18 - 20 May 2020

Olympia London

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The ultimate show for the wine trade

Thank you for coming!

The 39th edition of London Wine Fair was a huge success, featuring over 14,000 wines from 32 countries, innovative tastings, critical masterclasses and a host of outstanding features.

Planning is underway for our 40th edition, taking place from 18-20 May 2020.

See you there!

Industry Briefings

An in-depth look at the issues

The Industry Briefings are a crucial part of London Wine Fair, featuring industry experts and curated panels discussing all the issues facing the drinks industry over the coming 12 months.
Sessions are first-come, first-seated.
Monday 20 May 2019
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10:30 Brexit and Beyond
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Join WSTA Chief Executive and a panel of leading industry players to hear more about latest Brexit developments and future prospects for the UK wine market.

Dan Jago, Chairman of the WSTA
Michelle Brampton, Managing Director Europe, Treasury Wine Estates
Andrew Hawes, Managing Director, Mentzendorff
Ed Baker, Finance Director, Kingsland Drinks

Chair by Miles Beale, Chief Executive, WSTA

12:30 Institute of Masters of Wine Information Session
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An introduction to the Master of Wine study programme.

Institute of Masters of Wine
14:00 A conversation with OZ CLARKE – with book signing
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On-stage at London Wine Fair, internationally-renowned wine expert and TV presenter Oz Clarke will be in conversation with wine critic and IWC chairman Charles Metcalfe.
With reference to his latest book, RED & WHITE, An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine, Oz will be covering any and every topic over his long career in wine and broadcasting.

The session will be followed by a signing of his latest book, RED & WHITE, An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine. (Plus additional signing session at 2pm on Tuesday 21 May on the gallery level)

Oz Clarke and Charles Metcalfe
16:00

Why the Wine Business Needs Celebrity and Artist brands
This session is pre-bookable
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The Wine trade faces critical times - Brexit, Alcohol consumption and issues of relevance to consumers. The wine business has enjoyed many years of organic growth, those are well and truly now over.

In an era of unrivalled drinks choice, as well as product development (so beloved of the trade) brand owners, marketers, operators, distributors need to find new ways to engage younger (ie 20+) audiences, Millenial and Generation Z. How is your business going to do that and with who and with what?

UB40 featuring Ali and Astro have sold in excess of 70 million records and are in the middle of a world tour with dates as far way as New Zealand and as close as the O2, as well as many dates around the UK. Their track Red, Red Wine is an anthem of a generation which is still played hundreds of times a day across the globe. Ali picked grapes in Bordeaux when he was 17 and so when Eminent Life founder Jerome Jacober suggested a wine brand then it made sense! So Get the Rat out of mi kitchen, Bring Me Your Cup, oh Cherry Oh Baby and let’s talk Red, Red Wine!

This session is pre-bookable - click here

Ali Campbell (UB40), Astro (UB40), Jerome Jacober - Founder CEO Eminent Life Ltd, Alistair Morrell - Business Development Director Eminent Life ltd

 

Tuesday 21 May 2019
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10:30 IWSR – UK wine trends
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The IWSR’s UK wine researcher presents his key findings from the 2019 research cycle.

Adam Zdan-Michajlowicz, Research Analyst, IWSR
12:30 SOS Supply Chain?
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Leading trade figures discuss the necessity of building greater value back into the supply chain, if this is achievable and what positive steps can be taken to avoid a low margin downward spiral

Andrew Catchpole, Editor, Harpers Wine & Spirit
16:00 Drinks Business Awards
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The Drinks Business present their 2019 awards

The Drinks Business

 

Wednesday 22 May 2019
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12:30 Blurring Boundaries – how indie merchants are opting for a multifaceted approach
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A panel session bringing together innovative voices from the independent sector, to discuss the considerations, challenges and triumphs they have achieved through moving beyond pure wine retail, with additional revenue streams such as food, education, events and more now increasingly part of the mix.

Andrew Catchpole, Harpers Wine & Spirit.
Plus panel
14:00 Going it alone – launching your own bar or venue
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Want to open your own venue? Join our panel of legends who'll let you in on all the tips, industry secrets and pitfalls.

Martin Williams – M, Gaucho
Xavier Rousset – TRADE, Cabotte, Blandford Comptoir
Richard Bigg – Camino, Big Chill
Jason Myers - Grosvenor Pubs bars and hotels, Bancone, Crust brothers, Harlem Soul, Butterscotch & Big Chef

Chaired by Patrick Schmitt MW, The Drinks Business

Registration for our 40th edition opens in January 2020.