Catch up with Decanter's behind the scenes access at the Vinexpo 2015 wine trade fair in Bordeaux.


French president Francois Holland opened Vinexpo 2015, addressing the importance of the wine industry to France’s cultural heritage, as well as its economy, and discussing the plans for a wine tourism campaign.

Read more – Vinexpo 2015: Francois Hollande opens wine fair with charm offensive


DWWA chairman Steven Spurrier was joined by vice-chair Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, and judges Paolo Basso and Markus del Monego MW in leading a Vinexpo masterclass, tasting eight stand out wines from this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards.

Read more on the Decanter World Wine Awards masterclass ‘Excellence in unexpected places’


On the first evening of Vinexpo, Chateau Margaux held a dinner for almost 500 guests from the media and the wine trade to celebrate the opening of their new cellars, designed by architect Lord Foster – including a wine library vault, housing tens of thousands of mature vintages.

Read more – Vinexpo 2015: Chateau Margaux dinner marks new cellar


Black StallionGrgich Hills Estate  Schramsberg









Some of the wines on offer at the Napa Valley Vintners Big Bottles party – the body’s first time at Vinexpo.


DWWA Vinexpo stand


DWWA Vinexpo stand




Medal and trophy winning wines from this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards could be tasted on the Decanter stand at Vinexpo.



Olivier Bernard, Domaine de Chevalier, welcomes guests ahead of a party fuelled by magnums and jeroboams of some of France’s best wines.

Read more – Vinexpo 2015: Domaine de Chevalier party offers wine treasure trove

Is this the future of people reading wine reviews? Visitors at Vinexpo were able to wear virtual reality headsets showing information on a range of different wines.


Kaiken wines, Montes

Some of the wines on offer at the Montes Wines stand, demonstrating that Argentina can offer much more than just Malbec.


Chateau Montrose, Bordeaux

St-Estephe second growth Chateau Montrose hosted the 200th anniversary Fete de la Fleur gala dinner on the last day of Vinexpo 2015, for nearly 1,700 guests.

Read Jane Anson’s report on the Fete de la Fleur dinner, hosted by Chateau Montrose