The best photos from The Vintage Festival 2019

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.

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.

You can follow us on Facebook at The Sunday Times Wine Club or on Instagram by searching @sundaytimeswineclub to share your pictures with us, or use the #VintFest19 hashtag when you post them.

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Unless otherwise stated, the prize draw or competition is run by The Sunday Times Wine Club, operated by Direct Wines Limited of One Waterside Drive, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 4SW (the “Promoter”).

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The prize

The prize is one 12-bottle Champions & Challengers Black Reds  (free mystery magnum not included) case of wine (a ‘Promotion’).

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Entrants must be aged 18 or above at the time of entry and must have an address in England, Scotland or Wales to which the prize can be delivered. No Promotion is open to any employees of the Promoter or their families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouses or life partners), or any person professionally connected with the relevant Promotion. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.

You can enter the Promotion by following our Sunday Times Wine Club Instagram account, liking the Instagram message posted by the Promoter and leaving a comment on the post at any time between 12pm on 8 October 2019 and 12pm on 15 October 2019.

Only one entry per person shall be allowed for each Promotion. Any further entries from persons who have already entered a particular Promotion shall be disqualified.

Winners will be required to submit valid identification before receiving any prize; the Promoter may use the services of an external provider to assist with any age verification. The Promoter reserves the right to invalidate the relevant entry and disqualify the entrant from any Promotion and refuse to award the prize if there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant.

Duration of Promotion

The closing date of the Promotion is 12pm on 15 October 2019.

The Promoter reserves the right to modify, terminate, suspend or extend any Promotion at any time without prior notice.

Allocation of prize

All qualifying entrants will be placed in the draw. Winners will be drawn after the closing date at random from all valid entries received.

Notification of prize

Winners will be notified by direct message on social media within 72 hours of the relevant draw taking place (i.e. by no later than 18 October 2019). If the Promoter is unable to get hold of the winner by social media, it will attempt to contact the winner by email (where provided).

The Promoter’s decision will be final and no correspondence regarding the prize allocation will be entered into.

Winners will have seven days from the date that the Promoter first notified them to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of their prize. In case of forfeiture, the Promoter reserves the right to carry out a subsequent draw.

Upon claiming a prize, winners will be required to send the Promoter full details of their postal address to which the prize will be delivered (if not already provided).

We shall only publish messages about the Winner of the prize via our social media accounts with the prior consent of the Winner.


The Promoter reserves the right to make any amendment or addition to these Terms and Conditions.

Entries will not be acknowledged and no responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to circumstances beyond our control. Proof of entry is not proof of receipt.

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