sparkling Wines

There are still five months to go until the start of the ProWein 2004 – but preparations for the international wines and spirits trade fair are already well underway. The tender documents for the International Wine Tasting Programme at the ProWein 2004 are currently being sent to exhibitors. Interested exhibitors can decide by the end of January 2004 at the latest whether they would like to participate in the International Wine Tasting Programme. The pronounced international flavour of the ProWein – out of the around 2,800 exhibitors over 2,000 suppliers are due to present products from all over the world – will guarantee a broad and representative range of products. The experts appreciate this: 90 percent of visitors to the ProWein use the wine tasting zone in Hall 6 to get an initial idea of the worldwide selection on offer before making direct contact with the exhibitors.

The subjects promise a top-class wine tasting programme. Following its appearance in 1998, the Burgundy family is once again in the limelight. In the white wine sector the focus is on international dry Burgundy wines of vintages 2001, 2002 and 2003 – featuring the vine types White Burgundy, Grey Burgundy and Auxerrois. The taste profile of the white Burgundy wines is unbelievably varied. Depending on the producer country and region, the wines are creamy, light, buttery, filigree or fruity. They can be enjoyed as a light summer wine, are perfect accompaniments to a meal or can create a special touch as heavy Barrique wines.

The family of red Burgundy wines also reveals a rich variety of taste aromas. As one of the oldest types of cultivated vines, there are countless different varieties. Whether as a heavy red Burgundy wine or as a somewhat fruitier and fresher variety – the red Burgundies never cease to delight. Especially in the specialist and retail trade, they are one of the high-fliers. In the wine tasting zone in Hall 6 a comprehensive overview of wines from the Late Burgundy and Black Riesling vine awaits trade visitors to the ProWein. Dry red wines of vintages 2000 to 2003 are presented.

Following the successful Sparkling Wine Première in 2002, the focus is once again on a "bubbly theme", namely Champagner & Co. – International Sparkling Wines produced according to the traditional bottle fermentation method. Over the last few years Champagner & Co. has experienced a marked decline in sales, particularly on the German market – formerly the world champions in champagne consumption. The ProWein picks up on this sensitive and highly interesting subject and presents classics and insider tips for the specialist and catering trade at the tasting event.

Information and assistance to guide you through the products available for tasting is provided by the sampling lists which, as in previous years, clearly summarize the key facts. Visitors can sample wines and sparkling wines throughout the whole fair – i.e. from 29 February to 2 March 2004. The wine tasting programme is organised jointly by Messe Düsseldorf and the Meininger publishing house. ProWein exhibitors can exclusively take part in the tasting programme with their products. The detailed tender documents are posted, but can also be obtained via the Internet (www.prowein.de under the menu item "Exhibitor Service" or at http://www.weinwirtschaft.de/).