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A new importer specialising in boutique wines from family-run vineyards in Argentina is targeting independent retailers in the UK.

LIWF returns to its roots

19 October, 2012

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair has pledged to put a greater focus on the needs of the domestic market at next year’s event and has recruited a new steering com- mittee of retailers and suppliers to advise on its activity.

Off-Piste wines has been appointed as the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel, marking its first foray into Spain.  

England’s largest wine estate has been forced to scrap its entire 2012 harvest after deciding poor weather had rendered the grapes below scratch.

Naked Wines pre-sold more than £25,000-worth of a previously unknown wine in just 48 hours in the latest leg of its Zero to Hero Wine Awards.

Wine Australia has outlined the next phase of its generic programme as it ramps up activity focusing on independents and consumer education.

Copestick Murray’s I ♥ brand has secured its first supermarket listing at Sainsbury’s.

Jacob’s Creek has signed a deal to sponsor The Jonathan Ross Show and the first ads will appear on Saturday when the comedian interviews Usain Bolt.

Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel bible Lonely Planet to create an on-pack promotion offering drinkers the chance to visit cities like San Francisco and Kyoto.

Buckingham Schenk founder and chairman Cliff Roberson is retiring after nearly 40 years in the business.

A shake-up in the management structure of Accolade Wines has seen European commercial general manager James Lousada leave the business to be replaced by two new managers.

Brand Phoenix has launched a new range of 5.5% wines in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Chilano has introduced a new range from Spain to its portfolio.

Production at Accolade Wine’s Bristol hub will increase by 30% after it signed a landmark reciprocal bottling deal with Treasury Wine Estates.

Wine writer and presenter Olly Smith said he is “bowled over” after he was named English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year.

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has struck a deal to move its entire UK portfolio into the welcoming arms of wholesaler Hatch Mansfield.

The administrator for D&D Wines International has given up trying to sell the company as a going concern.

Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.

Romanian wine exports to the UK nearly trebled in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.

New look for Echo Falls

20 June, 2012

Accolade Wines has given Echo Falls a new look as part of a year-long campaign for the brand with an unprecedented spend.

Wine and spirits prices have risen by more than twice the level of inflation in the past year, and sales are declining in shops, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has reported.

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo has launched a press and Facebook campaign based around the legend of the “devil’s cellar”, which is what the brand’s name means.

Brand Phoenix’s Etienne Dumont and First Cape brands will be the exclusive Champagne and wine sponsors of the Jubilee Family Festival which takes place in Hyde Park on June 2-3.

Lower-alcohol wine sales will grow but will never be a huge slice of the wine market, Wine Intelligence has predicted.

Champagne Jacquart is launching a cooler bag for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the picnic season.

OLN's Tim Atkin MW has won one of Wine Intelligence's 10 for 10 Business Awards.

Around 95% of human beings' decision-making process is done subconsciously, according to Wine Intelligence - and the wine trade needs to be aware of that in its marketing.

Patriarche Wine Agencies has revamped its Australian portfolio, bringing in boutique producers from Western Australia and New South Wales.