At The Lindley Hall’s inaugural tasting for Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) recently, record numbers of both producers from across the UK and trade visitors and press were achieved, with an over 60% increase in exhibiting producers on last year.
There were other ‘firsts’ too with Welsh wine producers on show and new sparkling producers such as Black Chalk from Hampshire and Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent, who showed their first still white wine, Roman Road Chardonnay. WineGB took advantage of the larger exhibiting space to host a number of seminars during the tasting; subjects covered included the latest economic report from the UK wine industry; opportunities for wine tourism and a discussion with key trade representatives about the commercial opportunities for English and Welsh wines in the off- and on-trade. All were well attended and will become part of the format at the new venue.
Julia Trustram Eve, marketing director of WineGB said ‘The Lindley Hall is a wonderful, quintessential British institution and the perfect new home for us. Our annual trade tasting is a hugely important showcase for our industry and in moving to Lindley Hall we could welcome so many more producers and visitors. We’ve made a confident statement about our growing industry and its award-winning wines.’
Lorraine Thorne, venue sales manager at the Royal Horticultural Halls said ‘The Halls have long had a tradition of hosting wine events. The first was The Festival of Wine in 1951 just after the closing of the Festival of Britain. Since then we now host 14 wine events each year. Organisers like the light and tranquillity of the space so that the wines can do the talking.’
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