The Union Vinicole du Liban is proud to be part of MEGAVINO 2016. Lebanon’s hospitality sector has always been crucial, not only to the local economy, but also in exporting Lebanon’s image around the region, and the Union Vinicole du Liban is committed to be part of this drive.
More information here.
… because together with our 434 exhibitors, YOU, the 28 000 visitors, turned Megavino 2015 once again into a record edition. ||| This was MEGAVINO 2015 in pictures ||| Please mark: MEGAVINO 2016, from the 21st until the 24th of October, same location: Hall 3, Brussels Expo.
After Portugal last year, we are happy to welcome France again at the 17th edition of Megavino. Guest region this year is the Alsace, the most eastern wine region of France, between the Vosges in the west and the Rhine in the east.
And who ever says ‘Alsace’, thinks immediately about (mostly) lovely white wines (90% of the production) that are produced in a long, narrow area that contains 15.600ha of vineyards in 2 departments: the Bas-Rhin with Strasbourg as the border in the north and the Haut-Rhin with Mulhause in the south.
Grape varieties as pinot blanc, pinot gris, muscat, Riesling and gewürztraminer will definitely sound familiar to wine lovers. As well as Crémant d’Alsace, afine sparkling wine and moreover, the best selling Crémant in Belgium. And what to think about the nice sweet wines like vendanges tardives or selection de grains nobles?
The Alsace can count on a micro climate with thanks to the natural protection of the Vosges, it is one of the warmest spots in France. So it should be no surprise that more and more excellent red wines are produced from pinot noir. Adding 51 grands crus and you understand that Megavino is happy to welcome a very interesting and varied guest of honour.
This region is so close for us Belgians as well: only a three and a half hour drive and so the favourite close-to-home-vacation.
A chance not to miss for the visitor because it has definitely been a while since so many Alsace producers came to our country. At Megavino, you will get the chance to discover well known established values as well as new, dynamic wineries.
There will be around 20 companies at the central booth and some Belgian importers will present their best Alsace wines. CIVA (Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace) will take care of animation four days nonstop at this central booth: master classes, workshops, commented tastings, food pairings and even a ‘female battle’ (tasting of the best wines of female winemakers). All of this is free to attend in order to ameliorate your knowledge about Alsace wine.
By the way, keep an eye out for our rubric ‘guest of honour’ at our website: we will bring an extensive reportage with lots of numbers about the Alsace so you can visit Megavino well prepared!
We are happy to announce that the upcoming edition of Megavino will be the first one with an online ticketing service so visitors will finally be able to buy tickets in advance via our website.
Besides that, it means as well that the ‘free entrance’ tickets for our exhibitors will be distributed by e-mail: very easy and safe to forward them to clients around the world. Of course every ticket has a unique barcode and will only be valid once. Definitely looking forward to this improvement!
… because together with our 412 exhibitors, YOU, the 28 000 visitors, turned Megavino 2014 once again into a record edition. ||| This was MEGAVINO 2014 in pictures ||| Please mark: MEGAVINO 2015, from the 23rd until the 26th of October, same location: Hall 1, Brussels Expo.
There are always a few premieres at Megavino: sometimes a new wine producing country or new wineries for the first time presented in Belgium. This year we are ready to welcome wine from the Island Fogo of Cape Verde. Jan Ryckewaert of Diksmuide arrives at Fogo by accident and gets to know Padre Ottavio, an Italian capuchin from Piemonte that is working there as a missionary. In 2005, he decides to plant a vineyard, Vinha Maria Chaves, a mix of local and international wine varieties and begins a brand new bodega: Adega de Monte Barro with a capacity of 250.000 bottles. Why not taste the result at Megavino: a white wine (sante Luzia), a rosé (san Vincente) and two red ones (san Tiago and san Filipe). Don’t miss out! Booth number 1136.
A few days before the opening of the 16th edition of Megavino you can follow all the activities on your computer.
Click ‘Megavino live webcam’ and you can see immediately how Hall 1 is building up. And of course also during the four Megavino days you can follow us live. But we have a better idea : pay us a visit and smell yourself the unique Megavino atmosphere!
At one week before the opening of Megavino, you can find all needed information online: the exhibitors list, the master classes of the French booth AND the complete list of activities. Exactly what you need to prepare your visit to Megavino perfectly. Make your choice from our list with more than 400 exhibitors or select a workshop or tasting you really don’t want to miss. Everything is online!
Like every other year, the Tasting Bar of the California Wine Institute will be present at Megavino, offering a broad range of wines available at the Belgian market. About 40 different wines will be there for you to discover and to taste: going from chardonnay to viognier, from cabernet to zinfandel and of course many blends.
We picked 2 of our favorites to get you in the right mood:
1/// The 446 Chardonnay 2010 Single Vineyard of Noble Vines from Monterey: a fruity chardonnay, well structured, ripe citrusy with exotic hints, nicely integrated wood and a good length.
By Vinam from Sint-Amandsberg € 15,95 www.vinam.be
2/// De Cabernet sauvignon 2010 of Louis M. Martini from Sonoma County: a solid carbernet with black fruit airs, ripe cherry and plum, a round juicy heart with caramel and round tannins at the end.
By Hasselt Millesime from Hasselt € 24 www.hasseltmillesime.be
But what about the other 38 wines? Come by and have a taste for yourself at their bar, boothnumber 1413.
Part of the annually expierence of Megavino: every visitor receives a new tasting glass at the entrance of the fair.
They are definitely a real collector’s item, because every year the cartoon that is printed on it, changes. The Dutch one is decorated with a drawing of Marec, the cartoonist of newspaper Het Nieuwsblad and the French version is designed by duBus, the cartoonist of La Libre.
And no, the glasses aren’t for sale, but exclusively reserved for the visitors of Megavino!
For the first time present at our Megaspirits Pavilion: homegrown gin, named Meyer’s gin!
Two gentlemen, Christophe Demeyer (39) and Sommelier-Conseil Tim Veys (35) had already been thinking for a while to create a Belgian version of this extreme popular drink. They got some help from a master distiller and created together a very original beverage: “Based on hardy kiwi”, explains Tim Veys. “The hardy kiwi is originally from Siberia, looks like a grape but is a kiwi inside. And it is that hardy kiwi that is responsible for the gentle and pure taste”.
We got the chance to taste this gin and immediately liked it. Not some bland distillate but a pure gin, round and soft without a heavy alcohol taste, a floral nose, hints of anise, fruity at mouth and still fresh and varied.
That is why Tim stresses that this gin can easily be drunk pure. “And in case you really want to add tonic, choose preferably a very neutral variant’. Remarkable as well: the very beautiful packaging that is trendy, classy and sophisticated.
More information? www.meyersgin.be and at Megavino, Megaspirits Booth, number 1567.
Germany has been absent for two years at Megavino but is now definitely back. Young, dynamic and attractive is their tagline and you will notice that for sure at Megavino because their new common booth will be a real beauty and will invite you to get to know the wine makers from i.a. Rheinhessen, Rheingau, Pfalz and of course Mosel.
The Deutsches Weininstitut will answer all your questions about Germany as wine producing country and the Information Office will let you taste a broad selection of wine that is sold in the wholesale distribution like Colruyt, Spar and Delhaize. Besides, that last one added 6 new wines to its range at the beginning of September.
| Participants – boothnumber 1447 |
Weingut Johanninger, Weingut Prinz von Hessen, World of Boutique Wines, Weingut Siegrist, Weingut Zwölberich, Deutsches Weininstitut and the Information Office for German Wine.
Are you between 18 and 35? Lover of a good glass of ‘no nonsense’ wine with matching appetizers? And especially in a trendy atmosphere with some lounge furniture, stemming lightning and uplifting music? All this in company of Crazy Sir G, one of the DJ-stars of Tomorrowland?
That’s possible! The wines of Pays d’Oc IGP – shortly, varietal wines of Languedoc-Roussillon, one of the biggest wine regions of France – invite you to get to know their wines during the late night opening of Megavino at Friday the 24th of October from 19 till 23h. Send us a message using our contact form and explain why you deserve to be there. And who knows, you might win two tickets to this exclusive and promising evening.
“Fun, trendy, smart and unpretentious” is deservedly the middle name of the wines of Pays d’Oc!
Last year’s guest of honour will probably be even more in the spotlights this year. Spain is flourishing because this year as well, the biggest wine producing country (harvest 2013) will be present at Megavino in great numbers.
A brand new Pavilion will accommodate the most important Belgian importers and about 24 bodegas from all Spanish regions who will present their wines for the first time at our market.
Adding the presence of the Cava Institute, de region Navarra en a real tapas bar and you understand that Spain will leave his mark at Megavino – more than ever.
And bang, big news to start with: Portugal will be the guest of honour in 2014!
What to expect?
A beautiful and outstanding pavilion of the official instance Wines of Portugal, next to a booth where both importers and producers from all Portuguese regions will be found.
Another eye catcher will undoubtedly be the pavilion of Madeira, an autonomous island of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, for the first time present at Megavino.
All this preceded by a promotion campaign that will draw attention to some remarkable wines and novelties from Portugal.
Either way you better start looking forward to interesting discoveries during those 4 crazy days in October, as well as before.
15 editions in a row, we worked hard for Megavino to become… the biggest ‘wine’-event in the Benelux.
With Spain being guest of honour in 2013, covering up the 10.000m² of Hall 1 of Brussels Expo was once again no problem: around 27.000 visitors came by to enjoy tastings, master classes, events, foodpairings and of course a personal chat with one of our 368 exhibitors.
So after 6 long and outdated years, we felt like our website couldn’t be left behind anymore and that it needed some refreshments!
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