Big names to return to London Wine Fair in 2014
A host of the UK’s leading wine suppliers have all committed to return to the London Wine Fair in 2014 after an absence of one or more years.
Accolade, Australian Vintage, De Bortoli Wines UK, Buckingham Schenk, Enotria Winecellars, Eurowines, Hallgarten Druitt, Mentzendorff, Patriarche Wines, PLB and Stevens Garnier will all return.
The 2014 show moves from Excel to Olympia and suppliers hailed this switch as a key motivation for deciding to exhibit once more.
Show director Ross Carter said: “We are delighted to see so many companies of this calibre already committing to next year, especially after a hiatus in many cases.
“We are in ongoing discussions with others who are set to confirm in the next few weeks. The return of the UK’s finest reflects our strategy of creating a show which gets back to the roots of the domestic wine trade and champions independent retailers and sommeliers as well as the multiple sectors.”
Andrew Hawes, managing director at Mentzendorff, said: “Mentzendorff is very pleased that the London Wine Fair is returning to the heart of the capital and this key move, together with other impressive initiatives announced, led to our decision to return to an event which we regard as important both for our business and also for the global reputation of the UK wine market.”
Alison Levett, chief executive at Enotria, said: “We debated our involvement in LWF 2014 and decided that ultimately our return, along with other importers and distributors, signals a confidence in the UK market and gives us an important opportunity to showcase what we do best; wines of conviction and innovation. We are hopeful that the 2014 show will deliver – the event has great potential to act as another platform from which to do business and to fly the flag for the UK as one of the greatest wine markets in the world.”
PLB managing director Peter Darbyshire added: “We are very confident in Ross as new event director, he has taken a very proactive and flexible approach, getting out in the trade and listening and talking to people from all industry perspectives, to understand – and aim to accommodate – individual needs and objectives. We look forward to being involved with a re-energised and re-vamped LIWF 2014 that will hopefully surpass all expectations - and if that is the case - we are very happy to be a part of it.”