The Co-op has revealed details of a new project, which follows the success of its recent member-led own-label beer launch, and this time it's focused on wine.

Chapel Down has announced last year was “another fantastic year of growth” with year-on-year sales up by 25% to £6.8m, and wine gross profit up by 30% to £2.8m.

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

A recommendation by a Lords Committee to abolish local authority licensing committees brings no obvious benefit for “real people on the ground”, according to an expert in licensing law.

A leading cider producer has challenged the anti-alcohol lobby over the unsubstantiated claims it has been making about white cider in the national media.

Lanchester Wines has bolstered its sales team in a bid to re-establish itself as a quality supplier and target numerous trade channels with “boutique bulk” wine.

Buckingham Schenk has announced it is strengthening its Spanish operations with the aquisition of a new winery.

Vineyards in Burgundy are set to become the first in France to be covered by a hi-tech 'hailstone shield'.
Over the next few weeks the entire Burgundy wine region will be sheltered by a network of 125 generators, according to the latest reports.

The amount of distilleries registered in the UK grew by 17% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. This brings the total number of distilleries in the UK to an estimated number of 273.

One million vines will be planted in the UK this year; the largest number ever planted in a single year in the UK.

Australian winery Oxford Landing has launched a premium tier called Marty’s Block to honour the estate’s long-serving vineyard manager.

Oxford Landing Estates has introduced its first piece of NPD since it arrived in the UK in 1989.

Diageo Reserve has introduced the first limited-edition expression for its ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc.

Spanish wine sales can return to growth in the next year thanks to its diversity and ability to compete at both ends of the market, according to a leading importer.

Tails Cocktails has made its range of pre-mixed cocktails available in a 50cl bottle format, exclusively for Tesco.

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has launched a “major” 2017 UK trade campaign to build on record exports to the UK in 2016.

Diageo has relaunched its RTD range with six new price-marked packs.

Meantime has added a new range of 33cl cans to its core portfolio of beers, as a result of customer demand.

Morrisons' wine buying manager Andrew Ingham is leaving the retailer to take over as category manager for wine at Greene King.

Dom Perignon is to launch Dom Perignon P2-2000, three years after its last P2 release, P2-1998.

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a new limited edition floral sleeve at John Lewis for its Brut Reserve Champagne.

Portugal is outperforming other countries in the mid-range price bracket, with the younger generation – and females in particular – driving growth, according to an industry expert.

Majestic ran a blind tasting exercise with 1,100 shoppers and found that 66% preferred its new Majestic Loves range to supermarket wines of a similar price.

The Licensing Act 2003 is “fundamentally flawed” and “needs a major overhaul” according to a new report from the Lords Committee.

Sogrape has strengthened its bond with UK distributor Liberty Wines by purchasing a minority stake in the business.

Darnley’s View gin has announced a raft of changes in advance of plans for ambitious growth in 2017.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has made a strategic investment in The City of London Distillery, enabling the microdistillery to further capitalise on the gin renaissance by gaining new routes to market.

Oxford battled to victory over bitter rivals Cambridge in the Boat Race yesterday and the winners celebrated by spraying jeroboams of Chapel Down all over each other.

Barcelona artisan brewery Cerveses La Pirata has joined UK importer Morgenrot’s stable of Spanish craft beers following its launch at the recent Craft Beer Rising.

Jack Daniel’s has introduced its first cocktail to its premix range, offering its off-trade customers the opportunity to enjoy a serve which is already established and popular in the on-trade.

Copper Rivet has started production of Kent’s first single malt whisky, which will eventually join its recently launched gin and vodka.

English wine looks set to be one of the most visited categories at this year’s London Wine Fair, according to visitor registration research conducted by the fair’s organisers.

Merrydown Cider has revealed plans to introduce a lighter, lower strength, lower-calorie Crisp Apple Cider, alongside the re-launch of its bestselling variant.

The Cointreau family has been joined by a new “remarkable edition”.

A new trade fair aimed at helping retail buyers source the best wines to sell at discount prices will make its debut in the autumn.

Tesco has been named the brand most associated with Brexit in the wake of a feud with Heineken that saw the supermarket delist 22 of its SKUs.

With Article 50 set to be triggered this week, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for a "close working relationship with both government and our European neighbours", as the UK starts to negotiate its exit from the EU.

Les Dauphins is adding its first sparkling wine to its line-up of wines from the Rhône region of France.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the international release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum. The release represents the first VSOP bottling from the Medine Distillery in Mauritius as part of the Indian Rum Company joint venture between Berry Bros and the Medine Distillery.

Kopparberg has extended its range with the launch of a canned Raspberry Light variant, which has already gained listings at Tesco and Asda.

Singha Beer is now available in cans, with the launch timed to coordinate with Thai New Year festivities.

Black Sheep Brewery has extended its craft beer line up into cans for the first time.

Brexit red tape could bring customs to a standstill, according to The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and the trade body has warned that “delays and gridlocks” at UK ports will encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers.

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