Italian Technological Record at 21st SIMEI Show in Milan
Staff Writer - December 2, 2005
The world's largest wine technology show took place from November 22 to November 26 at the Fiera (Trade Center) in Milan.
On November 22, 2005, Undersecretary of Agriculture, Teresio Delfino, in opening the 21st SIMEI (Salone Internazionale Macchinari per l'Enologia e l'Imbottigliamento, or International Winemaking and Bottling Machinery Salon), said that this event offered the opportunity to "give new momentum to the Italian winemaking sector."
The show introduced 767 machinery-exporting enterprises, as well as 133 exhibitors participating in Enovitis, the Vine-Growing Techniques Exhibition that took place within the main event.
Delfino said that this year Italy was once more the first wine producing country in the world, and that Italian wine exports have increased thanks to their ever improving quality. According to the president of Unione Italiana Vini (UIV, or Italian Wine Union), Andrea Sartori, the high quality of Italian wines owes much to the cutting edge technology in use in Italy, in addition to the historic tradition and know-how.
The value of the machinery on display was about €100 million, while the balance of trade for this kind of machinery showed a surplus of over €1,221 million in 2004.