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
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.
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
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.
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.
Wine & Dine: how chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers build their wine lists - curated by London Restaurant Network
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
Some of the points which the panelists will discuss during the event are:
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
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.
Panel Chair: Regine Lee, co-founder of Women in Wine LDN, and Head of Customer Business Support at Liberty Wines
IWSR – UK wine trends
Adam Zdan-Michajlowicz, Research Analyst for the IWSR, presents his key findings from their 2018 UK wine research cycle
Drinks Business Awards
The annual Drinks Business awards presentation
Wednesday 23 May 2018
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.
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.
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.