The Spanish wine category enjoyed the most impressive growth figures in the take-home market over the past year as it continues to close in on the UK’s top four countries of origin.

Christian Porta (left) and Richard Lochhead

Pernod Ricard has reopened its Glen Keith distillery on Speyside.

Bancroft has taken on a new winery that produces premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling from New Zealand’s Central Otago.

Stowford Press is making its TV debut this summer with in an ad campaign designed to reach 28 million adults. 

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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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