Last year’s famous five English wine producers who shared their wares at Prowein have been joined by a sixth compadre, Hush Heath from Kent.
In 2013, Ridgeview Wine Estate and Bolney Estate from Sussex joined Hampshire’s Hattingley Valley and Kent’s Gusbourne Estate and Chapel Down in making their first foray to Düsseldorff for this, one of the largest global wine trade shows.
“Our stand was incredibly busy last year, with many international visitors discovering English wines for the first time,” said English Wine Producers’ Julia Trustram Eve. “This year, we have a much larger area, with a dedicated reception area, reflecting the continuing growth of the English wine industry.”
Both still and sparkling wines will be on offer. Gusbourne arrives with its crown as IWSC English Wine Producer of the Year and the news that its wines are to head to the US for the first time. Chapel Down will be offering a sneak preview of some of its wines from the “exceptional” 2011 harvest, while Bolney Wine Estate will be offering its acclaimed Foxhole Pinot Noir fresh from the tank. Hush Heath will have its first Blanc de Blancs available to taste, and Hattingley Valley will be unveiling its impressive, limited release Kings Cuvée.
“ProWein is a fantastic chance for us to get together with other quality English wine producers to show the world what a serious industry we have become with our internationally acclaimed wines,” says Ridgeview’s Mardi Roberts. With exports accounting for around 20% of their production, there will no doubt be much to discuss.
Not least of which is a rather special event happening on Monday morning on the stand… but more on that very soon.