For the 15th time this year, the world's largest bulk wine fair, the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE), is taking place. On November 20th and 21st, stakeholders from the global bulk wine industry will gather in Amsterdam, including around 200 wineries from various countries, as well as companies from the bottle filling/packaging, de-alcoholization, and distillation sectors, to conduct business and discuss industry topics.
At the fair, the International Bulk Wine Competition will take place, accompanied by a conference on contemporary industry topics. Additionally, there is a large tasting area known as the Silent Tasting Room. Exhibitors can still register, and visitor tickets are on sale for €50 each until October 15th. From October 16th to November 19th, the price will increase to €70, and tickets purchased at the door will cost €80. Registered visitors have access to the WBWE's online platform, V Market, so they can find the producers they're interested in
The conference program
The conference will be opened at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the fair by the International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV). At 11 a.m., there will be a lecture on logistics by Horst Mueller (VinLog Powered by Kuehne+Nagel). Alternative packaging will be discussed in further lectures and tastings, as will de-alcoholized products. Market opportunities and quality measures will be highlighted.
Tuesday will focus on the country markets of China (10 a.m.), Canada (10:30 a.m.), and Spain (11:30 a.m.) as well as the topic of sustainability. From 3 p.m., Alison Leavitt of the Wine and Spirit Shippers Association will give a talk on risk management for bulk wine shipments.