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Majestic Wine has reported early signs that its new 2020 wine ranges have been a hit, despite its customers being in lockdown, and it says each of the revamped categories is recording year-on-year growth.

Wachau has become Austria’s newest and 15th DAC winegrowing region.

Bordeaux wine group, Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), has earmarked the UK as one of seven key markets for its 2020 promotional activity, which includes a strategy to attract new and younger drinkers.

Aldi is seeking consumers to apply to its Aldi Wine Club as wine reviewers. 

Accolade Wines has confirmed its managing director for Europe, Ade McKeon, is stepping down after three years with the company.

A new wine company, which has secured an investment from former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, has teamed up with Origin Wines to launch a canned wine brand into Tesco stores this month.

The Wine Society is adding to its unique en primeur initiative with its first Australian en primeur.

WineGB has repositioned its marketing activities to support the industry through the coronavirus crisis, with many businesses having been hit by closure of cellar door sales and supply to the hospitality industry.

James Reed has been appointed as buying manager for wine at Tesco.

Villa Maria is inviting consumers across the global to watch the feature-length documentary Vintage as a celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 1st.

South Africa has been told that wine exports can now continue.

Help 4 Hospitality has set a £250,000 fundraising target by August 1, 2020, to provide financial support to the hospitality sector.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Comité Champagne has launched an official online learning course for those in the drinks trade.

To celebrate Earth Day Lebanese winery Ixsir is marking the full fruition of a 10-year plant regeneration project.

The Wine Society is launching “the world’s first Austrian en primeur offer” with two white wines from the historic Schloss Gobelsburg. 

The five-week lockdown ban on wine exports could cost the South African wine industry one billion Rand (£43 million), while the damage to reputation and consistent supply, as well as future market opportunities could be “astronomical”, according to Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

Fine wine and spirits company Biggar and Leith has launched The Hotel Starlino range of Vermouths and Aperitivos. 

The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) has said wine producers in countries across Europe are reporting serious logistics challenges and a decline in sales, alongside reports that European vineyards are “drowning in surplus wine”.

South Africa is no longer allowing the export of wine while in Covid-19 lockdown, a move which is reported to be due to the fear of alcohol piracy. 

Waitrose has announced it will continue to assess its existing BWS packaging while also seeking out packaging innovations as part of its efforts to become the “leading sustainable retailer in the UK”.

Tim Atkin MW has launched his inaugural Uruguay Special Report, focusing on 146 wines, which he scored 90 points or higher.

Armit Wines has launched a series of virtual tastings themed around escapism and relaxation, with the aim of allowing wine lovers to learn during lockdown.

Majestic has unveiled a number of new wines including “interesting parcels at the lower-premium end” as well as “brilliant wines lost to the range over recent years”, which the company has now brought back in. 

When in Rome has joined forces with Phillip Schofield to launch two new boxed wines, which will be launched exclusively in Waitrose stores and Waitrose Cellar. 

Lanchester Wines has launched a new service to support independent wine merchants.

Freixenet Copestick has said its online wine retailer Slurp has taken on a new warehouse and more staff to deal with the continued increase in demand, while alongside this the wine producer is rolling out a number of new products for the off-trade.