Fenavin: The asset of Spanish wines
By Sylvain Patard: editor in chief, posted on 25 May 2022
Fenavin is one of the must-attend events of the world wine and spirits industry. It brings together in Ciudad Réal, south of Madrid, the entire Spanish wine industry for three days, this year from 10 to 13 May.
As with every edition, the Gilbert & Gaillard team was present and once again found that Fenavin manages to exhibit all the producing regions of Spain. Furthermore, it brings together all the major players of the industry, whether they are family producers, independents or the largest groups. The vast majority of the mosaic of Iberian terroirs and grape varieties were therefore represented during the three days of the show.
The extreme proximity of this edition to Prowein (2 days!) highlighted the need to have a strong national trade fair that could attract a qualitative visitor base. Jordi Vidal, head of the French buyer program, explained the strengths of Fenavin's buyer program: "We are inviting 900 buyers from 50 different countries to this 2022 edition.” The same was true of exhibitors, such as Balazs Bagi, Export Manager of Bodegas Nodus: "During the three days of the fair, I was able to schedule meetings with serious and varied buyers from Africa, Europe and America.”
Fenavin is, as we said, an opportunity to taste wines from all the Spanish regions, from Catalonia to Galicia and from Andalusia to the Basque Country, but also to highlight specialties such as numerous Vermouths. As traditional as they are innovative, but always in exacerbated rivalry with the Italian style, more oriented towards a style developing the bitters, rather than the spicy sweetness of the Spanish style.
This fair was also an opportunity to discover or rediscover some very fine wines, such as the Blanco from Finca San Blas, both fresh and structured by a contribution of old vintages, operating somewhat on the principle of the solera. Bodega Quiroga de Pablo was also very present, assuming a style that is still very innovative in Rioja, with brilliant fruit and a lot of character. Finally, the Pinots Noirs from Alta Pavina were also noteworthy, combining a style that is both very typical of the variety and in a purely Spanish in approach.
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