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This section of the web site enables you to review all the major events organised at regional level, including Festivals, Great Weekends and also some events organised by Branches that they would like to invite other IWFS members to attend.  The current major regional events can be accessed directly via the menu below the photograph.  You can use the calendar to review all upcoming regional events, and also past events back to 2011. 

Dates for your diary:

Cambridge Great Weekend and AGM   17th - 20th September 2021

Madeira Festival  1st - 7th November 2020

Piedmont Festival  12th - 17th April 2021

Alsace Festival  7th - 12th June 2021

November Events

November 26, 2019
Theme Alsace Dinner
Venue The Vintners' Hall
Location London
Date Nov 26, 2019

Hosted by the Confrérie St Etienne D’Alsace in London on Tuesday 26th November 2019.

Are you an Alsace wine lover? 

Would you like to broaden your knowledge of Alsace wine in the company of experts?

After several years’ absence from the UK, the Confrérie Saint-Etienne d’Alsace will be hosting a ceremonial Chapter event at The Vintners’ Hall, London on Tuesday 26th November 2019 starting at 5.00 pm.  This will include a formal commented wine tasting showing the key Alsace grapes, an induction ceremony, a Crémant d’Alsace reception and a 5-course Black Tie Banquet featuring Alsace wines. During the evening there will be opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge by identifying a mystery wine (and win a prize), and to join the Confrérie by taking a simple tasting test.  The Confrérie will be supplying all of the wine for this event directly from Alsace and the wines served at dinner will be specially chosen to complement the menu.

The Confrérie St Etienne d’Alsace, one of the oldest wine guilds in France, can trace its roots back to the 14th century.  Today it is a group of wine producers and lovers of Alsace wines whose declared mission is to have fun while promoting the wine and food culture of Alsace.  The Confrérie is based in the Chateau de Kientzheim where there is a museum devoted to Alsace wine and they have a legendary cellar with wines dating back to 1834.  Besides hosting tastings and events at Kientzheim all through the year, they also have active Chapters in Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, America and elsewhere which have their own events programmes.  The Confrérie is hoping that this event at Vintners’ Hall will mark the birth of a new London Chapter.

IWFS has been helping to make the arrangements for this event and we are very much hoping that some of our members will attend.  The ticket price will be 190 euros (£170 at the current exchange rate 25th January).

If you would like to attend please contact Eric Fargeas at (copy to David Ling at for details or write to Confrérie Saint-Etienne, Château de Kientzheim, 1 Grand’rue, Kientzheim, 68240 Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France. 

Payment can be made by direct bank transfer to the Confrérie  
IBAN: FR76 1027 8034 2000 0317 0084 529 or BIC: CMCIFR2A  Please ensure that any bank charges are charged to your account and not that of the Confrerie.

It is not necessary to join the Confrérie if you wish to attend this evening, but if you would like to join please register at the above address. The cost of 55 euros includes the tasting test, medal and ribbon, diploma, newsletter and one year’s membership.

Places will be reserved in order of receipt but will not be confirmed until your funds reach the Confrérie’s account. Final confirmation of your ticket(s) will be made by email from the Confrérie.


Stephanie Shepherd
Events Coordinator