49,000 visitors from 141 countries attended ProWein, according to the fair organisers, despite strikes at Düsseldorf and other nearby airports in the immediate run-up to the fair and a public transport strike on the second and third day.
Just in time for ProWein, the Ver.di union has announced there will be transport strikes on days two and three of the event. Their industrial action had already closed the Düsseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports on 17 March, just when exhibitors were making their way to Germany.
For many visitors, the day spent manning stands or visiting them and taking part in the actual events at the fair is only half the attraction of ProWein. There is plenty on offer in Düsseldorf in the evenings - from French fries with cool wines to Korean-inspired dishes with Champagne and Altbier. Wolfgang Fassbender has put together exciting evening events.
When the fair starts on 19 March, Peter Schmitz, former head of Messe Düsseldorf’s international contract business, will have been in charge of ProWein for only 47 days. In view of this short time period, Michael Degen, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf, will retain responsibility for ProWein until the end of the fair. Clemens Gerke and Alexandra Wrann spoke with Degen and Schmitz about their view of ProWein and its wider environment as well as how they want to position the fair in the future.
With over 60 countries represented at ProWein, the challenge facing less well-known ones like Moldova, is how to make their voices heard. Meininger's associate editor, Robert Joseph takes part in a discussion at ProWein.
Meininger Verlag has prepared an extensive programme in Halls 1 and 4. In addition to master classes at the stand in Hall 4, there will be two tasting zones, one featuring award winners from the MUNDUS VINI wine competition, and the other in the new World of Zero section. And of course, the Meininger International Conference on Sustainability and the Meininger's Award both take place on the eve of the fair.
Georg Robens has been driving a taxi for eight years, including in big cities like Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt - and Düsseldorf. He knows the traffic around ProWein - and shares his tips and experiences.
From 11 to 1600 – in 1904 eleven founding members established the first wine cooperative in Mezzacorona, in Trentino. Since then, generations of families have devoted themselves to cultivating grapes and conserving their habitat.