The Big Fortified Tasting (the b.f.t.) is the single largest wine show in the world which is solely dedicated to fortified wines.
The show takes place annually in central London, and registration is open to bona fide members of the wine and hospitality trades who buy, sell or serve fortified wines and the established print and online press serving those markets, whether from the UK or one of our many visitors from overseas.
The B.F.T. 2018
The b.f.t. 2018 took place on 9th May. Learn more about the event, the exhibitors and the visitors in our review of the day.
Filipe Cardoso, SIVIPA
“It’s giving our energy to people who are interested in our kind of product. The Big Fortified Tasting is the best place to promote our fortified wines.”
Faye Welsby, Raymond Reynolds
“We meet new prospects and get interesting conversations going with people who know of our wines but haven’t had the chance to experience them in such depth before.”
Johnny Symington, Symington Family Estates
“We have everybody here. All the top buyers come, we have sommeliers, the on trade, the off trade, top retailers, top restaurants, top hotels. It’s an absolutely fabulous event…it’s so specialist, it is all fortified producers.”
Adrian Bridge, The Fladgate Partnership
“It’s very important to have a focused event like this. We’ve seen a lot of Press today and a lot of Trade.... Getting down to the b.f.t. gives you a single day of a really concentrated run through a very exciting wine category. I urge people to visit the event and I urge producers to be present.”
Sarah Abbott MW
“I don’t know of any other show that has exactly this angle. You can see how engaging and interesting it is because you see the quality of the people who come. It’s a really unmissable event for the trade.”
Tony Carter, Vintage Wine & Port
“It’s such a pleasure to see it back on the calendar. The day has been absolutely stunning…We’ve seen a lot of the 2016 vintage release, which is particularly interesting to us as a buyer…”
Anthony Habert, Carnival UK
"Some really surprising and really interesting Ports and a few Sherries too that we hadn’t previously considered. It’s really great to be able to see all of those wines as one collection.”
Dylan Rowlands, Gwin Dylanwad Wines
“It’s a fabulous chance to try the different styles. I need to educate myself so I can educate my customers. I can learn here and put them on the bar. We can have a selection of different fortified wines and give people the chance to try them – and people love them when they have a chance to try them.”