Pernod Ricard aims to revitalise cognac

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Australian wine on trade-up mission

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

Discover Riesling and the other grapes of Germany at trade tasting

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila fans look for ‘sophisticated’ options

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

Carling Premier gets set for increased distribution

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

Bolney and Kew join forces to launch English sparkling range

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posts 3% sales growth for third quarter

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

Tristan Stephenson gives his verdict on the off-trade after joining Lidl

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

Licensing Act changes would offer "no benefit" to retailers

A recommendation by a Lords Committee to abolish local authority licensing committees brings no obvious benefit for “real people on the ground”, according to an expert in licensing law.

Cider producer in challenge to anti-alcohol lobby

A leading cider producer has challenged the anti-alcohol lobby over the unsubstantiated claims it has been making about white cider in the national media.

Lanchester Wines goes back to its roots

Lanchester Wines has bolstered its sales team in a bid to re-establish itself as a quality supplier and target numerous trade channels with “boutique bulk” wine.

Buckingham Schenk strengthens Spanish operations

Buckingham Schenk has announced it is strengthening its Spanish operations with the aquisition of a new winery.

Burgundy winemakers invest in hi-tech 'shield' for hail protection

Vineyards in Burgundy are set to become the first in France to be covered by a hi-tech 'hailstone shield'.
Over the next few weeks the entire Burgundy wine region will be sheltered by a network of 125 generators, according to the latest reports.

Distillery numbers up 135% since 2010 in UK

The amount of distilleries registered in the UK grew by 17% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. This brings the total number of distilleries in the UK to an estimated number of 273.

English wine: 2017 is record year for vine planting

One million vines will be planted in the UK this year; the largest number ever planted in a single year in the UK.

Oxford Landing immortalises vineyard manager with Marty's Block tier

Australian winery Oxford Landing has launched a premium tier called Marty’s Block to honour the estate’s long-serving vineyard manager.

Oxford Landing targets £6-10 bracket with latest NPD

Oxford Landing Estates has introduced its first piece of NPD since it arrived in the UK in 1989.

Ciroc gets first limited-edition variant

Diageo Reserve has introduced the first limited-edition expression for its ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc.

Spanish wine tipped for UK revival

Spanish wine sales can return to growth in the next year thanks to its diversity and ability to compete at both ends of the market, according to a leading importer.

Tails Cocktails creates 50cl Tesco exclusives

Tails Cocktails has made its range of pre-mixed cocktails available in a 50cl bottle format, exclusively for Tesco.

Wines of Georgia reveals plans for UK

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has launched a “major” 2017 UK trade campaign to build on record exports to the UK in 2016.

Diageo swaps multi-buy offer with price-marking for RTDs

Diageo has relaunched its RTD range with six new price-marked packs.

Meantime launches its top beers in 33cl cans

Meantime has added a new range of 33cl cans to its core portfolio of beers, as a result of customer demand.

Morrisons wine buying manager heads to top on-trade role

Morrisons' wine buying manager Andrew Ingham is leaving the retailer to take over as category manager for wine at Greene King.

Dom Perignon gears up for new P2 launch

Dom Perignon is to launch Dom Perignon P2-2000, three years after its last P2 release, P2-1998.

Nicolas Feuillatte launches limited edition for John Lewis

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a new limited edition floral sleeve at John Lewis for its Brut Reserve Champagne.

Portugal pulls in Millennial wine fans

Portugal is outperforming other countries in the mid-range price bracket, with the younger generation – and females in particular – driving growth, according to an industry expert.

Majestic Wine own-label range gets consumer seal of approval

Majestic ran a blind tasting exercise with 1,100 shoppers and found that 66% preferred its new Majestic Loves range to supermarket wines of a similar price.

Scrap local authority licensing, Lords Committee recommends

The Licensing Act 2003 is “fundamentally flawed” and “needs a major overhaul” according to a new report from the Lords Committee.

Sogrape buys minority stake in Liberty

Sogrape has strengthened its bond with UK distributor Liberty Wines by purchasing a minority stake in the business.

New look for Darnley’s gin

Darnley’s View gin has announced a raft of changes in advance of plans for ambitious growth in 2017.

Halewood investment boosts City of London Distillery

Halewood Wines & Spirits has made a strategic investment in The City of London Distillery, enabling the microdistillery to further capitalise on the gin renaissance by gaining new routes to market.

Chapel Down sparkles at The Boat Race

Oxford battled to victory over bitter rivals Cambridge in the Boat Race yesterday and the winners celebrated by spraying jeroboams of Chapel Down all over each other.

Catalan beers join Morgenrot

Barcelona artisan brewery Cerveses La Pirata has joined UK importer Morgenrot’s stable of Spanish craft beers following its launch at the recent Craft Beer Rising.

Jack Daniel's adds to its premix range

Jack Daniel’s has introduced its first cocktail to its premix range, offering its off-trade customers the opportunity to enjoy a serve which is already established and popular in the on-trade.

Copper Rivet expands spirits portfolio

Copper Rivet has started production of Kent’s first single malt whisky, which will eventually join its recently launched gin and vodka.

London Wine Fair prepares for English wine interest

English wine looks set to be one of the most visited categories at this year’s London Wine Fair, according to visitor registration research conducted by the fair’s organisers.

Merrydown introduces 'lighter' variant

Merrydown Cider has revealed plans to introduce a lighter, lower strength, lower-calorie Crisp Apple Cider, alongside the re-launch of its bestselling variant.

Cointreau reveals Blood Orange variant

The Cointreau family has been joined by a new “remarkable edition”.

The Cheap Wine Show targets UK buyers

A new trade fair aimed at helping retail buyers source the best wines to sell at discount prices will make its debut in the autumn.

Tesco named brand most associated with Brexit after Heineken spat

Tesco has been named the brand most associated with Brexit in the wake of a feud with Heineken that saw the supermarket delist 22 of its SKUs.

Brexit: UK and European wine trade bodies unite in fight for free flow of trade

With Article 50 set to be triggered this week, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for a "close working relationship with both government and our European neighbours", as the UK starts to negotiate its exit from the EU.

Les Dauphins ventures into sparkling wine territory

Les Dauphins is adding its first sparkling wine to its line-up of wines from the Rhône region of France.

Berry Bros announces release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the international release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum. The release represents the first VSOP bottling from the Medine Distillery in Mauritius as part of the Indian Rum Company joint venture between Berry Bros and the Medine Distillery.

Kopparberg Raspberry Light cans launched

Kopparberg has extended its range with the launch of a canned Raspberry Light variant, which has already gained listings at Tesco and Asda.

Molson Coors introduces Singha in cans

Singha Beer is now available in cans, with the launch timed to coordinate with Thai New Year festivities.

Black Sheep adds cans to its craft range

Black Sheep Brewery has extended its craft beer line up into cans for the first time.

Brexit red tape could turn Britain into a lorry park

Brexit red tape could bring customs to a standstill, according to The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and the trade body has warned that “delays and gridlocks” at UK ports will encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers.

Richard Hemming MW and pop superstar Pink: an unlikely friendship

The first episode of wine podcast A Glass With featured pop superstar Pink, and producer Richard Hemming MW has revealed they became friends after she followed him on Twitter.

Tesco adds Old World wine collection under its Finest label

Tesco plans to introduce a selection of premium Old-World wines under its Finest brand.