SITT gears up for Autumn events in London and Leeds

The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) will be visiting Leeds for the first time, following the success of this event in London, Bristol and Manchester.

The event was created with the aim of bringing together handcrafted wines from around the world, leading UK specialist importers and independent buyers from the off and on-trade.

This year the SITT Autumn event will take place in London on Monday September 24, with a second event in Leeds just two days later on the 26th.  The Autumn events have been scheduled to help drinks buyers source their stock for Christmas.

SITT founder, Judy Kendrick, said: "SITT Autumn has one 'roving' location and I am thrilled that it is coming to Leeds. I hope all wine buyers in this vibrant city and surrounding areas will support and visit the Specialist importers Trade Tasting: it is a fantastic opportunity to experience one of the country's top wine tasting events with the UK's most knowledgeable wine importers."

At SITT London there will be a masterclass at 12pm, hosted by Dr Jamie Goode, with the theme: ‘New York State Wines, Exploring the Finger Lakes and Long Island’; and another at 3pm by Wines of Hungary, which will include a Hungarian Oak workshop and tasting. The masterclass will aim to highlight the differences in oak influence via a “fascinating tasting” which will review oak samples from across the globe.

The UK’s 50 Best Indies will be announced after SITT London, and at both events there will be a free-pour zone, where buyers can freely taste the exhibitors highlighted wines.

Simon Evans, managing director The Naked Grape, said: “There are many tasting events across the year but SITT is always top for me. There is no other event so well-suited to the independent wine merchant and that’s why I always look forward to SITT.”

And Gavin Smith, purchasing manager, The Vintner, said SITT London is, “one of the essential tastings on the London circuit!”.

SITT London will be held at HAC (one minute walk from Old Street and five minutes from Moorgate) on Monday September 24.

SITT Leeds will be at Aspire (three minutes’ walk from Leeds main railway station) on Wednesday September 26.

For more information about visiting, or details about how to exibit for SITT 2019, visit

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