The Raw Wine Fair has been postponed as fears about coronavirus escalate.

The show was due to return to London for the ninth time on March 8 and 9 at The Store X in Covent Garden, but it has now been postponed until later in the year.

In a statement the organisers of the show said: “Due to the heightened risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and all the threats that this poses, the founders of the fair feel that it is sadly in the best interest of their community of growers, makers, partners, importers, distributors, stockists, visitors and staff to postpone Raw Wine London 2020 until the threat of the virus subsides.  

“The team has spent much of the past few days canvassing the community and hearing about concerns worldwide. Alongside thousands of UK visitors, the team was thrilled this year to also be welcoming over 500 international visitors from 33 different countries. The bittersweet nature of this also brought with it concerns of involuntary spread, worries about quarantine and flight cancellations. Many, many people were understandably concerned.”

Isabelle Legeron MW, founder, said: “We have now organised some 23 fairs around the world and have had to deal with some very challenging situations, but we have never had to face anything of this magnitude and fluidity. I know some of you are very keen for us to continue with ‘business as usual’ and carry on with the fair as planned but many have also asked us to postpone the event or have advised us that they are unable or unwilling to travel at the moment. The polarity of responses has been very difficult to handle, [however] it is now clear that the majority of voices in our community are saying they want Raw Wine London to take place but not this weekend.

“This is why they have decided to officially postpone Raw Wine London 2020, with the intention of announcing a new date for the fair in the next few weeks. They will work closely with everyone involved to identify a suitable new date when the situation improves. Their commitment to serve and support low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine worldwide, and their dedication to the well-being of our community and clean farming principles, means that they have definitely not gone for good. They will be back later on this year for an even more exciting Raw Wine London 2020.

This year’s show was due to highlight the largest collection of low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural Californian wines in one place. The California Corner aimed to showcase 50 wines by 17 different wine growers and makers.

The decision to postpone Raw Wine is the latest in a series of disruptions to the global wine trade show calendar. Also this month, Messe Dusseldorf announced it is postponing Prowein. While Vinexpo Hong Kong and Vinitaly have also been put on hold,the London Wine Fair 2020 is still set to go ahead in May but the organisers have said they are constantly assessing the situation.