WINA 2023 at the Poznań International Fair
A bit of history…
Rich exposition of the WINA 2023 Fair
Presentations of experts and a competition of Polish wines
The WINA 2023 Fair took place on March 16-18. This three-day event brought together lovers and connoisseurs of Polish winemaking. At the extremely impressive exhibitions of Polish winemakers, we had the opportunity to both try and buy selected liquors. The Feast of Polish Wine – as we used to call the described event – brought together producers and winemakers from all regions of Poland. They presented not only wines, but also ciders, distillates, mulled wine and meads. There were also offers of wine-related and endotourism companies, as well as producers and distributors of machines such as: gravitational filler or labeling machine.
Why is wine associated with Wielkopolska and Poznań? It is true that wine itself appeared in Poland due to the adoption of Christianity and wine consumed by the priest during the mass. At that time, this liquor began to be produced in all Polish regions, especially by nuns in monasteries. It was in these areas that there were the most vineyards. Some regions of Wielkopolska derive their genesis from the grapes they cultivate.
An example can be Poznań’s Winogrady or Winna Góra – a town associated with the stay of Jan Henryk Dąbrowski. Interestingly, in the interwar period, it was in the capital of Wielkopolska that Champagne was produced and – contrary to appearances – it was not a sparkling wine at all. In 1923, Georg Gelling founded the “George Gelling&Cie sparkling wine factory” at 21 Wielka Street. As for champagne, it was produced under the name “Champagne Gelling Poznań-Reims”. The base for this product was wine from Gelling’s champagne house in Reims. It was these champagnes that were honored three times with medals at the fair in Poznań in the pre-war period
Incredibly pleasant impressions, both aesthetic and taste, were provided by visiting the spectacular exhibitions of Polish wine and cider producers. During the fair, we also had the opportunity to meet and talk to representatives of the most recognizable Polish wineries, who enthusiastically talked about the methods of production of their wines. Tasting and purchasing good liquors is not the only attraction of the WINA 2023 Fair. This event also turned out to be a good lesson in the field of wine technology and the use of accessories in the production of liquors. An interesting accent was also the tasting dinner, which took place in the GardenCity restaurant on the premises of the Poznań International Fair. At the end of the second day of the fair, the tasters could taste not only wine, but also delicious dishes. All to the accompaniment of a professional speech by a specialist who helped to explore the secrets of combining wine with the dishes that best match the type of drink.
Lectures and workshops conducted by wine industry experts are another attraction of the WINA 2023 Fair. Representatives of various wine associations shared their competences in the field of broadly understood sommeliership. In addition, we had the opportunity to meet the winners of the WINOPL 2023 competition, organized by the Poznań International Fair. Qualified sommeliers evaluated the wines of Polish wine producers, thus selecting the winners. The jury took into account primarily the taste of the wine and the overall presentation of the product. Our team visited the HASKAP FARM, owned by Beata and Radosław Warulik. The farm is located in Mokra Praw near Skierniewice (Łódź Voivodeship) and specializes in the cultivation of Kamchatka berries. Mr. Radosław Warulik told us about the development of the farm, the advantages of his crops and showed us how the Kamchatka berry is processed and what wines and other preserves the HASKAP FARM is famous for. We invite you to watch the video report from the above-mentioned exhibition: