Vini Birre Ribelli (The Rebel Wines and Beers Fair) is the first edition of a natural wine and beer fair being organised at Tour et Taxis in Brussels on Sunday 7 December and Monday 8 December.
It brings together many special producers of beer and wine such as Jean Van Roy from Cantillon, the legendary Brussels anti-conformist brewery as well as many Italian and French natural wine makers.
In total 81 “rebel” wine growers and 13 brewers will be taking part in the first edition of this fair. All these producers are part of a movement which is gradually changing the world of wine.
The organisers have said that they want this fair to be a meeting place for sharing and discovery among two inter-connected worlds – natural wines and rebel beers. What joins these two worlds is the philosophy of the producers who fight for their ideals.
The fair opens tomorrow from 10am to 8pm. There will be a number of events, including two debates tomorrow afternoon.
There are French wineries from Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Jura, Languedoc, Loire, Provence, Roussillion. Italy is represented by wineries from Campania, Emilia Romagna, Fruili, Lazio, Lombardy, Marche, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicily, Tuscany, Trentino, Umbria and Veneto.
We are looking forward to meeting some of the most interesting wineries and breweries and listening to their stories. Two we are particularly interested in because we are familiar with their wines are Azienda Agricola COS from Sicily and Josmeyer from Alsace.
Watch this space in the coming days for a report on this event.