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The second edition on Vinitaly Bio took place at the most important Italian wine fair, Vinitaly, one of the main international wine exhibitions that was held in Verona from 22-25 March 2015. The expo had about 150,000 visitors from 140 countries and was also attended by more than 2,600 journalists from 46 countries. The event took place in co-operation with FederBio (www.federbio.it), the umbrella federation of the Italian organic industry, and it brought to the city of Romeo and Juliet over 70 organic wineries (listed at www.vinitaly.com/areaVisitatori/vinitalyBio/) from the main wine regions of Italy (with three wineries from France). With only 1000 m² available in the pavilion, there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries; FederBio will try to obtain a larger exhibition are for the 2016 edition.
Picture: Successful presentation: there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries
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