Vinexpo is hoping to have a full house ahead of next year's event in Bordeaux in June.

The wine trade fair, which is held in France every odd-numbered year, celebrates its 26th anniversary next year, with around 90% of the available space taken by exhibitors already.

Speaking to reporters in London today (15 November), Vinexpo chief executive, Robert Beynat, said the event could increase in size, but that organisers were reluctant to do so. "We have enough demand to expand the event by about 5,000m²," Beynat (pictured) said. "It's big enough already. We're not here to sell more area. We are not an exhibition company."

Beynat noted that not everybody who applies for space at the event will have their request granted. Vinexpo will occupy 41,000m² of booths, with around 2,500 companies in attendance.

The event has had a well-documented controversial history of late, with 2003's heatwave affecting mainly New World providers in an area where the air conditioning failed. Last year, E&J Gallo pulled out of the event, as traditional Champagne producers objected to the Californian company's presence in the events 'Club des Marques' section.

Beynat noted that Gallo has said that that it will return next year, although the company has yet to pay its deposit.

When asked about New World wine producers, Beynat highlighted the dilemma facing Australia's companies. "They have some problems in Australia," he explained. "Some (companies) say that it's important that they attend Vinexpo this year, while some say that they shouldn't."