ICCWS Sponsors Update – Summer 2015!

A Summer round up of news from some of the ICCWS 2016 sponsors!

 Visit their websites to find out more and to see the full line up of sponsors click here.



The summer has been a hive of activity for WSET.  WSET Chief Executive, Ian Harris, attended Buckingham Palace this month with WSET Chairman, James Simpson, to receive the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Trust also participated in a fundraiser for RLBS in part to recognise WSET’s development of its Level 1 and 2 qualifications for the visually impaired, now available from the WSET’s flagship London School.

Excitingly WSET also announced a new programme for its diploma alumni to be launched at Vinopolis, London, on September 7. The event will be the largest gathering of alumni in the WSET’s history. Alumni who wish to attend the speaker and drinks reception evening should email alumni@wset.co.uk for registration details.


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As one of the world’s leading producers of wine closures, Nomacorc continues to advance its innovation with some exciting updates in 2015. Building on its leadership in oxygen management technology, Nomacorc recently upgraded the look and feel of its new plant-based closure, Select Bio. It is made using renewable, plant-based biopolymers derived from sugar cane and like all Nomacorc products, the Select Bio corks are fully recyclable. The new product concept is available globally. Within the United Kingdom, Select Bio is now found in Waitrose’s wines, including The Cubist, a Waitrose-exclusive brand. For more information, check out the Nomacorc website: www.nomacorc.com.



“Laithwaite’s Wine are delighted to confirm that the Cool Wine Show will take place on Hove Lawns within the Sussex International Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 28th May 2016. Full details of the three tasting sessions will be available in September 2015. Please keep an eye on the ICCWS website or the Laithwaite’s Events page – click here in September for ticket details.”



“Lallemand announces the launch of the very low H2S natural yeast – Lalvin Sensy™ a new high performance yeast naturally selected with very low-H2S-producing properties for white wines. Wine yeast, whether selected or indigenous, can produce different H2S concentrations in wine, especially under challenging conditions, Lalvin Sensy™ will produce hardly any H2S, very often none at all, even under difficult conditions.

H2S confers negative aroma attributes to wine. This is a real issue, especially for varietal white wine, as it generates unacceptable quality losses and masks aroma and flavor. With its very low-H2S-producing characteristic, Lalvin Sensy™ brings out the full expression of varietal aromas from quality white grapes.”

The Vintners Company

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“23 cyclists from the Vintners’ Company have recently completed a gruelling 3 day bike ride entitled ‘City to Surf’ from central London to Cornwall.  Riding 100 miles per day, the team set off from Vintners’ Hall early on Sunday 28th June and arrived at Newquay late on Tuesday 30th June.  Over £50,000 (sum to be confirmed) was raised which will be split between the Vintners’ Foundation, the Company’s own charity which seeks to support those affected by the social consequences of alcohol abuse, and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal in aid of disabled children”.

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“It’s been a busy start to the wine season and we have been printing some cracking labels. Our customers have challenged us with some advanced materials, clever die-cutting and exotic embellishments with great results. As the marketplace gets busier, we are being asked to push the boundaries even further and have been working on peel and read labels, braille and augmented reality technology.

It’s an exciting time for the humble wine label and we are enjoying every minute of it!”

Avery Dennison

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“New White materials from Avery Dennison! White is the most frequently used colour in wine labels – and the new whites in Avery Dennison’s ‘White Rainbow’ wine labelling range, offer unique opportunities to differentiate. There are three new extra-white papers, which help to maximise contrast for optimum print results, along with two new textured papers for a strong and memorable brand presence. Ask for a sample:

  • Fasson® Rustique Extra White FSC®
  • Fasson Martele Extra White FSC
  • Fasson Pure Cotton, in new bright white and 100% tree free
  • Fasson True Linen, with new textile effect
  • Fasson Pampa FSC, with a fine and luxurious diamond shape

You can also see some more on the ‘White Rainbow Range’:


For further details on Avery Dennisons Wine & Spirit products visit:




“17% is the loss in production pointed out recently by Cognac technical institute due to low densities caused by vine mortality. In order to tackle this situation Tubex in partnership with the leading cooperative has develop new technical practices that’s include its Tubex vine shelters and trellising accessories to improve Cognac production. Those solutions wildly adopted since a couple of years had convinced in particular leading manufacturers such as Henessy Remy, Martin etc… On the top of that Pernod Ricard Group (world second largest beverage producer) have start a process of testing with some success brand new 12D range.”


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“As northern hemisphere results are now released from the three major wine competitions (IWSC, IWC, DWWA), Gusbourne has recorded no less than 5 Gold and 6 Silver medals in 2015, including both of England’s two Gold Outstanding medals at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. This means that Gusbourne has now been awarded over 50 medals in international competition, since the first cuvées were launched just five years ago.

Furthermore, Gusbourne’s maiden Late Disgorged bottling (from 2007) was awarded Gold at all three of these competitions this year, in what is thought to be yet another first for any English Wine.

And as Gusbourne continues to combine the very best of tradition with innovation, the winery has just appointed Master Sommelier Laura Rhys to strengthen their management team in another first for any English producer.”

Hush Heath Estate


 “To compliment their mulit-award winning, vintage flagship wine: Balfour Brut Rose, the Estate released the Balfour 1503 non-vintage range last November including Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvee and Balfour 1503 Rose.  The wines have enjoyed great enthusiasm in the multiple retail sector for their approachable, fruit driven, clean and elegant characters.  Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvee has recently been awarded a Gold Medal with the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Hush Heath Estate is also proud to announce that it’s youngest vintage of Balfour Brut Rose, 2012, has won a Gold Medal with the recent UKVA competition in London and that they have recently established new partnerships with the Soho House group and Gordon Ramsay.” 

Austrian Wine


“The Wine Summit 2015 – Elite members of the international wine community visited Austria’s wine-growing regions – The Austrian Wine Marketing Board sponsored a trip for some 165 wine professionals from all over the world from May 30th – June 3rd.

Four various themed excursions (Burgenland/Carnuntum, Niederösterreich, Steiermark/Thermenregion, and a newcomer-tour through all wine-growing regions) featured numerous tastings and seminars, historical attractions, museums and regionally typical cuisines.

Grüner Veltliner-Tasting in Vienna –The ultimate highlight was a GV set tasting in flights, at Palais Niederösterreich. Therefor Austria’s top sommeliers nominated series of the best wines from various vintages and categories.

Austrian Wine Party – The closing event was orchestrated around the historical theme “1815’s Congress of Vienna – 200 Years On”, held at Palais Schönburg.”

Canadian Vintners


“Wine tourism is a growing and important part of Canada’s tourism industry attracting 3 million annual visitors and driving $1.2 billion in spending for the national tourism sector, according to a recent joint report released by the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) available online: http://www.canadianvintners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/vintner_report_2015_FINAL.pdf

“Canadian wine regions are world-class with great wine, hospitality, infrastructure and natural beauty,” said Dan Paszkowski, CVA’s President and CEO.

Additional Canadian Wine Region Travel Resources:

British Columbia Wine Region Trip Planner: http://www.winebc.com/plan

Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide: http://winecountryontario.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/wco_travelguide_2015_lores.pdf

Quebec Wine Route: http://www.laroutedesvins.ca/en/

Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail: http://www.novascotia.com/eat-drink/good-cheer-trail



“The past few months have been a very exciting time for all of us here at Nyetimber. At the start of June, we welcomed over 150 visitors to our Open Days at our beautiful vineyard in West Sussex. At the Estate, which is rarely open to the public, our guests enjoyed a tour of the vines and a tutored tasting of our wines by winemaker Cherie Spriggs. Two further Open Days are taking place September 5th and 6th.

Most recently, we unveiled our beautifully reimagined 1968 Routemaster bus – ‘The Nyetimber’. Stopping at some of the UK’s most sought-after events this summer, the bus offers a luxurious, quintessentially British setting for passengers to relax in and enjoy a glass.

Find out more about our September Open Days and The Nyetimber at http://www.nyetimber.com.”



“Conscious of its responsibility towards the environment and the challenges related to sustainable development, Sparflex has recently introduced Absolute Green Line. Choosing Absolute Green Line means selecting packaging in line with your values and actively contributing to the reduction of the carbon footprint of your wines, while still creating a strong emotional connection with your clients. A truly ecological alternative, the Absolute Green Line sparkling foil combines bio-based polyethylene (PE) with acrylic inks, with renewable materials replacing oil and solvents. 
With Absolute Green Line, packaging helps to preserve resources and respect the terroirs.”



“One of the things that we at Riedel like to do is to test peoples perceptions and senses.  Does the shape of a glass influence our perception of wine? Can the shape of a glass impact our enjoyment of food? In September 2015 we will have Georg Riedel in the UK and you can join us for an informative and interesting wine and glass experience, where we will explore the difference a glass can make using our new Veritas range of stemware. Georg Riedel will personally guide you through this special tasting looking at all the elements that a glass shape can bring to a wine. This will be Georg Riedel’s final tasting at Vinopolis, before it closes, please see the link for further information https://riedel.co.uk/riedel/wine-tastings.



“IOC has been the partner of the sparkling wine industry in England over the last 20 years – in 2015, our mobile bottling lines have produced in UK more than 1,3 million bottles of sparkling wine and we will increase our capacity within the next 2 years to make sure our customers receive the best possible service.” Contact in UK: Custom Crush – emma@customcrush.co.uk – Ph: +44(0)1256 389033

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