The road less travelled
From Austria will be hosting generic tastings of Grüner Veltliner, white, sweet and red wines, as well as a number of Austrian producers at its stand (G52, G62). Macherndl will be making its wine fair debut with Great Western Wine (D12). Bibendum will be showing wines from winemaker Lenz Moser's Laurenz V range (D30). Seewinkelgut Klein will be showing sweet ice, trockenbeerenauslese and beerenauslese wines in the hope of finding a UK importer (G56). Weingut R&A Pfaffl will be showing wines from Austria's Grüner Veltliner appellation , Weinviertel DAC, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and red wines from indigenous grapes Zweigelt and St Laurent (G62). The Schlesinger estate, which
is located in what it says is the oldest winegrowing village in Austria, Burgenland's Mönchhof, will be showing a range of reds, including Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and Shiraz,
and whites including Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling, and dessert wines at the Wines From Austria stand.
The ex-Soviet republic has had its wines banned by main export market Russia,
so its wineries
will be out in force to drum up new markets . Georgia says it is the birthplace of wine, and generic body Georgian Wine is showing wines from some of its 500 indigenous grape varieties, such as Saperavi, Aleksandrouli, Mtsvane and Tsolikauri (G70).
Gaumarjos - the Georgian word for "cheers" - is making its first appearance, with wines priced from £5-10, made from red and white grapes including Saperavi and Rkatsiteli. Look out for dry white Tsolikauri, sweet white Tvishi, dry red Mukuzani, semi-dry red Pirosmani and semi-sweet red Ojaleshi, made by winemakers including Telavi Wine Cellar and Teliani Valley (D90).
Tikves, which says it is the biggest winery in south eastern Europe, will be launching four wines in its Limited Edition range, including Chardonnay Barrique 2005 (M70). Agent4wines will also be showing wines from Macedonia (I10).
Emmanuel Delicata will show new wines, including entry-level Maltese Falcon, middle-range Medina Vineyards and Victoria Heights, including indigenous grape varieties from the islands of Malta and Gozo. Premium range Grand Vin de Hauteville will
be on taste, and the producer is looking for a UK agent (A8).
PLB is launching Taking Root, a
"consumer-driven" £4.99 wine range from Acorex, including Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Bastardo/Cabernet Sauvignon. PLB and Acorex developed the wine over two years with consulting Italian winemaker Umberto Menini and Vladimir Lazariuc from Moldova, and it produces 15 million bottles a year.
PLB managing director John Smith says: "We were particularly thrilled to discover that the overwhelming message from consumers was that the 'Moldova factor' would not deter them from purchasing. In fact it was often seen as a positive because it offers consumers an exciting discovery opportunity." The wines will be on taste at PLB's stand (F60) and the generic Moldovan wine stand (A45-49).
HBJ is continuing to develop its Moldovan project, named Firebird Legend, and new vintages will be on show
Chali é Richards is launching a
brand designed to "bring confidence back to the Romanian category" (G40). Reh Kendermann is showing the latest vintages of its Val Duna and River Route ranges from the Carl Reh winery, where it has planted some 40ha this year. Managing director Nik Schritz says: "At the LIWSF this month, our winemakers will show varietal wines from the 2006 vintage, which is considered to be an excellent vintage in Romania." (L70)
The Slovenia Wine Association will be hosting five of the country's leading wineries at stand P95. Brothers Jason and Bryan Learned of Spirits of Serendipity Imports will introduce Bubbly Premium Sparkling Wine, which was produced and hand-bottled in Slovenia (N90).
What else to look out for
Catalyst presents BottleLox, a discreet security mechanism to protect wine and spirits from in-store theft. Stand D92
Cocoa Farm introduces what it says is the first and only chocolate in the
world with raisins pumped full of Australian Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir
- available as a chocolate block or drops. Stand G 90
GlobalCap and Guala Closures Group launch WAK, an original alternative to the screwcap. The first wine closed with WAK - Il Convento dei Cappucini - has just been launched. Stand R30
French corkscrew manufacturer SCIP makes its LIWSF debut with a range of corkscrews, spittoons, ice buckets, Champagne stoppers and wine boxes. Stand K54
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is holding tutored diploma-level tastings at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm every day except Thursday, when there will be no 5pm tasting.
Who else is there?
Wines from Brazil. Stand P70
Bulgarian Small & Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency. Stand S72
Bibendum has taken on its first ever Chinese wine brand - Noble Dragon. Stand D30
Cyprus High Commission Trade Centre will be showing wines from Cyprus. Stand M10
Hungarian Agricultural Marketing Centre and the Foundation for the
Region of Eger. Stand T72
Leading Polish fruit wine producer Janton presents Delisse Cherry Wine, made from 100 per cent cherries. Stand T6
Uruguay's Pi sano Winery will show its Merlot/Tannat 2005, currently listed at Waitrose, on the generic Uruguay stand. Stand S14