We’re really excited about the UK’s first Viti-Culture show! There are many inspiring wine industry exhibitions to choose from on the continent, including Simei (Italy), ProWein (Germany) and Vinexpo (France), but UK equivalents are rare and the regular ones have only ever really been an ‘arm’ of fruit industry wide exhibitions — Fruit Focus, for example. It's great to have a UK based exhibition dedicated to our industry where winemakers, viticulturalists and new entrants have easy access to an important part of the supply chain.
Held at Plumpton College, the UK's centre for excellence in wine, on 11th July and organised by Grape Vine Events and Vineyard magazine, Viti-Culture 2019 has a good line-up. Here are the highlights:
- Exhibits: There will be vineyard consultants, land agents, specialist machinery dealers, winery equipment suppliers (we’ll be there!), agronomists, brand and packaging specialists and professional service providers.
- Seminars: Topics are wide-ranging, including contract growing, establishing a winery, finding the right contract winemaker, venturing into viticulture, weather monitoring and a debate on machinery. Speakers include Matt Stugnell and Simon Roberts from Ridgeview Estate ( IWSC Winemaker of the Year 2018) and Mark Driver, owner of 600 acre Rathfinny Estate.
- Tastings!: Wine critic Matthew Jukes has chosen 50 of the most influential English and Welsh wines, which the Vineyard Magazine will be pouring samples of in the Lockton Marquee.
- Viti-Culture 2019 is a free to attend event for the wine industry. You can attend by registering on the Viti-Culture website.
If you’re looking to source winery equipment or simply want to ask us a question, come at see us at the show or call us on 01404 892100.
Photos courtesy of Viti-Culture.com
Published May 24, 2019