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2013 sparks a new move for English Wine Producers (EWP), who will be exhibiting at ProWein for the first time, bringing a new focus on wine markets outside of the UK.
Five of England’s producers will be coming together on the English Wine Producers stand, which will include established brands and a new producer launching their first wine: Bolney Wine Estate; Chapel Down; Gusbourne Estate; Hattingley Valley Wines and Ridgeview Wine Estate. Some of these producers have already developed sales within a number of overseas markets, whilst others are keen to incorporate export as part of their marketing strategy.
The EWP stand will incorporate the statement ‘This is England’ to reflect the confidence that the English wine industry now enjoys, following many years of successful sales, competition wins and media interest both in the UK and abroad.
Visitors to ProWein will be able to meet representatives from each of the producers. EWP will also have an area within the stand to provide a welcome to the wine industry and background support to the exhibiting producers.
A broad selection of wines of different styles from the five producers will be on show, providing an exciting showcase for some of the best sparkling and still wines in the country.
“We are particularly proud to be exhibiting at ProWein this year. The line up of producers and their award-winning wines will display the confidence and professionalism that this industry represents”, commented Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Director of English Wine Producers. “This is the first time that EWP has exhibited collectively at an overseas wine trade show – and being at one of the most important international wine exhibitions – and being at one of the most important international wine exhibitions is a significant move for our producers, and will reinforce England’s place on the world wine stage.”
The English wine industry has been growing steadily in the last decade, with acreage nearly doubling in the last eight years, and volumes predicted to double by 2016. Significant medal and trophy successes in international competitions over the last 15 years have secured a reputation for quality and consistency for England’s wines.
The EWP stand will be located in Hall 6 – stand no 6 D04.
Bolney Wine Estate, Sussex (www.bolneywineestate.co.uk)
Bolney is a long established wine estate, with the first vineyard planted in the early 1970’s. Bolney produces still and sparkling wines, in all cases red, white and rosé. They are currently UK Wine Producer of the Year in the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition, and have achieved many competition medals both here and overseas.
Chapel Down, Kent (www.chapeldown.com)
Chapel Down is one of the best known brands in the UK, and one of the largest producers. They are based in Kent, where the vineyards on site were first planted in the 1960’s. Chapel Down boast an extensive range of still and sparkling wines. All their sparkling wines are produced using the traditional Champagne varieties (some also include Pinot Blanc). They have won numerous awards over the years. Chapel Down currently export to the Far East as well as being well distributed throughout the UK in larger retailers as well as independent wine merchants and on restaurant lists.
Gusbourne Estate, Kent (www.gusbourne.com)
One of the newer generation of sparkling wine producers, Gusbourne is currently a 20 ha vineyard, first planted in 2002, located on 3 different, well selected sites on a larger estate of some 200ha. Only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are planted and most of what they produce is sparkling – a classic blend of the three varieties, a Blanc de Blancs and a rosé. Lately they have also produced a still red (Pinot Noir) and a still Chardonnay. Gusbourne’s Blanc de Blanc took a Gold medal and Trophy at last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards.
Hattingley Valley, Hampshire (www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk)
The first wine from Hattingley Valley has not yet been released – so ProWein will be first showcase event for this exciting new producer. Hampshire is a county that is now emerging as a significant wine producing region, with topography and soil that lends itself well to the planting of the Champagne varieties and the production of quality sparkling wine. Hattingley boasts a purpose built winery and an expert winemaking team.
Ridgeview Wine Estate, Sussex (www.ridgeview.co.uk)
This is one of the most established and highly regarded sparkling wine estates in England. Planted in the early 1990’s, Ridgeview only grows Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Ridgeview has a long track record of national and international awards spanning every vintage they have released. In 2011 Ridgeview was awarded the International Sparkling Wine Trophy in the Decanter World Wine Awards, the first time it had been awarded to a producer outside Champagne. RidgeView currently export to Scandinavia, the Far East, Australia and Europe. Their wines have been served at many notable occasions in the UK, such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year.
For further information on EWP and its stand activities over the fair, please contact Julia Trustram Eve on tel: 01536 772264 or email Julia@englishwineproducers.com.
Appointments can be made to meet with representatives of EWP or any of the exhibiting producers. Please contact Julia Trustram Eve, English Wine Producers as above.
Press release from the offices of English Wine Producers