Let no-one say that the British have no interest in natural wines, which some see as the next big thing in wine. Timed to coincide with the start of the annual wine trade fair at ExCel in London's Docklands last week was not one but two rival wine fairs for both trade and consumer devoted to natural, organic and biodynamic wines: RAW and The Real Wine Fair. RAW alone, in this its debut year, claimed more than 3,000 visitors, while The Real Wine Fair, in a much more central location, claimed a total of over 2,000 visitors in its three days. Whatever the final totals, it is clear that this year interest in the natural wine phenomenon is even greater than at the inaugural Natural Wine Fair in Borough Market this time last year when 800 wine enthusiasts bought a ticket to the Sunday event designed specifically for consumers.
From Jancis Robinson: