Natural wine festival coming to Glasgow featuring top independent importers and expert masterclasses

Scotland’s biggest natural wine festival Vin Vivant is coming to The Briggait in Glasgow
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Drinks fans are in for a treat this summer as a thrilling new festival bringing over 100 different organic and natural wines comes to Glasgow for the first time.

Vin Vivant, the latest event from the team behind the hugely popular Copita Mezcal festival, is described as a "festival of living wine" and will be arriving at the Briggait on Saturday, August 10.

Celebrating organic, biodynamic and natural wines, some of the country’s top independent importers will be on hand to pop corks, pour and talk through their wares with the hundreds of wine-lovers expected to flock to the new event.

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With two three-hour sessions on offer, wine lovers can learn all about minimal intervention, winemaking practices, organic and biodynamic agriculture and the benefits of these approaches in expressing the true terroir in each bottle, all whilst sampling from a practically unlimited range of wines.

The organisers say Pét-nats, orange wines, flinty Alsatians, savoury Iberians and more traditional Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône and Bourgogne will all be present - and hopefully some natural champagne too.

Guests will take their tasting glasses and walk the stalls, tasting as they go, with no additional fees for samples.

Each stand will also retail their wines to takeaway, so fans can enjoy them at home or learn where to pick them up in future.

Bartenders at the vermouth-focused cocktail bar will be serving up spritzes to refresh, and hot and cold food stands will be on hand for people to grab a snack, or some cheese or charcuterie to take home.

The team has also decided to pair up with local beer and cider producers, those whose practice very much sits nicely alongside the natural wine movement, so you’ll be able to sample an ever wider range of delicious drinks, if you at any point get a little tired of wine.

The team behind Vin Vivant also run the Copita Mezcal and Tequila Festival, which sold out last month in the Briggait, so they know how to host a fun and educational day filled with responsible drinking.

Drawing from the popular masterclass concept at Copita, guests at Vin Vivant will be able to draw into a side room for 20 minutes at a time and be treated to a more in depth look at a particular wine region, or winemaking technique, with samples provided for good measure.

The masterclasses will be staffed by wine experts and the programme will be announced nearer the time.

Speaking about the festival, Colin Campbell, one of the founders, said: “What is summer without wine? And what is wine without natural wine?

"The aim of this festival is to have a wide enough programme that it appeals to both those in Scotland who are already big fans of natural wine, know a lot of the top producers etc, and those who perhaps have dipped a toe in, or have just heard the terms ‘biodynamic’, ‘minimal intervention’ etc recently and wondered what all the fuss is about.

"We aim to be an accessible festival for these people primarily, as the world of wine can be an intimidating place in general, never mind the potentially daunting concept of natural wine.

"Sometimes maligned, it would be great to get those interested people in a room with the wines and with the experts, and for them to see just how enjoyable and familiar these wines are.”

How to Get Tickets for Vin Vivant:

Earlybird tickets are on sale from now until June 30, saving 15 per cent off the regular ticket price of £35 at £29.75.

Each ticket includes:

• Access to one of the 3 hour sessions.

• Use of a tasting glass for the session.

• Official festival programme with info on attendees and masterclasses.

• Unlimited (responsible) access to the tasting floor, and samples of over 100 natural, organic and biodynamic wines.

• One free cocktail or local beer.

• Opportunity to access in-depth masterclasses (additional charges for these may apply).

Tickets for Vin Vivant - Living Wine Festival are on sale now and can be purchased from www.vinvivant.wine and Eventbrite.

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