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Majestic, Tanners and the Wine Society have been honoured at an awards ceremony for those in the UK who make an outstanding contribution to supporting Portuguese wine.

Laithwaites has bought a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, where founder Tony Laithwaite first began importing wine into the UK under the name Bordeaux Direct.

González Byass sales director Melissa Draycott and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have joined the ranks of the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

New look for Champagne Devaux

29 February, 2012

Champagne Devaux has repackaged its Classics range to bring its look into line with the premium Collection D portfolio.

Range revamp for Campo Viejo

28 February, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK is revamping the Campo Viejo range in a bid to raise awareness of the Tempranillo grape and the wines of Rioja.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope has pre-sold 24,000 bottles of unmade wine worth more than £280,000 in 24 hours after signing up with Naked Wines.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope, who recently resigned as chief winemaker of Craggy Range, will make an exclusive range of wines for Naked Wines in a £300,000 project.

Independent push for Portugal

22 February, 2012

Wines of Portugal is targeting independent wine merchants in a new push to enthuse the wine trade about the quality and diversity of Portuguese wines.

Gallo will launch Moscato wines under its Gallo Family Vineyards and Barefoot labels next month, the winery has announced.

Codorníu has extended its Anna de Codorníu range with Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Noirs, exclusive to independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

The agency which organised National Wine Month last year has called on the wine trade to ask if wants to continue the initiative this year.

The Wine Institute of California and Off Licence News are giving independents the chance to win a trip to the Golden State and an Enomatic wine sampling machine.

Low-alcohol boost for Tesco

02 February, 2012

Low-alcohol wine sales in Tesco grew 3.4% to 1.9 million bottles over Christmas 2011, from 1.8 million bottles the year before.

Cono Sur is offering independent wine merchants POS packs with its Sparkling Brut and Sparkling Rosé, in a bid to drive sales for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

New campaign for vinho verde

31 January, 2012

The body representing vinho verde has launched a major campaign in the UK in a bid to capitalise on growing demand for lighter styles of wine.

Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.

Cox upbeat on New Zealand

25 January, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe director David Cox remains bullish in the face of duty hikes, exchange rate pressures and early reports of a potentially small 2012 vintage, he has told OLN.

Pernod Ricard UK is set to launch a 18.7cl bottle of Brancott Estate.

Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.

The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.

Top two quit JS wine team

20 January, 2012

Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures. 

Brazil in fresh generic push

20 January, 2012

Wines from Brazil is increasing its presence in the UK to grow awareness as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates MW is leaving the retailer to join Off-Piste Wines as sourcing and supply director.

Paul Braydon has joined Guy Anderson Wines as national account manager.

New sparklers from Distell

17 January, 2012

Brand Phoenix and Distell have launched two new sparkling wines.

The Wine Society has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.

Bibendum is to launch 23 new wineries at its annual trade tasting next week.

Central Otago wine brand Wooing Tree has joined Seckford Agencies’ portfolio.

Exportiberia opens UK office

16 January, 2012

Regional Spanish wine specialist Exportiberia has opened a UK office.

Blue Nun has launched a low-alcohol range of wines at 5.5% abv.