Stranded in Düsseldorf?

After the postponement of ProWein rocked the wine world, a group of winemakers decided they will head to Düsseldorf anyway.

Concept Riesling  (Photo: Concept Riesling).
Concept Riesling (Photo: Concept Riesling).

Soon after Messe Düsseldorf announced that ProWein was postponed, members of the wine trade began to make alternative arrangements, as not everybody can cancel flights or hotels rooms. For those who want to brave Covid-19, Concept Riesling wine bar presents itself as an alternative place for the wine trade to meet.

“Immediately after the trade fair was cancelled, we were asked by many dealers, winegrowers and guests whether we were open and whether they could hold their meetings with us," says Nils Lackner from Concept Riesling.

And so a new plan of action came into being. “ProWein Plan B” will take place at the Concept Riesling stand at the market on Carlsplatz. Attending the mini exhibition will be J.J. Prüm, Kai Schätzel, Korrell, Griesel Sekt, Gonzalez Byass and Niepoort. 

They will exhibit their wines from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16, after which the networking will commence. Concept Riesling's normal opening hours apply on the Saturday and the Tuesday. As for how many people can come, at the moment it’s completely open. On a regular ProWein Saturday, however, there are up to 200 guests, and it could well be more.

Lackner emphasizes that they will be advised by doctors in their planning: medical specialists will be present on both days, disinfectants are ready, the dishwashers have been medically checked, and all visitors will be advised to limit handshakes or other physical contact. Since the event takes place in the open air, the transmission risk is lower than in enclosed rooms.

Messe Düsseldorf have approved the use of the name “ProWein Plan B”.

Alexandra Wrann

This is a version of a story that first ran on

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Please, however, be aware that both North Rhine-Westphalia and Northern Italy have seen outbreaks of Covid-19.

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