Just before Christmas a single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 became the most expensive Australian wine ever sold at auction, fetching a cool £44,000. It is interesting to note that the iconic Penfolds brand, beloved of fabulously rich oenophiles, sits in a portfolio alongside Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, the UK’s bestselling rosé. Boosting sales of both brands, positioned at diametrically opposing ends of the market, is the challenge facing Michelle Brampton, who has just taken over from Tom King as managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates.
Brexit is “the most stupid idea” in British history and “a catastrophe for the country”, according to Austrian Wine Marketing Board head Willi Klinger.
Broadland Wineries is creating a sister company called Live Kindly Drinks, which will focus on alcohol-free drinks “with social benefits”.
Enotria & Coe has increased its stockholding and hedged further ahead currency-wise “to prepare for whatever form of Brexit the country takes,” according to chief operating officer, Jon Pepper MW.
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced its first-half 2019 results with net sales increasing by "the largest organic growth rate in the company’s history".
The nation's love of pink drinks is driving sales of gin, rosé and ”instagrammable” cocktail liqueurs, according to the latest stats from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Fields, Morris & Verdin has added family-owned Napa Valley producer Rudd Estate to its agency portfolio.
Vegan wines and a focus on organic and sustainable winemaking will be highlighted at this year’s Wines from Spain annual tasting event.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) have joined forces to celebrate their 50th anniversaries.
Award-winning drinks design agency BD Creative has been renamed as Barlow & Co as it celebrates its 21st birthday. Abigail Barlow set up the firm back in 1998 and it has since worked with leading retailers including Asda and Spar, large global brands such as McGuigan and boutique producers like Jenkyn Place in Hampshire. We caught up with Barlow to find out her reflections on the past 21 years, her vision for the future and her advice for retailers bidding to create an exciting and visibly appealing wine range.
Berkmann Wine Cellars is to become the exclusive UK agent for Italian producer Umani Ronchi.
Bancroft Wines is adding the Barossa Valley winery Glaetzer to its growing portfolio of Australian producers.
Famille Helfrich is to launch a new Calvet wine range created specifically for independent wine shops and on-trade operators.
Bancroft Wines is now the official UK agent for Chateau de Berne.
Berkmann Wine Cellars has expanded its premium rosé offering with Château Minuty.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is warning consumers to brace themselves for a hike in wine prices as the Chancellor’s wine tax kicks in today.
The amount of wine produced in Britain shot up by 160% in 2018 as the country bathed in glorious summer weather.
The UK has signed a trade deal with Chile to ensure continuity between the two countries once Brexit finally takes place.
Justerini & Brooks has added Bierzo producer Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez to its wine portfolio.
Italian grape varieties are helping Australia to drive sales at the premium end in the UK off-trade.
Malux Hungarian Wine & Spirits is introducing Peter Vida’s wines to its portfolio. The wines will be officially launched to the trade at its trade tasting event on February 4 in London.
Wine suppliers that do not exhibit at the London Wine Fair will now be charged £60 a day if they wish to attend.
Cruz de Alba has joined its sister wineries at Enotria & Coe, with a trio of wines now available to UK independents and the on-trade.
Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham has secured a listing at Waitrose for his eponymous wine range.
Concha y Toro grew off-trade sales by 18.3% in the 12 weeks to January 5, 2019, to cap a strong year for the South American wine supplier.
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.
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