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Vinexpo Americas 2004 

The 2nd International Wine and Spirits Exhibition for North America
June 20th to 22nd, 2004, at McCormick Place, Chicago

In 2002, the Vinexpo International Wine and Spirits Exhibition, held in Bordeaux, France, for 21 years, announced its intention to organize an exhibition in North America for the first time, where wine and spirits producers and companies could host trade buyers and distributors from the North American continent.

The first Vinexpo Americas was held in New York in October 2002. It was a gamble that paid off, with the show hosting 600 exhibitors from 28 countries and 10,128 visitors from 47 American states, 8 Canadian provinces and countries from Latin America.

Vinexpo Americas was designed to be an itinerant event, and after New York, McCormick Place in Chicago was chosen as the venue for the second exhibition.

Exhibitors from All Over the World Meet in a Market with Potential

Vinexpo Americas in Chicago will take up 8000 m² (86,000 sq. ft.) in the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place to host 800 exhibitors but also to house the Forum, a comprehensive program of seminars, conferences and tastings that are organized concurrently with the show.

The exhibition will have a truly international flavor, with exhibitors from Spain, Greece, UK, Chile, Italy, Mexico, USA, France, South Africa, and more. Among the first companies and national stands to register are the "old faithfuls" of the Bordeaux exhibition: Castel, Bardinet, JeanJean, Champagne Pannier, Champagnes Taittinger, Jadot, Georges Dubœuf, Louis Latour and many others from France; Jackson Wine Estates (USA), Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior (Spain), Prochile (Chile), Wines of South Africa, etc.

The main benefit of holding this event in North America is the potential of the wine and spirits market in this continent. The figures announced by the British market research consultants IWSR/GDR, who have just completed a survey on behalf of Vinexpo, are very eloquent: the US and Canada are the leading world market for wine in terms of value. Wine consumption is expected to increase by 12% between now and 2007, and volumes of spirits sold on this market in the coming 4 years should increase by 4.5%.

An Exhibition Exclusive for Trade Purchasers and Distributors from Norht America

Vinexpo has 70,000 professionals from 10 Canadian provinces and 50 American states in its database. Vinexpo Americas was especially designed for them, as not all are able to attend the world-acclaimed Vinexpo, which takes place every two years in Bordeaux, France. These professionals are restaurateurs, wholesalers, retailers, sommeliers, wine stores, monopoly officials and journalists.

Robert Parker to Attend the Forum

The Forum will consist of seminars, debates on trade topics and exceptional tastings organized concurrently with the show by exhibitors, trade organizations and Vinexpo Americas. Visitors may also look forward to this wide range of opportunities to enhance their knowledge and learn from experts. The best known is certainly Robert Parker, who has announced that he will speak at Vinexpo Americas in Chicago, accompanied by major players in the industry. Other highlights of the Forum program include tastings of the Bordeaux and Burgundy Grands Crus, and of Chilean and Spanish wines with comments by the owners themselves.

Vinexpo Americas Facts

Name: Vinexpo Americas, the international wine and spirits exhibition for North America.

Type of corporation: French simplified shareholder corporation (SAS)

Chairman: Mrs. Dominique Hériard Dubreuil, also CEO – Rémy Cointreau

Chief Executive: Robert Beynat

Number of employees: 20

Headquarters: 2, cours du XXX Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Venue: Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, Chicago

Date: Sunday June 20th to Tuesday 22nd, 2004

Opening times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Vinexpo Americas on the Web

This site, exclusively dedicated to Vinexpo Americas, contains all the information required for exhibitors and visitors to organize their visit:

  • Pre-registration: as of mid-February, visitors and journalists can register online to receive their personal exhibition entry badge directly at their own address.
  • Accommodation: the list of the Chicago hotels reserved by Vinexpo Americas and rates. One-Stop-Chicago for all hotel bookings. Tel. 1-800-424-5248 (from USA and Canada)
  • The catalogue of exhibitors, available in March, will list all registered exhibitors by name and country.




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