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In Montpellier for Vinisud 2016

Last week I was at Vinisud 2016 in Montpellier for the Mediterranean wine trade fair. It was my first time at this event, and as far as locations go, you could not do better than tasting wines on the sunny coast of France in February.

Catching some sun between appointments with a glass of Provence Rosé

Catching some sun between appointments with a glass of Provence Rosé

I was there as a Vinisud Ambassador, along with Charlie Arturaola (producer of the film, “The Ways of Wine” and other wine films), Denise Medrano (The Wine Sleuth), and Michelle Williams (Rocking Red Blog).

The Ambassador team was a social media powerhouse, becoming a sounding board for the producers and presentations. In a single day, the TweetReach broke new records via the official #VINISUD2016 hashtag with nearly 1,500 twitter posts recorded. According to Sylvain Dadé of specialist agency SOWINE, which hosted the Vinisud Digital Hub, over the last two days of the show, 533,000 accounts were reached with 4.8 million prints.

On Tuesday, we found #Vinisud2016 was trending on twitter alongside that other little event going on at the time, The Grammys (!).  Charlie, Denise and Michelle are true social media professionals at the top of their game; each of their presentations at the Digital Hub gave valuable insight and practical tips on how to use social media and digital.

Fellow ambassadors: Charlie Arturaola, Denise Medrano and Michelle Williams at the Digital Hub, Vinisud 2016

Charlie Arturaola, Denise Medrano and Michelle Williams at the Digital Hub, Vinisud 2016

"J'adore Vinisud" sunglasses - with Charlie Arturaola

“J’adore Vinisud” sunglasses – with Charlie Arturaola

On Wednesday, my presentation – London Calling: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market – explained some of the new trends coming through in central London across the wine trade for Mediterranean wine producers. The workshop explored how social media is used by the next generation of wine lovers.

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Thank you to Chateau Léoube from Provence for your support during my presentation. They ticked nearly all the boxes for how to reach the London market.

Romain Ott of Chateau Léoube, Provence

Romain Ott of Chateau Léoube, Provence

Chateau Léoube’s winemaker, Romain Ott, is a legend of Provence Rosé. A refreshingly humble and quiet winemaker, he is the antithesis of all the bling on the Côte d’Azur. Of course, the rosé wines are more than refreshing, too.

Could it be the soothing colour of pink everywhere? I found myself spending a lot of time at the displays of Provence Rosé at Vinisud 2016.

Provence all stars at Vinisud 2016

Provence all stars at Vinisud 2016 – each wine is presented with useful technical information

The colours of Provence rosé in detail

The colours of Provence rosé in detail

I will be posting some more in-depth posts from the event but I will leave you with some photos of the exhibitors. It is a large event that is well spaced out – no sharpening of elbows, needed – but it is a lot to do in three days. The Mediterranean accounts for nearly 1 in every 2 bottles sold around the world and covers the entire region from Portugal to Lebanon.

Pays d'Oc IGP

Truckin’ with Pays d’Oc IGP

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Wine Mosaic – celebrating rare, almost-extinct varieties from the Mediterranean. Incredible to think this variety used to cover Bordeaux.

At Wine Mosaic stand I found a 100% Obeidy from Chateau St Thomas - the indigenous white grape of Lebanon

At Wine Mosaic stand I found a 100% Obeidy from Chateau St Thomas – the indigenous white grape of Lebanon

Sparkling Zone

Languedoc-Roussillon - a big topic that I will follow up with another post. Stay tuned.

Languedoc-Roussillon – a big topic that I will follow up with another post.

Excellent guide to volcanic soils published by Soave producers. Also some Citrate de Betraïne (one of these before bed is the key to eating so much rich food on wine trade trips! Only found in French pharmacies.)

An excellent guide to volcanic soils published by Soave producers. Also some Citrate de Betraïne (one of these before bed is the key to eating so much rich food on wine trade trips! Only found in French pharmacies.)

Ambassador lunch amongst the flamingo :-)

Ambassador lunch amongst the flamingo (on the back wall) – Charlie Arturaola and Denise Medrano

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