Vinitaly postponed to June

The organisers of the leading Italian wine show, Vinitaly, have announced the 2020 edition will be postponed until June.

Originally scheduled for 19-22 April, organisers Veronafiere announced today (3 March) that it was postponing the show as well the various  shows revolving around Vinitaly such as the International Wine Academy and Vinitaly and the City, until June.

The revised dates for the show are 14-17 June.

Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of Veronafiere, said: “Following the rapid evolution of the international situation giving rise to evident difficulties concerning all promotional activities, Veronafiere has decided to postpone the dates for Vinitaly, Enolitech and Sol&Agrifood to 14-17 June 2020, judged to be the best period for ensuring the highest business quality standards for exhibitors and visitors.”

Maurizio Danese, president of Veronafiere, added: “Rescheduling Vinitaly in June, as well as other important international events in Milan and Bologna is a signal that Made in Italy is convinced of a prompt economic recovery in key sectors of the country-system.

“We therefore hope that the new national trade fair calendar will generate renewed confidence and be the tool which will capitalise on the resumption of operations in our country.”

The news will not come as a surprises to many given the recent postponement of ProWein in Düsseldorf. Italy is currently one of the countries worst affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, especially the north of the country.

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