Vinexpo New York’s 2019 show more than lived up to the high expectations set after last year’s successful debut, securing its position as North America’s leading international exhibition exclusively for the wine and spirits trade.
Held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the March show featured more than 400 exhibitors from 26 countries and 3,000 wine and spirits professionals, including a mix of importers, distributors, wholesalers, buyers and e-commerce specialists from more than 40 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces.
This year’s conference program filled both afternoons for a total of six sessions, kicking off with a conference addressing global climate change and its impact on the wine industry, led by John P. Holdren, former advisor to the Obama administration. The program also drew leading industry experts to discuss topics ranging from emerging technologies in the wine and spirits industry to trends in the U.S. wine market, as well as an intriguing exploration of gender perceptions and wine. A robust schedule of nine master classes ranged from a deep dive into grenache to a presentation on the influence of glass shape on the wine drinking experience.
Vinexpo New York also introduced several special features to the 2019 show, including the WOW! World of Organic Wines pavilion, which provided a prominent platform for more than 20 organic wine producers from five countries. Other new features included a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Pop-Up Classroom; Uncork New York, sponsored by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation; the Wine Spectator 90+ Showcase and Tasting Bar, spotlighting wines that have earned scores of 90 points or higher in Wine Spectator’s official blind tasting reviews; and a showcase of biodynamic wines by Renaissance des Appellations.
“This was our second year attending Vinexpo New York, and we were once again delighted with the caliber of buyers and the number of appointments that we had,” said Lientjie McLachlan of South Africa’s Robinson and Sinclair.
“We’re thrilled with the results of this year’s Vinexpo New York, which validate the momentum we felt in the wake of last year’s inaugural show. Its success reflects the combined efforts of the Vinexpo and Diversified teams and to the ever-growing importance of the U.S. market on the global wine and spirits industry.”
Mathieu Vanhalst, Vinexpo Commercial Director
Plans for Vinexpo New York 2020 are in motion. It will return to Jacob K. Javits Convention Center March 2-3, 2020, and attendee registration will open in September.