The building blocks
of the wine trade

20th - 22nd May 2019

Olympia London

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SEE YOU IN MAY 2019!

London Wine Fair 2018 welcomed over 14,000 of the wine trade to its 38th edition.

Featuring over 14,000 wines from 40 countries, innovative tastings, critical masterclasses and a host of outstanding features, the show is an unmissable destination for anyone in the industry. Registration will open in January 2019 for the next edition.

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Industry Briefings

Join a packed itinerary of industry panels and expert speakers discussing and debating everything the drinks trade needs to know for the coming year.

 

Taking place in the London Room across all three days of the show, these sessions are first-come, first-served.
Simply register for London Wine Fair here to attend.
Monday 21 May 2018
Time Name
10:30

Brexit: The Latest

 

An unmissable panel discussion on the latest on Brexit and the potential impact on the wine trade for both imports and exports.

Panel:

Jean-Marie Barillere, President, Union des Maisons de Champagne

Samantha Linter, MD & Head Winemaker, Bolney Estate

Paul Sorrentino, VP/GM Europe, Middle East & Africa, E&J Gallo Winery

Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria&Coe

Leendert Vis, Chief Innovation Officer, JF Hillebrand Group

Chaired by Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association

12:30

Institute of Masters of Wine Information Session

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is presenting an introduction to the IMW and the Masters of Wine (MW) study programme.

Master of Wine is the most prestigious title in the world of wine, so come along to understand the appeal of joining one of the world’s most important wine communities.

The session will provide in-depth information about the MW study programme including entrance requirements, programme structure and fees, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the programme and its requirements from Masters of Wine and the Institute’s education team.

Applications to join the MW Study Programme in 2018-19 open on 1 June so this session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions about admission to the Institute.

14:00 

Harpers Wine and Spirit Industry session - The Future of the Agency Model

 

How is the role of the agent-importer evolving, what implications does this have for all those in the supply chain and what added service and value do accounts now expect from a agency-anchored supplier? Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole hosts a cross-trade panel to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities presented in a fast changing world.

17:30

Wine & Dine: how chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers build their wine lists - curated by London Restaurant Network
This session is bookable

 

Fabio Adler and Tracey Howes, founders of the London Restaurant Network, will be hosting a special panel discussion with key influencers from the restaurant and wine industries:

• Paulo De Tarso | Margot | Co-Founder
• Sandia Chang | bubbledogs and Kitchen Table | Sommelier
• Bastien Ferreri | Frenchie | Restaurant Manager and Head Sommelier
• Anne McHale MW | Doyle Collection Hotels | Wine Consultant
• Romain Bourger | The Vineyard at Stockcross | Head Sommelier

Some of the points which the panelists will discuss during the event are:
• Are chefs and restaurateurs becoming more involved in their restaurants’ wine offering?
• How wine lists differ between independent restaurants and restaurant groups?
• Should wine lists always reflect and accommodate wine trends?
• Is the perception of the sommelier gradually changing among diners?
• Five top tips for a well-balanced wine list

Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel and network.

Established in 2014, the London Restaurant Network is a membership organisation for restaurants professionals working in marketing, PR, social media and events. Current members include Gaucho, Aqua, Club Gascon, Dalloway Terrace, Hattingley Valley, Aubaine, Gillray’s, East London Liquor Company and Wright Brothers.

This session is bookable - Click here to book your seat

 

Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time Name
10:30

Women in Wine LDN presents: Diversifying thought leadership in the wine industry

 

Statistics show that women are an important segment of wine consumers and significant decision makers for wine purchases. Is the UK wine industry reaching out to these consumers effectively and creatively? Are gender diverse workplaces and senior leaders key to better thought leadership in understanding our female consumers? If so, how do we encourage gender diversity in the wine industry?

This discussion is brought to you by Women in Wine LDN.

We are delighted to have three industry leaders joining us for this unique and thought-provoking discussion.

Alex Ririe
Managing Partner, Strategic Development at Coley Porter Bell / Ogilvy, UK member of the WSET Alumni Advisory Board

Joe Fattorini
Wine expert, writer and presenter of “The Wine Show”

Anne Jones
Waitrose Category Manager: Wines, Beers and Spirits

Panel Chair: Regine Lee, co-founder of Women in Wine LDN, and Head of Customer Business Support at Liberty Wines

12:30

IWSR – UK wine trends

 

Adam Zdan-Michajlowicz, Research Analyst for the IWSR, presents his key findings from their 2018 UK wine research cycle

16:00 

Drinks Business Awards

 

The annual Drinks Business awards presentation

Invitation only

 

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Time Name
10:00

World Drinks Awards – The Terroir Winners - This session is bookable

 

As part of this year’s World Drinks Awards presentation events, we are looking forward to presenting the World’s Best Armagnac, Calvados, Cognac, Grappa, Port and Tequila.

The World Drinks Awards were launched five years ago and the number of entries have increased dramatically. So far this year we have presented two separate events, The World Gin Awards and World Whiskies Awards and in May we will announce the winners of the Terroir categories. Sponsored by Amorim Top Series, this event will take place on 23 May 2018 during The London Wine Fair in the Industry Briefing Room, Olympia from 10am until 12 noon.

We will begin by serving a selection of our winning drinks, before an introduction by Damian Riley-Smith, publisher of Effervescent and Hugo Mesquita representing Amorim Top Series, followed by a presentation from an industry expert.

To attend this exciting tasting event during your visit to the London Wine Fair please click here and confirm your place.

12:30

Mental Health Panel Discussion - The Benevolent - This session is bookable

The Benevolent launched their mental health campaign, #NotAlone, in January 2018 to a phenomenal response.

The charity’s Chief Executive, Chris Porter, will announce the findings of their report, and host a discussion about the implications of these findings, and how we can move the conversation forward to create meaningful outcomes for the drinks industry.

Panel includes
Miles Beale, Chief Executive, WSTA
Christo Elliot Lockhart, Sales Manager London, Hallgarten Druitt
Kat Hounsell, Founder of Everyday People and Mental Health First Aid Trainer
Mike Turner Freelance Writer and UK Director of 20h33

This session is bookable - Click here to reserve your seat.

Please note, if you are unable to book your place, some seats will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis.