In 2010 there were 18% fewer wineries signed up on the same date in September, "a fact that underlines the strength of the Fair's appeal", according to President Nemesio de Lara. The next FENAVIN trade fair starts on May 7 2013.
"The first sign-up figures prove that FENAVIN's appeal is still strong", according to Fair President Nemesio de Lara, commenting on the rush amongst Spanish wineries to sign up and guarantee their place at the seventh FENAVIN trade fair, which opens its doors on May 7, 2013 in Ciudad Real. As of September 24, 18% more participants had signed up in 2012 than in 2010.
For Nemesio de Lara, "the fact that 2,740 international buyers and 9,000 Spanish buyers held meetings with wineries in 2010, resulting in almost 140,000 commercial contacts, shows the great strength of the FENAVIN brand, which clearly stimulates the wine business in this country. The wineries, rushing to guarantee their place at the Fair, know that FENAVIN opens the doors to dozens of international markets, as well as bringing in the best Spanish distributors".
The Catalan, Ribera de Duero and Rioja wineries have led the race to sign up
This year wineries from Catalonia, Ribera de Duero and Rioja have been the first to reserve their places. The Fair President highlights the fact that these companies, "whose wine regions are genuine 'powerhouses' in the Spanish wine industry, were only discreetly present at the first two FENAVIN trade fairs. Now however, they never fail to attend". As for wineries from Ciudad Real, De Lara notes that "they know that they can take advantage of the fact that buyers from all over the world visit Spain's National Wine Fair in their own back yard". Although many wineries have yet to sign up, most will start the process in November as they have done prior to previous fairs.
A highly positive sign is that, amongst the wineries that have already signed up, most are repeat attendees from the previous event. The fact they have reserved their place early shows the high level of interest in the next FENAVIN event, almost eight months before it opens its doors.
Most wineries that the fair organizers have contacted want to make sure that they avoid ending up on the waiting list. During the run-in to the previous FENAVIN fair, 220 wineries missed out on an automatic place. This year they are all trying to get their applications in well before the December 31 deadline to guarantee their places.