FIVE is celebrating its 3rd International Organic Wine Fair, which promises to be one of the major vinicultural events of the coming spring. On the 17th and 18th of April wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France will present their organic wines to specialists and professionals from the trade. The event, which aims to be the showcase for organic wines in the Iberian peninsula, will present top-quality wines, some of them produced from native vines seldom used in the commercial production of wine. Highlighting its international flavour, the fair aims to increase the number of participating countries, both buyers and visitors. In this year’s fair, not only will there be importers present from 13 traditional countries, it is also hoped to attract buyers from emerging countries such as Brazil and Mexico.
Last year some fifty organic wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France used FIVE to exhibit their products to buyers from almost 20 countries. The fair also boasted a large selection of buyers from Spain.
FIVE is a professional fair, aimed at the different sectors of the wine trade. It is organised by organic wineries which are members of AEN (Association of Organic Agricultural Businesses of Navarre – Spain). The fair aims to be a showcase for regional wines, from an area with a great wine-producing tradition and a wealth of varieties and production techniques.
On previous occasions visitors have encountered wines of character with differentiated tastes and fragrances. Some are produced from native vines not usually used in commercial production, others are biodynamic and ‘natural’ wines.
On organic wine-production in Spain
The production of organic wine in Spain has shown signs of constant growth. The number of organic wineries has increased considerably: 408 from 2009, to 456 last year. Catalonia is the region which has seen the biggest increase in production, going from 86 to 108 organic wineries in the same period. The quality of these wines has also been a feature; many have won prizes in conventional wine-tasting competitions, as is the case of Lezaun and Aroa wineries (both from Navarre).
This 3rd FIVE fair is committed to promoting the best of organic wine in both the international and national markets. The fair will take place on April 17th and 18th in the Puerta del Camino Hotel in Pamplona and will join up once again with the National Organic Wines Competition in Estella. On the second day, the fair will hold a wine- tasting open to the public. The wines will be accompanied by traditional snacks, also organic, known as ‘tapas’.