VINITALY 2014 kicks off with high expectations


The 48th edition of Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirit Exhibition along with Sol&Agrifood and Enolitech opened on April 6, 2014, at Veronafiere. Extending over four days from 6 to 9 April 2014, the Vinitaly trade show is worth more than 12 billion euros in Italy, employs 1.2 million people and in 2013 posted exports worth more than 5 billion euros, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year, states an offical press release.

“Wine has been and will also continue to be in the future a great ambassador for ‘Made in Italy’ all over the world,” said Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, speaking at the inauguration of the exhibition. “We must continue to work in this direction,” the Minister added, “because the figures achieved by a show such as Vinitaly clearly demonstrate how important it is.”
Italy is the leading exporter of wine in the world with a 21% share of international markets. It now exports more wine than is consumed in the country. Vinitaly, with 4,100 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, actively encourages initiatives aimed at foreign buyers. And, once again this year, more than 50,000 visitors are expected from 120 nations, according to the release.
Sol&Agrifood (the Quality Agro-Food event) and Enolitech, the international exhibition of vine-growing, oenology, olive growing and olive oil technologies are two other events with the same potential for success as Vinitaly, Martina added.
The Veneto region alone, where Vinitaly is based, boasts a production of 9 million hectolitres, with 28,000 agricultural companies, 26,000 employees and 20% of national output.
In addition to Minister Maurizio Martina of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the opening ceremony was also attended by the President of the Agriculture and Rural Development Commission of the European Parliament, Paolo De Castro, the President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, the President of the Province of Verona, Giovanni Miozzi, and the Mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi. Veronafiere was represented by its President, Ettore Riello, and CEO, Giovanni Mantovani.
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