The Spanish Embassy in Ghana, through its Economic and Commercial Office, has organised this year’s edition of the Spanish Wine Show at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra.
This year’s event is the seventh edition, and forms part of efforts by the Spanish Embassy in Accra, through its affiliates, to strengthen the commercial and economic bond between Ghana and Spain.
Dubbed: ‘Wines from Spain: Spirits of Spain’, the annual event brought together a great variety of Spain’s beverages, such as wine, sparkling wine, beer, vermouth and other alcoholic beverages.
Aside from the wine tasting, the event also focused on enhancing educational and sensory experiences linked to wine and other beverages. And more importantly, the different grape varieties and other products that are grown in Spain as well as their geographic distribution.
Speaking after the exhibition, Head of the Economic and Commercial Office at the Spanish embassy, Miguel Casero, highlighted the importance of the wine sector in Spain, the world’s third-largest wine-producing country.
He also acknowledged the positive trend in the demand for Spanish wine in Ghana over the years.
“The numbers said that Ghana is very important for Spain. For example, Ghana is the fourth country that exports the most wine of all Africa, and Ghana accounts for almost 10 percent of the total wine export of Spain to Africa. So, this is a sense of the importance, the current situation, and the current awareness of Spanish wines here in Ghana.
“There are some positive trends in the last few years. For example, from 2019 to 2020, there was an increase of 40 percent of the wine export; and from 2020 to 2021, there was an increase of 7 percent. So, you can see there is some positive trend and we see that more and more Ghanaians are getting to know of the Spanish wines and they are really liking it,” he added.
He expressed gratitude to Ghanaian importers, the press, wine shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and customers who promote Spanish beverages in Ghana with their passion and dedication. “I would sincerely like to thank all of you who are part of the wine and beverage community in Ghana for your dedicated support and passion for Spanish products. It is your cooperation with Spain and your valued appreciation of Spanish products that has made it possible.”
Since 2015, the office has been successfully organising wine tasting for professionals in the hospitality industry, with more than 80 professionals attending each year, and this year was no exception.
The trade show offered more than 70 different products, including wine, beer, vermouth, and other alcoholic beverages from Spain, with the collaboration of 3 Ghanaian importers and 8 Spanish wineries and beverage companies. The 2022 Spanish Wine Exhibition show was organised with support from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX).