IWSC at London Wine Fair 2024

IWSC news

Tue 23 Apr 2024

By Mila Gorchakova

Ahead of the London Wine Fair 2024, we are excited to announce a series of panel discussions and tastings that we will be hosting at the UK’s biggest trade event.

From discovering Georgian wine gems with Sarah Abbott MW, to celebrating the booming Low & No category with Claire Warner; from delving deep into whisky with Sukhinder Singh to exploring the styles of pisco with Ivan Dixon – the IWSC has put together an exciting programme for this year’s London Wine Fair.

All our sessions will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

IWSC events programme at London Wine Fair 2024

Monday 20 May 

10.15 - 11.15 am, Centre Stage: Drinking Differently with Claire Warner

IWSC Judging Committee Member, Claire Warner, will host an insightful talk on the evolution of the Low & No category. Discover the latest trends in this dynamic category and find out how producers are pushing boundaries and creating high-quality drinks without relying on high ABV. Claire will be joined by Imme Ermgassen from Botivo – producer of the IWSC gold medal-winning 0% aperitivo as well as David Hodgson from Zeno, Mary Sheahan from Fire&5th and IWSC Judge Camille Vidal.

Tuesday 21 May

4:30 - 5:30 pm, Walk-Up Tasting: Whisky - “now and the future” with IWSC’s 2024 Industry Champion Sukhinder Singh

Managing Director of Elixir Distillers, founder of Whisky Exchange and IWSC Industry Champion Sukhinder Singh will guide you through a line-up of IWSC award-winning whiskies, and will share the fascinating stories behind the bottles. How do distillers' choices influence the final flavours? How are modern scotch and worldwide whiskies different from their historic predecessors? And what’s the future of whisky and whiskey? Find out at this unmissable tasting session. Sukhinder will be joined by Master Blender of Elixir Distillers, Oliver Chilton.

Wednesday 22 May

10 am - 5 pm, Pop-Up Area: IWSC 2024 medal-winning wines from Georgia with Sarah Abbott MW

We will be showcasing over 100 award-winning wines from the country known as ‘the cradle of winemaking’. Taste an exciting range of Georgian qvevri wines and dive deep into the myriad of Georgian indigenous grape varieties, from the luscious Saperavi to the fragrant Kisi. Stop by at any time and taste the wines at your own pace with our tasting booklet – or join Sarah Abbott MW for one of the two educational speed tastings at: 
11.45 am – 12.45 pm
3.30 – 5 pm

12.00 - 12.45 am, Education Zone: Exploring Atacama Pisco with ProChile & IWSC

Join us for an educational masterclass in partnership with ProChile, focusing on the Atacama region of Chile and its pisco production. IWSC judge, Ivan Dixon, joined by Nicolás Poblete from ProChile, will shed light on the exciting Pisco category with an opportunity to taste five outstanding piscos. Additionally, expert mixologist - Steeven Rosales - will serve sample cocktails showcasing flavour and the potential of piscos when used in cocktails.