RECORD SOUTH AFRICAN CONTINGENT FOR PROWEIN, AMIDST RISING ADMIRATION FOR THE COUNTRY'S WINES
As international interest in South African wine mounts, Wines of South Africa is preparing to send its biggest contingent ever to top trade show ProWein in Dűsseldorf, 15-17th March 2015. There will be over 80 producers participating in the Wines of South Africa pavilion, from the major multi-brand owners and co-operatives to smaller and independent winemakers, all keen to showcase their offerings amidst a mood of rising admiration for the country's wines.
South Africa is being cited by many leading critics as currently one of the most exciting wine-producing countries worldwide, lauded for its pioneering and original approach.
ProWein is considered one of the most important international wine trade shows for its ability to capture the latest in global wine trends. Annually it attracts thousands of decision-makers from retail and on-consumption buyers to sommeliers and wine critics, not only from the critical Europe market, but from across the world.
The South African team, hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), will be presenting around 1 000 wines. The line-up is intended to highlight the country's rich diversity of terroir and stylistic expression as well as its excellent value offerings across the pricing spectrum. There will be an extensive range of varietal and blended still and sparkling wines, including site-specific, biodynamic, organic and ethical examples.
Said WOSA CEO Siobhan Thompson: "The recent spate of positive attention from critics and other tastemakers garnered by South African wines is generating a lot of excitement this year. Judging from the feedback we are receiving, delegates want to experience the evolution in our wines and to taste the extent of the diversity, from specialty wines to those for everyday enjoyment."
WOSA’s World of Discovery tasting zone will give delegates the opportunity to sample on their own, undisturbed and at their own pace. Every morning of the three exhibition days the zone will be devoted to a tasting of top varietal wines at specially erected tasting stations on the WOSA pavilion, Hall 9 B48. The afternoons will be reserved for themed tastings. These will feature limited releases, international award-winners, Méthode Cap Classique bubblies made in the traditional way of Champagne, single-vineyard wines, as well as both white and red blends. There will also be a pod that reflects the exciting extremes of terroir, and one other to show wines produced by black-owned or black economically empowered wineries.
WOSA will once again be collaborating with Wines of Argentina and Wines of Chile under the Wines of the Beautiful South banner, jointly presenting seminars. Seminar presenters include well-known British broadcaster, writer and critic Peter Richards MW and Tim Atkin MW, who writes for a range of media publications and international wine judge. Both speakers will provide their unique outlooks and views through present wines from the three southern hemisphere countries. For more information visit: www.winesofthebeautifulsouth.com
This year, WOSA will be exhibiting in Hall 9 at the north entrance. There will be three pavilions: B28, B38 and B48.
In September, WOSA will be hosting its triennial Cape Wine exhibition in Cape Town for the international wine community. The show is being sponsored for the first time by the world’s leading express logistics company, DHL Express. It will take place at the start of the Southern Hemisphere's 2015 spring season, running from September 15 to 17 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
For more details, go to www.wosaprowein.com.