Greece is set to make a major impact at this year's London International Wine Fair, which promises to be the biggest and busiest yet. The country will have 35 companies on its pavilion, many of them new to this country, and will be seeking to build on the backing it has already won from Oddbins. The off licence chain is reviving the profile of the country in the UK by stocking a wide range of its wines. Exhibition director Andrew Evans reports that for the first time there are over 1,000 exhibitors at the fair, 16% more than last year. They are covering 15% more floor space than 1999. The profile of the New World continues to increase with both South Africa and Australia taking two pavilions. South Africa will bring 72 firms, 40 more than two years ago. Also showing for the first time will be Italian regions, Lazio, Avellino, Gorizia and Sicily. Mexico will be there for the first time with eight wineries from Baja California. There are five producers from the Lebanon, and Siam Wineries from Thailand will be at the show. {{DRINKS }}

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