Five Wine Festivals for the Post-Covid Era

Five Wine Festivals for the Post-Covid Era

Vinexpo Shanghai:

20th – 22nd October 2021

In-person events have returned across China and, masks aside, so has a sense of normality. No surprise, then, that the first physical wine festivals should be held in Shanghai. Taking place at the enormous Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC), the event will welcome partners and experts from across the industry. And for those unable to travel, don’t fret. An array of webinars will be available on the expo website, with topics as varied as the Chinese wine market and the impact of COVID.

Vinexpo America:

9th – 10th March 2022

Wait a little longer and you can hop from Shanghai to New York. In an official video for Vinexpo, Yannick Benjamin, sommelier, described Vinexpo America as “super organised and efficient… a great way to find obscure varieties and meet new producers.” With thousands of wine and spirit professionals gathered in one of the world’s finest cities, it’s easy to see why.


April 4th – 7th 2022

Originally programmed for May 17th to 20th, 2021, Alimentaria has been pushed back by more than thirteen months. But Barcelona is beautiful whatever the year, so we at Vinaty are certain that 2022 will be the same success as always. Culinary Collective’s Eric Davies called Alimentaria an “incredible opportunity for sourcing products” – wine can be found from all over the world, and business opportunities are just as varied.


10th – 13th April 2022

The proud history of Vinitaly, held in Verona since 1967, was cut short in 2020. Uncertainties over COVID restrictions meant that their most recent event has been postponed by two years. In 2022, however, the world’s largest wine-tasting event will be back with a coronavirus-proof event to rival its sister events in Chengdu and Shanghai.

Vinexpo Bordeaux:

14th – 16th February 2022

Held in uneven years, Vinexpo 2019 boasted 1600 spirit and wine companies from 29 countries. Its visitors came from more than 150 different nations and its exhibition hall included dedicated sections for organic and biodynamic wine. The world’s first symposium on the impact of climate change on wine was held here, as well as debates and roundtables from the industry’s finest. Though the 2021 event, originally scheduled for June 15th, has been cancelled, we can only expect 2022 to be as exciting and innovative as before the COVID pandemic.