Vienna, Austria (PRWEB) February 11, 2010
The European Wine Bloggers Conference has announced its 2010 venue in Vienna, Austria, on October 22-24. Hosted by Catavino Marketing, Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino.net, Robert McIntosh of The Wine Conversation, and sponsored by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board and Wineblogger.info, the conference intends to bring together wine bloggers, social media innovators and wine industry leaders from around the world.
Last year’s conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal, united over 120 participants from 14 different countries. Participation tripled compared to the first edition, held in 2008 in Logroño, Spain, with very positive results. After the event, the bloggers provided a wealth of feedback online by means of articles, photos, videos and tweets, all praising this exceptional experience.
“For those who attended the whole event, it had obviously been brilliant, socially, inspirationally, technically, wineyly, and as an opportunity to learn a little more about Portugal.” – Charles Metcalfe, internationally renowned wine writer and author of “The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal“.
“I loved the (very short) bit of the conference I attended, and only wish I had done the whole thing. I plan to come to the conference next year…” – George Sandeman, spokesman of Wine in Moderation and responsible for Public Relations of Sogrape Vinhos.
“The EWBC is that one time each year when we have the opportunity to meet amazing professionals from the online wine world to discuss the future of wine. In addition to an ever changing location, the EWBC allows wine professionals to continuously learn about the wine, food and culture of an innovative European wine region.” – Andre Ribeirinho, owner of Adegga.com and recently awarded the “Wine Personality of the Year“ by Diario de Noticias.
The EWBC is pleased to have the generous support of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, that manages and coordinates the strategic objectives of the Austrian wine industry in matters relating to quality and sales, as a recognition of the value and potential of online media in this process.
The 2010 European Wine Bloggers Conference programme will include several “keynote” sessions addressing topical subjects for all online wine communicators, as well as several streams of smaller group sessions to generate and nurture some practical discussions. Details of the programme will be announced in March.
The 150 wine bloggers expected at the EWBC 2010 will not only attend a wide range of educational sessions, but also visit several key wineries within easy reach of Vienna and also enjoy the best of Austrian cuisine. The entire event will provide ample opportunity for bloggers to experience the food, wine and culture of Austria, all while discussing issues relating to the convergence of wine and the web.
The first wine bloggers – based in Europe – to register before March 1st will be entered into a random drawing to win a free trip to Jerez to attend the only international sweet wine tasting in the world, Vinoble. More information is available on the EWBC site.
About European Wine Bloggers Conference
Founded in 2008 by Robert McIntosh from The Wine Conversation (http://wineconversation.com) and Ryan and Gabriella Opaz from Catavino (http://Catavino.net), the annual conference aims to gather wine bloggers from all over Europe and the world, who are looking to both build stronger relations between their sites and offer a better route for wineries and retailers to reach these consumers, or readers.
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