Lots of Wine
Of course, this being a trade event, there is a lot of wine to be tsted. The tasting stations set up throughout the event allow for the opportunity to explore many wines at once wthout having to visit multiple booths or halls, and the self-service format allows you to move at your own pace.
Since these self service tasting stations are not manned, they have very detailed information for each wine clearly displayed, incuding the always interesting flavor profile chart.
The tasting station can be a bit of a refuge from dealing with the crowds during the event, but as with all events there is an ebb and flow here at ProWein. If your planned visit seems to be at a peak time, switch things around and come back. I've found that there is always a chance to spend a relatively tranquil moment at virtually any stand or booth.
The seminars are mostly held on the floor, on a first come first served basis. It's great to be able to just stop and listen in for a few moments when the timeing is right, or you can plan to be at a specific spot for each seminar that is listd in the program. Either way they add a tremendous amount of focused information to one's visits. Thay also tend to attract quite a crowd, so be prepared to detour if one ends up in your path.
The set up as ProWein is quite varied, ranging from individual producers with their own small booths to larger regional pavilions, like this one for Rioja which featured a walk around tasting format.
The Italians generally showed surpring solidarity for a change, with many regional pavillions centered around tasting ares with tables and chairs, perfect for more detailed tastings or catching up with producers. One has to remember that the purpose, for most people, of ProWein is to conduct busniess. On that level it is a very serious and professional event and these seating areas are conducive to closing deals.