Vinitaly announces dates for US tour

The trade show that calls itself the ambassador of Italian wine has announced the dates of its US stops.

Vinitaly, which just wrapped up in Verona and attracted 140,000 visitors from 120 countries for the 46th edition, will be traveling to Chicago April 30 and New York on May 2-3, where it will host a wine tasting for trade visitors in the afternoon, and a consumer event in the evening.

This marks the first time Vinitaly hosts US events in the spring, rather than the fall.

Though dates haven’t been announced, the Vinitaly tour will also make stops in Russia and China this year.

Meanwhile, another major wine trade show, Vinexpo, announced plans to return to the US after a long absence.

Unlike Vinexpo, which is restricted to tradespeople, Rendez-Vous in New York will be geared towards consumers and oenophiles at large, where the public will be able to hobnob with wine producers on a one-on-one basis.

Rendez-Vous organizers expect 6,000 attendees over three days, November 16-18.

Details of Vinitaly in the World can be found at