A Journey through Global Wine and Food Festivals

Armenia/France/Georgia/Great Britain/Italy/Moldova/Portugal/Romania/Spain/Taiwan/Ukraine

If you love good wine, cheerful people and new interesting places, you might add these festivals to your calendar. The nominees for the Wine Travel Awards for the season 2023-2024 were evens from Armenia, Italy, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Portugal, France, Taiwan, Moldova, Great Britain and Spain. The geography of WTA is expanding every year. You can vote for nominees until March 31 inclusive. Choose a nominee and click on the button in the profile “vote now”.

Yerevan Gastronomic Days       

Yerevan Gastronomic Days” is more than just a platform for promoting wine culture. It is branding that aims to present a unique and rich Armenian culture, making it available to residents and tourists, to make the Armenian wine traditions with a millennial history in the region available to them.

Speakers, invited to the event, contribute significantly to the educational side of “Yerevan Gastronomic Days”, with master classes and lectures about their experience on the gastronomic sector’s problems and providing solutions to its challenges.

In 2024, the wine and gastronomy festival will take place on June 7-9.

Yerevan Gastronomic Days

Italian Taste Summit

Italian Taste Summit is an annual wine and gastronomic B2B event attended by 200 participants, including Italian winemakers, international buyers and importers, journalists and influencers from around the globe. Every year the Summit presents up to 50 Italian wineries and their terroirs to buyers and importers from different countries.

In 2024, the Summit took place on February 6-7 at the Villa Reale di Monza. The summit was preceded by a 7-course gala dinner in sophisticated Italian fusion style, accompanied by fine wines presented by winemakers.

Italian Taste Summit

Harvest Celebration at Chateau Mukhrani

Château Mukhrani represents an iconic part of Georgian history. The history of winemaking at Chateau Mukhrani started in 1878 when the first vintage was released. Ivane Mukhranbatoni is a descendant of the royal Bagrationi family. After returning home from France in 1876, where he learned about the art of winemaking in the Bordeaux and Champagne regions, he brought the concept of a chateau to Georgia.

Since 2011, the harvest celebration event has become the signature event celebrated at Chateau Mukhrani. The main objective of the event is to strengthen the brand’s image among different target audiences and make guests enjoy an emotional, extraordinary, and memorable event. The harvest is celebrated in the last weekend of September. On this day, up to 500 guests have the chance to participate in the grape picking and pressing in the Georgian traditional wine press, participate in the Georgian traditional culinary master classes, taste the exclusive wines of Chateau Mukhrani and be one of the first to be introduced to new plans and projects of the company.

Château Mukhrani

Imeretian Wine Competition

Imereti is the heart of Georgia, beating in the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, canyons, and plains. This is where the Georgian state was born. It is one of the brightest wine regions in Georgia. The most common varieties are white Tsitska, Tsolikouri and Krakhuna. They are used in the production of single-variety and blended wines in the European style, as well as in the production of wines in kvevri, which is called “churi” in Imereti.

Imeretian Wine Competition is a competition dedicated to Imeretian wines. The purpose of the competition is to attract attention to the region, to promote the dissemination of information about Imeretian wines and the development of wine tourism.

Last year, on November 4 in Kutaisi, in the administrative and cultural center of Imereti, the winners of the competition were announced and an award ceremony was held. 7 participants of the competition received a Grand Gold medal, 9 participants were awarded a Gold medal, and 17 – a Silver medal. The list of winners can be found here.

Come to Georgia, taste the gifts of its land and vote for the nominee.

Imeretian Wine Competition

Charitable Gastro Dinners

The Association of Culinary Chefs of Ukraine and the community of Chefs from Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Azerbaijan and Georgia have joined together to hold a series of charity gastro dinners with a humanitarian mission, in particular to support Ukraine.

This is a unique project, whose main goal is to earn funds for Ukraine in these hard times.

Each dinner is accompanied by an auction, where guests have the opportunity to purchase exclusive lots: boxing gloves of the world heavyweight champion Vitaliy Klitschko; the flag of Ukraine, signed by the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Sean Penn; a T-shirt of the Ukrainian football club “Shakhtar” and a ball of the football club “Dynamo Kyiv”, signed by the team’s players; photos of the entire Dynamo Kyiv squad of 2023 with signatures of 17 players and a lot of other fascinating things…

Recently, another event took place – the eleventh gastronomic dinner held in the city of Odesa.

Since Ukraine is at the center of the topic, dishes of the Gastro Dinner are, as a rule, the dishes of the national cuisine created by chefs.

Andrii Magaletskyi, President of the Association of Culinary Chefs of Ukraine, calls on professional communities and international brands, all those who care about the survival of democracy in the world, to visit Gastro Dinners and join the organization of charitable events.

Charitable Gastro Dinners

RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania

RO-Wine is the only festival dedicated to premium and super premium wines. Every year the festival acquaints its visitors with wineries of Romania, Europe and other wine-growing regions of the world. More than 5,000 wine lovers and HoReCa operators visit RO-Wine each year where about 90 Romanian and international manufacturers present their products.

In 2024 RO-Wine will be held three times:

  • April 20-24 in Cluj Napoca
  • May 24-26 in Bucharest
  • October 11-13 in Bucharest

Do not forget to enter these dates in your business diary and vote for the nominee.


Wine Future Conference

For more than ten years, the international wine conference Wine Future has been the main platform for discussing important issues in the wine industry. The conference is a meeting of the most influential and respected names in the wine business, as well as representatives of other sectors, leaders of related fields and competing industries.

In 2023, Wine Future Conference was held in Coimbra (Portugal) with the support of Wines of Portugal. That 2023 gathering in Coimbra marked its fourth, memorable edition under the theme “Breaking Barriers”.


Wine Paris & VINEXPO Paris – Vinexposium

The exhibition is characterized by the presence of all wine-producing regions of France and the ongoing interest of international buyers.

The 2024 event took place from February 12 to 14.

The 5th edition has reached a new milestone in its development and has established its position on the international stage, with even greater numbers of trade and industry members attending from across the globe: 3 900 exhibitors and 155 visitor countries.

In 2025, Paris will once again get its big heart beating for you, from 10 to 12 February!

Have you already entered these dates into your work diary? Don’t forget to do this. And yes, voting lasts until March 31st.

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris visitors

Wine & Gourmet Taipei            

Wine & Gourmet Taipei is the largest and most complete professional-level exhibition of the wine industry supply chain in Taiwan that integrates both local and international wine agents, professional buyers, winemakers winery representatives, producers of high-quality wine accessories into one major supply chain.

At the same time, it combines heavyweight master lectures, promoting wine culture education, with fine wine tasting and drinking presentations, winery tours and various activities. It is the most watched annual event in Taiwan’s wine industry. WGT also focuses on gastronomy, offering gourmet master classes and extensive programs.

On the eve of the event, The Wine & Gourmet Taipei exhibition, in cooperation with the Taiwan Sommelier Association, organized the annual WGT strict selection competition. As a result, the festival will help promote high-quality producers and their wine, as well as provide consumers with the best buying guide. All selected wines will be displayed and promoted in a special area. The best wines will be awarded with a medal and the awardees will receive special publicity, a great opportunity to expose their companies and brands to the Taiwanese public, importers and distributors.

Wine & Gourmet Taipei

“VinOPERA” Castel Mimi

“VinOPERA” is an International Classical Music Festival with the aim of promoting cultural values. This impressive event brings together more than 50 international artists and musicians, thus exceeding all expectations.

The first edition of the “VinOPERA” event was on September 6, 2019.

This event has become a tradition and will be organized every year in the first week of September, under the open sky, with wine and music creating a perfect blend for a cultural evening.

Dates for the 2024 event must be tracked on the Castel Mimi website. Don’t miss the celebration of magical classical music and wonderful Moldovan wine.

Castel Mimi VinOpera contrabass

London Wine Fair

London Wine Fair is one of the largest annual international exhibitions of wine, wine production and technologies. The 2024 edition will take place at Olympia London from 20th to 22nd May.

After winning the 2023 Wine Travel Award for the most effective wine event, London Wine Fair really is the must attend event to connect with the whole drinks trade.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fair.

For the digital event, London Wine Fair is cooperating with the most intuitive platforms which will offer you unique networking experiences. You will discover Bottlebooks – a digital wine data, a revolutionary app that redefines the way you experience an in-person event, matching you with the people you really want to speak with. Bottlebooks gives you a chance to discover wines, browse virtual stands by producer, importer, grape type, region and wine name and also contact the producers to request samples.

London Wine Fair

Bodegas Gonzalez Byass – Tio Pepe Festival

González Byass is a family winery founded in Jerez in 1835 and committed to the development of wines and spirits. Tradition, sustainable development, maximum quality and wine tourism are the pillars of González Byass’ work.  Almost two centuries of experience can prove that.  Throughout the last decades, González Byass has been incorporating wineries from areas that represent the oenological diversity of Spain.

The Festival has a special distinctive international concept in order to diversify the province of Cádiz as a tourist destination. It provides an offer that attracts about 40 different media and more than 60,000 attendees from different provinces of Spain and international tourists.

Tio Pepe Festival – here you can get a winery and vineyard experience with tastings, visits and grape stomping, hear music of different genres, to see the best quality flamenco and to enjoy the best food and wine during Michelin-starred dinners in the winery restaurants.

Tio Pepe Festival

You can vote for nominees until March 31 inclusive. Choose a nominee and click on the button in the profile “vote now”.