The UK wine industry is one of the country’s fastest growing agricultural sectors and three million vines have already been planted this year, which is nearly double that of 2018.
Brancott Estate is tapping into the trends for vegan and organic wines with the launch of a new collection.
The English wine industry should proceed with caution when it comes to segmenting regions by quality or creating a Protected Designation of Origin for each county, according to producers.
The English wine industry is ramping up its attempts to secure Bacchus as its “poster grape variety” with the news that Chapel Down has released its first Sparkling Bacchus while Plumpton College and Vagabond Wines have teamed up to showcase the grape at this year’s London Wine Fair.
A number of investors are reported to be interested in buying the Majestic Wines’ 200-strong retail estate, following the announcement in March that the company plans to change its corporate name to Naked Wines with increased focus on its online business.
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Barefoot has launched its most popular white and rose varietals in a can format.
Loire Valley Wines is launching a new consumer marketing campaign for the UK.
Asda is about to stock an orange wine, just months after Aldi announced it taken on its first orange variant.
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) will launch a South African Wine Festival in the UK from September 1 to 7 2019.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is launching Wine Education Week as part of its 50th anniversary campaign.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced it is taking on a new board member.
The Zuccardi family from Mendoza, Argentina, has appointed Hatch Mansfield as its exclusive UK agent for Bodega Zuccardo Valle de Uco.
Quinta do Portal has a new summer promotion as part of its strategy of focusing on the UK independent trade.
Chris Porter is to step down from the role of chief executive of drinks industry charity, The Benevolent.
The creator of Skinny Prosecco is launching an organic, vegan alcohol-free sparkling wine, which is being pitched as a first for the UK.
The London Wine Fair has joined forces with The Wine Gang to launch an “Extreme Tasting Challenge” at this year’s show.
The Madeira Wine Institute’s tasting and education event is returning to London this June after a two-year break.
Waitrose is set to list the UK’s first canned English sparkling wine as well as an English orange wine, as it continues to seek out key emerging trends in drinks.
Accolade Wines is unveiling a new marketing campaign for its New Zealand wine brand Mud House.
Lindeman’s is extending into the low/ no alcohol category with a 0.5% abv range and it has partnered with the Mindful Drinking group Club Soda.
Emma Symington MW has been appointed as education development manager EMEA at Wine Australia.
The wine industry should learn from the “extraordinary innovation and growth” in beer and spirits, according to the managing director of Chapel Down, Mark Harvey.
Albourne Estate in Sussex claims to have launched “England’s first Frizzante”, as a result of last summer’s bumper harvest.
London urban winery Blackbook Winery claims its is releasing “the first London-grown London-made wine since Roman times”.
Campo Viejo is the latest producer to tap into the UK's love of Provence-style rosé wines.
New Zealand Winegrowers, Loire Valley and Centre Loire Wines joined forces for a joint celebration of the myriad wonders of Sauvignon Blanc today.
Berkmann Wine Cellars is ready to bring Greek fine wines over to the UK following a new exclusive partnership with T-OINOS.
Wine needs to boost its credentials as a refreshing beverage if it is to flourish going forward, according to Treasury Wine Estates.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has earned the wrath of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association after accusing companies that haven’t prepared for a no deal Brexit of an “ostrich in the sand” approach.
Speaking at Treasury questions in the House of Commons today, Hammond said: “Despite government’s attempts to engage with business there are still far too many businesses who have adopted the famous approach of the ostrich in the sand in relation to this eventuality and they are not taking precautionary actions to prepare for the possibility of a no deal exit.”
WSTA chief executive Miles Beale described the Chancellor’s remarks as “downright insulting”.
He said: “The government is pointing the finger at everyone but itself.
“Blaming businesses for not preparing is downright insulting, especially when they are expected to spend time and money with no clarity or confidence in the outcome.
“With just three days to go before the UK could be forced to leave the EU without a deal, many of our questions to government are still met with ‘we don’t know’ and new advice on how to manage a no-deal Brexit is too little, too late.
“Civil servants are listening and working hard to try and advise businesses, but government has led us to a cliff edge without a parachute.
“After well over a year of patience, businesses deserve a clear roadmap to plan for the future trading landscape.”
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