London Wine Fair has revealed its timetable for all briefings, masterclasses and seminars at this year’s show on May 20 – 22, with a focus on the biggest challenges and opportunities in the drinks industry. 

Sessions include the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) State of the Nation industry briefing on May 21 at 10.15am, led by WSTA chief executive Miles Beale.

Beale said: “The London Wine Fair gives us a great opportunity to look back and gauge the impact of what has been a turbulent few months for the wine industry, but also to look ahead at what is coming next. 

“We will be dealing with a new government, with a new agenda and the landscape will inevitably change again. We are looking forward to engaging with the trade in our Q&A session to help businesses plan for the future.”

The WSTA will also be partnering with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and The Drinks Trust to host an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) seminar on May 21 at 11.30am. This follows the launch of an industry-wide EDI programme, spearheaded by the three groups. 

Elsewhere, Drinks Retailing and the WSTA will be leading a panel discussion to address the challenges facing independent retailers. Drinks Retailing editor Lucy Britner will be joined by the WSTA’s Beale, alongside WSTA consultant Simon Cairns, Hannah Wilkins from Vineyards in Sherborne and Hal Wilson from Cambridge Wine Merchants. 

The panel: What’s keeping indie operators awake at night? will take place on the Centre Stage, Monday May 20 at 11.30am.

Drinks Retailing’s sister title Harpers Wine & Spirit will host two sessions on the same day, including the announcement of the magazine’s 30 Under 30 (12.45pm) and Counting the costs of sustainability (2pm). 

Elsewhere, Britner will be on the panel for Stop the Press, a session hosted by Richard Siddle, editor-in-chief, The Buyer, which will examine what some of the wine industry’s leading journalists think are the main business issues affecting the sector. (Wednesday May 22, 3.30pm, Centre Stage).