Real Wine Fair "most successful yet"

26 April, 2016

The Real Wine Fair has been branded the most successful in its five-year history with a 25% increase in visitor numbers compared to 2015.

The fair, which took place earlier this month, hosted 163 artisan growers from 16 countries around the world who gathered together to showcase more than 700 organic, biodynamic and natural wines to consumers, trade and members of the press at London’s Tobacco Dock in Wapping.

More than 2,500 visitors attended the event, with fans heading over from Japan, Chile, South Africa and the USA.

Sake was represented at the event for the first time, as well as wines from Austria, while more wines from the New World were also on show this year.

“For the first time we had 13 growers from the States, and it’s not just California but also producers from Oregon and Vermont,” explained one of the event’s organisers Doug Wregg. “We are just trying to make people drink better wines.”

Meanwhile Real Wine Month, which comprised of events throughout the month of April, was supported by 300 restaurants, bars, retailers and wholesalers showcasing artisan wines through in-store promotions and tasting events.

Also in April was Real Wine Goes North, which took place at Hawksmoor in Manchester.

The Real Wine Fair will return to London in 2017. 




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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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