The world’s leading show for wine and spirits professionals, Vinexpo 2015 has designated the U.S. as its first-ever Country of Honor – a distinction that will give the American wine industry maximum exposure throughout the show. Themed “Taste the Unexpected,” Vinexpo 2015 will be held June 14-18, 2015. Vinexpo drew 48,000 professional visitors in 2013, of which Americans represented the second largest segment of international attendees. Founded in 1981.

Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years at Bordeaux’s Parc des Expositions, just minutes from the historic town center and some of the world’s most storied wine regions including Canon Fronsac, Saint Emilion, Médoc, Graves and Sauternes..

Special events throughout Vinexpo 2015 will shine a spotlight on the U.S. wine industry. American wineries will be showcased in the center of the exhibition area, which will feature as many as 2,400 exhibitors from 44 wine- and spirits-producing countries around the world.

The Country of Honor designation acknowledges the U.S.’s ascendancy as the world’s top wine-consuming nation. A 2014 Vinexpo-commissioned study by International Wine and Spirit Research revealed that in 2011 the U.S. surpassed France and Italy to lead the world in wine consumption in both volume and value. The study, which analyzed results from 2007-2012 to forecast market trends through 2017, also reported the following:

·        The U.S is the third largest wine importer worldwide, including still, light and sparkling wines.

·        The U.S. is the fourth largest wine producer in the world and the sixth largest exporter.

·        Between 2012 and 2016, American annual wine consumption is projected to grow by more than 12 percent, or 40.5 million cases.

·        Consumption of spirits in the U.S. reached 190.87 million cases in 2011 (up 7.6% from 2007), and should increase by another 8.7% by 2016. Vodka, rum and bourbon are the top-selling spirits in the U.S. market.

·        The U.S. is the world’s largest market for tequila, well ahead of Mexico.