Schedule This year's unmissable programme of virtual tastings and briefings

The schedule for London Wine Fair is below. If you are a registered visitor, watch any of the content by clicking on the live content link here (and using your join code). If you do not have your join code please email: welcomedesk@londonwinefair.com

Please note that all sessions with tasting samples available are now fully booked. All of the non-tasting sessions can still be accessed in the event, and visitors are very welcome to watch the tasting masterclasses without samples.

Mon 17 May

10:00

Wine Trading 2021: “Where are we?”

10:00 - 11:00
10:00 - 11:00
  • Miles Beale

Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association will be looking back at the last 12 months on how the industry has been affected; and looking forward and what is coming over the horizon. In particular what are the challenges the UK wine sector facing thanks to the permanent changes wrought by COVID-19 and the UK leaving the European Union.

 

Presented by:

  • Miles Beale Chief Executive Wine & Spirit Trade Association

Discover Alternative Varieties of New Zealand

10:00 - 11:00
10:00 - 11:00
  • Rebecca Gibb MW

Tasting Sheet

Wines:

  • Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Bell Ringer Albariño 2019, Gisborne
  • Astrolabe Wrekin Chenin Blanc 2018, Marlborough
  • Saint Clair Origin Viognier 2019, Hawke’s Bay
  • Seifried Estate Wurzer 2019, Nelson
  • Mount Edward Gamay 2020, Central Otago
  • Hans Family Estate Secret of Marlborough 2016, (Montepulciano) Marlborough

Presented by:

  • Rebecca Gibb MW
Fully Booked
11:00

Chenin Blanc – South Africa’s Superstar with the Kleine Zalze winemaking team

11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
  • Alastair Rimmer
  • RJ Botha

Besides being awarded Platter’s winery of the year 2021, Kleine Zalze is celebrating 25 years of winemaking this year. Founder, Kobus Basson and his winemaking team are regular visitors to the London Wine Fair and are sad that for a second year they cannot be with us to share their boundless enthusiasm for all that they do in South Africa. However Alistair Rimmer, cellar master and RJ Botha , winemaker are delighted to join us virtual and present five Chenin Blanc wines to showcase the depth, breadth and versatility of this intriguing grape variety, including the rare opportunity to taste their brand new Project Z Chenin Blanc Skin Contact 2018. Produce in tiny quantities this really is a unique opportunity to taste this wine and hear the story in person from the creators of this exceptional wine.

Wines:

  • Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc 2020
  • Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2019
  • Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc  2019
  • Kleine Zalze Project Z Skin Contact Chenin Blanc 2018

Presented by:

  • Alastair Rimmer Cellar Master Kleine Zalze
  • RJ Botha Winemaker Kleine Zalze
Fully Booked

How the drinks industry can drive diversity

11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
  • Deano Moncrieffe
  • Johanna Anderson
  • Kirsten Macleod
  • Pam Rowan
  • Richard Siddle
  • Ross Carter
  • Sumita Sarma

How can the wine and drinks industries do more to promote and take real, effective action to drive diversity and inclusion through the supply chain and into retail and hospitality sectors.

Presented by:

  • Deano Moncrieffe Co-founder, Owner Equal Measures, Hacha bar
  • Johanna Anderson Chief Academic Officer Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Kirsten Macleod Diversity Consultant and Director Green Park Executive
  • Pam Rowan HR Director Pernod Ricard UK
  • Richard Siddle Host, editor of The Buyer
  • Ross Carter Chief Executive The Drinks Trust
  • Sumita Sarma Wine business strategy consultant, Writer
12:00

Levelling up: a taster of WSET’s Level 1, 2 and 3 Awards in Wines

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Joseph Hallam DipWSET
  • Lucy Stevenson DipWSET

Looking to upskill yourself in wine? In this tasting session, WSET Wine Educators Joseph Hallam DipWSET and Lucy Stevenson DipWSET explore the key differences between WSET’s globally-recognised Level 1, 2 and 3 Awards in Wines and how these qualifications can benefit you throughout your career.

Through a tasting of three wines, you’ll discover how to level-up your tasting talents, wine description skills and your ability to draw useful conclusions about what’s in the glass. Most importantly, you’ll learn how these qualifications can be applied to enhance your confidence and performance at work.

This session is aimed at those at the beginning of their wine education journey as well as those who have already taken a qualification and are considering taking the next step.

Wines:

  • Meerlust Chardonnay 2019, Stellenbosch SOUTH AFRICA 13% abv - £14.15 Maison Marque et Domain
  • Chablis Premier Cru Moreau Naudet 2017, Chablis AC Burgundy FRANCE 12.50% abv - £35 Tanners Wine Merchants
  • Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2015, Carneros California USA 14.5% abv - £60 Fields Morris & Verdin

 

Session collateral:
Tasting booklet
WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine

WSET courses:
Level 1 Award in Wines  
Level 2 Award in Wines  
Level 3 Award in Wines  
Online Learning


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Presented by:

  • Joseph Hallam DipWSET Senior Business Development Manager (Southern Europe) Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Lucy Stevenson DipWSET Regional Marketing Manager EMEA Wine & Spirit Education Trust

The Rise of Cyprus

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Demetri Walters MW

LWF are delighted that five of the most exciting wine producers in Cyprus have come together to produce this masterclass exploring the undeniable recent rise in quality and expression to come out of this ancient wine producing territory. Not to be missed.

1. 2019 Constantinou, Ayioklima Xynisteri,
2. 2020 Zambartas Rosé
3. 2019 Ekfraseis, Mythodia Rosé
4. 2018 Makarounas, Maratheftiko, 2019 Vouni-Panayia, Micro-Vinifications Yiannoudi
5. Oenou-Yi, Commandaria

Presented by:

  • Demetri Walters MW
Fully Booked
14:00

Indian Wine: Exploring one of the world’s most exciting emerging wine regions

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Sonal Holland MW

Organised by Wines in India, the U.K.’s first Indian specialist agency, and hosted by India’s first – and only – Master of Wine, Sonal Holland, this session will explore India’s wine production, its unique terroirs, the country’s pioneering winemakers and an overview of the styles of wine. Tailored to U.K. based sommeliers, independent wine merchants, wine buyers and wine media, Holland will introduce six wines – all currently available in the U.K. – from a selection of premium boutique estates from Wine In India’s portfolio, including Charosa Vineyards, Good Drop Wine Cellars, Vallonné Vineyards and York Winery.

Presented by:

  • Sonal Holland MW
Fully Booked

How do you run a sustainable business?

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Anne Jones
  • Miles Beale
  • Muriel Chatel
  • Richard Siddle
  • Simon Thorpe
  • Tobias Webb

Hear from wine industry experts on the steps they are taking and the advice they have to run a practical, efficient and profitable sustainable company.

Presented by:

  • Anne Jones Category Manager for Drinks Waitrose
  • Miles Beale Chief Executive Wine & Spirit Trade Association
  • Muriel Chatel Managing Director Borough Wines
  • Richard Siddle Host, editor of The Buyer
  • Simon Thorpe Chief Executive WineGB
  • Tobias Webb Co-founder Sustainable Wine Ltd
15:00

Peeling Back Portugal

15:00 - 16:00
15:00 - 16:00
  • Jamie Goode

Join Jamie Goode and Wines of Portugal on an unmissable road trip. As we traverse the regions we’ll take a pit stop at eight exciting wineries looking to make their mark in the UK.

Tasting sheet

Presented by:

  • Jamie Goode
Fully Booked
16:00

Côtes du Rhône white wines

16:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 17:00
  • Ruth Spivey

A deep dive into the oft overlooked world of Cotes du Rhone white wine.  It’s a region far more famous for its reds, but that’s only one side of the story. In production terms the whites are the David compared to the red Goliath, yet they possess the same heritage, intrigue, interest, versatility and value of their more famous counterpart, thanks to a wealth of varieties, centuries of savoir-faire and an unrivalled patchwork of soils, slopes and climates. We’ll taste eight wines, from three AOC levels, covering all the major varieties and showcasing a complete range of producers – everything from iconic, world renowned names to contemporary co-operatives and tiny, family domaines.

Wines:

  • GUIGAL – Côtes du Rhône blanc 2019
  • MAISON SINNAE – Elements Luna - 2020
  • DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN – L’Oratory 2016
  • DOMAINE DE PIQUE BASSE – L’Atout du Pique 2019
  • FAMILLE DE BOEL France - Jasus lalandii, 2020
  • CHATEAU DU TRIGNON - Marsanne, 2020
  • M. CHAPOUTIER – Collection Bio 2019
  • CHATEAU MONTPLAISIR – Eclats 2019

Presented by:

  • Ruth Spivey
Fully Booked

Future Fantastic! 🚀

16:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 17:00
  • Blake Hershey
  • David Lees
  • Jonathan Harclerode
  • Laurie Millotte

The future of wine tech is more uplifting than ever. Ride the orbit of innovation and implement strategies and products to empower your wine brand. Brought to you by Outshinery, Bottlebooks, and Sippd.

Presented by:

  • Blake Hershey Sippd
  • David Lees Bottlebooks
  • Jonathan Harclerode Bottlebooks
  • Laurie Millotte Outshinery

Tue 18 May

10:00

Wine Trading 2021: “Are we there yet?”

10:00 - 11:00
10:00 - 11:00
  • David Hogg
  • Hal Wilson
  • Miles Beale
  • Miles MacInnes
  • Nick Pegna
  • Rachelle Rush

Picking up themes from Miles Beale’s Monday session “Where are we?”, 5 panellists from 5 different businesses will provide insights from their own experience of 2020 and what 2021 will bring.

Presented by:

  • David Hogg Sales Director London City Bond
  • Hal Wilson Managing Director Cambridge Wine Merchants
  • Miles Beale Chief Executive Wine & Spirit Trade Association
  • Miles MacInnes Managing Partner Jascots Wine Merchants
  • Nick Pegna Global Sales Director Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Rachelle Rush Head of Supply Chain Projects, NPD & Quality Treasury Wine Estate

AOC Luberon: A fresh and breezy expression of Rhône Valley vineyards

10:00 - 11:00
10:00 - 11:00
  • Matt Walls

Come and get the inside track on the wines of the Luberon: reds, whites and rosés from one of the most picturesque and unspoilt corners of France. The vineyards all lie within the Luberon Regional Nature Park, an untouched mountainous terroir of remarkable biodiversity producing wines of delightful freshness and drinkability. Taste eight wines along with Matt Walls, author of the acclaimed Wines of the Rhône, and discover for yourself this unique combination of personality and value for money that Luberon wines have to offer.

Wines:

  • Domaine le Novi - Terres de Safre 2020
  • Domaine de Peyre - Scoop 2019
  • Bastide du Claux – Barraban 2019
  • Château Constantin - Cuvée Ô’ 2020
  • Marrenon - Pétula 2020
  • M. Chapoutier – La Ciboise 2019
  • Domaine de la Garelle - Cuvée Réserve 2016
  • Château La Verrerie - Grand Deffand 2017

Presented by:

  • Matt Walls
Fully Booked
11:00

Can wine be part of the circular economy?

11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
  • Ania Smelskaya
  • Bruce Schneider
  • Damien Barton Sartorius
  • Gregg Dunn
  • Jamie Goode
  • Muriel Chatel

A discussion, hosted and moderated by Dr Jamie Goode, on how the wine sector can - and should - embrace new formats to ensure future sustainability, brought to you by Sustainable Wine Solutions from Borough Wines

Presented by:

  • Ania Smelskaya Wine & Sustainability Consultant Spencer and Smelskaya
  • Bruce Schneider Co-Founder & Managing Partner Gotham Project
  • Damien Barton Sartorius Chateau Leoville-Barton
  • Gregg Dunn Head of Wine Division Plumpton College
  • Jamie Goode
  • Muriel Chatel Managing Director Borough Wines

The terroir of Primitivo di Manduria doc: Felline featuring its 4 cru

11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00

Primitivo is very popular all over the world, but only a few know the great differences this grape can express depending on the type of soil, around Manduria, in which it is grown. Felline, as a pioneer of high quality Primitivo, produces 4 different cru and introduces you to the discovery of each one as well as the relation with American Zinfandel.

For a longer and more in-depth version of the masterclass video, see here: https://youtu.be/LUgq1dwlKiY

Presenter: Gregory Perrucci

Wines:
Felline 2019 – Primitivo di Manduria (red soil)
Giravolta 2017 – Primitivo di Maduria (white soil)
Zinfandel 2017 – Primitivo di Manduria (black soil)
Dunico 2017 – Primitivo di Manduria (sandy soil)

Fully Booked
12:00

Blind tasting, the WSET Diploma way

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Lauren Denyer DipWSET
  • Lydia Harrison MW DipWSET

For those committed to developing a career in the world of wine, blind tasting is about much more than correctly identifying provenance or grape variety. It provides an unbiased way of improving your sensory perception skills and using them to enhance your understanding of how production and business factors influence what’s in the glass.

In this session, WSET Diploma Educators Lauren Denyer DipWSET and Lydia Harrison MW will lead a blind tasting of three wines, exploring how the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification uses regular tasting practice to develop your proficiency in analytical wine tasting. They’ll also explain how to use the evidence provided by an accurate tasting note to assess the style, quality and predict the future development of a wine.

This session is aimed at those who have completed or are currently studying for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, but it is open to anyone interested in learning more about the WSET Diploma qualification and how it can benefit you and your business.

 

Session collateral:
Tasting booklet
WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine

Find out more:
WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

Online Learning

Want to study with us?
Find your nearest course provider

Presented by:

  • Lauren Denyer DipWSET Diploma Course Coordinator Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Lydia Harrison MW DipWSET Programme Manager - Tastings & Events Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Fully Booked

Wines of Attica: Savatiano and beyond

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Yiannis Karakasis MW

In this one hour session you can lose yourself in 3,500 years of winemaking history. By the end, rest assured you’ll leave bang up-to-date on the best of Attica, tasting through the wines of these eight extraordinary producers.

1. Boutari, Malagousia Matsa 2020
2. Andreou, Pithos Roditis 2018
3. Markou, Kleftes Savatiano 2020
4. Nikolou, Savatiano Fine Lees 2018
5. Mylonas, Naked Truth Savatiano 2020
6. Aoton, Savatiano 2015
7. Kokotou, Assyrtiko 2019
8. Gikas, Pine Forest Ritinitis

Presented by:

  • Yiannis Karakasis MW
Fully Booked
14:00

Routes to Resilience: The impact of Covid-19 on wine trends & the outlook for the industry

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Lulie Halstead

Combining findings from IWSR and Wine Intelligence, this session looks at the impact of Covid-19 on the trends driving the industry, both globally and in the UK.

You will discover how consumer behaviour and attitude is changing, which areas of the market are proving most resilient and which macro trends will be most important going forward.

Presented by:

  • Lulie Halstead CEO Wine Intelligence, part of IWSR Group

Beyond Tradition Whisky

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00

Beyond Tradition is Enotria&Coe’s campaign to champion new production styles of whisky that subvert the category norms. It is a response to the UK consumer shift towards craft production techniques and an appetite for experimentation and experience. These whiskies challenge convention, opening up the category to a new audience and new consumption occasions.

Fully Booked

How to succeed with DTC and e-commerce

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Erin Smith
  • Katherine Jones
  • Nick Palmer
  • Richard Siddle
  • Tom Harvey

Following the boom in DTC sales and e-commerce during Covid-19 how do drinks businesses build on any success they have had with expert insights from digital leaders.

Presented by:

  • Erin Smith Marketing Director Slurp.co.uk
  • Katherine Jones Director ThinKwine
  • Nick Palmer Head of Beyond Advertising EMEA, Co-founder Medicom, Bowlgrabber
  • Richard Siddle Host, editor of The Buyer
  • Tom Harvey Co-Founder YesMore
15:00

Organic/Biodynamic tasting with Michel Chapoutier

15:00 - 16:00
15:00 - 16:00
  • Michel Chapoutier

Since 1991 the Chapoutier family have worked tirelessly to convert to biodynamic viticulture. Their vine growing philosophy is first of all about observing, noticing and acting and this has led them to take a stand and place biodynamics at their heart. Total respect to the environment and terroir is key to giving wine its soul.  Today they hold a number of international certificates and organic standards including Demeter and Ecovert, alongside ISO9001 and BRC accreditations .

This is a unique opportunity to hear their organic and biodynamic journey first hand with Michel Chapoutier who has pioneered this practice in his home in the Rhône Valley. Six wines including the acclaimed Sicamore 2018 from Crozes Hermitage will illustrate his story.

Wines:

  • La Combe Pilate Viognier 2018 , IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
  • Les Meysonniers Blanc 2019, AOP Crozes-Hermitage
  • Lieu-dit Hongrie 2019, AOP Saint-Péray
  • Les Granilites Rouge 2019, AOP Saint-Joseph
  • Sicamor 2018, AOP Crozes-Hermitage
  • Pie VI 2016, AOP Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Presented by:

  • Michel Chapoutier
Fully Booked
16:00

International Wineries for Climate Action - How to reduce wine’s carbon footprint

16:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 17:00
  • Julien Gervreau
  • Miguel A Torres
  • Nick Breeze
  • Rob Symington

Presented by Fells with the International Wineries for Climate Action. Featuring three key members, Torres, Jackson Family Wines and Symington Family Estates.

Moderator: Nick Breeze. Nick is a cofounder of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series, writes about wine and climate change for SecretSommelier.com and also hosts the Shaping The Future podcast.

Presented by:

  • Julien Gervreau VP of Sustainability Jackson Family Wines
  • Miguel A Torres President Familia Torres
  • Nick Breeze Cambridge Climate Lecture Series, SecretSommelier.com, Shaping The Future podcast
  • Rob Symington Director Symington Family Wines

New Zealand Pinot Noir – Off the Beaten Track

16:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 17:00
  • Ronan Sayburn MS

Tasting Sheet

Wines:

  • Te Mata Estate Alma Pinot Noir 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Urlar Organic Pinot Noir 2018, Gladstone, Wairarapa
  • Tohu Pinot Noir 2018, Awatere Valley, Marlborough
  • Greystone Organic Pinot Noir 2017, Omihi, North Canterbury
  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2018, Pisa, Central Otago
  • Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Gibbston Valley, Central Otago

Presented by:

  • Ronan Sayburn MS
Fully Booked

Wed 19 May

11:00

Finding and retaining talent

11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
  • Adrian Dalby
  • Bryony Wright
  • Martin Williams
  • Michael Tinsager
  • Rachel Webster DipWSET
  • Richard Siddle

How do you both find and then retain the best talent for the drinks, retail and hospitality sectors? Hear from top recruitment experts and business leaders in the drinks and restaurant industry.

Presented by:

  • Adrian Dalby New Chapter
  • Bryony Wright Partner, Business Coach Preston Associates
  • Martin Williams Chief Executive Rare Restaurants (Gaucho Group and M Restaurants)
  • Michael Tinsager Founder Hospitality Mavericks
  • Rachel Webster DipWSET Business Development Director EMEA Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Richard Siddle Host, editor of The Buyer
12:00

Knowledge, skills, confidence: training your team for success

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Alexander De Cata DipWSET
  • Rachel Webster DipWSET

WSET’s Rachel Webster DipWSET and Alex De Cata DipWSET explore some of the different ways you can use WSET’s new flexible wine training options to develop a knowledgeable, skilful, confident and motivated team.

They’ll explore the long-term benefits of taking a skills-based approach to team training and explore some of the latest online and blended learning solutions available to businesses across the industry.

This session is aimed at training managers, team leaders and HR professionals but is open to anyone keen to learn about WSET’s latest study options.

 

Want to talk to us?
Contact our team at emea@wsetgobal.com

Presented by:

  • Alexander De Cata DipWSET Senior Business Development Manager EMEA Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Rachel Webster DipWSET Business Development Director EMEA Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Indigenous White Varieties of Cyprus

12:00 - 13:00
12:00 - 13:00
  • Yiannis Karakasis MW

LWF are delighted that seven of the most exciting wine producers in Cyprus have come together to produce this masterclass exploring the undeniable recent rise in quality and expression to come out of this ancient wine producing territory. This time it’s the white wines. Not to be missed.

1. Fikardos (Xynisteri 2019)
2. Oenou Yi (Pentelitharia Xynisteri 2019)
3. Zambartas (Xynisteri 2019)
4. Kamanterena (Project X Xynisteri 2019)
5. Makarounas (Vasilissa 2019)
6. Vouni Panayia (Promara 2019)
7. Loel (Alasia NV Commandaria)

Presented by:

  • Yiannis Karakasis MW
Fully Booked
14:00

Spanish Wine Academy by Ramón Bilbao: Discovering Diversity in Spain

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Peter Wallbridge
  • Rodolfo Bastida

The Spanish Wine Academy has been created by Ramón Bilbao to take wine lovers and wine professionals on a journey of vinous discovery around Spain.  Join us to discover the distinctive styles coming from different DOs around the country, with wines selected to illustrate what makes Spain so special today.

Presented by:

  • Peter Wallbridge Spain Buyer Enotria & Coe
  • Rodolfo Bastida Head Winemaker Ramón Bilbao / Zamora Company
Fully Booked

How to succeed in a digital first post-Covid world

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
  • Elliot Awin
  • James Miles
  • Jonathan Harclerode
  • Nick Martin
  • Richard Siddle

Hear from opinion leaders on how technology is shaping the industry and creating new opportunities.

Presented by:

  • Elliot Awin Partner ABS Wine Agencies
  • James Miles Chairman Liv-ex
  • Jonathan Harclerode Bottlebooks
  • Nick Martin CEO Wine Owners
  • Richard Siddle Host, editor of The Buyer