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Lighter-style wines, a greater awareness of environmental issues and a growing interest in quality and variety are among the key trends shaping the global wine industry today, according to writer and broadcaster Jancis Robinson MW.

Guala Closures Group has launched what it says is the world’s first screwcap closure for 75cl bottles of sparkling wine.

Tesco has added an English sparkler to its range ahead of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Marks & Spencer is introducing 15 wines from six eastern Mediterranean countries.

Online retailer Naked Wines is moving into the US and Australia with low-key retail operations setting up in both countries over the summer.

The amount of land under vine in England has grown by more than 60% in just five years, according to the latest figures from the Wine Standards Branch of the Food Standards Agency.

D&D Wines has collapsed after running into cash flow problems, OLN has learned.

Booker’s wine category manager, Rob Hart, has left the business to start his own microbrewery.

Accolade Wines has launched a new range of canned, pre-mixed cocktails based on its Hardys, Banrock Stations, Echo Falls and Stone’s wines.

González Byass is set to release a special edition of Tio Pepe En Rama, its unclarified, unfiltered fino, to celebrate the 200th birthday of the winery’s founder Manuel Maria González.

New look for Nyetimber

27 April, 2012

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has revamped its packaging in time for the UK’s summer of celebrations.

Tesco is taking a stand at the London International Wine Fair and is calling on suppliers and producers to come to its wine team with ideas and projects – in what the supermarket is calling a “Dragons Den-style opportunity”.

Online retailer Slurp has launched a French site in what it is calling “an audacious bid to beat the French on their own patch”.

Barefoot Wine has signed up environmentalist and adventurer Ben Fogle to front its annual Beach Rescue Project.

Landmark Wholesale has given its Vintners Collection wine range a new look and grown it with a new Italian Pinot Grigio, Australian Pinot Grigio and South African Shiraz/Grenache blend.

Low alcohol gathers pace

10 April, 2012

Blossom Hill and Gallo are both developing 5.5% abv wines to target the growing low-alcohol wine market.

The generic marketing body for the Rhône valley has earmarked a £1 million investment to push its wines in the UK this year. 

Following the success of last year’s initiative, OLN is again working with Wines of South Africa to target leading independents. We are offering two readers the opportunity to win a trip to the Cape Wine fair, taking place in Cape Town from September 25-27. 

Off Licence News is inviting independent readers to register for a £50 bursary to visit the London International Wine Fair in May. 

Guy Wilkes, owner of Somerset wine merchant the Wine Shed, has died of pancreatic cancer aged 49.

Tesco has relaunched its wine case subscription service Tesco Wine Select with six more pre-mixed cases and new deals for subscribers.

The Three Wine Men are offering independent retailers the chance to show their wares at their shows in Manchester and Edinburgh this summer.

Pernod Ricard UK’s channel director for wine Lee James has been promoted within the group to international brand development manager for premium wine brands EMEA.

Wines of Germany is calling on independent retailers to run Riesling promotions this July.

Blue Nun is sponsoring women’s comedy competition the Funny Women Awards in its 10th anniversary year.

Oddbins has seen a surge in sparkling wine sales thanks to the unseasonal sunshine.

More than 1,000 wines looking for representation will be on taste at the London International Wine Fair as part of a team-up with the International Wine Challenge.

Accolade Wines has launched a limited edition pack for Stone’s ginger wine.

Wines of Germany is to hold a Riesling Summit in the UK for the first time.

Tesco in supply base cull

23 March, 2012

Tesco is making drastic cuts to its wine supply base in what it says is a bid to improve producers' profitability and encourage brand owners to increase consumer loyalty.