The little London Wine Fair

25 05 2012

I actually had a really good day yesterday on the last day of the Wine Fair. Not too many people, space to walk around, people who had time to speak to you. There were also a few stands that were genuinely buzzing, Hatch Mansfield and Bibendum for example. But there were also small stands that looked desolately empty and more than one person said to me that the expense just couldn’t be warranted and they wouldn’t be coming back next year. I see Tesco had a fortress of a stand that looked a bit intimidating – lots of important meetings going on in there I expect…

Will that be the last ever London Wine Fair? I really hope not. I’ve been every year for 20 odd years. I loved the old Olympia show and felt it had got too big when it moved to Excel. I know things move on and change but why not go back to a smaller, more central venue and alternate years with Vinexpo? Otherwise ProWein will take over lock, stock and barrel. The UK is fast losing its reputation as the premier wine market. There’s not enough money to be made here. Losing the Wine Fair would be a reflection of this. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. 




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