People who love wine or European Wine Bloggers Unite!
I have just returned to a verdant spring vineyard, following a busy 3 days at Prowein, Dusseldorf. Prowein is the only annual intl. wine trade where we exhibit our wines. Forget the crowds and long weary days of Vinexpo or London Wine Trade Fair! Prowein, is our venue of choice – a compact, no nonsense trade fair – in true German fashion!
For us, it is a great chance to meet and talk to distributors from Northern Europe, like VIF (Germany), Martel (Switzerland), HJHansen (Denmark), VinUnic (Sweden), Partners in Wijn (Holland), and the most recent Fondberg (Norway). Occasionally, we even meet up with importers from further afield, such as TriVin (New York), or make a new contact for E. Europe or Asia.
Prowein this year, was also a good opportunity for us to measure the effect the global economic crisis is having on our export markets. We gauged a mood of cautious optimism, and continued interest in our own well established brands, such as Chaminé and Cortes de Cima, “who can deliver value and punch above their price point. ”
The view emerged that the “crisis might actually be good for the wine trade, as it would sweep away overpriced wines and bargain-basement brands. “Hopefully it will go back to being about people who love wine, rather than people who thought they could make a fast buck.”"
“People who love wine“, would be an appropriate synonym for the upcoming 2nd European Wine Bloggers Conference, which is being planned for Lisbon October 30- November 2, 2009. As the announcement came while we were at Prowein, I quickly tracked down our fellow Iberian Winery Bloggers whom I knew were also exhibiting there – Emilio Saez Van Eerd,(Casavide), Javier Navarro (Tintoralba) and Claudia and Oscar Quevedo, so we could celebrate the good news together! If you are interested in wine blogging, this is the event for you!