Full of southern promise

15 February, 2013

Alentejo has much to boast about. It is home to Portugalís biggest selling brand, Herdade do Espor„o (according to sales director Nicolas Giannone), it†commands the biggest share of the domestic market and highest average retail price (Ä3.88) of any Portuguese region (Nielsen, year to July 31, 2010) and major UK players Sogrape, Jo„o Portugal Ramos and Herdade do Espor„o confirm sales here are growing.

Itís easy to see social media as a form of free advertising, a way for brand owners and retailers to broadcast their good points to the world without having to pay a middle man in the form

A clearer picture is emerging of the governmentís attitude to minimum pricing. And what is clear is that ministers are confused. To mask that confusion they hide behind the forthcoming consultation on the process which will include deciding whether to do it all.

The anarchic brand of alcoholic lemonade credited with kick-starting the UKís £630 million RTD industry is back on the market after a nine-year absence.†

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle Ė which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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