Woodwinters at the London Wine Fair
The London Wine Fair always offers the opportunity for Woodwinters to showcase any new and exciting additions to the portfolio and to present these to new and existing customers alike. It’s an exciting time of the year where we get to see how the market responds to our newest additions.
As part of our portfolio expansion, this year we are very excited to announce we have partnered with Champagne Regi, a new luxury Champagne brand made solely from Grand Cru grapes from Ambonnay, Ay, Avize, Cramant and Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger. Recently we took the decision to put a spotlight on South Africa, and carry on the story of bubbles, we thought that Method Cap Classique was a much misunderstood and under-represented category in the UK. After much searching, we came across a small family run winery in the cool climate area of Elgin, producing unbelievable quality and offering stunning value for money. Carinus Family Vineyards, traditionally known for supplying grapes to some of South Africa’s elite recently partnered with Lukas van Loggerenberg, of the rising stars in his own right, who now makes their wines; their estate Chenin and Syrah will be on tasting. One final new addition from South Africa, is a brand new project called Veiled Vineyards, which has been set up to champion rare or unique wines, often made in secret by moonlighting winemakers. The first wine in this series is a blend of two old vine parcels, planted in 1947 and 1967, of Semillon from Franschoek.
Soul Growers, for whom we are the exclusive UK importers now, is one of the mist exciting project I have seen out of Australia in recent years. The project aims to champion many of the different soil types in the Barossa valley and set free many old vine parcels that historically had been blended into many of Australia’s iconic wines.
What do we get out of exhibiting at LWF? The answer to that is two fold. Firstly, as explained above, it is an excellent opportunity to showcase our wines to a diverse group of attendees, but perhaps more importantly, I believe it is our duty to support the LWF. What would it say about the UK wine trade if we didn’t have a credible wine fair. Agreed, the current fair is not the behemoth that it once was at ExCel, but that is a good thing. The wine fair is more focused and quality driven. I genuinely believe it is the responsibility of importers and distributors to support the wine fair. It’s selection, quality and breadth offered is only as good as we make it, so lets make it the best we can and give sommeliers, independent retailers and restaurants a reason to come.
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