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Accolade Wines Europe has announced its core branded portfolio - including Hardys, Mudhouse, Jam Shed, Banrock Station, Echo Falls and Kumala - has been certified carbon neutral.  Accolade’s ambition is to complete 100% portfolio neutrality by the end of 2020.

Casella Family Brands Europe (CFBE) is launching new wines to tap into booming sales in the UK's off-trade channels.

This year saw the earliest Champagne harvest in the drink’s history.

Brigitte Bordeaux Wines was the off-trade winner of Wines of Germany’s 31 Days of German Riesling campaign, which ran through July this year.

Royal Slope is the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington.

Journey’s End has launched a new range of six wines with Augmented Reality labels.

De Bortoli Wines has launched a range of three sustainably produced wines under the new label, 17 Trees. 

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) predicts “strong positive growth in sales” for English and Welsh wines, and its contribution to the economy through employment and tourism, according to its latest industry survey.

A new urban winery has opened in Cambridge.

The final region Majestic Wine is focusing on for the Autumn phase of its 2020 range review is Spain.

Bancroft Wines is the latest in a raft of importers and distributors to take on a producer from Field, Morris & Verdin’s (FMVs) increasingly depleted portfolio.

Majestic Wine is introducing a raft of wines this Autumn, as part of its 2020 range review. To find out more DRN caught up with wine buyer Nadia Williamson, who has worked on enhancing the retailer’s South Africa, Italy and Beaujolais ranges.

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Lucy Bearman to the newly-created position of wine portfolio director.

Concha y Toro has launched two new Argentinian wines from Trivento and a third from Cono Sur in Chile.

The hit podcast “A Glass With..” will return for an eighth series this autumn, in partnership with specialist wine retailer Majestic Wine.

Ormarine, the producer of AOP Picpoul de Pinet in France, is launching its first-ever UK consumer PR campaign this month to position Ormarine as “the go-to Picpoul de Pinet brand for wine drinkers”.

Working in partnership with Languedoc giant, Maison Jeanjean since 1985, Ormarine is now one of the best and largest cooperatives in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Its vineyards cover 580 hectares - or 42% of the total area under vine - in the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, southern France’s largest white wine region.

Wines of Germany has launched a new campaign offering financial support to smaller and medium-size retailers in the UK for the promotion of German wines to consumers.

New Zealand producer te Pā Family Vineyards has secured its first major UK listing with the launch of two of its wines into Tesco stores.

Accolade Wines has unveiled a new “Taste the Adventure” marketing campaign for its Mud House brand, as part of its bid to increase its share of the New Zealand wine market.

Plumpton College is set to launch a new retraining programme, which it says has been created “in response to the economic impact felt because of Covid-19 and with Brexit on the horizon”.

Concha y Toro UK has launched a new wine from Argentina’s Trivento brand.

Naked Wines is launching a one-off fundraising campaign from tomorrow (Thursday August 13) to raise £225,220 for South African winemakers affected by one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.

The initiative forms part of the company’s efforts to support winemakers affected by the global impact of Covid-19, including its recently announced $5 million Covid-19 Support Fund, which helps winemakers affected by the temporary closure of bars and restaurants due to Covid-19.

The South Africa’s wine industry has already seen huge job losses, and tens of thousands more jobs are reportedly at stake. It is estimated that the wine industry alone has already suffered direct losses of £142 million already (VinPro data).

On Thursday, Naked Wines is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support struggling winemakers affected by the strict lockdown measures in South Africa. They have chosen six “talented and deserving” winemakers to support. These are:

• Arco Laarman, a 17-year winemaker of Glen Carlou
• Carsten Migliarina, former Sommelier at London’s Le Pont de la Tour turned boutique winemaker, making small-scale, top-quality wines in the Western Cape
• Cerina van Niekerk, a talented female winemaker working with rare bush vines on South Africa’s West Coast
• Lourens van der Westhuizen, a fifth-generation winemaker from a small, family-run winery, specialising in single vineyard wines
• Rudi Schulz, said to be one of South Africa’s hottest up-and coming winemaking talents
• Richard Kershaw, former Chief Winemaker at Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch, who has been making exclusive wines for Naked’s Angel customers for the past nine years

The pre-orders from Naked Wines customers will allow these winemakers to reinvest directly in next year’s wine production with confidence, rather than spend time and money selling their unsold wine.

In return for their support, customers will save 26% on 12 bottles from a group of talented South African artisans. The 12 bottles comprise:
One Focal Point Chardonnay 2018 and one Focal Point Chenin Blanc 2019 from Arco Laarman; two Arendsig Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blok A9 2018 from Lourens van der Westhuizen; two Parquet Stellenbosch Red 2019 from Carsten Migliarina; one The Smugglers Boot Pinot Noir 2017 from Richard Kershaw; one Cecilia Shiraz 2019 and one Windband Pastiche Rose 2020 from Cerina van Niekerk; and three North Beach Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from Rudi Schultz.

This rescue deal is the sixth to come out of Naked’s $5 million Covid Support Fund, and the second to support South African winemakers. In July, 1,800 Angels raised £124,938 to help winemaker Reenen Borman from the Boschkloof estate, on the edge of Stellenbosch.

To date, more than 11,000 Naked Wines customers in the UK have raised almost £1 million to help 31 winemakers impacted by Covid-19 around the world.

The deal will go live on Thursday 13th August here: www.nakedwines.com/marketplace

Arco Laarman, Winemaker, says: “It is just astounding to hear and see the impact that Covid had on so many people and their livelihood. I am only one small business owner from South Africa, and this had a devastating effect on my family. But thanks to you guys, we got a second chance this year, and things are looking much more promising now. As a result of your help, I can continue living my dream of making wines and supporting my family through this! Thank you!”

Eamon FitzGerald, Global Wine Director, added “I’ve heard from countless winemakers about their struggles following the domestic alcohol ban in South Africa. Given our unique platform and passionate customer base, it feels right to launch this initiative to help the South African wine industry. The best way we can support them is by buying and drinking their wines. In return for their support, our customers will get a great deal on a case of South African hidden gem wines from six talented winemakers.”

Take-home alcohol sales accelerated again in late July to the levels seen just before the on-trade reopened, with Champagne and sparkling wine outperforming the rest of BWS for the first time since lockdown began.

Accolade Wines is backing its Mud House New Zealand wine brand with a new ad campaign.

Spar is bringing its annual wine festival into stores in August across England, Scotland and Wales, offering “a huge variety of wines at sector-leading prices”.

This year, Spar said the focus of the festival will be on giving customers great value by offering a number of discounts on a wide selection of wine from leading brands to own label.

The Spar Wine Festival kicks off in participating stores on August 13 and will run until September 2, 2020.

There are 32 different wines included in the festival with 12 of those coming from Spar’s own label range.

Matthew Fowkes, Trading Manager for Wine at SPAR UK, said: “Our annual Wine Festival is a great opportunity for us to show shoppers the fantastic range of wine available in Spar stores.

“It is a great event for our stores, as it helps boost sales by encouraging shoppers to try wines at promotional prices.

“As a leading convenience retailer that sells excellent quality wines that represent value for money, a large selection of wine in this year’s festival will appeal to a wide customer base, allowing stores to showcase their extensive wine range to new and existing customers.”

A focus point of the event is the range of Spar own label wine on offer. New products such as the Orbis Organic range and Rios de los Andes Malbec Rosé will feature alongside the established Vine & Bloom and Perlezza wines.

Key brands at the heart of the festival include customer favourites Casillero del Diablo, Wolf Blass Yellow Label and, the increasingly popular, 19 Crimes wines.

All wines included in the Spar Wine Festival are on special offer and will be supported by in-store POS and communications across the Spar digital network.

Freixenet Copestick’s wine brand I Heart Wines is on track to hit global sales of 25 million bottles this year, and it is now the tenth largest wine brand in the UK, according to IRI data (June 14, 2020).

Treasury Wine Estates has introduced its first luxury e-commerce platform in the UK displaying its portfolio of key luxury wines from a collection of the global producers.

The Winery Collection is designed to raise the profile of premium wine brands, showcase insight and stories from Wine Makers and Brand Ambassadors, and provide “a convenient purchase journey for consumers”.

Jeroboams has been appointed agents for five family-owned boutique wineries, supporting its mission to add new world newcomers alongside classic and traditional wines. Four of the five are exclusive and new to the UK market.

Kingsland Drinks has been appointed as exclusive UK distributor for The Hidden Sea range, which is working with the ReSea project to protect the world’s oceans.

The Waitrose offer of a specially-curated case of South African wines at 25% off sold out within 24 hours.