February 15, 2022

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022 has opened with renewed confidence as the beverages sector looks ahead to increased activity as societies return to normal.

Following a year off, the event at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles returned in style, attracting 2,854 exhibitors from all French wine regions and more than 30 other producer countries.

The event kicked off on Monday [February 14] with a ceremony attended by Vinexposium’s CEO, Rodolphe Lameyse, and the French minister of agriculture, Julien Denormandie.

Welcoming attendees to Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022, Lameyse said it was “no coincidence” that the event was being launched on Valentine’s Day. “It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our love of wine and spirits – a sentiment made stronger after going two years without a major event,” he said.

Around one in three visitors at the show, which runs until February 16, was expected to be international. While a total of 25,000 people were forecast to attend mainly from France, visitor numbers from the rest of Europe and the United States were predicted to more than balance this out.

This year’s event is the first since Wine Paris (organised by Comexposium, which also owns Sial Paris) and Vinexpo Paris (organised by Vinexpo), joined forces to create a single show run by the jointly owned Vinexposium.

It is also the first since 2020 after the pandemic meant that last year’s gathering was cancelled. The early interest from exhibitors and attendees showed that that there was huge pent-up enthusiasm for the show from the industry.

Everyone from boutique-scale winegrowers through to well-known international brands are in attendance at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022.

As well as attracting winegrowers large and small, the show also brought in firms from across the industry, including estates, co-operatives and trading companies

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022, like the shows held before, is packed with all kinds of events, including the ever-popular tastings and masterclasses.

So, anyone wishing to learn about the fine wines of the Languedoc, the wines of Centre-Loire, Champagne, Alsace wines or Austrian wines, to give just a few examples of the diverse range of masterclasses, is in the right place.

Well-known faces from the global wine industry attended, including Marc Almert, who was named World’s Best Sommelier in the 2019 Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) competition.

Wine Talks, round-table discussions, are being held after they proved popular when they were created for the 2020 gathering, while the So International forward-looking debates on the global future for French wine producers have also returned. These both benefitted from the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine).

A major hit in 2020, the Be Spirits event-within-an-event is back to showcase the spirits and mixology sector, as is the section’s now legendary Infinite Bar.

Be Spirits has 20% more floor space compared to 2020 and almost two-thirds of the more than 80 exhibitors are new to the show.

But as well as bringing back all of the favourite elements of previous shows, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022 also showcases some new features.

A new area called Wine Futures, a collaboration with La Wine Tech and Vinocamp, features more than two dozen start-ups and speakers discussing innovation in the wine and spirits industry.

The OFF-site events programme has been expanded and offers attendees a wide choice of 100 restaurants and bars to enjoy in every district of Paris in the evenings after the closing hours of the event.

Restaurant and bar partners, as well as having exceptional selections of wines and spirits, also were chosen for their outstanding ambience.

On top of all this, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022 kicked off preparations for the ASI’s World’s Best Sommelier competition, which will be held in Paris from 7 to 12 February 2023.

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