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The international wine fair was first held in September 1967 in the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona (Italy) under the name "Giornate del Vino Italiano" (Italian Wine Days). In 1969, 130 producers exhibited their products, which was still very modest. It took place under the name "Vinitaly" from 1971, when wines from 1963 were introduced for the first time DOC classification were issued, as well as a auction high-priced wines. Since 1980, it has been carried out in April over a period of five days. A fixed item on the program is the wine competition Concorso Enologico Internazionale, In addition, there are also so-called “Vinitaly On Tour Events”, which have so far been held in cities such as New Delhi (India), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach and Washington (USA), as well as Shanghai ( China). In 2015 there were 150,000 visitors from 140 countries (in 2014 there were 155,000), a quarter of them from German-speaking countries and 55,000 from abroad. See also under awards and wine Events,

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