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Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled research claiming 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up to "premium" wines and has outlined plans to inject growth into the category.

Tesco has grown its fine wine sales by 50% after overhauling its range, the supermarket has reported.

Harveys Bristol Cream has signed up as the exclusive sherry partner of the Ideal Home Show again.

London International Wine Fair organiser Brintex has defended the event after a number of major exhibitors said they would not attend this year, as reported by OLN on March 9.

Online retailer Naked Wines has launched a competition looking for the world’s most talented unknown winemakers – with US$1 million up for grabs.

South African varietal range Makulu Wines has revamped its portfolio with a new look, which it plans to unveil at the London wine fair in May.

González Byass is planning to release its unfiltered fino Tio Pepe En Rama for the third time this year. The wine will be launched at the London wine fair, but in the past two years much of it has sold ahead of its official release.

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of this year’s London International Wine Fair along with a number of suppliers, including Pernod Ricard UK, Percy Fox and PLB. 

Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch has become the first of 10 people honoured by Wine Intelligence for their achievements in the wine business.

Raisin Social has signed up South African producer Du Toitskloof and will be its exclusive UK representative for a new range of Fairtrade products.

First Cape has launched an online wine club as part of its sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted as one of the figures in the wine trade who has achieved great things in the past decade, and changed the industry for the better. 

Royal Tokaji stock stolen

02 March, 2012

More than 500 cases of Royal Tokaji wine have been stolen from a lorry parked near the Dartford Tunnel.

Majestic, Tanners and the Wine Society have been honoured at an awards ceremony for those in the UK who make an outstanding contribution to supporting Portuguese wine.

Laithwaites has bought a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, where founder Tony Laithwaite first began importing wine into the UK under the name Bordeaux Direct.

González Byass sales director Melissa Draycott and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have joined the ranks of the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

New look for Champagne Devaux

29 February, 2012

Champagne Devaux has repackaged its Classics range to bring its look into line with the premium Collection D portfolio.

Range revamp for Campo Viejo

28 February, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK is revamping the Campo Viejo range in a bid to raise awareness of the Tempranillo grape and the wines of Rioja.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope has pre-sold 24,000 bottles of unmade wine worth more than £280,000 in 24 hours after signing up with Naked Wines.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope, who recently resigned as chief winemaker of Craggy Range, will make an exclusive range of wines for Naked Wines in a £300,000 project.

Independent push for Portugal

22 February, 2012

Wines of Portugal is targeting independent wine merchants in a new push to enthuse the wine trade about the quality and diversity of Portuguese wines.

Gallo will launch Moscato wines under its Gallo Family Vineyards and Barefoot labels next month, the winery has announced.

Codorníu has extended its Anna de Codorníu range with Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Noirs, exclusive to independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

The agency which organised National Wine Month last year has called on the wine trade to ask if wants to continue the initiative this year.

The Wine Institute of California and Off Licence News are giving independents the chance to win a trip to the Golden State and an Enomatic wine sampling machine.

Low-alcohol boost for Tesco

02 February, 2012

Low-alcohol wine sales in Tesco grew 3.4% to 1.9 million bottles over Christmas 2011, from 1.8 million bottles the year before.

Cono Sur is offering independent wine merchants POS packs with its Sparkling Brut and Sparkling Rosé, in a bid to drive sales for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

New campaign for vinho verde

31 January, 2012

The body representing vinho verde has launched a major campaign in the UK in a bid to capitalise on growing demand for lighter styles of wine.

Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.