The first international wine fair “Wine Vision of the Open Balkans” will be opened today. The fair is sponsored by the Governments of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania as part of the Open Balkans initiative and will be opened in the presence of the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and the Prime Ministers of Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro, Edi Rama, Dimitar Kovačevski and Dritan Abazović. Opening is planned at 1 PM in the Hall 1 of the Belgrade Fair, while the Fair will last until September 4.
Almost 400 exhibitors and wine producers from more than 20 countries participate in the Fair, while more than 230 exhibitors who will participate are from Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania alone. The Fair will also gather participants from the whole world – from the South and North America to the Central Europe.
Exhibitors from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Argentina and Chile will also participate. The wines will be judged by 25 international judges, five of whom have the “master of wine” label, which gives the fair a special weight and ranks it among the most prestigious in the world.
One of the goals of “Wine Vision OB” is to gather the best wine producers in the region at the Belgrade Fair and promote the Balkans as an increasingly popular wine and tourist destination. It is a clear step in achieving the goal of the Open Balkans initiative – a common market that includes the free flow of people, goods, capital and services, say the organizers.
President Vučić welcomed the participants of the upcoming Fair and pointed out that it is an opportunity for all guests to get to know the Balkans in the right way.
“Dear friends, we are waiting for you at the best event of this year – the Wine Vision of the Open Balkans fair! Belgrade has opened its heart to all guests who, in the coming days, will get the opportunity to know our Balkan and the best it has to offer. Welcome to Belgrade “, said the President of Serbia on Instagram.
The summit will be held in the “Serbia” Palace, and will be attended by the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović, the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Sijarto and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Çavuşoğlu.
Minister of Trade Tatjana Matić stated that the wine fair is the first concrete result of the memorandum on cooperation in the initiative of the Open Balkan, which was signed a few months ago. Matić also said that the most prestigious chefs will hold workshops, while the chefs of the Open Balkan countries will cook at special dinners for visitors, as well as at master’s dinners.