Thursday, April 21, 2011

WINERIES UNLIMITED Trade Show Boon to the Richmond and Virginia Economy

On March 29 through April 1, the Greater Richmond Convention Center played host to the Wineries Unlimited Trade Show & Conference, the second largest vineyard and winery event of its kind in North America. Event producer Robert Merletti reported that there were over 2,100 attendees representing 38 states, five Canadian provinces, and the countries of France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa. In addition, the show attracted 643 exhibitor reps with 238 exhibiting companies in 317 booths. More products and services were sold at the Richmond event than at any other winery trade show in the country.

"This was our 35th anniversary show, and it provided a great opportunity to unite members of the eastern wine industry," said Merletti who, in addition to producing Wineries Unlimited, publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. "Having industry stars such as Keith Striegeler, Paul Wagner, Bruce Zoecklein, Elizabeth Slater and others definitely contributed to the success of the event, as did the great support and cooperation of Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore, the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Virginia Hotel and Hospitality industry."

Merletti has announced that Wineries Unlimited will return to Richmond in 2012.

- Frank C. Britt, Publisher, Official Virginia Newsletter, 4/17/2011