20 JUNE 2017


Vinexpo confronts the challenge of Brexit

16:00 - 17:30




Jane Anson - Correspondent for Decanter magazine

Because the UK is the world’s second largest imported wine market and a major spirits exporter, the Brexit challenge is as acute for the UK as it is for wine producers in France, Italy and Spain and elsewhere in the world.
Practical, constructive look at how to best deal with the issues posed by Brexit to the wine trade between the UK and mainland Europe. The conference (Tuesday, June 20, 4.00 pm), will cover Brexit’s likely impact on duty, retail pricing, category management and distribution, its impact on travel retail and the protection of origin designations. What are best ways the wine industry itself can help achieve favorable trade agreements and maintain smooth trading?


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Correspondent for Decanter magazine and columnist for both Decanter and the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong.

Jane Anson has lived in Bordeaux since 2003 and is author of Bordeaux Legends, a history of the 1855 First Growth wines (2013 Stewart, Tabori & Chang), Château Angélus (2016 Editions de la Martinère) and The Club of Nine (2016 Katz Publishing), as well as co-author or translator of over a dozen wine and travel books. She is Bordeaux correspondent for Decanter magazine and columnist for both Decanter and the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong, where she lived from 1994 to 1997. She has won the Prix Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2015, Louis Roederer Wine Feature Writer of the Year 2016 and is a graduate of DUAD tasting diploma with the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology. She is also an accredited wine teacher at the Bordeaux Ecole du Vin and has a Masters in publishing from University College London.

Chief Executive of Wine and Spirit Trade Association

Miles Beale has overall responsibility for the WSTA business, including organisational strategy, public affairs, member services and public relations. Miles joined from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he was Deputy Director for EU and international agriculture policy. He was previously deputy director for European and global issues at the Cabinet Office and spent much of his early career at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Miles has worked across a broad range of public policy, including urban regeneration, drugs policy and social exclusion, and has been involved in significant negotiations at national and European level. He has also worked closely with senior Ministers in successive governments.

President of the UMC (Union des Maisons du Champagne)

Group Wine Buying Director, Conviviality plc

Andrew Shaw started his wine career in a vineyard in Somerset as a teenager, completed his University dissertation on the UK wine market and been in the industry ever since. He’s spent several years in the UK retail world with stints making wine in both New Zealand and Burgundy.
In 2002, he helped set up the award-winning independent wine merchant Stone, Vine & Sun, before joining the wine buying team at Waitrose in 2007, and becoming Buying Manager of Waitrose’s wine department in July 2010.
In October 2012, Shaw moved to Bibendum as Buying Director, and now is Group Wine Buying Director for Conviviality PLC over-seeing the Buying and Technical requirements for Matthew Clark, Bibendum, PLB, Wine Rack and Bargain Booze.