Among the more unusual offerings at this year’s fair are wines from China and Moldova. China is seen as a significant wine exporter of the future and its profile has been raised by media interest, particularly by wine writer and broadcaster Jancis Robinson who visited the country and wrote about its wine in British Airways’ High Life magazine.

In the article she highlighted some wines as good but overall reported that China’s wines were below the standards expected in the UK.

Wine fair visitors will have the chance to judge them for themselves with a selection of wines at the Eurl Patrick Barriere stand.

The potential of a country the size of China contrasts with Moldova, a comparatively small land-locked republic between Romania and the Ukraine.

The wines of Moldova are being exhibited by Hayman Barwell Jones in the form of Firebird, a range created for the UK in conjunction with winemaking consultant Cellarworld International.

The range comprises entry level dual varietals (£3.99), singe varietals (£4.49-£4.99) and premium barrique-aged Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir at £5.99.

Grapes come from within 30km of a newly built winery outside Vulcanesti in the south west of the country. Cellarworld
managing director Angela Muir says: “The quality and character of the fruit originating from the area is terrific and shows Moldova to be capable of producing high quality wine.

“The winery’s management team is the most cohesive and motivated I have ever met in Eastern Europe.”