Close to 1,100 Australian wines from 41 different regions were showcased this week during the Australia Day Tasting (ADT) in London, Wine Australia’s largest trade tasting.
Over 1000 visitors attended from across the United Kingdom and European wine trade, including buyers from multiple retailers and independent specialists, sommeliers, journalists and educators.
Thirty-eight winemakers and winery owners flew over to pour their wines and meet the trade including Andrew Hardy (Petaluma), Scott McWilliam (McWilliams), Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy, pictured below), Martin Spedding (Ten Minutes by Tractor), Robyn Pfeiffer (Pfeiffer Wines), Toby Porter (d'Arenberg) and Christian Dal Zotto (Dal Zotto).
Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark reported that in the 12 months ending December 2017, Australian wine exports globally increased by 15% to $2.56 billion, the highest growth rate since 2004.
Guests tried the latest vintages of wines from iconic brands such as Penfolds, Torbreck and Yalumba and made new discoveries like Dickinson Estate, Eccentric Wines and Mérite that are seeking distribution. Of the 243 wineries featured, 18 producers are not yet in the market in the UK.
Visitors also participated in master classes – Margaret River presented by Sarah Ahmed and McLaren Vale presented by Richard Hemming MW.
‘This year's Australia Day Tasting in London was a great success," Clark said. "There was a fantastic atmosphere, full of people discovering wines they hadn’t tasted before and renewed old acquaintances, while exhibitor tables had a constant flurry of visitors, and master classes were well-attended.
"The annual ADT is a very important event to showcase our wines on an international stage and I was delighted to see the enthusiasm for Australian wine."
Tastings follow in Edinburgh today and Dublin next week.