Thousands of guests came to join us at The Vintage Festival this year, trying hundreds of wines from around the world.
We had great fun celebrating with our customers, producers and staff, at what was the 40th event since it was first was launched back in 1980.
Hosts Tony Laithwaite, Hugh Johnson, Oz Clarke and Will Lyons loved meetings our guests and talking to them about their favourite wines when they joined us at Old Billingsgate on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.
Sunday Times wine columnist Will led tasting sessions focusing on The Rhône, Tuscany, New Zealand and Argentina, while cheesemongers from Paxton & Whitfield ran classes on how to pair wine with cheese.
The Vintage Festival hosts Oz Clarke, Will Lyons, Tony Laithwaite and Hugh Johnson officially open the event Guests loved trying our English Sparkling Wines Will Lyons hosted talks in the Sunday Times Traveller Tasting Theatre The team from Ana Selection showed our guests how they make barrels There was a lot of love for the team at RedHeads Wine Saturday evening was very busy There were even some tasty treats for our guests to snack on Celebrating 40 years of The Vintage Festival There were more than 300 wines for our guests to try Henry Laithwaite’s Harrow and Hope Blanc de Noirs 2013 won Wine of the Show on Friday afternoon Saturday evening’s session was very busy Tony Laithwaite brought his van along Oz Clarke, Will Lyons and Tony Laithwaite opened the Saturday session in style Our buyers and producers had a great time too More action over at the RedHeads stand Celebrating 40 years of The Vintage Festival Ana Selection showing our guests how to make barrels Cheers There were more than 300 wines for our guests to try Oz Clarke took guests on a trophy trail of our judges’ favourite wines Tony loved seeing our producers Riechsrat Von Buhl Riesling Brut Sekt 2016 won Wine of the Show on Saturday afternoon The Laithwaite family enjoyed having the van on site What a great way to celebrate! Will Lyons’ tasting theatre was very busy Cheers! More guests enjoying themselves There was a huge selection of wines to try Our customers had the chance to meet the producers behind their favourite wines There were hundreds of wines for our guests to taste Karl May Riesling Gutswein Trocken 2017 won Wine of the Show on Saturday evening We loved meeting so many of our wonderful customers The red, white and rosé wines of the Rhône were all available to sample There were big smiles all around Dogs of the Barossa and Night of the Living Red were the favourites at RedHeads Wine Poderi dal Nespoli poured out their wines for our guests There was even beer up for grabs from Brew Republic And our guests loved the selection they brought along Cheers! Who doesn’t love oysters and Champagne? We also served up gin, whisky, vodka and rum throughout the weekend Lots of our lovely producers turned up to meet our guests Raising a glass to 40 years of The Vintage Festival Manzanos 1890 Rosado looks and tastes great We loved seeing our guests with big smiles on their faces More action at the RedHeads bar Thanks to everyone who joined us! Oz Clarke with Oliver Gabel on the trophy trail The gifts team were having great fun Who’s for a glass of Stones and Bones? There were more than 300 wines for our customers to try Thousands of customers joined us at Old Billingsgate for the 40th Vintage Festival Polly from our events team had a go pouring sherry from the vanencia Cheers! This bunch had fun at the RedHeads bar Tio Pepe wowed the crowed by pouring sherry from the vanencia There was lots of love for Brew Republic All smiles here… Meanwhile in the fine wine room… Our guests couldn’t get enough of RedHeads wines What a happy bunch! These two looked like they enjoyed themselves! Oz Clarke took guests on a tour of our trophy-winning wines throughout the weekend Thanks to the team of staff who served our guests all weekend
What’s more, we launched the first ever Vintage Festival Wine Awards to give guests a glimpse of the festival highlights, with Oz leading tours around the festival to introduce our customers to the winemakers behind the trophy winners.
Customers also voted for their favourite wines, crowning
Harrow & Hope Blanc de Noirs 2013, Karl May Riesling Gutswein Trocken 2017, Riechsrat Von Buhl Riesling Brut Sekt 2016 and Royal Tokaji Blue Label 5 Puttonyos 2013 the Wines of the Show over the weekend.
Above are just a few of our favourite photos from the two days, but we’d love to see yours.
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