A round-up of upcoming trade events
The London Wine Festival will include 200 vineyards from around the world, the organisations said. At the forefront of the festival’s focus is the burgeoning prominence of British wines, showcasing vineyards from Wales, Kent, Oxford, Sussex, Gloucester, and Essex’s Crouch Valley. International participants include esteemed names from Georgia, Armenia, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, South Africa and California. The festival, which is predominantly aimed at consumers, will also feature food and music.
One of the world’s largest exhibitions for organic wines, beers and spirits, the Millésime Bio fair will run for three days in January, with a digital sessions on January 22 and 23. 1,500 exhibitors are expected to be present across the digital and physical event.
The UK’s biggest Australian wine tasting returns to Edinburgh for the first time since 2020, with around 400 wines expected to be on show. London will see some 700 wines from 150 producers.
The fourth annual Barcelona Wine Week (BWW) will see around 850 wineries attend alongside 1,000 Spanish buyers, invited as part of BWW’s VIP Buyers programme, and 650 global buyers. BBW 2024’s central theme will be ‘Recipients for making and ageing wine: reuse and innovation’, with masterclasses including ‘Alternative methods of ageing’. It will also bring together the winners of Best Sommelier of Spain 2019, 2021 and 2022, Diego González, Gabriel Lucas and Álex Pardo, to discuss the latest trends in winemaking.
New Zealand Wine is returning to London for its annual trade tasting, with 50 producers expected to attend. The tasting will have a focus on sustainability credentials, with all wines presented in accordance with one of the trade body’s official sustainability programmes.
Around 3,960 exhibitors are looking to attend Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2024, with organisers expecting 40,000 visitors.
The Specialist Importers’ Trade Tasting is returning to connect importers with independent retailers. All wines will be exclusively available to the independent sector.
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