MW team launch new UK wine fair

7th March, 2014 by Gabriel Stone

Husband and wife MW duo Peter Richards and Susie Barrie are looking to fill a “gap in the market” with the launch of a new UK consumer wine fair.

Peter and SusieDue to take place at the Winchester Guildhall from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 November, The Wine Festival has been timed to coincide with people’s Christmas wine shopping, as well as the city’s Christmas market and ice rink.

“We saw a gap in the market for a wine festival with a local focus,” the couple told the drinks business. “Sometimes in this country we don’t celebrate what we have on our doorstep enough – in Hampshire we have some amazing wine producers, shops, restaurants and other related businesses.”

As a result, they explained, “We wanted to bring all this together under one beautiful roof in Winchester’s Guildhall, along with other complementary wine offerings, to give up to 2,000 people the chance to try a huge range of delicious wines and buy off the back of it.”

The pair, who run Susie & Peter’s Wine School and a Winchester-based consultancy business, as well as being regular resident wine experts on BBC television show Saturday Kitchen, described the festival format as “designed to help people expand their wine horizons in a fun, easy-going atmosphere”.

As part of this aim, they explained: “We’ll be having ‘taste stations’ allied to a colour-coded system that will help flag up wines for different palates on each exhibitor’s table, meaning the interaction between exhibitors and visitors is easier at the same time as encouraging people to try new things.” The event will also feature a series of masterclasses hosted by Barrie and Richards.

Although organisation for The Wine Festival remains in the early stages, the couple confirmed a “wonderfully positive” initial reaction to the event, with a number of retailers and producers already signed up.

“We’re aware it’s a busy time in the trade and there are other festivals out there,” they acknowledged, “but we feel ours offers a very real point of difference and this model is a great way to get people engaged in wine and support local business.”

For more information or to enquire about exhibiting at the fair, email Helen Chesshire.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Commercial/Sales Manager

Crush Wines Ltd
Bremhill/Home office, GB

Wine Buyer

Adnams
Southwold, UK

Sales Manager - Scotland

Eurowines Ltd
Scotland

Sales Manager - North-West England

Eurowines Ltd
North-West England, UK

Sales Manager - London

Eurowines Ltd
London, UK

Key Account Manager - Grocery

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Business Development Manager

Regency Wines Ltd
North Devon & Somerset, UK

Sales Manager - North East England

Eurowines Ltd
Within 15-20 mile radius of York, UK

National Account Manager

Ehrmanns Wines
London, UK

London Account Manager

The Drinks Club
London, UK

London Sales Executive

Gourvid Limited
London and Greater London, GB

Logistics Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
Park Royal, London, UK

Head of Sales - Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate
Kent/ London, UK

London Sales Executive

VDS UK Ltd
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more