Champagnes and sparkling wines will be out in full force, building on a bumper season last year

Last year was a fantastic year for sparkling wines and Champagnes in the UK, and many eyes are likely to be on the activity in the market this year.

As evidence of the growing clout of Champagne here, six producers have joined together to create Champagne's first regional generic pavilion at the fair. They will be exhibiting under the collective banner of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de l'Aisne and l'Agence d'Exportation de Picardie.

The six - all located in the Vallée de la Marne - are Champagne Dehu, Champagne Baron Albert, Champagne Fleury et Fils, Champagne Serveaux et Fils, Champagne Leclerc-Mondet and Champagne Olivier Père et Fils.

The fair has been selected by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Aisne as an exhibition vital for developing exports throughout Europe. James Murray, exhibition director, says: "We are thrilled on two counts. Firstly, that the LIWSF is considered by these Champagne producers as the gateway to Europe and, secondly, that this is the first time Champagne producers have taken a generic pavilion at the fair."

Another new Champagne addition to look out for will be on display by Vranken Pommery Monopole, which will be showing its Diamant premium tier.

Diamant comprises four cuvées, including Brut, plus two vintage Champagnes - one of which is a rosé - and its £65 prestige cuvée Diamant Bleu, which comes in a bespoke green bottle.

Sparkling wines will also be aplenty at the fair. Piat d'Or will be joining the rest of the Percy Fox brands at the event, showcasing its Brut Sparkling and the new Piat d'Or Sparkling Rosé. The latter retails at £6.49 and was launched this month.

Sparkling Spanish cava brand Freixenet will be exhibiting some new developments at the fair.

It will be showing off the second vintage of its super premium Freixenet Cordon Negro Vintage Cava 2004, priced between £8.99 and £9.99, and will also be displaying wines from other wine-producing countries in its portfolio, including sparkling wines from California, Sonoma Brut and Blanc de Noirs.

Champagne Taittinger will be launching its first Single Vineyard Champagne called Les Folies de la Marquetterie. The non-vintage cuvée will be available through Hatch Mansfield at a price point of £37.50.

The producer will also be unveiling the new vintages of its renowned Comtes de Champagne wines - the Blanc de Blancs - now on vintage 1998 and Rosé 2000.

Edward Cavendish, meanwhile, will be introducing its three premium cavas from the House of Nadal in the Penendes region of Spain.

Two Aussie sparkling wines will be revealed on the FGL Estates Stand from its Yellowglen portfolio.

The wines, Yellowglen Pink and Yellow, have been created specifically for the UK and European markets with a retail price of £5.99.

The show will also be the launchpad for the Blason de Bourgogne Crémant Rosé, which will be on shelf in Waitrose from June, priced at £8.99. The wine, which can be found on the HwCg stand, is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Gamay.

Meanwhile, Trentino co-operative Cavit has produced its first prosecco, Lunetta Prosecco VSAQ NV, which will be aimed at the European markets and distributed by Meridian Wines.

Vranken Pommery Monopole will be showcasing selected Champagnes, including its new Falltime cuvée, to complete its seasonal range. Vranken's new Diamant range, created as the prestige tier in its portfolio, will also be on show.