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Combined sales of sparkling wine and Champagne have reached a record high in 2018, with almost £2.2 billion worth of fizz sold, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Barefoot has leapfrogged Echo Falls, Blossom Hill and McGuigan to become the second most popular wine brand in the UK off-trade.

E&J Gallo Winery has reported “a successful 2018”, with strong sales driven by wine brands within its premium portfolio.

Retailers have been urged not to clear their shelves of rosé this Christmas after Nielsen data revealed a 60% sales spike for the category in December 2017.

New Zealand has emerged as the only major wine producing nation to enjoy volume sales growth in the UK off-trade, according to Nielsen data.

The trade body for the wines of the Soave region has revealed plans to launch a campaign next year in the UK to highlight the “great quality, character and value of contemporary Soave”.

Naked Wines’ first crowdfunded English sparkling wine has been launched this week.

A group of wine producers and students gathered at the WSET’s London offices this month to learn from the team behind the successful I Heart brand.

Organic wine will account for 9% of the UK’s total still wine consumption by 2022 - up from 5% currently - according to IWSR data.

Chapel Down is importing three of its favourite red wines from across Europe and selling them via its website, its cellar door and a pop-up store in Bluewater.

Tenuta Luce, the Montalcino-based wine estate which sits within the Frescobaldi family of wines, has revealed plans to increase its focus on the UK market in 2019.

The Languedoc Rousillon region provides British buyers with a golden opportunity to start making money from the wine business, a leading producer has declared.

The CIVL generic body representing the Languedoc Rousillon region has become the first French interprofession to appoint a female president.

The Bordeaux region is confident in its ability to maintain surging UK sales growth after enjoying a strong 2018 vintage. 

Marchese Lodovico Antinori has added a rosé to his portfolio of wines at Alta Maremma estate.

Two of the UK’s best-performing wine suppliers will officially merge on January 1 to create a new company called Freixenet-Copestick.

Bottles of B by Black Tower White will soon sport new neck collars, offering consumers a chance to win a luxury weekend for two.

Champagne Billecart-Salmon has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.

Majestic Wine has signed a four-year deal as the official wine merchant of English rugby union and its home stadium at Twickenham.

Six of the 14 new Masters of Wine who were officially welcomed to The Institute of Masters of Wine this week are based in the UK.

Hattingley Valley Wines is ready to welcome applications to take on its second winemaking apprentice, following the successful completion of the scheme by its first candidate; meanwhile the company is also celebrating a major US listing for its wine.

A wine bar and shop specialising in sparkling wines has opened in London’s Covent Garden district.

World wine production rallied in 2018 after the dismal grapes harvests of 2017 to reach its highest level since 2000.

Chef Marcus Wareing and Champagne Gosset have joined forces to create a new Champagne. 

Romanian wine producer Cramele Recas has launched a premium range called Solevari.

Online drinks retailer 31 Dover has launched a wine subscription service called Clara Wine.

Hardys and Echo Falls wine supplier Accolade Wines has appointed Lydia Freeman as marketing manager.

Kingsland Drinks has added a 1.5-litre Malbec pouch to its Shorn On Tour wine range.

Bancroft Wines has bolstered its portfolio with 167-year-old Barossa Valley producer Seppeltsfield and it will relaunch the wines into the UK market this month.

Champagne Castelnau is adding an Extra Brut to its range to meet increased demand for the ultra-dry style among British consumers.