English wine has become an important part of the boutique hotelier’s wine list in the last two years. For those looking to extend their offering, the English Wine Producers will be back at The London Wine Fair, returning to exhibit on the ‘Welcome to England’ stand. Leading brands will be showing their ranges, including: Chapel Down and Hush Heath from Kent; Denbies from Surrey; and Hampshire producers Hattingley Valley and Exton Park. Making their debut on the stand are Worcestershire-based Sixteen Ridges and Lyme Bay from Devon who both recently joined EWP, and will be showing top quality still and sparkling wines. One of the pioneers of the English wine scene, Sussex-based Nyetimber, will also be returning to the LWF on its own stand.
Visitors to the ‘Welcome to England’ stand will have the opportunity to meet talented winemakers and other key industry players and to taste a broad range of still and sparkling wines from five different counties. The exciting mix of established and new producers from across the country on the one stand will illustrate just how the English wine industry is growing and flourishing.
English Wine Producers will be teaming up with the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (which this year is scheduled to take place in Brighton at the end of May) for Afternoon Cream Tea and English fizz at 3.30pm every day of the Fair. There will be a short industry briefing on the ICCWS at 10.30am on Tuesday giving attendees a taste of what the event will involve and its importance to the English wine industry as hosts.
On Thursday, Susy Atkins, columnist for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and Saturday Kitchen regular, will present “Award winning wines from English vines” in the International Wine & Spirit Competition masterclass area. Spaces can be booked via: www.londonwinefair.com