Today, June 21st, Vinexpo opened its doors. Thinking naively it would be a very quiet day, I took the tram and the shuttle to the Exhibition Park and… started feeling sorry for myself! In spite of the early hours, a lot of people were walking on the footbridge on the lake linking the Congress Center to the Park. In Hall 1 thousands of people were already tasting, talking, walking and being busy.
Anyway I had my first look at what a lot of experts thought would be a poor Vinexpo. In fact all the booths were filled up, new exhibitors were present, like the Chinese Dynasty and a lot of wine countries from easter Europe are represented: Romania, Poland, Russia, etc. In the press room I already met several journalists I know and a lot of foreign correspondents were getting their badge at the same time as I did.
A bad year for Vinexpo? I don’t think so but I’ll let you know more as tomorrow I’ll spend a full day working and talking to people. My first impression is good.