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Pernod Ricard’s wine business, which includes New Zealand wine brands Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh, has announced it will be unable to meet global Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply this year after one of the smallest New Zealand harvests in 10 years.

Most Wanted Wines grew 65% in value in the year to February 26, 2021, making it the fifth fastest growing top 50 still wine brand in the UK, according to Nielsen data.

Heineken is reported to be in talks to acquire South African drinks group Distell, in a move that would add wine and spirits to the brewer’s repertoire.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) is encouraging the trade to get behind this year’s English Wine Week, which will take place from June 19 to 27 and Welsh Wine Week, taking place earlier in the month, June 4 to 13.

Aber Falls Distillery in Abergwyngregyn, Wales, has today launched its first 100% Welsh single malt whisky.

“The UK remains an attractive and diverse marketplace but it is very different from a year ago,” according to Miles Beale, chief executive of Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Babylonstoren from South Africa’s Cape Winelands, has released its exclusive Mourvèdre Rosé direct from its 2021 vintage.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has expanded its French portfolio with 29 new wines from 12 producers from across eight wine-producing regions.

Drinks retailers need to “recognise their obligations to describe products correctly”, according to The Gin Guild, as it continues its campaign to challenge “deliberately misleading” labelling of drinks which are wrongly called gin. 

Premium spirits company, Edrington, is relaunching its Naked brand with a new identity.

Heineken UK has announced the appointment of Jonathan Ford as off-trade director.

Heineken, the official partner of the UEFA Euro 2020, has launched its latest limited-edition range of bottles.

Three craft breweries have joined forces to create a new, ethically-focused partnership and have started by launching a mixed beer case in aid of good causes.

Amathus Drinks has announced “significant expansion” of its agency portfolio of Italian wineries.

Plumpton Wine Division is set to further invest in its WineSkills Programme by diversifying the range of short courses offered, as the demand for wine industry skills and development continues to rise.

Portobello Road Distillery has expanded its core collection with the launch of a new Savoury Gin, combining “British craftsmanship with the flavours of the Mediterranean”. 

Hooch is extending out of RTDs with the launch of three flavoured spirits.

DrinkWell, the specialist retailer of low calorie alcoholic drinks, has launched its own IPA to spearhead its lower calorie and carbs beer portfolio.

The 2021 London Wine Fair will host more than 30 online sessions over three days, including industry briefings, panel discussions and tasting masterclasses.

Majestic Wine has finished rebranding over 20 of its stores to bring them in-line with the company’s new direction. The move affects 10% of its nationwide estate and is part of a wider strategy based around improving its physical presence, as the UK emerges from lockdown. 

Nuet, described as “the world's first premium aquavit”, has announced the launch of its Dry Aquavit in the UK, following its overwhelming success in the Norwegian market. 

Taylor’s Port has announced the launch of Taylor’s Chip Dry & Tonic, which it claims is the first RTD white Port & Tonic in a can.

Chase Distillery has introduced a new flavoured variant to its English Countryside collection.

The Old Curiosity Distillery has been renamed the Secret Garden Distillery and its gins will be known as Secret Garden Gin. The producer has also appointed Andréde Almeida as its new managing director.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the release of the Bushmills Original Cask Finish range, a new series that “delivers a fresh perspective” on the iconic Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey.

Fine wine merchant Latimer Vintners has appointed ex-sommelier Caroline Brangé to head up its on and off trade sales, working closely with London’s hospitality establishments as they now re-open their doors.

Corney & Barrow wine merchants has partnered with TV presenter and author Oz Clarke OBE to host a virtual tasting in a bid to raise funds for ‘Hospitality Action’, a leading charity supporting the hospitality sector.

Tennent’s Lager is gearing up for a huge Summer of Football with the launch of its latest on-pack promotion next month.

Maison Villevert – the creator of brands such as G’Vine Floraison, June Gin and La Quintinye Vermouth Royale – has made a “substantial investment” in spirits distributor Paragon Brands, making the French distillery the majority shareholder.

The English Spirit Distillery is opening its new distillery at Treguddick Manor, near Launceston, Cornwall.