Tickets for the 2018 Festival are on sale now
, and we will be adding the detailed programme soon. Meanwhile, the programme below and list of exhibitors from 2017 will give you a flavour of what to expect in 2018.
12:00pm to 5:00pm
– THE LONDON FESTIVAL OF WINE 2018. TICKETS £25. BUY NOW
Over 400 superb quality wines from you to chose from, being poured by some of the country’s top retailers and the world’s best producers. The range of wines will emphasise quality and diversity, and we’ll also have some fun elements like a blind tasting competition. Many exhibitors will be offering exclusive discounts on the day, and remember – your 2018 festival admission ticket includes all of the above. ON SALE NOW.
12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm – TUTORED MASTERCLASSES (2017).
12:30pm – Piper-Heidsieck Rare – a Champagne-lover’s dream.
‘Rare’ is truly rare, with only eight vintages produced in 40 years. Created by the legendary Regis Camus, this vertical tasting is one not to miss. Read more
Tom Stevenson refers to Rare as “a star,” naming the 2002 as his Best Champagne of 2011, and in truth even among devoted Champagne aficionados ‘Rare’ remains just that with its small production in only the very greatest Champagne years. For this once in a lifetime tasting opportunity renowned Champagne expert Simon Stockton will lead us through three vintages in depth: the 2002, the 1998 in magnum and the 1988. This unique opportunity is unlikely to ever be repeated:
- Champagne Piper Heidsieck, Rare 2002
- Champagne Piper Heidsieck, Rare 1998 en magnum
- Champagne Piper Heidsieck, Rare 1988
2:00pm – The wines of Quinta do Noval, including Naçional.
An extraordinary opportunity to taste the wines and Ports of one of the world’s greatest estates, including the legendary £600 per bottle Noval Naçional. Read more
Of all the Douro’s great names, Quinta do Noval is the most iconic, due to the overall quality of their wines without doubt, but especially because of one wine: the legendary Naçional. A tiny, 1.7ha single vineyard of ancient ungrafted vines produces this wine in only very special years, with only around 200 cases produced in total. That’s part of the reason it sells for £500 per bottle and more.In this session, experienced winemaker and now global ambassador for Noval, Ana Carvalho, will present the most interesting wines in the Noval portfolio – including vintage port and Naçional. A rare opportunity indeed. Wines to be tasted:
- Noval 20 Year Old Tawny
- Colheita 2003
- Late Bottled Vintage (single vineyard) 2011
- Vintage 2015
- Vintage 2011
- Vintage 2000
- Nacional Vintage 2003
3:30pm – Off the beaten track: wine travels through less familiar France.
Provence, Corsica, Jura and Savoie: just some of the less familiar names that will feature in a session sponsored by The Wine Society. Read more
The Wine Society is the IWC’s Regional French merchant of the year, and in truth nobody else reaches into the deepest corners of France to find so many wines that are genuine unsung heroes. True, wine buffs have been going crazy for the distinctive wines of the Jura in Eastern France for some time now, but regions like nearby Savoie and the island of Corsica offer some real surprises and some superb wines from local grape varieties, all of which are yours to discover as we raid The Wine Society’s extensive cellars for top examples for this masterclass. Truly an opportunity to explore and discover.