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Over 200 restaurants, bars and merchants back natural wine in April for Real Wine Fair

Published:  31 March, 2014

Natural and biodynamic wines are being included on over 200 wine lists and shelves of independent merchants throughout April as part of a nationwide promotion to bring attention to the Real Wine Fair that takes place in London on April 13-14.

A whole raft of bars, pubs, restaurants and wine merchants from the Orkneys to Cornwall  have all signed up to help support growers of natural and biodynamic wines. Producers that are taking part in the Real Wine Fair in London's Tobacco Dock are all part of the nationwide tasting and promotional programme throughout April. It will see many unusual wines and varieties being poured by the glass by a whole range of outlets, including Michelin-starred restaurants.

The month long promotion will also see a number of bespoke natural wine tastings and events taking place in wine merchants, retailers and wine clubs for their own customers.

The main Real Wine Fair event will include 150 organic, biodynamic and natural winemakers from all over the world. It will also include a number of street food and drinks stalls, and will once again feature a pop up bar and restaurant run by the team behind Terroir, called the Unfiltered Dog.

It runs over Sunday April 13, which will also be open to consumers as well as the trade, and April 14, which is trade only.

It will also include a number of seminars and masterclasses. These include on April 13:

2-3pm: Daniel Honan, aka the Wine Idealist ( will look at "The Secret Australian Wine Revolution" and the natural wine movement Down Under.

4-5pm: John Wurdeman, Rafa Bernabe, Giusto Occhipinit

"Feats of Clay" - a winemakers' perspective on Qvevri, Tinajas and Amphora wines.

John Wurdeman of Pheasant's Tears in Georgia, Occhipinti, who uses traditional Greek winemaking techniques in Vittoria and Rafa Bernabe of Alicante will talk about their different experiences of clay vessels and how they help shape the flavour and texture of the wines themselves.

On April 14 it will feature:

2-3pm: Salvo Foti from I Vigneri

"Viticulture and winemaking on Mount Etna"

One of the key people responsible for reviving viticulture on Mount Etna in Sicily will look at how traditional practices are helping to bring winemaking back to the area.

3.30pm: Wink Lorch, author of Jura Wine will look at the "Hidden Treasures of Jura".

The Real Wine Fair is organised by Les Cave de Pyrene with the organising committee headed up by Doug Wregg, sales and marketing director and general manager, Amy Morgan.

You can register here or email