Coming up at this year's London International Wine Fair & Distil…

Family-run winery Brown Brothers (Stand M12) will be launching a range of new wines at this year's fair. Wines will include a range of blends made from the Crouchen grape - native to the Western Pyrenees. The blends include a Crouchen Sauvignon Blanc, Crouchen Riesling, and Crouchen Riesling Rose. The portfolio of sparkling wines will be boosted by the addition of Cienna Rosso, a frizzante style, which the firm says is exclusive to Brown Brothers. For information, email

Family Estates Slovenia (Stand J69) will also be present at the fair, in the Wines of Slovenia section. A number of wineries from across Slovenia's winegrowing regions will be present on the stand, including Edi Simcic, Movia, Marjan Simcic from Western Slovenia, and Joannes, Steyer, and Marof from Eastern Slovenia. Caroline Gilby MW will present Slovenian Wine Workshops on the stand every day at 1100 and 1400. For further details, email

South American producer VC Family Estates (Stand L30) will unveil the latest vintages across its stable of wineries, including Porta, Gracia, Veranda, and Agustinos from Chile, and Argentinean producers Chalten and Calafate. Wines are sourced from wine-producing regions such as Maipo, Alta Cachapoal and Colchagua, as well as more marginal regions like Bio Bio, Aconcagua, and Neuquen-Patagonia. For more information, email

Over 20 Australian winemakers will be in attendance this year. The Wine Australia (Stand N32) stand will also play host to a series of informal tastings, ranging from a biodynamic tasting to Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines. Elsewhere, Wine Australia will host two master classes in the South Gallery of ExCeL on the Tuesday and Wednesday. Sam Holmes of the Barossa Wine and Grape Association will be joined by key speakers from the region to host a Barossa Old Vine Charter Tasting at 1030 on 18 May, while on 19 May at 1030, Andrew Caillard MW with guest presenters Sue Hodder of Wynns and Wayne Stehbens of Katnook Estate will host a Coonawarra Cabernet tasting. To reserve a place contact

Sud de France
(Stand G30) will play host to around 20 winemakers from across the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Across the three days, Sud de France will offer a series of tutored tastings to visitors to their stand. On 18 May at 1430, Charles Metcalfe will host a Carignan tasting, while on 19 May, Matthew Stubbs MW will host two tastings, one on 'Great Value and Individuality', and another on 'Languedoc-Roussillon - the Next 'Classic' Area'. On Thursday, the first female Master of Wine, Isabelle Legeron MW, will host a tasting of Organic Wines at 1430. For more information, email

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