Great British Drinks in the spotlight at London Wine Fair
The 40th London Wine Fair will shine a spotlight on British drinks with the biggest ever selection of wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks from England, Scotland and Wales exhibiting to date. English and Welsh wine will be represented by more than 40 wineries across the show, in Drinks Britannia – the section dedicated to British drinks – and on distributor stands on the Trading Floor, as well as in Esoterica and The Discovery Zone. Several spirits and beer producers will attend for the first time, including: Scotland’s Lafferty’s Gin and Upperhand Gin; James Martin’s Gin; Heroes and Heretics Whisky; and Traquair House Brewery. And Welsh mineral water, Tŷ Nant, will be the official water supplier to the show.
Food & Drink Wales will be at the show for only the second time, with a record eight wineries attending: Ancre Hill; Conwy Vineyard; Dell Vineyard; Gwinllan y Dryffryn; Gwynfyd Mon/Anglesey Bliss; Llaethliw; Velfrey Vineyard; White Castle Vineyard; and Chilled & Tannin merchant. WineGB will also be at the show with a dedicated stand showing eight English Wines: All Angels; Ambriel; Exton Park; House Coren; Lyme Bay Winery; The Grange; Meopham Valley and The Uncommon. They will host a Masterclass session “Making English & Welsh wines work on your wine list” at 14h30 on Tuesday, 7th June.
The Nyetimber bus will make a scheduled stop in front of Drinks Britannia, hosting daily masterclass sessions on its top deck and Bibendum will host a “Battle of the Bubbles”, pitting English fizz versus the rest of the world on the first day of the show. Throughout The Fair, there will be several English wineries on agent stands, including Balfour Winery (Bibendum); Black Chalk (Graft Wine); Busi Jacobsohn (Marcato Direct); and Ridgeview (Bibendum). BiB Wine will show The English Vine ‘Number 1’ Bacchus 2021 and The English Vine will show a range of wines including those in alternative packaging (paper bottles and keg wine) in the WTAF (Wine Traders for Alternative Formats) on The Gallery.
Club Soda will host a selection of non-alcoholic British drinks companies in The Fair’s first “No & Low” area, within The Discovery Zone. These include the launch of BOLLE, a high-end sparkling wine from Juicy River, Everleaf Non-Alcoholic Aperitifs, and luxury sparkling teas from Saicho Drinks.
Simon Thorpe MW, CEO, WineGB, commented: “We are really delighted that WineGB will be at this year’s London Wine Fair alongside a bumper crop of Britain’s wine producers, and we look forward to welcoming all visitors to our stand and highlighting the other English and Welsh wine features across the event. London Wine Fair lies at the very heart of the UK wine trade, and with the domestic market accounting for over 90% of overall sales of English & Welsh wines, engaging even further with all sectors of the UK wine trade is a primary focus for us. It is a truly pivotal time for our industry: growth in production shows no signs of abating, our wines continue to show just how world-class Britain is as a wine producer, wine tourism is booming, and we confidently boast a progressive sustainability scheme for the industry. This is a Great British success story and one with a stellar future.”