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Villa Maria is inviting consumers across the global to watch the feature-length documentary Vintage as a celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 1st.

South Africa has been told that wine exports can now continue.

Help 4 Hospitality has set a £250,000 fundraising target by August 1, 2020, to provide financial support to the hospitality sector.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Comité Champagne has launched an official online learning course for those in the drinks trade.

To celebrate Earth Day Lebanese winery Ixsir is marking the full fruition of a 10-year plant regeneration project.

The Wine Society is launching “the world’s first Austrian en primeur offer” with two white wines from the historic Schloss Gobelsburg. 

The five-week lockdown ban on wine exports could cost the South African wine industry one billion Rand (£43 million), while the damage to reputation and consistent supply, as well as future market opportunities could be “astronomical”, according to Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

Fine wine and spirits company Biggar and Leith has launched The Hotel Starlino range of Vermouths and Aperitivos. 

The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) has said wine producers in countries across Europe are reporting serious logistics challenges and a decline in sales, alongside reports that European vineyards are “drowning in surplus wine”.

South Africa is no longer allowing the export of wine while in Covid-19 lockdown, a move which is reported to be due to the fear of alcohol piracy. 

Waitrose has announced it will continue to assess its existing BWS packaging while also seeking out packaging innovations as part of its efforts to become the “leading sustainable retailer in the UK”.

Tim Atkin MW has launched his inaugural Uruguay Special Report, focusing on 146 wines, which he scored 90 points or higher.

Armit Wines has launched a series of virtual tastings themed around escapism and relaxation, with the aim of allowing wine lovers to learn during lockdown.

Majestic has unveiled a number of new wines including “interesting parcels at the lower-premium end” as well as “brilliant wines lost to the range over recent years”, which the company has now brought back in. 

When in Rome has joined forces with Phillip Schofield to launch two new boxed wines, which will be launched exclusively in Waitrose stores and Waitrose Cellar. 

Lanchester Wines has launched a new service to support independent wine merchants.

Freixenet Copestick has said its online wine retailer Slurp has taken on a new warehouse and more staff to deal with the continued increase in demand, while alongside this the wine producer is rolling out a number of new products for the off-trade. 

Famille Helfrich, the independents and on-trade arm of Les Grands Chais de France (GCF), is offering all independent wine merchants that are still open, a free case of Crémant with every mixed palette of wines they order.

Naked Wines has said revenues for the full-year 2020 will be in excess of £200 million due to increased demand from both new and repeat customers. 

Loire Valley Wines (InterLoire) has reported “very healthy” export figures to the UK for 2019, driven – in part – by consumers seeking out alternative sparkling wines and lighter red options. 

Ramón Bilbao has announced it will continue with its plan to launch its Spanish Wine Academy, while also bringing forward its digital and online initiatives.  

Lyme Bay Winery has added to the range of wines it produces for Aldi. 

Freixenet Copestick is adding to the Freixenet brand by introducing a new range of premium Italian still wines.

Freixenet Copestick has teamed up with Intervino to produce 2,500 bottles of personalised I Heart Superheroes Prosecco. 

Berkmann Wine Cellars is launching a new initiative to deliver wine direct to customers, while also donating a portion of the profits to help the hospitality sector.

Trivento is launching a new series of idents as part of its latest marketing campaign, marking the third year of its partnership with the Discovery Channel.

Black Tower gets a revamp

01 April, 2020

German wine producer, Reh Kendermann, is adapting the look of its flagship wine brand, Black Tower, from this month.