New Zealand's wine trade association has snubbed the Vinexpo trade fair for the second event running.

New Zealand Winegrowers has decided not to attend the show, which takes place in Bordeaux from 17-21 June.

The move follows the association's non-attendance from the biennial event in 2005, when it blamed the cost of taking a stand at the show, as well as the well-publicised air-conditioning failure in 2003.

Warren Adamson, UK director for New Zealand Winegrowers, told just-drinks that again the cost of attending Vinexpo was behind the association's decision.

"(Vinexpo) is not a cheap fair to be involved with. We're not the largest generic association and we've had a hard look at where we could afford to be represented this year," Adamson said. The association will attend the London International Wine and Spirits Fair in May, as well as the Prowein show in Dusseldorf, Germany, Adamson added.

However, some New Zealand wineries will be represented at Vinexpo. "International companies that own New Zealand wineries will be there, as will various importers. As far as the generic (association) goes, we will review the situation for 2009."

Nevertheless, Wines of South Africa, which was also absent from the event two years ago, will take a stand at the fair, said Vinexpo president Jean-Marie Chadronnier.

However, Chadronnier said the number of exhibitors from Australia would not be as high as expected. "Australia is a bit light for other reasons. They have a few economic problems, life is tough for them at the moment," he said in London today (10 January).

Nevertheless, Chadronnier was upbeat about the show's prospects this year. "All the space for Vinexpo is sold out. Generally speaking, I think we'll have a very good representation of the whole wine industry."