The wine fair I go to the most is in Verona, and it is called Vinitaly. This wine fair is held every beginning of the year. Much like the Vinexpo in Bordeaux where most wineries come locally from France, the Vinitaly in Verona showcases wineries that mostly come from Italy. Other wine fairs on the other hand, such as the one in Düsseldorf, Germany or in Brussels, Belgium, showcase wineries from around the world. That means the biggest producers of wine in the world have the most stands in the halls of the Fair.
Before I go to these wine fairs, I ask myself several questions first and I prepare in advance all the necessary things to learn, as this trip is not cheap. It should be in the interest of the wine suppliers in each country, such as Indonesia, to invite sommeliers to the next and nearest wine fair. This could then give an opportunity to the wine supplier to show the Sommeliers the wineries he/she has to offer in their country.
I do hope I made you a little interested in joining a wine fair. Normally, these wine fairs are only open to the members of the wine industry, but there are always ways to get an invitation. Maybe one day we can go together!
Harald Wiesmann, Restaurant Manager of the fine dining, Asian-inspired Haute Cuisine Kayuputi and Chief Sommelier at The St. Regis Bali Resort, has a very interesting career history spanning a number of years with different roles in various countries. His 43 years of international experience has led Kayuputi to receive prestigious awards from the Wine Spectator Magazine (USA) for six consecutive years since its opening six and a half years ago, and dubbed as a fine restaurant that has one of the best wine lists in the Asian region. Harald is set to publish his book, titled “5 Years of Wine and Dine at The St. Regis Bali Resort” in the near future.
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