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Family-owned Bollinger Group, owner of Champagne Bollinger, has bought Sancerre estate Hubert Brochard.

Fine wine and spirits retailer Berry Bros & Rudd has lined up a second series for its Drinking Well podcast.

The world of rosé is vast – and while consistency and young vintages suit some styles, there’s a case for flexibility elsewhere, finds Lucy Britner

As the trade prepares for English Wine Week (June 18 - 26), trade organisation WineGB has released its latest figures, which show a 69% sales rise for English and Welsh wines since 2019. 15% of sales were made by independent retailers, while winery websites accounted for 22% of sales. 

Octavian has launched a new customer portal which will be rolled out to private clients and a handful of merchants.

The trade organisation for the New Zealand wine industry has reported a 43.8% increase in grapes for the 2022 harvest, as producers look to rebuild stocks and sales.

Wines grown and made in Sussex have been awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.

The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has shared its road map to sustainable development as it looks to its next classification in 2025.

Tim Atkin MW has highlighted the continued improvement of Argentina’s white wines, saying they “now rank among the New World’s very best”.

The regulatory organisation for DO Cava has launched its latest campaign following a 17.33% increase in global sales between 2020 and 2021. The UK was the fourth largest international export market for Cava in the period.

The chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has praised the resilience of the wine industry, though he also warned there are more challenges to come.  

Last July, Treasury Wine Estates’ Tony Watson switched from commercial director for UK & Ireland to be the EMEA general manager at the new Premium Brands division. Almost a year into the job, Watson tells Lucy Britner about taking 19 Crimes beyond wine, a non-alcoholic Wolf Blass and TWE’s financial commitments to sustainability.

Vineyards with mountains in the background

French wine group Les Grands Chais de France (GCF) has made its first acquisition outside of Europe as it continues its international expansion.

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Trade organisations for the wine industry in South Africa have said the 2022 grape crop is down on the previous year.

Online wine retailer Naked Wines has announced the release of its first ever TV advert.

London Wine Fair has shared its Wine Writers Edit ahead of its 40th live show on June 7 - 9. 

What started with Beaujolais Nouveau has developed into a marketing must-have for almost every grape, country and region: your own day, week or month. 

a row of four wine bottles

Earlier this month, Drinks Retailing caught up with Sogevinus CEO Sergio Marly Caminal and international business manager João Tamagnini Belo at Prowein. The company’s flagship Kopke port is the main focus for the producer, with a 50-year-old Tawny and 50-year-old White Port being unveiled at the show. But elsewhere, Sogevinus has big plans for tourism and still wine

people at a wine tasting

The trade organisation for Australian wine has said 29 wineries will be present in the UK for London Wine Fair (LWF) next month.

Wine and spirits events organiser Vinexposium has announced a series of debates around sustainability, as part of Bordeaux Wine Week next month.

Wine retailer Majestic is expecting record sales of sparkling wine, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, while data specialist Kantar predicts supermarket sales increases across several categories.

Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has taken up the role of co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for wine and spirits, following the group’s recent AGM.

Cult Wines has introduced a new trading platform for buying, selling and investing in wine with secure blockchain technology to prove the authenticity of the products. 

Two glasses of rose wine on a table

“It will probably never be as big as Sauvignon Blanc, but there’s lots of innovative styles in New Zealand rosé, and now is the time to grow its presence and get it on shelves”, says  Chris Stroud, European market manager for trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers. 

The global equity of wine brands has stabilised but has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, according to the 2022 Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index.

English wine producer Simpsons’ Wine Estate has planted its third vineyard, with the aim of expanding its still wine production.

Waipapa Bay wine whale dolphin conservation

Wine retailer Broadland Drinks has strengthened its partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) by establishing a new donation scheme that will see 5p go to WDC with every bottle sold from Broadland’s Waipapa Bay brand. 

London Wine Fair 2019 stand

Wines of Ukraine has been invited to exhibit at the London Wine Fair (LWF) in June, marking the first time the country will be at the show. In light of the conflict in Ukraine, organisers are currently liaising with the generic body to create a special destination stand for the winery on the trade floor, free of charge. 

Waitrose wine tasting event

Waitrose has announced the re-launch of its Wine Tasting at Home experience after offering a virtual service for two years in line with social distancing regulations.