Wine-tasting classes and “tours” of Greek vineyards starred in Oenotelia’s seminars.
In addition to a wide range of labels at exhibitor stands and at Wine-Tasting Square, Oenotelia 2019 featured an interesting series of educational seminars with various tips and new ideas, bringing together well-established oenologists and sommeliers. Throughout the course of the three-day event, the specially designed lecture area in Hall 1 that hosted the talks was filled with visitors thirsting for knowledge around a broad range of topics, such as how to improve a business, wine tourism, wine-tasting, and more.
The basic principles of wine tasting & taste trials
More specifically, oenologist Despina Moschaki discussed the basic principles of wine tasting to a spellbound audience. In another lecture, she expounded on the topic of organically cultivated wine, with in-lecture wine-tasting of various organic wines, including that of the Malagousia grape variety. She concluded her speech with a few words about the Savvatiano grape variety.
In two other interesting speeches, Spyros Triantafyllou (Vins Oenotourism events) spoke about the importance and prospects of wine tourism in Greece, while Basil J. Janavaras (president and CEO of JANAVARAS ENTERPRISES LLC) elicited enormous public interest with his presentation on wine selection criteria in the U.S.A.
In other presentations made over the course of the three-day exhibition, the sommelier Aris Sklavenitis analyzed the basic principles of wine tasting, giving professionals extra tips on proper wine pairing. He also gave advice on how to create a good wine list for entertainment and dining venues, revealing the secrets of blind wine tasting and analyzing its basic principles and methodology. His concluding lectures addressed the past, present and future of retsina.
Lastly, wine expert Fotis Stathopoulos analyzed the basic elements of wine tasting with an in-lecture sampling session of Agiorgitiko wine. His series of lectures ended with an exceptionally interesting speech on the Savvatiano grape variety and advice on how to create wine lists for dining and entertainment venues.