08 November 2017

The aim of the sessions is to turn the show into a flagship hub for Spanish wine

Intervin brings together the top international wine experts at Vinorum Think

Vinorum Think is the dedicated area for discussing, learning about and doing business in relation to Spanish wine and will bring together the top international experts in the sector at the next Alimentaria. With just five months to go before the event, the names of some of these leading wine experts can now be confirmed and include Jancis Robinson, Nick Lander and Eric Asimov. Intervin will be held under the Alimentaria umbrella from 16 to 19 April 2018 at Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue.

Following the success of its first edition, Vinorum Think 2018 will once again be counting on the presence of top international wine experts—Masters of Wine, restaurant critics and specialist journalists—to help turn Intervin into the benchmark trade show for Spanish wines.

Each day will be based around three main areas: The Expert's View, an attractive programme of tasting sessions to showcase the very best Spanish wines by six of the world's top experts, including Jancis Robinson, Nick Lander and Eric Asimov; Spain's Top Pairings, a session devoted to the historic harmonies between wine and gastronomy where every day attendees can lunch on six dishes created by six top restaurants and sommeliers in Spain, paired with the finest wines, plus two tastings of gourmet products; and Open Tasting, a wine bar in the form of a free tasting session where exhibitors will showcase the huge range of Spanish wines and facilitate the search for new names among almost 300 labels.

The Expert's View, master tasting sessions

The trade magazine Decanter called Jancis Robinson the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world. A Master of Wine and wine correspondent of the Financial Times, Robinson's books include The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine, and Wine Grapes - A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties (the last two in collaboration with British wine expert Hugh Johnson).

In 1984, Jancis Robinson became the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, and in 2003 she was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming an advisor to the Queen's personal wine cellar. She has also been distinguished by France as Officier du Mérite Agricole, by Germany with the Golden Pin of Honor and has won four James Beard Foundation Awards in the United States.

Nick Lander is one of the world's most outstanding restaurant critics. He writes a weekly column for the Financial Times and also serves as a culinary consultant. He has written The Art of the Restaurateur, which was named Book of the Year 2012 by The Economist, and On the Menu, which was published in 2016.

Finally, Eric Asimov has been the wine critic for The New York Times since 2004. Author of the book How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto, he has also contributed to Food and Wine, Details and Martha Stewart Living. His first book, $25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York was published annually by HarperCollins between 1995 and 1998. He was editor of the The New York Times Living section from 1991 to 1994 and edited the Styles of The Times section between 1994 and 1995.

Intervin is an international showcase for Spanish wines

Alimentaria's trade show for wines, ciders and spirits is the most important sector event for the Spanish wine industry and its main platform for accessing international markets. The show brings together more than 700 wineries, exhibiting in an area of 15,000 square metres, and welcomes over 34,000 international visitors with a wine portfolio.

To facilitate the exports of its participants, Intervin 2018 will once again be organising the Intervin Business Meetings, a hosted buyer programme that brings together around 300 key buyers in the international wine distribution industry from strategic markets such as the United States, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Europe, South Korea and other South-East Asian countries.

More international business at Alimentaria 2018

In 2018, Alimentaria will be presenting an edition full of updated content aimed essentially at promoting its business side and showcasing gastronomy as its differential value. The show seeks to repeat the level of internationalisation it achieved at the previous edition, which was attended by around 4,000 exhibitors, 1,000 of which came from 78 different countries, and 140,000 trade professionals, almost 45,000 of whom were from 157 different countries. The aim is also to provide continuity to the 11,200 business meetings that took place among over 800 top-level foreign buyers invited by the show's organisers and exhibitors.

The fact that Alimentaria is being held for the first time alongside Hostelco, the International Restaurant, Hotel and Community Equipment Exhibition, gives both events a unique plus in terms of positioning and represents the creation of one of the biggest international platforms for the food, gastronomy and hospitality equipment industry by providing both the retail and HoReCa sectors with the most comprehensive and cross-cutting offering on the market.

Barcelona, November 2017

Susanna Santamaria / Mar Claramonte