In my beautiful balloon, well in this case a Boeing A380.
2018 has gotten off to a flying start, literally. With several international trade shows already under our belt it's safe to say we’re still recovering from some jet lag.
January started in freezing London for the first leg of the Australia Day Tasting hosted by Wine Australia. We then went on to Edinburgh and Dublin where the competition heated up and the temperature cooled down. This was a very successful show as we were awarded a spot in the top 50 wines for our Twisted Sticks 2015 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon in the official tasting held before the show began. People flocked to our stand to try this wine and the other organics in the Twisted Sticks range.
After our fingers and toes defrosted, just a little, we set our sights on South Korea, a two-day Food and Beverage Showcase held in Seoul hosted by Austrade. A first time for us in South Korea, it was a great experience with plenty of chances to network and get our product across to interested buyers.
There is no rest for the wicked as we headed straight to Dusseldorf, Germany for ProWein, the biggest international wine show with over 6,500 exhibiters and nearly 60,000 visitors. Three long days of meetings, with a few parties thrown into the mix, made the time fly by with plenty of leads to keep us busy with follow up, and maybe a small hangover.
While the rest of us were rugging up in Germany, a select lucky few set off to Chengdu where the layers came off and the humidity turned on. The largest Asian wine fair is divided up into 2 section, the Hotel Fair and the Main fair. With Salena Estate stands scattered between them, we had to work hard to keep up with the amount of people.
We finally touched down back home to find Mad March was over and the people of Adelaide had gone back into hibernation.