“It will probably never be as big as Sauvignon Blanc, but there’s lots of innovative styles in New Zealand rosé, and now is the time to grow its presence and get it on shelves”, says Chris Stroud, European market manager for trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers.
The global equity of wine brands has stabilised but has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, according to the 2022 Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index.
English wine producer Simpsons’ Wine Estate has planted its third vineyard, with the aim of expanding its still wine production.
Wine retailer Broadland Drinks has strengthened its partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) by establishing a new donation scheme that will see 5p go to WDC with every bottle sold from Broadland’s Waipapa Bay brand.
Wines of Ukraine has been invited to exhibit at the London Wine Fair (LWF) in June, marking the first time the country will be at the show. In light of the conflict in Ukraine, organisers are currently liaising with the generic body to create a special destination stand for the winery on the trade floor, free of charge.
Anglo-Italian wine brand, When in Rome, has announced the release of its paper bottles, which will be available from Ocado in May.
Austria's Neusiedlersee DAC has announced plans to champion the region and its red grape variety, Zweigelt, in the UK market.
The owners of Lambrini perry have announced a new campaign in partnership with actor and presenter Denise Van Outen, marking the brand’s first big activation since it was acquired by Accolade Wines in June 2021.
Dan Farrell-Wright launched online wine and spirits merchant Wickhams in November 2020 – the depth of the pandemic. The business has grown and will this year evolve to include in-person tastings with wine presenter Tom Surgey. Farrell-Wright tells Drinks Retailing how he got here.
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From rebounding Champagne exports to the growing popularity of relatively new kid rosé Prosecco, it turns out there’s a sparkling wine for pretty much every occasion – and every price point. According to trade organisation Comité Champagne, total shipments of Champagne in 2021 rose to 322 million bottles, an increase of 32% over 2020. Early indications from the Comité suggest the UK received an estimated 29 million of those bottles – up from 21.3 million in 2020 and 27.2 million in 2019.
Wine merchant Lay & Wheeler has announced a company-wide rebrand as it looks to the future of wine retailing. Since returning to private ownership in 2019, the business said it has invested in both its team and technology to modernise the retailing process for both its producers and customers. To reflect the rebrand, it has adopted a new tagline: ‘1854 onwards’.
Recent studies conducted by CGA and Nielsen found that wines closed with a natural cork attract a higher average price compared to those sealed with a screwcap. In both the on and off-trade, wine closed with a natural cork has undergone a higher value increase over the past four years.
Sales of Provence rosé were up 9% in 2021, driven by key European markets, including the UK.
Casillero del Diablo owner Viña Concha y Toro has hailed performance in the UK, which the company said “continues to be the most important market”.
French wine brand Calvet is launching a new promotional campaign on social media, which will include virtual cooking sessions hosted by a series of chefs. The campaign, titled Calvet Kitchen, aims to engage food and wine lovers on Facebook and Instagram.
The organisers of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) have moved to exclude Russian entries into the competition, amid Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Wine company Concha y Toro has launched a social media campaign to coincide with B Corp month in March. The ‘Pour a glass of positive impact’ campaign will feature on social feeds for Casillero del Diablo, Cono Sur and Trivento, reaching an estimated 5 million consumers.
US wine brand Apothic Red is due to launch its Smooth Sampling campaign across the UK in March. An advertising campaign will be running across Facebook and Instagram, with the brand offering 25,000 consumers a free 25cl sample bottle of Apothic Red wine.
Treasury Wine Estates’ wine brand, Wolf Blass, is due to launch a new campaign in collaboration with travel deals company, Secret Escapes. Titled ‘Why Settle When You Can Soar’, the campaign will begin in March, with the brand running a variety of in-store and digital events.
Off-Piste's Most Wanted Wines has launched its latest range, The Most Wanted Collective, in collaboration with five artists.
The trade organisation for wines from New Zealand has launched an online portal to provide the industry with educational resources and event information. The Trade Hub was rolled out in conjunction with New Zealand Wine Week, which includes seminars and masterclasses.
The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon (CIVR) has announced a three-year campaign to raise the profile of the region, as it looks to highlight its commitment to the UK market.
Staff absences, freight disruption and inflationary pressures caused by the Omicron variant as well as macroeconomic headwinds took the shine off Christmas for Virgin Wines.
The organisers of the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) have announced the masterclass line-up for the spring tastings.
Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club will be advertising on television this February as part of it’s Valentine’s Day campaign, Raise the Steaks. Designed to target foodies, the advert will run between ITV weekend cookery shows and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. It is estimated to reach 24.7 million viewers across the UK.
Wine has been on the back foot compared to beer when it comes to low- and no-alcohol. And the IWSR Vinexposium Report 2021 suggests that while non-alcoholic beer is set to grow ahead of its low-abv counterpart, the opposite is expected to be true for wine.
The value of South African wine exports to the UK increased by 20% in 2021 according to South African Wine Industry Information & Systems figures in the latest Wines of South Africa Export Report. Volumes in the UK rose 12%.
The Ribera del Duero wine DO is running the first Reach for Ribera promotion in 25 independent wine merchants in February.