This year’s ProWein fair put an exclamation point on 25 successful years of trade fair history at Messe Düsseldorf. Starting with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by German Minister for Agriculture Julia Klöckner, the three-day show (17–19 March) further solidified its position as the world’s leading trade fair of its kind.
The next several editions of ProWein are already scheduled, with ProWein 2020 slated for 15–17 March in Düsseldorf. ProWein 2021 will be welcoming guests from 21–23 March 2021 with an expanded hall layout. The extensive renovation of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds will allow ProWein to incorporate the modern South entrance and its new and adjacent Hall 1.
This year I tried to taste many of the wines on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018 and I was able to do so.
1. First stop: Caparzo – Brunello di Montalcino, #17 on Top 100.
3. I dropped by Podere le Ripi stand, their first appearance at ProWein. I had the opportunity to visit this winery back in 2016.
4. A presentation and tasting of Prosecco.
5. New Zealand Wine busy as usual.
6. Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2018, one of the best wines that I had at this year’s fair. #32 on Wine Spectator Top 100.
9. Japan had a better stand and presence this year, with helpful guides willing to point visitors to interesting exhibitors.
11. Small wine producers at the Wine of Moldova stand.
12. Wine of Moldova had a new free tasting area this year.
- Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
- Château Mouton Rothschild, Bordeaux (Pauillac), France
- Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy (Beaune), France
- Egon Müller Scharzhof, Mosel (Saar), Germany
- Famille Hugel, Alsace, France
- Pol Roger, Champagne, France
- Famille Perrin (owners of Château de Beaucastel), Rhône (Orange), France, from 2006
- Symington Family, Douro/Oporto, Portugal
- Tenuta San Guido (the producer of Sassicaia), Tuscany, Italy
- Bodegas Torres, Catalonia, Spain
- Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
16. I got to taste Sassicaia 2012 and DOW’S 2000 Vintage Port.
17. Tiefenbrunner, #67 on Wine Spectator Top 100.
18. Carpineto – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, #11.
19. Castello di Volpaia – Chianti Classico Riserva, #3.
21. Henri Bourgeois – Sancerre Les Baronnes, #46.
22. A Bordeaux masterclass.
26. I dropped by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) stand.
29. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery stand probably has the most visible location at ProWein: Hall 9 A1.
32. Montes Alpha, the maker of my favorite Carménère.
33. Wine of Hungary with another impressive appearance at ProWein.
34. A very nice stand layout.
35. I think this is the only stand at ProWein with live music.
37. A Wines of Portugal masterclass.
40. I had to return to PFV and taste some more wines: Tignanello by Marchesi Antinori.
41. And Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1994, which for me was one of the highlights of this year’s fair.
43. KOLONNE NULL, German makers of alcohol free wine.
45. ProWein Forum: Tokaji Aszú Wines presented by Tim Atkin, Master of Wine.
46. Agricola San Felice.
47. Weingut Landauer from Austria.
48. Vinolok, maker of glass closures.
50. Wine & Bread Masterclass presented by bread sommelier Jan-Christian von der Heide and the German Wine Princess Klara Zehnder.
Many thanks to all exhibitors that come to ProWein and amaze us all with their wonderful creations. Cheers!
Get Ready for ProWein 2020
ProWein 2020 will take place on 15–17 March in Düsseldorf.