Exhibitor bookings for 2019 are now open, with a number of previous exhibitors already confirmed for next year. We will be holding the 2019 Big Fortified Tasting on Tuesday 16th April, a date designed to avoid clashes with other significant industry events.
We have also made some changes to the show times, to assist exhibitors who are travelling to the event form overseas. We plan continue to open the show to visitors at 10.00 but will be closing an hour earlier at 17.00 to allow exhibitors a better opportunity to travel home the same day.
In 2019 we will be running 4 masterclasses, offering one to each of the 3 major fortified wines of Port, Sherry and Madeira with one additional masterclass. Full details of these will be announced in due course.
The b.f.t. is open to fortified wines of all styles from any wine producing region, regardless of where in the world. Exhibitors are welcome to take a table solely for their company, to show their wines through an existing UK distributor, or to show their wines as part of a representative organisation. In 2018, we were delighted to welcome Wine Australia who showed 12 wines on behalf of 6 different producers. We are equally happy to discuss arrangements for small producers who may not want to take a full table but are not part of a producers organisation that can represent them.
Our objective is to offer as broad a selection of fortified wines as possible, so please do talk to us if you are thinking of showing your wines to UK buyers.