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16 May, 2008

Greece

The top 20

wines from

mainland Greece and the islands will be available to taste at the Wines From Greece stand. The wines have been selected by Konstantinos Lazarakis MW to illustrate the "breadth, quality and potential of Greek wines", according to Yorgos Papanayotou from the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board.

"The Greeks are proud of their heritage and believe in the potential of their indigenous grape varieties for the world wine market. International grape varieties

also now play an important role in making sure our wine styles suit international markets," he says.

Also on the Wines From Greece stand will be an association of 37 producers called the Wine Roads of Northern Greece, who will be showing off organic Greek wines, bubblies,

retsina and dessert wines. Stand N20

Israel

Yarden Golan Heights will be presenting its flagship brand Yarden

alongside its Gamla and Golan ranges .

Wines on taste include the 2004 Yarden Katzrin Chardonnay, dessert wine Yarden Heights and newly-released single vineyard

Yarden Merlot Ortal 2004. New vintages on show include Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Yarden Viognier 2006, Yarden Gewürztraminer 2007 and Yarden Muscat 2006.

Israel's Rimon Winery has created what it says is the world's first range of wines made completely from pomegranates.

Making its debut at the LIWF

stand, the range is called Rimon - the Hebrew word for pomegranate - and includes dessert, dry, and port styles. Rimon Winery is based in Israel's Upper Galilee, where father and son winemaking team Gaby and Avi Nachmias grow the pomegranates in their own orchards.

Discover where in Israel wine is made, who is making it and if such a thing as Israeli terroir exists at the Israel Wine Revolution - 25 Years Young masterclass at the east end of the Excel hall, May 22, 10.30-11.30am. Contact ­victor@golanwines.co.il to book your place. Stands A5, N72

Turkey

Wines of Turkey, a new generic body representing

10 Turkish wineries, will exhibit at the fair for the first time. Under the theme

Discover the

Roots, wines on show include indigenous varieties such as ­Kalecik Karasi, Bogazkere, Bornova Misketi and Narince, and international varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Taner Ogutoglu from

Wines of Turkey says: "Wine production in Turkey has seen phenomenal development over the past 10 years with major improvements in winemaking techniques and subsequently quality. We will be showcasing the latest styles from our top producers at this year's LIWF before beginning a push in the on-trade and independent sectors later in the year."

Stand B60/C60

Macedonia

Tikves, which claims to be the biggest winery in south eastern Europe, will be launching a red, a white and a rosé in its Alexandria Cuvée range. It will also be showing the revamped look for its Special Selection series

and the latest vintages of its Limited Selection range. Stand C70

Malta

Three of the island's leading winemakers will be exhibiting on the Wines of Malta stand. Emmanuel Delicata will show its entry-level Maltese Falcon, middle-range Medina Vineyards and Victoria Heights, and premium range Grand Vin de Hauteville from indigenous grape varieties from Malta and Gozo. Family-owned winery Marsovin will highlight its single vineyard

and boutique wines, and Camilleri Wines will show a selection of wines from its premium range, Laurenti, and easy-drinking Zigland range. Stand 010

Austria

Wines from Austria will be holding four themed generic tastings: Grüner Veltliner - That's Gru-vee, Baby; Everything But Grüner - The Many Faces of Austrian Whites; The Unspeakable Delights of Austrian Red Wines, and Sweet Delights from Austria. The body will also host 13 Austrian wineries at its stands, including well-known names such as the Opitz Winery, Weingut Angerer Kurt and Weinlaubenhof Kracher. Stands G56, G62 , H91

Moldova

Members of the Moldova Wine Guild will be exhibiting their best-selling UK brands

alongside producers looking for UK distributors . Acorex Wine Holding will be showing its Taking Root range, which includes a Bastardo/Cabernet Sauvignon blend and Bastardo/Merlot blend, and Château Vartely will introduce a Feteasca Alba, a Pinot Noir rosé, Merlot rosé and three varieties of ice wine - Riesling, Traminer and Muscat Ottonel.

Vinaria Bostavan will display a variety of still and dessert wines made from grapes grown in Moldova's Etulia and Onesti micro-zones in south western Moldova.

HBJ will show new vintages from its Moldovan project Firebird Legend (I21).

Join Caroline Gilby MW and Darrel Joseph as they host Discover Moldova - a tasting of Moldovan wines from indigenous and international varieties. "Moldova has all of the right ingredients for its wine to gain firmer ground in the quality international market," Joseph says.

"Its winegrowing culture is ancient, the terroir is very good and it has the vineyard area to support solid production quantities." LIWF masterclass, May 22, 1.30-2.30pm. Email office@wineguild.md for more information. Stands A22, I21

Uruguay

The generic body for Uruguay - Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura - will host 13 of the country's wineries at stand S20, including family-owned Bodega Marichal whose Reserve Collection includes a Pinot Noir/Tannat blend.

HBJ has taken on Pizzorno Family Estates from Canelones in Uruguay.

A line-up from the portfolio, including Don Próspero Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot rosé, Tannat and Pizzorno Reserva Tannat will be on taste. Stand I21.

Wine writer Wink Lorch will give a presentation on the viticulture of Uruguay. Six wines will also be available to taste, including Urguay's famous Tannat wines, 2008 Sauvignon Blancs and liqueurs.

LIWF masterclass, May 21, 4.45-6pm. There are only 50 places available, so email coex@inavi.com.uy to book yours. Stands S20, I21

New styles in rosé

Look out for The Real Rosé Company's rosés from around the world at the HwCg stand (S30). Targeted primarily at female drinkers and retailing at around £4.99, the brand has been developed to lead consumers to countries

they may not have considered for rosé wine. "We wouldn't be so patronising as to assume that all women want to drink sweeter styles of rosé, which is why we have looked at different styles," says agency director Laura Jewell. "The idea is that if customers like one of the rosés, they would build the confidence to try the other wines in the range."

Consisting of dual and single varietal wines, the range includes a Syrah/Grenache blend and a Cinsault/Syrah from the South of France, a Chilean Cabernet/Merlot, an Australian Sangiovese/Shiraz, a Californian White Zinfandel, a Pink Zinfandel from Southern Italy, and a Californian White Zinfandel 3-litre bag-in-box. HwCg plans to add a premium tier to the range in the near future, which will retail for around £6.99, as well as 25cl mini versions, Jewell adds. Stand S30.

Not to be missed

For the first time at the fair, eight Bulgarian producers will join forces to promote their country's wines. Taste more than 40 Bulgarian wines on May 21, 10am-4pm. South Gallery, room 14.

Check out Bibendum's

Chinese wines

from what it says is the country's oldest winery, the Changyu Wine Company in Shandong Province. Stand D30

Reh Kendermann will be showing the latest vintages of its Val Duna range from Romania. Stand L70

The Slovenia Wine Association will be on stand Q92.

Thailand's new Latitude Siam winery will present revamped packaging for its Monsoon Valley range on stand P70.

Cyprus High Commission Commercial Section will be showing wines from eight of the country's wineries. Stand M10

Wine from Bernard Magrez's Japanese joint venture Magrez-Aruga is made from native grape variety Koshu. Stand 77.




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