London 13 October 2018
Edinburgh 3 November 2018
The UK’s best, best value and friendliest wine tasting events are back in 2018, and we’ve already signed up some brilliant exhibitors at all three festivals. We just couldn’t accommodate all the great exhibitors who wanted to join us last year, so I’m delighted that so far we’ve signed-up a fabulous blend of returning favourites with new wines and new vintages, and so many new wine producers, importers and retailers who’ll be joining us for the first time. New wine estates from Australia, England, France, Italy, Chile and South Africa have confirmed already. We’re working on finalising a truly exciting masterclass programme, but rest assured some brilliant and exciting sessions are already confirmed.
In Glasgow we’re back at the newly refurbished Trades Hall (complete with a brand new air-conditioning system). It’s a venue we love, and for 2018 we’ve booked a whole extra contemporary space on the ground floor where we have plans for exciting new food and drink provision for guests, with a Festival café, and some pop-up tasting sessions – watch this space for details!
In London we will be back at the stunning One Great George Street, a venue that proved hugely popular with exhibitors and wine lovers alike. We are changing the room layout slightly to give everyone a bit more elbow room, and again we are opening up a new space with seating and tables (let’s call it our Festival café too!) where you can have a bite to eat or just take the weight off your feet for a while.
Our Edinburgh venue, The Balmoral Hotel right on Princes Street, also proved a huge hit, and once again we are expanding our offering, with a more spacious room for our masterclasses, and plans for a brand new series of informal ‘pop-up’ tasting sessions. We are confident that Edinburgh 2018 will be bigger, and of course, even better!