VINARIA, the International Exhibition of Vine Growing and Wine Producing, is celebrating now its 20th anniversary edition. During the past two decades, the exhibition has won recognition as the most prestigious event in the sector in Eastern Europe, and has contributed to setting the new traditions of the Bulgarian winemaking as well. Today, wine is one of the most renowned Bulgarian products in the global market. The exhibition is organized by International Fair Plovdiv and the National Vine and Wine Chamber.
VINARIA 2012 stands out not only because of the large scale, but also for the ambition of the Bulgarian wine producers to expand their positions in the international markets despite the crisis.
The results of the International Competition of Wine, Rakia and Wine Brandy organized by the National Vine and Wine Chamber from 20 to 26 February 2012 at the Fairgrounds give a clear indication in this respect. The high scores awarded by the members of the international jury reveal a renaissance of the Bulgarian wine and give reasons to believe that Bulgaria could restore its position as a leading wine producing country.
Special events organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of VINARIA:
10th Anniversary International Symposium “Viticulture and Winemaking in the 21st Century”;
to show the history of the exhibition through photographs and objects;
"The Magic of Wine Tasting", a crash course by the Italian oenologist Maurizio Ferreri;
's Best Sommelier 2012 Regional Competition
On display at VINARIA 2012 are again producers and traders offering technologies, equipment, supplies and services for the vine-growing and winemaking sector and thus
Partner Country of VINARIA 2012 is Argentina.
Further exhibitions to be held in Pavilion 2 at the same time:
The exhibitions bring together experts sharing common interests mostly engaged in tourism, restaurant business, production and trade of food and drinks.
VINARIA and FOODTECH are organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
VINARIA 2012 - International Exhibition of Vine Growing and Wine Producing
VINARIA attracts leading companies within the main industry sectors related to vine-growing and production of wines and spirits. The exhibition provides a forum for information, innovations and technologies by organizing a great number of events such as conferences, seminars, presentations and business meetings included in the business events programme. The majority of the visitors are company owners and representatives of the senior management.
VINARIA was first launched in 1993. In 1997, the exhibition was recognized by UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry as a UFI approved event.
About 200 direct and represented companies from 17 countries take part in VINARIA 2012. The rented exhibition area is up 11% compared to last year, the Bulgarian companies account for a larger increase of 15%.
The majority of the exhibitors are active in the wine and spirits sector, followed by manufacturers and distributors of machinery, equipment and supplies for vine-growing and winemaking, packagings and auxiliary packaging materials, consulting and trading companies.
International Competition of Wine, Rakia and Wine Brandy
The first International Competition of Wine, Rakia and Wine Brandy was held in Sofia in 1962, followed by the editions in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 that took place in Slanchev Bryag (Sunny Beach), all of them under the O.I.V. (International Organization of Vine and Wine) patronage, i.e. in compliance with the standards and rules of the most renowned international wine and spirits competitions.
The National Vine and Wine Chamber have renewed that tradition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of VINARIA. Entrants in the competition are producers from Bulgaria, France, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova.
253 wine samples, 54 samples of rakia and 8 brandy samples, or a total of 315 samples entered the tasting, the foreign producers accounting for 5% of them.
"The quality is very high this year", commented Professor Plamen Mollov, Chairman of the National Vine and Wine Chamber. "Almost half of the presented samples received scores of over 85 points, i.e. they deserve a gold medal, which is indicative of the exceptional level of the Bulgarian wines", concluded Professor Mollov.
Following awards will be presented in the "Night of the Golden Rhyton":
Wine awards: Golden Rhyton, gold medal, silver medal , bronze medal .
Rakia (grape spirits) awards: grand award for the grape rakia group, gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal .
FOODTECH, HORECA PLOVDIV AND SAPORI D'ITALIA
Direct and represented exhibitors from more than 10 countries participate in this year's edition of the International Exhibition of Food & Drinks, Packaging, Machines and Technologies FOODTECH, the International Exhibition of Equipment for Hotels, Restaurants, Cafeterias and Commercial Facilities HORECA PLOVDIV and the Exhibition of High Quality Italian Food and Wines SAPORI D' ITALIA (Tastes of Italy).
The simultaneous holding of these events has been very well received by businesses and visitors, a fact that is supported by the increasing number of exhibitors and visitors.
FOODTECH is the most representative food industry exhibition in Bulgaria.
HORECA PLOVDIV presents everything needed for hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, bars and commercial facilities.
SAPORI D'ITALIA (Tastes of Italy) will again give connoisseurs the chance to enjoy excellent Italian wines, beverages and foodstuffs.