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Uruguay’s winemakers target UK 'global shop window'

Published:  14 November, 2017

As an Atlantic-cooled nation of just 3.4 million people, Uruguay and its winemakers are keenly aware of the need to differentiate its wine offer from that of the country's major South American rivals, viewing the UK as an unrivalled platform to achieve that aim.

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Top Selection - Sales Manager

Published:  19 October, 2017

Established in 2000 and headquartered in London, Top Selection is a unique, innovative wine and spirits company dedicated to globally sourcing from passionate producers who are the driving forces of their respective regions. Purveyors of top quality, original and hard to find wines and spirits across the price spectrum, our clients include the finest restaurants, hotels and retailers, plus a select group of corporate and private clients.

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How the “crazy” state of Prosecco’s 23p price erosion could be about to change

Published:  17 October, 2017

The media last week widely reported that the average price for a bottle of Prosecco has fallen a further 23p over past year as competition drives down prices.

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Wanderlust e-merchant sets out to help wine-lovers “explore”

Published:  19 September, 2017

New online wine merchant, Wanderlust, is being launched with the aim of bringing as yet undiscovered artisanal wines from around the world to the UK.

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Championing Grower Champagnes

Published:  10 July, 2017

The Good Wine Shop’s second annual Grower Champagne Month this June saw a swathe events dedicated to celebrating these artisanal scale wines. Co-founder Derek Morrison explains why they do it, what it’s all about and how he is looking to grow this initiative for next year.

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Halewood secures £50m debt facility

Published:  10 March, 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits has secured a £50m debt facility from Royal Bank of Scotland as part of its strategy to develop a balanced portfolio of spirits.

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Bacardi CEO successor announced

Published:  07 March, 2017

Spirits giant Bacardi will have a new CEO by 2018.

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Heineken expands craft beer range

Published:  01 March, 2017

Heineken has expended its craft beer portfolio with two new brews.

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Jägermeister launches first super-premium product in eight decades

Published:  01 March, 2017

Jägermeister is aiming to move away from its shots-at-the-bar image by launching the first super-premium incarnation in the brand's 80-year history. 

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Fashion police at work at Berkmann's

Published:  22 February, 2017

No one wants the title of 'most unfashionable' wine region.

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Christmas came early for Malbec at Concha y Toro

Published:  21 February, 2017

The nation's thirst for Argentinian wine has showed no signs of being quenched with Concha y Toro reporting sparkling Christmas sales for Bodega Trivento.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Profits fall 15% at Heineken as Punch Taverns deal given go-ahead

Published:  15 February, 2017

Heineken has found itself on the sharp end of currency depreciation and global financial headwinds.

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Antiquated marketing practices and fraud on the agenda at Pernod Ricard

Published:  15 February, 2017

Pulling its marketing in-house and tackling fraud via a major change to its bottling practices were the two major announcements to be implemented by the French spirits giant in the coming weeks.

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Stand up, then SITT

Published:  15 February, 2017

SITT, the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting, which aims to give a platform to independent merchants and specialist importers is returning to the UK next month - this year as part of Harpers' own event portfolio. 

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Record half-year global profits at TWE, but Brexit costs lead to category decline in the UK

Published:  14 February, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is on its way to exceeding its 2016 full-year profit, having reached 75% of last year's full-year profit after tax while only half way through the year.

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Asia and the US drive 4% organic growth for Pernod Ricard

Published:  09 February, 2017

French spirits group Pernod Ricard has beaten analysts' expectations for its half year results, boosted by sales Irish whiskey in the US and overall sales in China.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo announces plans for £18.6 million distillery and whiskey project in former Guinness Power House

Published:  01 February, 2017

Diageo has announced plans to re-enter the Irish whiskey market after selling Bushmills two years ago.

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Beyond spirits: Premium mixers and adult soft drinks

Published:  30 January, 2017

Premium mixers caught up with premium spirits in 2016. Where to next? 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  27 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo celebrates growth in 2017 interim results

Published:  26 January, 2017

Spirits giant Diageo has reported a better than expected rise in sales helped by improvements in its US business and its Scotch portfolio.

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Future trends: Technology turning "going out" into "staying in" and replacing planning with spontaneity

Published:  19 January, 2017

A new report from drinks giant Diageo which identifies three key social trends for the year ahead, shows that technology will increasingly become be a driving factor in how consumers spend their time. 

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Domaine des Hautes Glaces

Published:  09 January, 2017

High-end wines and spirits producer Rémy Cointreau has acquired 100% of the capital of a distillery in the Alps with the aim of strengthening its position in the premium single malt market. 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  06 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Lanchester Wines acquires majority share in The Wine Fusion

Published:  19 December, 2016

Lanchester Wines hasunveiled plans to extend its networks within the global wine sector via the acquisition of London-based wine production and agency house, The Wine Fusion.

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Diageo partners with Deliveroo for last minute Christmas orders

Published:  14 December, 2016

Diageo is the latest company to hop into bed with delivery start-up Deliveroo.

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Boris Becker backs new Accolade Wine brand as TWE ends UK bottling deal

Published:  12 December, 2016

Tennis star Boris Becker has been revealed as a brand ambassador for a new Chilean brand from Accolade Wine as Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced it will no longer be bottling its wine destined for the UK market at the Accolade Park base.

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Alan Sugar's big gin debate: Are coloured gins a big no-no?

Published:  09 December, 2016

The issues surrounding colouring usually clear spirits came to the wider public's attention last night with the latest episode of BBC1's The Apprentice.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  09 December, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Blossom Hill puts the emphasis on fizz for fruit wine re-brand

Published:  05 December, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is re-naming its Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom range in order to stress bubbles over fruit.

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Devon winery continues to raise profile with Enotria&Coe partnership

Published:  01 December, 2016

Devon-based winery Lyme Bay has announced a new partnership with leading UK wine and spirits distributor, Enotria&Coe. 

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Remy Cointreau re-bounds with 7% sales growth

Published:  24 November, 2016

Top Cognac producer Remy Cointreau has reversed its fortunes after a difficult 2015.

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Sandeman re-launches aged tawnies to "re-affirm leadership" in fastest growing UK Port category

Published:  14 November, 2016

Sandeman is aiming to put its stamp on the tawny category with its new look range of 10, 20, 30 and 40 year-old aged tawnies.

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Malbec and beyond: What's next for Argentina?

Published:  11 November, 2016

One of the great New World success stories is the rise of Argentinian Malbec, which has become the go-to grape for both supermarket shoppers and trendy restaurants in the UK and also worldwide.

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Campari launches pre-mixed Negroni cocktail, as "in" becomes "the new out" for consumers

Published:  10 November, 2016

Campari is looking to capitalise on the trend towards premium cocktails in the off-trade with the launch of a ready-to-drink Negroni cocktail.

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Cracking the UK market

Published:  09 November, 2016

At first glance, the answers to the holy grail of successful trading in the UK might appear obvious.

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Fever Tree sees strong growth in demand for premium mixers

Published:  08 November, 2016

Premium tonic water producer, Fever Tree, is in line to jump ahead of predictions in the second half of 2016, with analysts predicting full-year UK sales growth of 95%.

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Jackson Family Wines launches new international distribution strategy for flagship wineries

Published:  07 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has upped the global distribution of two of its top Californian wineries, Cardinale and Vérité, to increase supply outside of the US and Canada.

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New Waddesdon national sales director looks to expand Rothschild wines in the UK

Published:  01 November, 2016

Waddesdon Wine, which imports and markets wines from the Rothschild wineries, has appointed a national sales director as they look to expand the presence of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR Lafite) within the UK off-trade.

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New Kent vineyard celebrates first harvest

Published:  27 October, 2016

Another English vineyard is officially open for business, having completed their first harvest and opened their winery.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Alsace sales up in the UK following three successive years of low yields

Published:  21 October, 2016

Sales of Alsace wines to the UK have jumped according to the latest figures released by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace (CIVA) - an encouraging sign for the region which has suffered a string of small harvests in recent years.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Pernod Ricard beats expectations as Jameson drives growth in the UK and US

Published:  20 October, 2016

The world's number two wines and spirits producer has performed better than expected since April, with sales of Jameson emerging as the main growth driver.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Diageo looking for host of new travel show

Published:  17 October, 2016

Diageo Reserve is launching a new global travel show, which will follow a lucky drinks enthusiast on a journey to find the "best drinks in the world".

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Stock Spirits acquires three new brands to bolster key markets

Published:  13 October, 2016

Major spirits producer Stock Spirits is incorporating three new producers to its arsenal.

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Beaujolais UK exports jump for second year in a row

Published:  13 October, 2016

Beaujolais exports to the UK have enjoyed a second year of encouraging growth, with volume up 18% and value up 20.9% between July 2015 and July 2016.

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Reserves to be used to supplement reduced Chablis vintage

Published:  13 October, 2016

Reserves from vintage 2015 will be used to supplement reduced yields from this year's harvest in Chablis following disastrous weather in April this year.

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Wines and spirits continue to drive growth for LVMH amid luxury market slowdown

Published:  11 October, 2016

The wine and spirits division represented the second highest growth area for LVMH in its sales so far this year, with organic growth up 7%.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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First female takes title at Diageo World Class Bartender competition

Published:  30 September, 2016

France's Jennifer Le Nechet has become the first female bartender to be crowned the world's best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016.

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Tim Atkin MW: What will happen to brand Brangelina?

Published:  30 September, 2016

You can always rely on the wine trade to show a sense of perspective. As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie prepare to eviscerate one another in the divorce courts, no doubt damaging the lives of their six children in the process, the question on everyone's lips is: what's going to happen to Château Miraval?

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Q&A: Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc

Published:  29 September, 2016

At a tasting of the 2014 Official Selection of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc, Justin Keay spoke with Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc about the organisation's ambitious new classification plans.

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Shareholders approve "biggest takeover in UK history"

Published:  29 September, 2016

The pending deal to merge mega brewers AB InBev and AB Miller has been given the green light by each company's shareholders.

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Langley's brand expands range with Old Tom gin

Published:  26 September, 2016

Following the successful launch of Langley's No. 8 gin three years ago, Charter Brands is launching an Old Tom gin to its range.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  23 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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New Diageo president for merged US and Canada spirits business

Published:  22 September, 2016

Smirnoff producer Diageo has named a new chairman for its North American and Canadian spirits businesses, uniting the two territories.

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Tuscany: 300 years on and it is still evolving

Published:  20 September, 2016

It has been 300 years since Cosimo III de' Medici first drew up his Bando delineating four wine producing areas in Tuscany and it was through this lens that Liberty Wines hosted the "Beyond the Bando" tasting yesterday in London.

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Spanish wine producers see opportunity in the on-trade ahead of promising harvest

Published:  19 September, 2016

At a Spanish-focused tasting hosted by Boutinot today in London, producers, many just starting harvest, are optimistic about this year's crop and the opportunity in the UK for Spanish wines.

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Diageo preparing to slash "hundreds" of UK jobs

Published:  19 September, 2016

Drinks giant Diageo is being reportedly preparing to axe up to 400 of jobs in a bid to save money.

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The Smith Report: New packaging formats are getting crafty

Published:  16 September, 2016

Wine has always been resistant to any format other than the classic 75cl bottle, but it has to start relaxing its approach to move forward

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French microalgae may be the answer to key vine diseases

Published:  15 September, 2016

A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany's coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in destroying Downey Mildew. The major scientific breakthrough could provide natural alternatives to the use of pesticides on vineyards.

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Edinburgh Gin purchased by Ian Macleod Distillers

Published:  15 September, 2016

Spencerfield Spirit Company and owner of the Edinburgh Gin brand has been acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

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AdVini acquires a 50% share of share in Ken Forrester Vineyards

Published:  15 September, 2016

AdVini, a predominately French wine estate owner, has acquired a 50% share in South African producer Ken Forrester Vineyards.

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Sherry is celebrated in UK on-trade at the annual Great Sherry Tasting

Published:  13 September, 2016

At yesterday's annual Great Sherry Tasting, the category seems to be making head way, particularly in the UK on-trade as sommeliers and Michelin starred chefs sampled nearly 200 Sherries being poured.

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Pernod Ricard UK pushes NZ via virtual reality tasting and label reboot

Published:  12 September, 2016

Pernod Rocard UK is hoping to accelerate growth in the New Zealand category with new packaging and a multisensory consumer experience for its flagship New Zealand brand.

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Cashing in on Alibaba's 9.9 online wine festival

Published:  12 September, 2016

Friday marked the first online wine festival that was hosted on e-commerce and trading platform Alibaba's TMall, which boasted more than 100,000 wines that went up for sale.

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Insights: Could Prosecco pricing be under pressure again this year?

Published:  12 September, 2016

Taking a look back at the Prosecco pricing bubble in 2015, ahead of this year's harvest, Harpers.co.uk investigates if it could happen again.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  09 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Analysis: Exploring the Loire

Published:  08 September, 2016

Happily for the adventurous among us the Loire Valley is brimming with epicurean opportunity. If you need an acid-fresh white or two on the list, there are plenty less familiar names than the ubiquitous Sancerre to turn to. In the hunt for alternatives, let's start with some of the more obvious choices.

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Pernod Ricard UK MD departs as company hits another year of good growth

Published:  06 September, 2016

Pernod Ricard's UK managing director Denis O'Flynn, who has been with company for 16 years leaves at the end of the month following another good year of growth.

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Campari UK goes wild for new-look bourbon

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wild Turkey has launched its refreshed packaging into the UK.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Lawsuit brought against Treasury Wine Estates over Stag's Leap similarities

Published:  02 September, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has been accused trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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"Encouraging" growth at Pernod Ricard

Published:  01 September, 2016

French spirits maker Pernod Ricard has reported topline growth thanks to its presence in Spain and the US.

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COPY: Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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"Irresponsible" Diageo Captain Morgan ad banned

Published:  31 August, 2016

Drinks giant Diageo has got itself into hot water over its May Captain Morgan TV ad for implying that drinking the rum could increase confidence and popularity.

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Part 2: The boom-and-bust cycle of tequila

Published:  31 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Cool climate wines fuel premium growth at Matthew Clark

Published:  30 August, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has seen an uplift in sales of wines from cool climate regions

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Gin cocktail competition launches in four UK cities

Published:  26 August, 2016

The team behind Masons Yorkshire Gin are holding their first cocktail competition since their launch in 2013, with the winner launching their own limited edition batch of the spirit under the Masons label.

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Naked Wines launches English sparkler to be named by British public

Published:  25 August, 2016

An online crowd-funded wine business is asking the British public to get involved in the production, branding and naming of a new English sparkling wine.

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Casarena champions Cabernet Sauvignon at launch of premium Argentine DNA wines into UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Bodegas Casarena introduced its DNA Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and blended Icono wine at the UNA Argentina pop up restaurant in St Pancras Clock Tower on 23 August, marking a firm commitment to growing premium Argentine wines in the UK.

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Boutique RumFest and RumFest unveil programme for October events

Published:  24 August, 2016

RumFest, which celebrates its tenth year this year, and the Boutique RemFest, which is a trade only event, will be hosted in London at the end of October.

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Greek wines make headway in the UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Hellenic winemaking techniques have helped make Greek wine slowly make headway in the UK and helps brighten the country's prospects for the future

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Over 100 producers to be on show at WOSA's Intrepid South Africa tasting

Published:  23 August, 2016

Wines of South Africa's 2016 annual tasting titled Intrepid South Africa will be showcasing wines from over 100 producers.

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Languedoc producers latest victims of hail storms in France

Published:  22 August, 2016

The Languedoc was the most recent region to suffer at the hands of extreme weather, when a severe hailstorm hit last week.

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Q&A: Jon Usabiaga, chief winemaker, Viña Aresti

Published:  19 August, 2016
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Kyoto Distillery granted production licence to produce Japan's first gin

Published:  19 August, 2016

Japan's first artisan gin producer, The Kyoto Distillery, has been granted a production licence, to begin producing its inaugural release KI NO BI Dry Gin.

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Argentinean winery tackles "fierce" competition in UK with film festival partnership

Published:  19 August, 2016

Bodega Argento is looking to strengthen its position in the minds of "culture seeking Londoners" with its continued sponsorship of the Argentine Film Festival.

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Analysis: Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish wines are offering really points of difference

Published:  19 August, 2016

Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey are increasingly recognised as fertile territory for wines offering real points of difference.

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F16 profits double at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  18 August, 2016

Net profits are up 131% at Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates.

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H1 net profit up 25% at Carlsberg

Published:  18 August, 2016

Danish brewer Carlsberg posted its half-year 2016 results to June 30, reporting net revenue of 31.2bn Danish krones (DKK) and a 4% rise in organic growth.

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Boutinot mixes bag-in-box and camping trends with Camper Vin

Published:  16 August, 2016

Boutinot is hoping for a double-win with its new Camper Vin - a new product which combines the camping and festival craze with  bag-in-box.

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Eurowines expands New World portfolio

Published:  15 August, 2016

Eurowines and Chile's Viña Undurraga have teamed up for a new partnership in the UK.

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Accolade Wines owner CHAMP setting the stage for IPO

Published:  12 August, 2016

Accolade Wines' majority owner, private equity firm CHAMP, has formally appointed Reunion Capital Partners as an adviser for the company's initial public offering (IPO), which is expected to be listed in the first half of 2017.

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Stock Spirits hails turnaround and appoints permanent CEO

Published:  11 August, 2016

European spirits distiller Stocks Spirits has posted positive half-yearly results and appointed a new CEO after a "difficult" 2015.

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Diageo dropping the "Guinness" from name of its US beer business

Published:  09 August, 2016

Diageo is changing the name of its beer business in the US from Diageo-Guinness USA to Diageo Beer Co. USA to broaden its appeal.

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Miles Beale: The wine and spirits industry has its heart in the right place - the UK

Published:  08 August, 2016

Miles Beale, the chief executive of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, reminds us while opportunities and challenges lay ahead following the Brexit vote "this is not a time for knee-jerk reactions", but "it is also not a time to be left standing still either."

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New HMRC spirit production guidelines drafted to help improve business licensing

Published:  08 August, 2016

New guidelines are being drafted by the HMRC to help distillers looking to apply to become a licensed spirit producers in the UK easier.

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Proposal seeks to replace "outdated" Rioja classifications

Published:  05 August, 2016

A Spanish winery is lobbying to change guidelines to make it easier for premium and super premium wineries to differentiate themselves from others in the "Rioja brand".

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Insights: The rise of direct-to-consumer retailing

Published:  05 August, 2016

With products facing ever-increasing competition for shelf space, Angela Mount looks at how brands are cutting out the middlemen

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Q&A: Chester Osborn, head of D'Arenberg Wines

Published:  04 August, 2016

Chester Osborn, a man famous for his loud shirts and the flamboyant head of D'Arenberg Wines, talks to Angela Mount about his winemaking ethos and his quirkily-named wines.

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Graham Norton expands his wine range

Published:  04 August, 2016

Following the tremendous success of his own-label sauvignon blanc, Graham Norton will be expanding production the GN Sauvignon Blanc and will be adding an Australian Shiraz to the range this Autumn.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart MBE talks 50 years in Scotch

Published:  04 August, 2016

Recent MBE recipient and The Balvenie master blender David Stewart has witnessed the full evolution of the modern Scotch industry throughout his 53 year career - and pioneered a few revolutionary production methods along the way.

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New multi-million pound brewery for Chapel Down's Curious Drinks

Published:  02 August, 2016

Chapel Down has completed the exchange of contracts on a 1.6-acre site to further develop its beer and cider business.

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Oddbins first to stock wine from Kingsland Drinks' carbonation line

Published:  01 August, 2016

Kingsland Drinks' has found the first listing of its new carbonated wines, having launched a carbonated version of the Shorn range to make the most of the rising demand for sparkling wine.

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Record climb for aromatics at Cono Sur

Published:  01 August, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur has reported rapid growth in popularity of aromatic-style wine, especially with sales of its Viognier, which has seen 148% growth in sales compared to the same period last year.

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New chairman at Viña Santa Rita

Published:  29 July, 2016

Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán has been appointed to lead the board at Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita.

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Loire: a new opportunity?

Published:  29 July, 2016

While the Loire was among the highest climbers of France's wine regions in terms of UK exports in 2015, frost this year has forced several independent Loire producers to redistribute and raise their prices of existing allocations.

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Diageo GB net sales grow 4%

Published:  28 July, 2016

Diageo Great Britain has posted its third year of continuous growth with net sales up 4%.

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LVMH posts 7% revenue growth for wines and spirits in H1

Published:  27 July, 2016

Luxury wines and spirits producer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has reported strong performance from wines and spirits in all regions, compared to flat profits in its fashion sector.

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Family Affair Part 4: Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager, Bodegas Torres

Published:  26 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Miguel Torres Maczassek, the general manager of Bodegas Torres, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the final article in a four part series.

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Halewood Wines & Spirits buys greater stake in Irish whiskey brand

Published:  26 July, 2016

Halewood Wines & Spirits has purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers to develop the Irish whiskey portfolio and expand its global reach.

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Family Affair Part 3: Mitchell Taylor, managing director, Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

Published:  25 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Mitchell Taylor, the managing director of Wakefield Wines located in the Clare Valley, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the third article in a four part series.

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French wine production expected to drop 8% for 2016 due to poor spring weather

Published:  25 July, 2016

French wine production is expected to decline 8% for the 2016 harvest following the damaging hailstorms and spring frost which hit several different areas across the country according to the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll.

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Bodegas Torres reintroduces ancestral red grape uncovered 20 years ago

Published:  25 July, 2016

Catalonian winery Bodegas Torres is reintroducing the red variety Moneu after the vines were destroyed by phylloxera two centuries ago.

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Family Affair Part 2: Robert Hill-Smith, chairman, Yalumba, Barossa Valley

Published:  22 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks with Robert Hill-Smith, chairman of Yalumba in Barossa Valley about the benefits of being independently run. This is the second article in a four part series.

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Casella Family Brands acquires and avoids closure of iconic Morris Wines

Published:  22 July, 2016

Casella Family Brands announced today that they have acquired full ownership of iconic Australian Morris Wines with an immediate effect for an undisclosed sum from Pernod Ricard.

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Family Affair Part 1: Alessio and Francesca Planeta, Planeta, Sicily

Published:  21 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks with Alessio and Francesca Planeta, both of whom are family members of Planeta in Sicily, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the first article in a three part series.

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Organic UK wine launch marks "new era" for Gonzalez Byass

Published:  21 July, 2016

Gonzalez Byass is launching a new organic wine into the UK.

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Biggest beer merger in history given go-ahead

Published:  21 July, 2016

The US Justice Department has given antitrust approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev - the world's largest beer company - to acquire SABMiller - the world's second largest beer company.

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Inter-Beaujolais appoints new leaders for two year term

Published:  21 July, 2016

Inter-Beaujolais has appointed two new leaders as part of a two year rotation to lead the producer association.

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Moët & Chandon release wines from "cooler" 2008 vintage

Published:  20 July, 2016

Moët & Chandon has released its Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé from the 2008 vintage.

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Whisky barrel-aged beers spark international interest

Published:  19 July, 2016

A Scottish beer producerd has attracted the interest of key international markets by combining two of Scotland's best-loved drinks.

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El Coto de Rioja jumps ship to Liberty Wines

Published:  18 July, 2016

Liberty Wines has bolstered its Spanish offering with the addition of El Coto de Rioja.

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Rosemount aims to be perfect match for everyday meals

Published:  12 July, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a "food-centered" range of wines under its Rosemount brand in an effort to link wine to everyday meal occasions.

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Analysis: Wines from the south of France's dramatic evolution

Published:  11 July, 2016

The revolution in Languedoc-Roussillon winemaking is one of the most dramatic in France's wine industry in recent times.

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New era for Distell whisky maker

Published:  06 July, 2016

Andy Watts is moving on from his role as distillery manager at South Africa's James Sedgwick after 25 years.

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Brexit: Hush Heath reports rising demand post referendum

Published:  06 July, 2016

An English wine producer is in talks with a major UK retailer to significantly increase supply as a direct result of Brexit.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart awarded an MBE for services to Scotch

Published:  06 July, 2016

The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart has been presented with an MBE medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

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Diageo announces first foray into non-alcoholic sector

Published:  05 July, 2016

Alcoholic drinks giant Diageo is set to offer consumers a no-hangover alternative with an investment in its first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.

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First of its kind South American partnership comes to London

Published:  04 July, 2016

Uruguay is hoping to make an impression on the street food scene with a partnership in London's trendy Shoreditch.

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Chilean wine production down 25% thanks to rain-laden harvest

Published:  01 July, 2016

One of Chile's biggest wine exporter has revealed that their red grapes were most affected by one of the most "oenologically challenging" vintages of recent times.

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Australian Hentley Farms focuses on UK market

Published:  30 June, 2016

Hentley Farms, which launched in the UK at this year's London Wine Fair, is looking to expand its UK offering.

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Foley Family Wines added to Negociants UK

Published:  30 June, 2016

Leading Australia and New Zealand importers Negociants UK has been appointed to distribute three New Zealand brands within the Foley Family Wines portfolio - Marlborough based Grove Mill and Frog Haven and Martinborough Vineyard from Martinborough.

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The great Prosecco confusion

Published:  30 June, 2016

Somehow, Prosecco has managed to embed itself in the public imagination with an image as clear and as crisp as a summer's day.

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Traditional logistics suppliers see opportunities in serving the wine trade

Published:  30 June, 2016

Increasingly, national logistical suppliers are looking at the opportunities to meet the need of customers within the wine industry and could ultimately improve supply chain offerings as more players enter the market.

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Pernod Ricard UK MD announces departure

Published:  28 June, 2016

Pernod Ricard UK managing director, Denis O'Flynn, has announced he will be leaving the group at the end of September.

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Brexit: What's in store for Scotch whisky?

Published:  28 June, 2016

Diageo has said that protecting the long-term prosperity of its Scotch whisky is paramount following the referendum's shock result on Friday.

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Still wines dominate at the industry's annual national wine awards

Published:  27 June, 2016

Despite the marginally lower number of entrants at The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition compared to last year, the number of gold medals was nearly 60% up and the highest over the last five years of the competition.till wines dominate at the industry's annual national wine awards

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Multi-mullion pound campaign promotes Kopparberg's craft roots

Published:  24 June, 2016

The team behind leading Swedish fruit cider Kopparberg has launched a multi-million pound marketing campaign to draw attention to its hometown brewery.

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Vinho Verde grows up as producers focus in on quality and single variety wines

Published:  22 June, 2016

More than the Alentejo, more even perhaps than Douro, Vinho Verde is Portuguese wine's big success story, boasting a name and style recognition that is the envy of other wine regions.

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The orange myth - why everyone is still confused about orange wine

Published:  22 June, 2016

"Orange is not the new rosé," says Doug Wregg at Les Caves de Pyrene. "It would be more accurate to say it's the new red."

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From Bristol to Romania: How an Englishman became a key figure in Romania's burgeoning wine industry

Published:  21 June, 2016

When Philip Cox left Bristol for Romania in the early 1990s, little did he imagine that a quarter of a century later he would be the co-owner of the most profitable winery in Romania.

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New Zealand's 2016 harvest expected to be 34% larger

Published:  21 June, 2016

As the 2016 harvest draws to a close in New Zealand, growers are reporting an excellent vintage with yields up 34% compared to last year's smaller than average harvest.

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People: Philip Cox, Recas Winery in Romania

Published:  21 June, 2016

Philip Cox, left Bristol for Romania in the early 1990s and now his winery is the most profitable winery in Romania.

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Saint- Émilion Grand Crus 2015 vintage helps to boost interest in the region

Published:  16 June, 2016

At yesterday's Association de Grand Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion held in London, the 2015 vintages drew a crowd, further demonstrating the relatively small appellation can compete with many of its larger neighbouring appellations.

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Label launched for Londoners who "can't tell their chardonnay from their sangiovese"

Published:  16 June, 2016

A forward-thinking wine label has been launched to dispel the "myth" that those who don't know about wine can't have good taste.

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Analysis: Austrian winemakers today are a mix of traditionalists and renegades

Published:  16 June, 2016

Austria continues on its highly creative and diversified path through its vast mix of traditionalist and renegade producers. They have taken the Grüner Veltliner ball and sprinted with it, meaning the same ambition, talent and individual drive that turned an unknown grape variety into one of the wine and culinary world's darlings over the past couple of decades continues full speed ahead today.

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Q&A: Andres Caballeros, winemaker director, Carolina Wine Brands

Published:  14 June, 2016

The winemaker director at Carolina Wine Brands talks about saving and promoting Chile's viticultural diversity.

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Glenfiddich announces new Global Brand Ambassador

Published:  14 June, 2016
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Glen Grant packaging and line-up overhaul to "re-awaken" the brand

Published:  14 June, 2016

Glen Grant has unveiled a complete re-brand of its range and added three new expressions in an attempt to "reaffirm" its position as a leading player in the premium whisky market.

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Wales to host English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition for the first time

Published:  14 June, 2016

The Welsh Vineyards Association has been announced as the host of the upcoming English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016 - cementing Wales's status as an emerging wine destination.

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Champagne de Castelnau undergoes image revamp

Published:  10 June, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau is heading in a new ultra modern direction for its centenary with the launch of its first prestige cuvée.

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Southern Comfort sale averts disaster as Brown-Forman's sales drop 2%

Published:  09 June, 2016

The sale of Southern Comfort and Tuaca has bolstered a 2% drop in net sales for Jack Daniels owner Brown-Forman.

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Portuguese still wine producers' patience is paying off

Published:  09 June, 2016

While Portugal is still most famous for its fortified wines, Portuguese still wines are gaining ground in the world of wine, but it has been a long road.

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Halo effect in gin creating thirst for premium tonic

Published:  09 June, 2016

Premium brand 1724 Tonic Water has found a new UK distributor as it aims to gain ground in the growing premium tonic market.

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Analysis: How directly engaging with consumer can pay big dividends

Published:  09 June, 2016

Directly engaging with consumers can pay big dividends for a modest outlay, if coupled with imagination. One Cork One Point from the Haciendas Company, the Beronia Txoko Club with Gonzáles Byass and Concha Y Toro all are offering winning initiatives where wine companies are building relationships directly with consumers.

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M?ori wine: Indigenous culture conquering the world with non-indigenous grapes

Published:  08 June, 2016

The world's first M?ori-owned wine company has its sights set on breaking into the UK market with a 500-year plan to promote its wines and preserve the land.

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Loire Valley's frost loss estimates hit an average of 30%

Published:  08 June, 2016

Following a meeting last month, Loire Valley vineyard owners and producers came together to asses the damage of frost that hit several wine producing regions across France in late April and estimate that 20- 30% of the harvest may be lost.

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Nicolas Feuillatte launches contemporary communication strategy

Published:  08 June, 2016

A major marketing shake up was unveiled at Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's 40th anniversary bash in Paris on 7 June

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Gains in Malbec lost due to Argentine El Niño

Published:  08 June, 2016

An Uco Valley winery is picking up the pieces of some of the worst weather in decades as sales of its "trendy" malbec plummet.

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Australia's Mediterranean varieties driving next cycle of interest in UK

Published:  07 June, 2016

Australia's future popularity in the UK may well ride on the growing number of Mediterranean varieties emerging from the country, delivering a more niche and premium proposition than the established reliance on volume sales.

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State of uncertainty following the Conviviality and Bibendum deal still remains

Published:  06 June, 2016

A month on from Conviviality Retail acquiring Bibendum PLB, there still seems to be a state of uncertainty around what a deal of this magnitude could mean for the trade.

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Q&A: Guillermo de Aranzabal, president, La Rioja Alta

Published:  06 June, 2016

Armit Wines' La Rioja Alta is known for its 890 and 904 wines - key years in the founding of the original winery. Harpers.co.uk caught up with the winery's fifth-generation president to find out what the Rioja label means to his business.

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Rioja a double-edged sword for premium brands

Published:  06 June, 2016

As one of the primary regions in the world's third largest wine producing country, the Rioja label carries a huge amount of weight in the on and off-trade worldwide - and especially in the UK, where its easy-to-drink reputation has made it a stalwart on British supermarkets shelves.

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Nicolas Feuillatte partners with Harpers in exciting new 'Other Side of Life' competition

Published:  03 June, 2016

New intitaitive asks "what do you do when not immersed in the trade?" with trip for two to Nicolas Feuillatte on offer.

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Treasury Wine Estates moves to consolidate its US businesses

Published:  03 June, 2016

Following the acquisition of the bulk of Diageo's US and UK wine business for £390 million in October, Treasury Wine Estates announced today it would be restructuring the US business.

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Sulphur debate boils over

Published:  03 June, 2016

With the emergence of a counterculture in wine styles, the President of the OIV, the International Vine and Wine Organisation, has issued a controversial warning over the push to reduce sulphur (SO2) levels in wine.

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Convenience sector growth outpaces the market

Published:  02 June, 2016

Within the convenience sector wine sales's growth is outpacing the rest of the wine market and for those suppliers, particularly of New World wines, and retailers with identifiable brands and new formats, the opportunities to capitalise on the sector abound.

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ICCWS: Cool climate wine gaining ground

Published:  01 June, 2016

Speaking at the Cool Climate Symposium (ICCWS) in Brighton last week, Oz Clarke said cool climate wines such as English and Welsh wines, could be the perfect antidote to the big, overripe wines.

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Wolf Blass signs multi-year partnership with Manchester City FC in Asia

Published:  31 May, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates' Wolf Blass brand has signed a multi-year partnership deal to be the official wine partner of the Manchester City Football Club for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.

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Opinion: Logistic providers within the drinks trade need to respond to the changing landscape

Published:  31 May, 2016

As DHL's Tradeteam celebrates two decades in business, managing director James Gill discusses the changing face of the drinks logistics market and the crucial role logistics partners play in working with their customers to address the challenges.

 

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Q&A: Julio Sáenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.

Published:  27 May, 2016

La Rioja Alta, S.A., has been making wine since it was founded by five families back in 1890. We chatted to Julio Sáenz, winemaker at the premium vineyard since 1996 and technical director since 2005, about how their wines and the winemaking have evolved.

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Harpers Awards 2016 open for entry!

Published:  26 May, 2016

The Harpers Awards 2016 are now open, celebrating the best of what the UK on and off-trade has to offer.

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"Bartenders changed everything," says Wild Turkey master distiller as he celebrates 35 years in the industry

Published:  25 May, 2016

Eddie Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, in the heart of bourbon-making country.

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Copestick Murray sells remaining 40% share to Henkell & Co

Published:  25 May, 2016

Henkell & Co announced yesterday that they have purchased the remaining 40% share of Copestick Murray.

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Gilbert's Grape: One night in Rioja

Published:  24 May, 2016

As a wine journalist, I have been told I can expect to see hundreds of barrel rooms and vineyards in the course of my new career.

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TWE to relaunch Blossom Hill new packaging with £2m summer marketing campaign

Published:  24 May, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates is launching a new £2 million summer marketing campaign called "Share a Little Loveliness" as part of a packaging redesign for Blossom Hill.

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Halewood adds pre-mix cans to Red Square portfolio

Published:  23 May, 2016

Red Square Vodka is branching out into the pre-mixed category to extend its reach to a new, younger customer base.

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Kingscote taking a leaf out of Champagne's book for first fizz

Published:  20 May, 2016

A Sussex winery is gearing up to launch its first sparkling wine - drawing heavily from France's most famous sparkling wine region.

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Ex-Barcardi chief to become Diageo chairman

Published:  19 May, 2016

Javier Ferrán, a former chief executive of rum maker Bacardi, has been named as the new chairman of Diageo.

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New Scottish gin brand smells its way to success

Published:  13 May, 2016

A new Scottish gin brand is hoping to unlock gin-lovers taste buds by appealing to their sense of smell.

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Debt dispute between Diageo and former United Spirits boss continues

Published:  13 May, 2016

British alcohol giant Diageo Plc has submitted details of its agreement with USL's former boss Vijay Mallya to a debt tribunal.

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Could leaving the EU apply the brakes to the gin boom?

Published:  13 May, 2016

Leaders in the gin industry gathered to highlight the dangers Brexit poses to the millions of bottles of gin exported to the EU each year if the UK leaves the single market.

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Hattingley's Simon Robinson steps up to the helm of English Wine Producers

Published:  11 May, 2016

Simon Robinson, owner of Hattingley Vineyards in Hampshire, has been appointed Chairman of marketing organisation the English Wine Producers (EWP).

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Analysis: English fizz comes of age

Published:  10 May, 2016

English sparkling wine has come of age, with investment, passion and government backing all driving quality.

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Simpsons Wine Estate awarded government grant ahead of first harvest

Published:  09 May, 2016

Ruth and Charles Simpson, the owners of Simpsons Wine Estates in Kent, were awarded a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) rant, which is growth programme that provides grant funding to encourage development.

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Distell looks to increase market share in the UK

Published:  05 May, 2016

South African wine and spirits conglomerate Distell is focusing on expanding its market share in the UK according to Joseph Walsh the commercial director UK & Ireland.

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Guy Woodward: Reflecting on those we lost in the wine trade this year

Published:  29 April, 2016

For David Bowie, Terry Wogan and Ronnie Corbett, read Louis Latour, Paul Pontallier and Etienne Hugel. Maybe not in that order. But either way, 2016 has been as cruel a year in the wine community as it has in the wider world.

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Tourism and identity "vital" to independents says Isle of Arran

Published:  29 April, 2016

Independent whisky producers Isle of Arran Distillers is preparing to build a new site in response to increasing visitors numbers to the their Lochranza distillery.

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Kleine Zalze marks 20 years with investment in the future

Published:  29 April, 2016

One of South Africa's major players is marking 20 years in the business with investment in a vineyard analysis programme and new grape varietals.

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Number of new distilleries in the UK jumps 50% in 2015

Published:  27 April, 2016

Forty-nine new distilleries came online in 2015 according to Nicholas Cook of the Gin Guild, which was based on HRMC's most recent data.

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Ridgeview Wine Estate featured on YouTube web series

Published:  26 April, 2016

A premium sparkling winemarker on the South Downs will take centre stage during the fourth instalment of a YouTube film series focusing on craftsmanship.

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Bibendum PLB takes on Cellier des Princes

Published:  26 April, 2016

Rhone Valley based Cellier des Princes, has appointed the Bibendum PLB Group to distribute its wines across all channels in the UK.

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Analysis: Are wine and spirit companies making the most of marketing in today's tech savvy world?

Published:  26 April, 2016

The production of wines and spirits is based on centuries' old, traditional methods, but have producers failed to make the most of digital marketing to engage consumers?

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First ever CEO appointed at UKVA

Published:  25 April, 2016

English Wine Shop owner and Amber Valley wine maker, Barry Lewis, has been appointed as the first CEO of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA).

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Brexit could harm Scotch's protected status

Published:  25 April, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that the protected designation of origin (PDO) status for drinks products like Scotch whisky and Gloucester cider could disappear if the public votes to leave the EU.

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Copestick Murray and Aresti Chile Wine sign partnership in the UK

Published:  22 April, 2016

Copestick Murray is continuing its momentum of rapid growth by signing a UK agency and distribution agreement with a Chilean wine brand

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OIV reveals China behind Spain as country with second biggest vineyard surface area

Published:  21 April, 2016

A major new report has found that the size of the global area under vines rose to 7534 kha in 2015, with consumption and production also on the up.

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New premium packaging for Wood's Old Navy Rum

Published:  20 April, 2016

Wood's Old Navy Rum has undergone an identity overhaul to update its "dated" packaging.

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Famed Sonoma Patz & Hall winery sells to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Published:  20 April, 2016

Sonoma Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Patz & Hall has been purchased by Washington wine company St. Michell Wine Estates for an undisclosed sum

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Earliest Rioja vintage in history given official thumbs up

Published:  20 April, 2016

The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board has given the 2015 vintage an official Very Good rating.

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Poland row heats up as Stock Spirits urges shareholders to vote against Western Gate's recommendations

Published:  19 April, 2016

Stock Spirits is recommending that its shareholders vote against Western Gate Private Investment Ltd's recommendations, in an increasingly heated row over loss of market share in Poland.

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Hallgarten adds Turkey to its country portfolio

Published:  18 April, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt has its sights on bringing Turkish wines to the UK market by teaming up with Turkish producer, Kayra.

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Les Grands Chais de France launches a new range of quality wines onto the UK following acquisition

Published:  18 April, 2016

Les Grands Chais de France is preparing to expand its offering of premium wines to the UK market following the purchase of Château Belles Eaux in the South of France.

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Wines from Spain: Up close and personal

Published:  15 April, 2016

One thing that stuck out from the 27th Wines from Spain fair yesterday was the level of diversity of wines coming out of regions across the country.

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Wines from Spain: spotlight on Navarra

Published:  15 April, 2016

Long recognised internationally for its rosés, Spain's Navarra region has undergone something of a winemaking revolution over the past two decades and the number of red wines now coming out of the area is increasing.

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Schenk Group purchases Italian winery

Published:  14 April, 2016

Leading wine supplier Buckingham Schenk's parent company has purchased a new winery in Tuscany.

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IWC announces new Cellar Door of the Year Award in partnership with VisitEngland

Published:  13 April, 2016

A new award has been set up at the world's largest wine competition to discover and celebrate England's best vineyard experience.

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Chairman to depart from drinks giant Diageo

Published:  12 April, 2016

The board at Smirnoff-producer Diageo has announced their chairman will be stepping down after eight years in the post.

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Yealands launches New Zealand's first vineyard tour guide app

Published:  12 April, 2016

A New Zealand winery is paving the way for enhancing visitor experience with new technology by launching a first of its kind vineyard tour app.

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Vinitaly 2016: Sicilian producers focus on UK as a main export market

Published:  11 April, 2016

Sicilian producers are looking to develop a stronger regional identity in the UK for wines and other agricultural products such as olive oil, in an effort to further drive growth.

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Famille Hugel pays tribute to unexpected death of son Etienne

Published:  11 April, 2016

Famille Hugel have announced the sudden death of Etienne Hugel on Saturday (April 9).

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Q&A: Tim Mondavi, partner, Continuum Estate, Napa Valley

Published:  08 April, 2016

The Mondavi family has a deeply rooted history in the Napa Valley and when they had to sell the publicly controlled business to Constellation Brands in 2004, decided to take some time out to launch Continuum Estate.

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Louis Latour 1932-2016: Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer

Published:  07 April, 2016

Louis Latour, Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer, is remembered as a man with a passion and a history

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The London Wine Fair 2016 to showcase most content in 36-year history

Published:  07 April, 2016

This year's London Wine Fair will play host to the largest ever schedule of debates, tastings and seminars, with more than 100 sessions planned across the three days. 

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French winegrowers draining Spanish tankers is "in breach of EU trade laws" says largest Spanish producer

Published:  06 April, 2016

On Monday, the world watched as footage emerged of furious French winegrowers draining Spanish tankers onto the motorway as tensions arose over the volume of cheap wine being imported into the country.

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Chapel Down's Curious Drinks gains hundreds of new stakeholders and £1.7m investment

Published:  06 April, 2016

Curious Drinks, Chapel Down's wholly owned subsidiary beer and cider business Curious Drinks, has welcomed nearly 900 new stakeholders after raising over £1.7m in a crowdfunding initiative.

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Curious Drinks gains hundreds of stakeholders and £1.7m investment

Published:  05 April, 2016

A growing beer and cider business has welcomed nearly 900 new stakeholders after raising over £1.7m in a crowd funding initiative

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González Byass' Tio Pepe En Rama shipped to 19 countries this month

Published:  05 April, 2016

Tio Pepe En Rama is due to ship more of its unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry to more countries than ever before.

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Litmus Wines creates subsidary agency Litmus Wine Agency

Published:  04 April, 2016
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Insights: South Africa's bigger players need to drive the quality message

Published:  04 April, 2016

After a flush of niche successes, it's now up to South Africa's bigger players to drive the quality message home.

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Anti-fraud squad raids Burgundy producer Bejot Vins et Terroirs

Published:  04 April, 2016

A judicial investigation into suspected fraudulent wine production in France is underway following a major customs police swoop in the heart of Burgundy.

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Profile: Denis O'Flynn, Pernod Ricard

Published:  07 March, 2016

intDenis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard, brings with him a clear strategy, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the industry - what could be better?

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Chilean wine styles are shifting away from oak

Published:  08 February, 2016

Chile is still relatively young to the global wine scene, but the country as a whole is in the middle of a style evolution, where winemakers are now looking to produce wines that reflect what is so unique about the country.

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Q&A: Leanne De Bortoli and her husband Steve Webber, De Bortoli Wines

Published:  03 February, 2016

Leanne De Bortoli and her husband Steve Webber, the chief winemaker, of the De Bortoli Wines talk about Yarra Valley wines, the 2015 vintage, anticipating consumer tastes and the UK market.

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Q&A: Paul Schaafsma, chief executive, Accolade Wines

Published:  11 January, 2016

The recently appointed head of Accolade Wines talks about life in the top job, Chilean wine brand Anakena launching in the UK and how he plans to make Accolade a global one-stop shop for New World wines

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Insights: Is UK bottling the way forward for bulk wine?

Published:  11 January, 2016

As more and more top-selling wine brands in the UK move their bottling over here, Angela Mount looks at the benefits: does it make more sense to ship in bulk?

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Tim Atkin MW: Debating the merits of terroir

Published:  08 January, 2016

"Soil is dirt." I'm sure the Californian producer Bill Jekel was being deliberately provocative when he entered into a well-publicised debate about terroir with Bruno Prats of Château Cos d'Estournel at the end of the 1980s, but he was also articulating a position that was widely held in the New World at the time.

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Analysis: A critical part of Aldi's startegy for success - supplier relationships

Published:  05 January, 2016

Ahead of this month's profile piece in an exclusive interview with Harpers, Mike James, wine buying director of Aldi UK, talks with Angela Mount about his buying strategy and what he looks for in potential partners that has helped him succeed.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Clare Griffiths, Concho y Toro

Published:  04 January, 2016

Our final look back at 2015 is from Clare Griffiths, commercial director for Concho y Toro UK which saw an impressive performance for 2015- which may be tough to beat.  But looking ahead Griffiths is most excited about continuing the work her team has been doing in 2016 by focusing on building strong brands that deliver value in the UK market.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Bernard Fontannaz, Origin Wine

Published:  30 December, 2015

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine, looks back at an overall positive 2015 and is excited about the sustainable future he is building for his company. He had a year full of expansion and is looking forward to more innovation in 2016.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Dan Townsend, Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  29 December, 2015

Dan Townsend, general manager of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates, saw 2015 as very strong year at TWE and thinks that the reverse takeover of Matthew Clark by Conviviality "has the potential to be a real game changer in terms of the UK trading landscape." Townsend is most excited about the opportunities that lay ahead in 2016, but sees Duty as one of the toughest challenges that trade faces next year.

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Analysis: The impacts of where to bottle and how to transport wines

Published:  09 December, 2015

Deciding where to bottle and how to transport their wines are big decisions for producers that can have a major impact on the rest of the supply chain, as Simon Jack reports

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Analysis: Is Burgundy is set for one of its greatest vintages?

Published:  10 November, 2015

Perhaps keen not to be outdone by Bordeaux, where hopes for 2015 are already very high, Burgundy is set for one of its greatest vintages. That, at least, is the view of Thierry Budin, president of Chateau de Santenay, which owns 98 hectares of vines across fourteen appellations of Burgundy.

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Q&A: Andrés Lavados, Chile's Santa Rita Estates

Published:  04 November, 2015

Andrés Lavados has been heading up Chile's Santa Rita Estates for more than a year. He talks about his vision for the company and how he plans to crack the UK market.

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Mark Harvey, new MD of wine at Chapel Down, wants to shake up the wine trade

Published:  02 November, 2015

Mark Harvey was recently appointed managing director of wine at Chapel Down. He talks to Erin Smith about his new role and what he sees for the future of the English sparkling wine brand.

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Treasury shutters two wineries in major cost-cutting move

Published:  22 October, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates has announced it is to close of its two wineries.

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Insights: Australian wines move away from French varietals

Published:  20 October, 2015

Australian winemakers have long been moving away from hefty, high alcohol wines towards less oaked, cooler climate wines, with the growth of Pinot Grigio from Mornington Peninsular a prime example. However, the trend to also move away from the once overwhelming focus on French varietals seems to be growing.

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Monsoon Valley Wines: Wines from paradise

Published:  14 October, 2015

Trust Chalerm Yoovidhya, the son of one of the co-creators of Red Bull, to bring extreme winemaking to the planet. Yoovidhya made it his mission to create a market for wine in Thailand and, in the process of developing a domestic market for his Siam Winery's Monsoon Valley Wines, he helped to bring Thai wines to the world.

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Paul Symington: "Port needs to change with the times"

Published:  13 October, 2015

Paul Symington said that to ensure the future of the category, "Port needs to change with the times". He is optimistic that the recent success of aged tawny Ports is a step in the right direction for the category as whole.

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US beer business is the shiniest star for Constellation as it posts 21% increase in earnings

Published:  08 October, 2015
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Chapel Down sees sales and profits surge in first half of 2015

Published:  28 September, 2015

Sales at English wine producer Chapel Down were up 33% in the first half of 2015 to stand at £3.25 million.

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Scotland's NB gin secures export deal in the US

Published:  21 September, 2015

A boutique Scottish gin producer is in line to be served in high-end New York cocktail bars and restaurants after signing a US distribution deal.

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Tavistock uses Poetic Licence to launch small-batch spirits range

Published:  18 September, 2015

A new small batch distillery will be making its first public appearance with its products at next week's Boutique Bar Show in London.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2015: The Results

Published:  11 September, 2015

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Kingsbarns bottles new make spirit

Published:  18 August, 2015

New Scotch whisky venture Kingsbarns Distillery is giving visitors the chance to buy bottles of its new make spirit.

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Insight: Pernod Ricard's new chief Alexandre Ricard outlines his strategy for greatness

Published:  10 August, 2015

Pernod Ricard's new chief Alexandre Ricard wants to conquer the world with conviviality. But are the two things compatible?

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Q&A: Steve Fennell, Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Published:  20 July, 2015

Steve Fennell, general manager and head winemaker at Sanford Winery & Vineyards located in Santa Rita Hills, talks about the winery that helped put the region on the map in the infamous film Sideways

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Published:  15 July, 2015
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Sussex wine estate flying high after winning first BA listing for English still wine

Published:  14 July, 2015

A Sussex wine producer is celebrating after becoming the first to have a still wine listed by British Airways.

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UK vineyards will be included in scheme to spread tax load for agriculture

Published:  03 July, 2015

The government has confirmed that a scheme allowing farmers to average their profits for income tax purposes over five years will apply to vineyards.

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Constellation buys Meiomi luxury Pinot Noir brand as Q1 sales increase by 7%

Published:  02 July, 2015

Constellation Brands is to pay US$315 million to add the premium California wine brand Meiomi to its portfolio.

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Still wines score big in UKVA's annual awards for English wines

Published:  02 July, 2015

Still wines have picked up nine of the 13 trophies in this year's English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, organised by the UK Vineyards Association.

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Insights: Independents Italian outlets are gaining traction through education and experimentation

Published:  09 June, 2015

Independent Italian outlets are upping the appeal of lesser-known, over-£10 wines by educating consumers and letting them experiment.

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Analysis: Italian indigenous varietals set to boom

Published:  08 June, 2015

Italy has some of the largest choice of indigenous varietals that produce a dizzying range of wine styles and consumers are increasingly embracing them.

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Q&A: John Lodge of rock band The Moody Blues talks about his love of wine and his own label Krisemma

Published:  08 June, 2015

Musician John Lodge is best known as the bass player of rock band The Moody Blues, but the Birmingham native also has his own wine brand. He talks about how his love of wine started and where it has taken him.

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The Smith Report: Trust, the only true currency of brands

Published:  05 June, 2015

With the FIFA scandal making headlines, there may be an important lesson to learn for brands owners when considering sponsorship.

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Analysis: Do you remember your wine epiphany?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Trade personalities tell Rosie Davenport and Nigel Huddleston about the life-changing moment when they realised a career in wine was their destiny

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Distil 'optimistic' following Blackwoods gin and vodka success, despite overall fall in turnover

Published:  04 June, 2015

Distil has reported a "satisfactory year" as it completed it transition from UK third distributor to brand-focus drinks company, despite a large fall in turnover.

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Rabobank: There is a big opportunity for smaller and quirkier brands in the US

Published:  02 June, 2015

Rabobank has argued that many of America's food and beverage companies are in trouble as iconic brands are "increasingly out of favour with consumers", posing a potential opportunity for smaller artisans brands.

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New viticulture research programme opens in Kent to boost English wine industry

Published:  28 May, 2015

A trial research vineyard is being established at the East Malling Research centre in Kent which aims to boost productivity and margins within the English wine industry.

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South Africa confidence returning as winemakers concentrate on quality, Kleine Zalze boss says

Published:  21 May, 2015

South Africa needs to evolve its premium wines and offer wines better suited to the terroir, leading South African producer has said.

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Gallo boosts Californian holding by acquiring Napa Valley vineyards

Published:  20 May, 2015

Gallo Wines is boosting its holding in Napa Valley after buying Cypress Ranch and part of the Palisades Vineyard for an undisclosed sum.

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Domaines Paul Mas expansion in the Herault

Published:  14 May, 2015

Languedoc producer Domaine Paul Mas has added a ninth vineyard to his estate, Domaine Silène des Peyrals in Hérault and is already eyeing up a tenth estate in Corbière..

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Asda cuts wine range by 8% but adds new range of lesser known varietals among 200 new lines

Published:  13 May, 2015

Asda has overhauled its entire wine range, cutting its total range by around 8% in order to rationalise the offer and accommodate more than 200 new products.

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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Symington Family Estate release rare 2013 estate ports

Published:  11 May, 2015

Port family, Family Estates is releasing two limited edition rare vintage 2013 estate ports.

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Yalumba launches marketing boost

Published:  11 May, 2015

Australia's oldest family vineyard, Yalumba, is launching a new marketing boost which will see it partner with local independent wine merchants to offer consumers the chance to attend pop up food events.

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Q&A: Aurelio Montes, vice-president of Wines of Chile talks about the big changes he's seen in over 25 years in the trade

Published:  08 May, 2015

Aurelio Montes established his eponymous Chilean winery back in 1988 and since then has witnessed big changes in the business. Harpers.co.uk caught up with the veteran winemaker, also the vice-president of the Wines of Chile, to find out more

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Yalumba's first non-family member MD, Nick Waterman talks about his long-term view for the business

Published:  08 May, 2015

Nick Waterman has become the first non-family member to hold the position of managing director at Yalumba in 165 years. He talks about how it feels to fill such big shoes.

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Henkell & Co-Gruppe sees volume and revenue rise for 2014

Published:  06 May, 2015

Henkell & Co-Gruppe financial results show that revenue increased 1.6% to €700.7m and sales volume increased by 3.1% for fiscal year 2014.

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English wine producer Gusbourne boosts team

Published:  06 May, 2015

Gusbourne Estate is looking to boost its growth in the UK after added sommelier Laura Rhys to its team.

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Cloudy Bay returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicking-off its summer campaign

Published:  01 May, 2015

The iconic New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the third year with a show garden designed by brothers David and Harry Rich.

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Yellow Tail to launch a 12-week marketing campaign in the UK

Published:  30 April, 2015

Australian-based Yellow Tail is set to launch a 12-week marketing campaign with the goal of reaching 11m UK consumers.

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Kingsland Drinks to acquire Bottle Green Limited

Published:  30 April, 2015

Kingsland Drinks yesterday agreed to purchase Bottle Green Limited from DCC Food & Beverage UK Limited for an undisclosed sum.

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Justin Keay looks at new vintages from Gaja Brunello

Published:  30 April, 2015

The release of a new vintage from the Gaja family can be pretty much guaranteed to cause a stir, given how highly regarded are their Nebbiolo and Sangioveses in the wine world. However the launch of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Pieve Santa Restituta has generated particular excitement, as the general consensus is that the wines are outstanding.

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Pernod Ricard's third quarter results shows sales improving

Published:  23 April, 2015

Sales are improving at Pernod Ricard according to its third quarter financial results, reporting a 2% increase in organic sales to €6.5b and a 6% rise in reported growth for the first 9 months of the financial year.

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Portobello Road Gin launches new limited edition

Published:  23 April, 2015

Artisan gin brand Portobello Road gin is to launch a new limited edition gin, after seeing strong growth and growing international demand. 

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González Byass releases Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 in the UK

Published:  21 April, 2015

Tio Pepe En Rama 2015, a limited edition unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry which is part of the González Byass portfolio, is set to be released at the end of April in the UK.

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Rioja 2014 official vintage rated 'good' with increased quantities over last year

Published:  20 April, 2015

The thirtieth officially rated vintage in Rioja was rated 'good' by the control board for the Designated of Origin (DOC) with quantities looking to be higher than the 2013 vintage.

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Jacob's Creek launches wine and snack pairing to eliminate 'snobbery' associated with wine

Published:  20 April, 2015

Jacob's Creek is launching a wine and snack pairing 'wheel' with the help of celebrity foodie Jo Pratt to help consumers pick wines that compliment some of the UK's most favourite snacks and remove some of the 'snobbery associated with wine selection.'

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Anna Greenhous: Do different rice varieties effect different styles and flavours of sake?

Published:  16 April, 2015

Different grape varieties create distinctively different styles and flavours of wine, but can the same be said for different rice varieties with sake? Anna Greenhous investigates.

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CyT sales top over $1 billion for the first time

Published:  15 April, 2015

Concha y Toro announced sales grew 22.6% overall and increased 16.9% in the UK for its financial year-end 2014.

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Q&A: Chris Tomlinson, Tirril Brewery

Published:  14 April, 2015

Former pub owner turned brewer and distiller Chris Tomlinson of Tirril Brewery talks to Helen Arnold about the launch of Cumbria's first single malt whisky - the only malt in Britain made using a beer recipe

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Q&A: Damian Clarke of Freixenet's UK says his past work with FMCGs is helping to build stronger brands in wine trade

Published:  14 April, 2015

After a career spanning many leading grocery brands, Freixenet's UK boss Damian Clarke explains how his classic FMCG training is paying dividends in sparkling wine in the UK.

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Q&A: Christian Seely of AXA Millésimes talks En Primeur

Published:  13 April, 2015

Since 2000, Christian Seely has successfully led AXA Millésimes alongside such wine estates as Château Suduiraut, Pichon-Longueville and La Tour Pibran. Now, all his attention is focused on the 2014 en primeur.

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Economists brace for China's slowing economy

Published:  13 April, 2015

China has reported a 15% fall in exports and a 12% fall in imports for the month of March 2015, which has increased concerns that the Chinese economy is slowing down.

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Q&A: David Cox, chief executive, The Benevolent

Published:  10 April, 2015

"Despite being in existence for 129 years, I am acutely aware that there are many people within the drinks trade that do not actually know that there is a trade charity there to support and help them. And even if they did know about The Benevolent, we found that many myths and misconceptions exist about who we help and how we help."

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Riecine: Bringing a touch of Englishness to the Tuscan hills

Published:  10 April, 2015

The English have long beaten a path to the rolling hills of Tuscany for their holidays. Twenty-four years ago winemaker Sean O'Callaghan did just that - but he never left and has been making wines at Riecine winery ever since

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Analysis: Majestic's acquisition of Naked Wines

Published:  10 April, 2015

Majestic Wines' acquisition of Naked Wines, and the appointment of Rowan Gormley as its new chief executive, will see the launch of a new international multi-channel wine retailing group. 

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Harpers Wine & Spirit to join Agile Media

Published:  10 April, 2015

Harpers Wine and Spirit and Harpers.co.uk have, from the beginning of April, joined Off Licence News at Agile Media.

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Majestic Wines acquires Naked Wines and names Rowan Gormley chief executive

Published:  10 April, 2015

Majestic Wines has bought Naked Wines for £70 million and named Rowan Gormley chief executive officer of the new combined group.

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Increased polarisation of Australian wine market widens gap between winners and losers

Published:  09 April, 2015

The Australian wine market is becoming increasingly polarised as many bulk grape producers and grape wine growers appear to be on the brink of  collapse, while premium wine producers seem to be growing in both value and volume.

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Newly redesigned Vinexpo 2015 sells out of exhibitor space

Published:  07 April, 2015

The newly redesigned space at Vinexpo has now been fully book and all 2,400 exhibitor stalls have sold.

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Drinks industry is well placed to benefit from new Google and Twitter deal

Published:  02 April, 2015

Drinks retailers, wholesalers and producers who try to hush-up negative comments from customers online are putting their businesses at a major disadvantage, according to a leading social media expert.

 

 

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French winery fits mini cameras to bees to pioneer new viticiulture breakthrough

Published:  01 April, 2015
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Wine technology company VinTank bought by W20 Group

Published:  31 March, 2015

VinTank, the US technology company that helps wine companies manage their social media presence, has been purchased by San-Francisco-based digital communications agency, W2O Group.

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Naked Wines research finds consumers preferring higher alcohol wine

Published:  30 March, 2015

Naked Wines, the online wine retailer which crowdfunds independent winemakers through its customer base of over 250,000 'angels', has found that its consumers are favouring higher alcohol wines.

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Concha y Toro's new research centre set to benefit wine industry throughout Chile

Published:  26 March, 2015

Concha y Toro hopes its new multi million pound research and innovation centre it has built in the heart of Chile's wine growing country will help the whole Chilean wine industry better understand what is possible from the country's wine producers.

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Adnams aims to double turnover on spirits as it ramps up production

Published:  26 March, 2015

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams is aiming to grow its spirits business to around £7m in the next three years as it more than doubles production.

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E&J Gallo extends Californian properties with acquisition of premium US brand J Vineyards

Published:  25 March, 2015
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CyT joins Chile's fledgling DOC organisation

Published:  25 March, 2015

Concha y Toro, one of Chile's largest international brands, had joined Vigno, a society of small winemakers dedicated to promoting Carignan producers in the Maule Valley.

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Why English wine's Litmus Wines is on board with Branson's South African hotel venture

Published:  23 March, 2015

English winemaking consultants Litmus Wines recently teamed up with Richard Branson's private hotel collection Virgin Limited Edition to launch a new joint-venture wine business in South Africa's Franschhoek region. Litmus' founder and director John Worontschak, and VLE's managing director, Jon Brown, talked to Harpers.co.uk about the venture and what it will mean for the Surrey-based business. 

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Dedicated Wines looks to kick back against range cuts with new Les Incroyables wine range

Published:  23 March, 2015

Dedicated Wines is kicking back against wine range cutbacks in the major multiples by launching a new wine range, Les Incroyables, that it hopes will bring genuine interest to consumers and offer something different at a time of new product stagnation.

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Diageo puts innovation 'at the heart' of its UK commercial strategy

Published:  23 March, 2015

Diageo is stepping up its commitment to innovation as part of a commercial strategy that will see levels of npd boosted across its drinks portfolio. 

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Ridgeview to double production of its award winning English wine by 2020

Published:  23 March, 2015

Ridgeview, the award winning English winery, plans to double its production in the next five years as as an ambitious project of planting over 80 hectares of extra vines take effect.

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Diageo adds bottled beer to Guinness

Published:  23 March, 2015
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Invivo half way to NZ$2m crowdfunding target after only one day of trading

Published:  20 March, 2015

New Zealand winery, Invivo Wines, raised over half its NZ$2 million target in a matter of hours after its crowdfunding campaign was opened for business yesterday.

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Australian wine sees export value and volume growth for first time in seven years

Published:  20 March, 2015

Australian wine exports are showing positive growth in value and volume for the first time in seven years, according to new figures from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.

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ProWein 2015: Global currency fluctuations a key topic at this year's fair

Published:  19 March, 2015

The current fluctuations in currency exchange rates was the 'conversation of ProWein', particularly with the weakening euro and the strengthening US dollar having ripple effects on the global wine trade.

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ProWein 2015: Global currency fluctuations a key topic at this year's fair

Published:  19 March, 2015

The current fluctuations in currency exchange rates was the 'conversation of ProWein', particularly with the weakening euro and the strengthening US dollar having ripple effects on the global wine trade.

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ProWein 2015: Casella Family Brands capitalise on distribution to drive double digit growth

Published:  19 March, 2015
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Budget Latest: WSTA's Miles Beale says Chancellor has given drinks industry "perfect result"

Published:  19 March, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive, of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has described the Chancellor's decision to freeze wine duty and cut spirits by 2% as "just about the perfect result" it could have hoped from its Drop the Duty campaign.

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ProWein 2015: Huge potential to build super brands around the world says Concha y Toro

Published:  19 March, 2015

Building strong brands in the key £8 to £10 price sector has become increasingly the key battleground for the truly global wine producers operating in the main markets around the world, according to Thomas Domeyko, Concha y Toro's export director for Europe, USA and Africa.

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Budget 2015: Chancellor cuts duty on cider and spirits by 2% and wine duty frozen

Published:  18 March, 2015

The Chancellor George Osborne has today cut the duty on cider and spirits by 2%, frozen duty on wine and cut beer by a penny a pint for the third year running in his last pre-election Budget.

 

 

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'Unprecedented' demand from producers to promote South Africa at Cape Wine 2015

Published:  18 March, 2015

Cape Wine, the trade show for South African Wine, has seen unprecedented demand from producers six months before the show opens its doors.

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ProWein 2015: Australia needs to promote its stories and personalities says Laura Jewell

Published:  18 March, 2015

Australia needs to continue to concentrate on promoting the stories behind its wines and the personalities of the winemakers who make them if it is to make the most of its diverse range of wines, according to Laura Jewell MW who has just taken on her role as head of Wine Australia in the UK and Europe.

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ProWein 2015: Record breaking 52,000 visitors attended this week's show

Published:  18 March, 2015

More than 52,000 visitors attended ProWein 2015 this year, an increase of 7% over last year,  further solidifying the show as a must attend event on the international wine trade calendar.

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Prowein 2015: Gonzáles Byass grows profit 63% through international export effort

Published:  17 March, 2015

Gonzáles Byass has reported a 63% increase in net profit in 2014 over the previous year, which was primarily driven through the expansion of its international exports.

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ProWein 2015: Australia set for most "exciting period" in its history predicts Neil McGuigan

Published:  16 March, 2015

Critics of Australian wine need to "stand back" and prepare themselves for what Neil McGuigan of Australian Vintage believes could be the most "exciting period" in the country's history driven by the best quality wines it has ever produced.

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Food diagnostics company launces glycerol wine analysis kit

Published:  16 March, 2015

A new wine analysis kit which can detect glycerol in wine has been unveiled by Randox Food Diagnostics this month.

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ProWein 2015: Camel Valley looking for strong online partners to drive international growth

Published:  16 March, 2015

Camel Valley hopes its first involvement at ProWein in Dusseldorf will help it build its profile and distribution across Europe, particularly with strong direct and online players.

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ProWein opens for business with its biggest show to date

Published:  15 March, 2015

ProWein 2015 kicks off today in Dussdeldorf, Germany with a new looking show, different exhibition halls and over 5,500 producers, wineries and spirit companies all vying for the attention of visitors.

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Chief of the Week: Cockburn's Vintage Port

Published:  13 March, 2015

OK admittedly it seems strange to bestow our "Chief of the Week" honour on simply a vintage Port house. But then Cockburn's, now safely ensconced in the paternal ownership of Symington Family Estates, is not your average vintage Port company.

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Port on course to overtake sherry in the off-trade says Paul Symington

Published:  12 March, 2015

Port is set to overtake sherry in value sales in the off-trade in the next two years if current trends continue, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates.

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Australia's 170 year history of wine unravelled in new academic study

Published:  12 March, 2015

Anyone interested in the Australian wine industry can now access insights in to its 170-year history in a new free academic study that looks at how the country's wine production has developed and what lessons it teaches the wineries and producers today.

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English winery Ridgeview Wine Estates celebrates 20th anniversary with new branding

Published:  11 March, 2015

Award winning English winery Ridgeview Wine Estates is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new look across its entire range of English sparkling wines.

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Spanish winery Abadia Retuerta returns to UK with Enotria

Published:  11 March, 2015
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Maxxium promotes Mark Riley from head of off-trade to group's managing director

Published:  10 March, 2015

Spirit distributor Maxxium UK has named Mark Riley as its new managing director, who will take up the role next month.

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Gruppo Campari sees sales up but profits hit by acquisitions and poor exchange rate

Published:  10 March, 2015

Italian drinks group Gruppo Campari saw sales rise 2.4% in 2014 - but group net profit fell 13.9% to €43.2m, following one-off costs involved in recent acquisitions and an unfavourable exchange rate.

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Japanese sake producers reflect on four years of recovery to mark earthquake anniversary

Published:  10 March, 2015

Four years since the earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc across Japan, Anna Greenhous looks at how sake producers, some of whom were wiped out at the time, have rebuilt their industry and how sake has become a symbol for regeneration and hope in the country.

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Invivo looks to raise close to £1m in first New Zealand wine crowdfunding venture

Published:  10 March, 2015

Invivo claims it will be the first New Zealand winery to launch an equity crowdfunding offer as it hopes to raise a maximum $2million NZD (just under £1 million) with the help of shareholders, including UK chat show host, Graham Norton, to spearhead its future growth.

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Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.

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Artisan gin producers throw weight behind WSTA campaign

Published:  09 March, 2015

Artisan gin distillers have joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association's campaign calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty.

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Portuguese wine exports up 10% in UK says ViniPortugal

Published:  09 March, 2015

Portuguese wine exports to the UK rose 10% by volume in 2014, according to the latest figures from ViniPortugal. Values were also up 23%, it said.

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Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report

Published:  09 March, 2015

Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions.

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2015 London Wine Fair will be the "most diverse" ever promises show organisers

Published:  09 March, 2015

This year's London Wine Fair will be the most diverse in its 35 year history, according to show director Ross Carter.

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ProWein Preview: The Brits are coming!

Published:  09 March, 2015

Downtown Düsseldorf will be the place to be this March as ProWein opens its doors to hordes of international buyers - with the Brits increasingly first in the queue. Here is what you can expect for arguably the largest drinks tradeshow in the world.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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Bordeaux's last chance to transform "out of touch" en primeur system says Tim Atkin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Leading UK wine critic and Harpers columnist, Tim Atkin MW, has fired a warning shot across the bows of Bordeaux and warned its producers and chateaux that they need to listen to the international critricism of its en primeur system and make serious changes or risk looking "ridiculous" in the eyes of the wine world.

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South Africa's wild fires under control as wineries assess damage to vines

Published:  06 March, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa, which has been battling some of the worst wild fires the country has seen in over a decade, has now seen the blaze brought under control and wine authorities are starting to assess any potential vineyard damage.

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Indies must set the agenda with suppliers to be better buyers hears Harpers conference

Published:  06 March, 2015

It does not matter how good you are at tasting wine, if there is one skill every independent merchant must master it is the power to get the most out of the suppliers you choose to supply your wine.

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Mark Holdsworth, Half Hitch Gin, on breathing new life in to London gin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Camden Lock in north London was once the centre of the capital's gin production. Fifty years after the last distiller moved out, Mark Holdsworth is breathing new life into the area. He talks about craft gin and his plans for Half Hitch with Helen Arnold.

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UK vs France: the differences in marketing regulation of alcoholic drinks

Published:  06 March, 2015

If we think drinks legislation is inhibitive in the UK we only need look across the Channel to cheer ourselves. We asked Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Benoît Lecat which system is more fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Mitchells & Butlers: what on-trade buyers are looking for from their suppliers

Published:  06 March, 2015

Former Somerfield wine buyer and restaurant consultant Angela Mount asks Henry Boyes, wine procurement manager for Mitchells & Butlers, what suppliers need to do to satisfy the largest on-trade group in the UK.

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Dan Jago was "never suspended" from the business says Tesco

Published:  05 March, 2015

Tesco has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that Dan Jago, who is returning to the business on March 9, was never actually suspended from the company, but asked to "step aside".

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Origin Wine spearheads new campaign to get more wines bottled in South Africa

Published:  04 March, 2015

South Africa is set to increase its exports of bottled wine next year, following a change in the quota of duty free wine that is allowed to be exported to the EU as from 2016. In a campaign spearheaded by Origin Wines, one of South Africa's biggest exporters, other producers are being urged to switch to bottling to take advantage of the new allowances.

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Anivin announces its ambassador wines for 2015

Published:  03 March, 2015

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France Wines, has announced 112 'ambassador' wines for 2015.

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Harpers independents' poll reveals growing split between performance of UK wine merchants

Published:  03 March, 2015

There is a growing split between the scale, performance and growth of the country's independent wine merchants, according to an exclusive poll conducted for Harpers March for the Independents conference being held today in London.

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Les Dauphins hopes to promote niche areas of the Rhône to mass wine consumers

Published:  02 March, 2015

 

French wine brand, Les Dauphins, hopes to expand consumer's knowledge of the Rhône by launching three new wines promoting three local villages in the Côtes du Rhône region - Puyméras, Visan and St Maurice.

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Merchants across the country gather for Harpers March for the Independents conference

Published:  02 March, 2015

Independent wine merchants from across the UK will be heading to London tomorrow for Harpers March for the Independents conference offering business insights, advice and the chance to network with fellow retailers.

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Record breaking auction was only one highlight of Napa's "Premiere Week"

Published:  27 February, 2015

Last week's Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and live auction, held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, set the stage for bidding on a unique and highly-selective range of the appellation's finest wines resulting in a new record of $6 million USD in fundraising for local charities.

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WSTA's Call Time on Duty campaign wins major PR award

Published:  27 February, 2015

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association's Call Time On Duty campaign, which helped see the end of the duty escalator on wine and spirits in last year's Budget, has won a prestigious national public relations award.

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How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions

Published:  27 February, 2015

Peter McAtamney, principal at research body, Wine Business Solutions, gives his personal assessment on how best to drive and build a wine brand in the UK on-trade with a particular nod to Kleine Zalze, which has been named number one South African brand in its latest 2014 Wine On-Premise report,and Matthew Clark which is reaping the rewards of an astute wine listing strategy

 

 

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Gallo targets new wine drinkers with its first fruit and low-alcohol wine ranges

Published:  27 February, 2015

American wine giant, E& J Gallo, is continuing its drive to appeal to so-called millennial consumers, with the UK launch of a low-alcohol and a fruit wine range which are targeted at drinkers who are currently intimidated by wine but aspire to drink it.

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Entries for Harpers Awards extended by a week to March 6

Published:  26 February, 2015

The deadline to enter the 2015 Harpers Awards has been extended by a weeek to March 6 to alllow extra time for the trade to collate their entries.

 

 

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TescoGate: Dan Jago to return to retailer following investigation

Published:  26 February, 2015

Dan Jago, who was suspended from his role as Tesco's director of wine, spirits and beer at the height of the fallout from the £263 million shortfall in the retailer's profits, is being reinstated and will return to the retailer in a new role on March 9.

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Now or never call by WSTA's Miles Beale for trade to back Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  26 February, 2015

With less than three weeks to go before the Budget, Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, has made an empassioned appeal to the industry to act now and get fully behind its campaign to persuade the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty by 2% in his March Budget.

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Brazil wine sales quadruple on back of strong multiple support

Published:  26 February, 2015

Brazilian wine sales in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last year following strong support from multiple retailers.

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Major trade figures urge whole industry to act now and back the Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  26 February, 2015

Senior trade figures are rallying around the Drop the Duty campaign and urging everyone in the sector to play their part and lobby their MP to call on the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty rates by 2% in the March Budget.

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Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target to boost its Indian wine business

Published:  25 February, 2015

Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map.

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Champagne Jayne supporters launch fundraising effort to pay legal fees

Published:  25 February, 2015

 

Supporters of Jayne Powell, better known as Champagne Jayne, have started a fundraising effort to help pay her legal fees in her on-going legal dispute with the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC).

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Online and c-store shopping will drive global wine sales says ProWein and Wine Intelligence

Published:  25 February, 2015

Online and convenience shopping will be the two key channels that wine companies and prducers will have to target in the future in the major global wine markets, according to new research from ProWein and Wine Intelligence. 

 

 

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New Zealand wineries award first scholarship to UK MW student

Published:  24 February, 2015

A group of artisan wine producers in New Zealand have awarded their first MW scholarship to a UK-based wine writer.

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Reka Haros, Sfriso Winery: five key steps to take when selling direct to consumers

Published:  24 February, 2015

Reka Haros, who runs the Sfriso family winery in Italy, offers more advice on how wineries, producers and wine businesses can successfully go direct to their customers.

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Matthew Clark brings in 30 new producers to meet market and customer demands

Published:  24 February, 2015

 

 

Trade visitors to Matthew Clark's #WhyWeLoveWine event next week will have the chance to taste over 30 new producers that have been taken on by the wholesaler

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England and New Zealand sparkling wines go head to head in a "Battle of the Bubbles"

Published:  23 February, 2015

Competition between English and New Zealand sparkling wine came to a head last week as the two countries tied in a blind-tasting organised to coincide with the Cricket World Cup.

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SITT tastings for independents come to Manchester and London

Published:  23 February, 2015

Independent wine merchants are flocking to Manchester's Old Trafford today for the start of the Specialist Independent Trade Tasting (SITT).

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Wine industry needs to rethink the way it uses video hears Google social media seminar

Published:  20 February, 2015

Wine businesses need to rethink use of online video to engage with consumers, a leading wine academic has said.

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All female-panel selects the winners in the 2015 Argentina Wine Awards

Published:  20 February, 2015

An all-female line up of international judges have voted for the winners in the 2015 Argentina wine awards.

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One week to go to enter the Harpers Awards 2015

Published:  20 February, 2015

The clock is ticking but there is still time to get your entries in for the Harpers Awards 2015.

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Wine and spirits companies urged to tweet out their support for a Drop in Duty

Published:  20 February, 2015

Today Harpers is repeating its call to all wine and spirits producers around the globe that are frustrated by the high alcohol duty levels in the UK to put their name and voice behind the industry's Drop the Duty campaign and raise the issue with the Chancellor, George Osborne.

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Australian Vintage pulls back from bulk to focus on branded wine in UK

Published:  18 February, 2015

Australian Vintage is pulling back from bulk wine sales in the UK to focus on its core branded range as prices sink.

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Chile's Cono Sur extends Tour de France partnership

Published:  18 February, 2015

Concha y Toro's Cono Sur brand has signed up as official wine of the cycling race the Tour de France for the next three years.

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South Africa brings in earliest wine harvest in over 20 years

Published:  17 February, 2015

South Africa is reporting its earliest harvest of the millennium, with leading Swartland producer, Adi Badenhorst, having finished picking all his fruit by Valentine's Day.

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Cape Wine 2015 auction raises over R10.5m

Published:  17 February, 2015

The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raised R10.565 million for education in the Cape Winelands, up 50% on last year.

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Yealands relaunches Hawke's Bay Crossroads with Enotria

Published:  16 February, 2015

Yealands Wine Group is moving is its Hawke's Bay Crossroads wines to Enotria from Mentzendorff to streamline UK distribution.

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French wine exports to the UK fall 10% by value in 2014

Published:  13 February, 2015

France's wine exports to the UK have fallen 10% by value in 2014, although British consumers still take in 12.2% of their neighbour's wines, making it the second biggest export market for France.

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Calling on wine and spirits producers around the world to back Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2015

Today Harpers is calling on wine and spirits producers around the world concerned about the high alcohol duty levels in the UK to get involved in the Drop the Duty campaign and have their voice heard by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

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H1 results for Pernod Ricard show stability as Alexandre Ricard steps up as CEO

Published:  12 February, 2015

Sales growth for the first half of the financial year for Pernod Ricard was minimal, but stable, ahead of the announcement of leadership changes at the drinks giant.

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England and New Zealand's sparkling wines clash ahead of Cricket World Cup

Published:  11 February, 2015

The doyens of the English and New Zealand sparkling wine industry are ratcheting up the competition ahead of the Cricket World Cup with a blind taste off.

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California's 2014 grape crush shows 'healthy decline' but won't stop bulk prices sliding

Published:  11 February, 2015

California's grape crush for 2014 hit 3.91 million tonnes, showing a "healthy decline" of 340,000 tonnes on the previous year, however the "ample inventories" of 2012 and 2013 means finding buyers for wine will be a challenge.

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Stevens Garnier rebrands to Sogrape and ups on-trade focus

Published:  10 February, 2015

Wine supplier Stevens Garnier is ditching its old name in favour of Sogrape, that of its Portuguese parent company, and has vowed to hone in on the UK's on-trade in 2015.

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Red Squirrel Wines behind new trade initiative to promote Bulgarian wines

Published:  10 February, 2015

Independent wine merchant, Red Squirrel Wines, is behind a new initiative to put the spotlight on wines from Bulgaria with four days of events in March including a trade tasting at the Bulgarian Embassy on March 18.

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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US 'most attractive' market for premium wine producers, says Rabobank

Published:  09 February, 2015

The United States is the "most attractive major market" for producers targeting premium wine sales, says the latest report from Rabobank.

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Tesco calls on wine suppliers for added payments as Grocery Code Adjudicator starts inquiry

Published:  06 February, 2015

In the last 24 hours Tesco has issued two separate requests for wine suppliers to pay effectively the same additional payment for increased sales volumes they have received for their products following its recent product cull.

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Tim Heath, senior winemaker of Cloudy Bay, talks about the challenges of making an iconic Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  06 February, 2015

Tim Heath, Cloudy Bay's straight-talking 38-year-old Aussie winemaker, talks about the challenges of producing one of the world's most iconic Sauvignons, his winemaking ethos - and his loathing of accountants.

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12 ways indies can work better with suppliers says Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  05 February, 2015

A growing list of major wine suppliers and producers are now seriously looking to work closer and more effectively with independent wine merchants. Here Tim North, UK director for Les Grands Chais de France, one of the largest French wine producers with estates in all the main wine growing regions, offers his advice to merchants on how to buy and then market and sell their wines. Les Grands Chais de France is one of the partner suppliers behind the March for the Independents campaign.

 

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Felix Solis UK toasts sales rise of 28% in first year as standalone firm

Published:  04 February, 2015

The UK arm of Spanish wine company Felix Solis is toasting a cracking first year as a standalone company as its sales have soared 28% in the last 12 months.

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Kent vineyard Chapel Down signs deal on new land

Published:  04 February, 2015

Kent winery Chapel Down is looking to bump up production and has signed deals to double the land it holds under lease to 130 hectares.

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LVMH profits up, despite poor wine and spirits performance in 2014

Published:  04 February, 2015

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton reported €30.6 billion in revenue for its full year financial results for 2014, which was up 6% over 2013, with revenue increases in all business groups except the wine and spirits arm of the company.

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Yalumba CEO Robert Hill-Smith steps down after 30 years

Published:  04 February, 2015

Australia's oldest family winery Yalumba is to lose its chief executive of 30 years - Robert Hill-Smith - who is stepping down from the role to chair the board of directors.

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Rioja wines plan to boost premium sales as value soars 10% in UK

Published:  03 February, 2015

Rioja wines soared 10% by value in the UK in 2014, and the region now plans to boost its premium position with campaigns targeting the on-trade and independent sector.

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Accolade Wines finalises Grant Burge deal

Published:  03 February, 2015

Accolade Wines has completed its deal to acquire the Barossa Valley's Grant Burge Wines, which includes its brand, business and Krondorf winery.

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Wine is now the UK's most popular alcohol drink with 30 million regular drinkers

Published:  31 January, 2015

Wine is now the most popular alcohol drink with 60% of adults, according to a new poll commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

 

 

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Jacob's Creek turns to its winemakers and growers for new TV campaign

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

Rather than just rely on stunning Australian scenery to sell its wines Jacob's Creek has turned to the actual winemakers and growers behind the brand in its new television advert that hits our screens from February 1.

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Herefordshire English winery looking for UK distributor

Published:  30 January, 2015

One of the oldest farming families in Herefordshire, which converted from cattle to vines 10 years ago, is looking for a UK distributor for its wine.

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IWC claims retailers can raise millions of pounds in extra sales by using medal stickers

Published:  30 January, 2015

Using award winning wine stickers on bottles can boost total wine sales by up to 15% in retail outlets, equating to millions of pounds in extra sales, according to research released today by the International Wine Challenge.

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Why Eduardo Chadwick - and friends - are feeling on top of the world

Published:  29 January, 2015

Here's a novel way to celebrate receiving the highest ever score for a Chilean wine - match the accomplishment by climbing to the top of your country's highest mountain.

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Concha y Toro beefs up push across six core wine brands

Published:  29 January, 2015

Concha y Toro UK is planning a renewed push across six of its core wine brands for 2015, as well as aiming to boost convenience sales.

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Diageo sales hit by currency and 'challenging' trading environment

Published:  29 January, 2015

Diageo's half-yearly sales were hit by currency and the "challenging" trading environment as organic net sales fell 0.1% and volumes 1.9%.

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Trivento extends its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby by a further three years

Published:  29 January, 2015

Trivento, the Argentinean wine brand, is to extend its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby for a further three years following the success of its initial link up.

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Australia's Grape and Wine Authority looks to secure industry's future for "next generation"

Published:  28 January, 2015

Australia is already starting to see the fruits of creating a single Australian Grape and Wine Authority although its principle strategy is focused on securing long term, sustainable benefits for the industry.

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Diageo exposed for extending supplier payment terms to 90 days

Published:  27 January, 2015

Diageo is the latest high profile supplier to be exposed by the national media for trying to exert what has been seen as overt pressure on its suppliers.

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Accolade Wines recruits Daniel l'Anson as first UK fine wine director to drive premium wines

Published:  27 January, 2015

Accolade Wines hopes to establish a footprint and market for its extensive range of premium wines by appointing its first fine wine director in the UK.

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Harpers Awards 2015 promises to roll out red carpet for best in UK wine and spirits

Published:  26 January, 2015

Awards season is well and truly amongst us with seemingly not a day going by without a red carpet being rolled out for the great, good and glamorous. Harpers is giving you the chance to shine in your own industry with this year's entry process for the Harpers Awards well and truly under way.

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UK wine trade to unite to pay respects to Château Musar's Serge Hochar

Published:  26 January, 2015

A memorial service is to be held to remember the life and influence of legendary Lebanese winemaker, Serge Hochar, of Château Musar, who died whilst on a family holiday in Mexico over the new year.

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Maxxium UK's MD announces departure for newly created role at Edrington

Published:  23 January, 2015

Maxxium UK's managing director Huw Pennell announced today he will be leaving his post to join Edrington, one of Maxxium UK's major shareholders, for a newly created role of European regional managing director on April 1, 2015.

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Top British importers and merchants unite to call for better prices from Bordeaux

Published:  23 January, 2015

Some of the biggest wine importers, distributors, brokers and retailers in the country, including Majestic, Berry Bros & Rudd and Farr Vintners, have written to Bordeaux producers to demand changes in pricing of wines being offered to the UK.

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Former ITN and CNN correspondents in Wine Enthusiast's top 5

Published:  22 January, 2015

David Smith, the former ITN news correspondent turned winemaker, has received a massive vote of confidence for his Argentinian wine, SonVida, that only had its first vintage in 2007, by being named number four in the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Top100 wines of the year.

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US wine industry facing 'unprecedented' third large harvest, says SVB

Published:  22 January, 2015

Silicon Valley Bank is forecasting an "unprecedented" third large harvest in a row for the US, and that 2015 will be the "breakout" year for fine wine, which will grow 14 to 18%.

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Small distilleries back cut in duty campaign

Published:  21 January, 2015

Small distillers across the UK have come out in force in favour of a 2% cut in the rate of duty, which they maintain would boost growth in the industry.

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Spain's wine exports jumped by 380m litres but revenues plummeted

Published:  21 January, 2015

Spain exported almost 380 million litres more wine in the first 11 months of 2014, but its revenues were down €93 million, as prices took a nose dive by 31 cents per litre.

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Champagne celebrates return to growth as sales hit €4.5 billion

Published:  21 January, 2015

Champagne shipments grew 1% by volume in 2014, with sales expected to exceed 307 million bottles and hit €4.5 billion.

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Australia's premium wines drive exports to bounce back

Published:  21 January, 2015

Australian wine exports have grown 1.9% by value and volume to 700 million litres and $1.82 billion in 2014, with premium wines leading the charge. 

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Cockburn's Port lines up year of celebrations for bicentenary

Published:  20 January, 2015

Cockburn's Port is embarking on a year of celebration in 2015 to mark the company's bicentenary - including launching a commemorative edition of its Special Reserve.

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Rioja's José Madrazo Real de Asúa has died

Published:  16 January, 2015

One of Rioja's pioneers, José Madrazo Real de Asúa, of the Spanish winery CVNE, has died.

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Labour's alcohol policies to boost Britain's health attacked by trade bodies

Published:  16 January, 2015

Labour party plans to introduce a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events, combined with a series of measures to boost Britain's health have been attacked by the drinks industry's major trade associations.

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WSTA's Miles Beale urges all in UK drinks industry to help secure 2% cut in alcohol duty

Published:  16 January, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, spells out today on Harpers.co.uk why it is so important everyone in the UK drinks industry plays their part in trying to secure a 2% drop in alcohol duty in the Budget in March.

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Drinks firms need to collaborate more with suppliers to keep costs down

Published:  15 January, 2015

Ratcheting pressure on drinks firms and suppliers to become more agile and responsive to consumer demands is forcing up costs - meaning the need for collaboration between the two is more important than ever.

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France needs to do better at selling itself hears French Wines Discovery tasting

Published:  14 January, 2015

France needs to better communicate its enviable attributes, according to a Harpers trade debate held at this week's French Wines Discoveries fair in London.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Bob Spooner chief supply officer

Published:  14 January, 2015

Treasury's chief executive has appointed a former Premier Foods colleague to the role of chief supply officer at the wine firm's Australian headquarters.

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Reka Haros: why wineries need to go direct to their consumers

Published:  13 January, 2015

Reka Haros of the Sfriso Winery in Italy explains why she changed her business model, cut out the middle men and took her wines straight to consumers in their homes

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Greenall's Gin signs £3m horseracing sponsorship deal

Published:  13 January, 2015

Greenall's Gin has invested £3 million in a three-year sponsorship deal plus marketing with horseracing's Jockey Club, which will see the brand take top billing at Cheltenham and the Grand National.

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Harpers Awards 2015 are open for entry!

Published:  13 January, 2015

 The entry process for the Harpers Awards 2015 is well and truly underway with the opportunity for businesses and individuals from across the UK on and off-trades to receive recognition for their hard work and achievements.

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Wine closure firm Nomacorc bought out by founder and Bespoke Capital

Published:  12 January, 2015

Synthetic wine closure firm Nomacorc is set for long-term growth after being bought out from Summit Parnetrs by its current founder and chairman Marc Noël along with Bespoke Capital.

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Q&A: Pierre-Henry Gagey, president, Maison Louis Jadot

Published:  11 January, 2015

Pierre-Henry Gagey has been with Maison Louis Jadot since 1984 and became president in 1992, following in the footsteps of his father who had joined in 1954 to become its director in 1962. He talks to Anne Krebiehl MW about the prices of the 2013 en primeur campaign and the challenges facing Burgundy now

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March for the Independents campaign to put spotlight on wine merchants

Published:  09 January, 2015

Today Harpers is officially launching its most ambitious project yet to support and promote independent wine merchants. Here's how you can get involved in March for the Independents

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Comité Champagne under attack for its "vindictive" legal dispute against Champagne Jayne

Published:  09 January, 2015

Guy Woodward, Harpers columnist and former Decanter editor, has attacked  the Comité Champagne today for its on-going legal battle against freelance broadcaster and educator, Jayne Powell, over the use of her "Champagne Jayne" monicker.

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Up to 95% of suppliers demand retailers change the way they work with them

Published:  09 January, 2015

Up to 95% of the 200 suppliers who took part in our survey into the behaviour of major UK retailers want them to change. Here Gemma McKenna reveals what suppliers really think of the big multiples

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Tesco is worst retailer to work with say wine and spirits suppliers in Harpers poll

Published:  09 January, 2015

Tesco has been named and shamed as the worst retailer to work with in a survey of over 200 wine and spirits suppliers carried out by Harpers.co.uk. 

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Rowan Gormley tells the naked truth about Naked Wines

Published:  09 January, 2015

No one can deny Naked Wines has an innovative business model, but is it everything it claims to be? Erin Smith asks founder Rowan Gormley to reveal all

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New Zealand looks to break away from Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  09 January, 2015

New Zealand maintains a privileged, premium position in the UK market and is working hard to shake its over-reliance on Sauvignon Blanc by introducing new styles. Anne Krebiehl MW reports

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Corney & Barrow signs exclusive UK distribution deal for all Labruyère Family's wines

Published:  08 January, 2015

Corney & Barrow has extended its French wine offer with the news it is to represent the full Labruyère Family portfolio, which includes Domaine Jacques Prieur, Domaine Labruyère Moulin-à-Vent, exclusively in the UK.

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Foncalieu puts winemakers at the centre of its L'Atelier Prestige relaunch

Published:  08 January, 2015

Leading French wine co-operative, Les Vignobles Foncalieu, is relaunching its L'Atelier Prestige wine range with a new look and focus on the winemakers behind the concept.

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Scotch Whisky Association to open London office as it ramps up international focus

Published:  08 January, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association is on the hunt for a new global affairs director, to be responsible for all of its international and EU business, who will head up a new London office.

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English wine gears up for bumper 2015

Published:  07 January, 2015

English wine is gearing up for another cracking year as its sales edge closer to the ambitious £100 million target and top MPs and industry chiefs begin to champion its progress both at home and abroad.

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Sake set to finally make its mark in the UK in 2015

Published:  07 January, 2015

 

 

After a breakthrough year in 2014 which saw sake appear in some of the hottest wine lists in the country, including the Chiltern Firehouse, sake experts believe the UK is set to follow the US and Japan and become far more widely distributed across both the on and off-trades.

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Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo teams up with Sky Movies

Published:  06 January, 2015

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo is partnering with Sky Movies for the broadcaster's largest ever multi-channel sponsorship deal, which will get underway in March.

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Direct Wines appoints David Thatcher as group ceo as Simon McMurtrie steps down

Published:  05 January, 2015

Simon McMurtrie, Direct Wines group chief executive, is stepping down later this month to act as chairman for a number of businesses, with current UK managing director David Thatcher replacing him.

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Obituary: Serge Hochar of Lebanon's Château Musar

Published:  04 January, 2015

Michael Karam, acclaimed journalist, ambassador for Lebanese wine and author of  Wines of Lebanon remembers, Serge Hochar, the charismatic and buccaneering owner of Lebanon's Château Musar, who died at the age of 74, while on holiday with his family in Mexico over the new year.

 

 

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International wine trade pays tribute following the death of Château Musar's Serge Hochar

Published:  02 January, 2015

The international wine trade has united today to pay its respects to the legendary Lebanese winemaker, Serge Hochar, of Château Musar, who died over the new year.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: John McLaren

Published:  30 December, 2014

John McLaren, UK director of the Wine Institute of California, on how the UK has changed to become a fresh land of opportunity for Californian producers, how it's in a 'holding pattern' with grocers, and why he 'may scream' if he's told to 'engage with consumers' again.

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Video: 2014's Wine Vision conference highlights

Published:  29 December, 2014

November's Wine Vision conference brought together the great and the good of the wine world - and focused on everything from how the brain ventriloquises taste to the need to "drag more consumers into the category".

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Carlsberg UK signs pledges not to sell more than four units in one can

Published:  24 December, 2014

Carlsberg UK has committed to the government's Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge on packaging - stating it will not sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.

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Pinkster gin steps up expansion plans

Published:  23 December, 2014

Raspberry gin brand Pinkster has stepped up expansion plans after securing a six-figure sum in second-round financing from an angel investor.

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Harpers launches March for Independents conference and campaign to support merchants

Published:  19 December, 2014

In a bid to put the spotlight firmly on the independent merchant sector Harpers is to launch a campaign in the new year designed to highlight the issues facing retailers which will build up to a major independent merchant conference in London on March 3.

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Andrew Shaw to head up Bibendum PLB's new buying team

Published:  19 December, 2014

Andrew Shaw is to head up  Bibendum PLB's new joint buying team to work across all trading companies of the business - Bibendum, PLB and Walker and Wodehouse.

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Yellow Tail owner Casella completes purchase of Peter Lehmann Wines

Published:  19 December, 2014

Casella Family Brands is planning to ramp up sales of Peter Lehmann Wines both in Australia and overseas now that the acquisition has been completed.

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Tesco accused of 'blunderbuss' approach in scrapping supplier fees

Published:  18 December, 2014

Tesco's move to scrap supplier fees and instead focus on getting the lowest prices upfront has been greeted with scepticism by leading consultants who describe is as "old-fashioned" and taking a "blunderbuss approach".

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Spike in applications for craft distillers' licences takes HMRC 'by surprise'

Published:  17 December, 2014

The number of applications for craft distiller licences in the UK has taken HMRC "by surprise", spiking from two last year, to 35 so far in 2014.

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Burgundy wines tries to buck falling UK sales with week-long event

Published:  17 December, 2014

The generic body behind Burgundy wines in the UK is launching a week long showcase of the region's wines in London in January 2015 as part of a bid to counteract its slump in sales.

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Still time to test your knowledge and take the Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge!

Published:  17 December, 2014

There has been a lot going on over the last 12 months and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news, views and opinions in the UK wine and spirits sector. So why not find out how much you remember or what caught your attention in 2014 by taking part in our fun Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge.

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James Bond returns to vodka - Belvedere vodka for new Spectre film

Published:  16 December, 2014

Bond is back and this time's he's drinking vodka. Belvedere vodka to be exact.

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Matthew Gaughan on what the UK can learn from the rise of craft beers in the US

Published:  16 December, 2014

As in the UK, the beer scene in the US has been transformed over the last 20 years. As mainstream lagers have got blander and colder, craft breweries have sprung up around the country to be greeted by an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable set of drinkers.

 

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BBC Food & Drink's new double act of Joe Wadsack and Tom Kerridge goes live on January 2

Published:  16 December, 2014

Joe Wadsack, the acclaimed wine broadcaster and consultant, will make his first appearance as the new face of wine on BBC's Food & Drink programme when the programme is re-launched with two Michelin-star chef, Tom Kerridge, on January 2, 2015. 

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Whisky Birmingham to attract 150 whisky players to its 2015 show

Published:  12 December, 2014

Over 150 whiskies will be on show at Whisky Birmingham on March 7, 2015, England's largest whisky festival outside London.

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Caliterra's Rodrigo Zamorano on making wines that change people's perceptions of Chile

Published:  12 December, 2014

Chilean winery Errazuriz, established over 130 years ago, has owned Caliterra since 2004. Helen Arnold talks to its chief winemaker, Rodrigo Zamorano, about his new Edicion Limitada range, and the changing face of Chilean wine.

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Minister backs call for lower duty tax band for reduced alcohol wines

Published:  12 December, 2014

The UK's public health minister has expressed "frustration" with a lack of flexibility around introducing a lower tax band for lower end wines, but the WSTA warns such a step would discriminate against wine from warmer climes.

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COPY: Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  10 December, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

 

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New Zealand's Yealands Wine Group looks to fast-track expansion

Published:  09 December, 2014

New Zealand's Yealands Wine Group is looking at funding options in order to fast-track expansion plans and increase its vineyard holdings.

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Q&A: Cherie Spriggs, Nyetimber

Published:  08 December, 2014

Nyetimber is on a roll this year after its Classic Cuvée 2009 won two trophies at this year's International Wine Challenge. Harpers.co.uk caught up with head winemaker Cherie Spriggs to ask what drew her towards the iconic label and where she plans to take it next.

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Italian wineries must take advantage of wine tourism, finds report

Published:  05 December, 2014

The small size of most Italian wineries means they are struggling to take advantage of wine tourism and professionalise - both of which are required in order to secure the industry's future, a new report says.

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Naked Wines is UK's most popular specialist online wine retailer, says Harpers new report

Published:  05 December, 2014

Naked Wines is the most popular specialist online wine retailer in the UK, according to a new Harpers report published today that examines the online shopping habits of British consumers.

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Over 40% of Brits will buy wine online this Christmas, says Harpers new e-commerce report

Published:  05 December, 2014

 

 

Over 40% of Brits will buy their Christmas wine online this year, according to a new report published today by Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Wine and spirit industries to unite in combined campaign for 2% duty cut in 2015 Budget

Published:  05 December, 2014

The wine and spirits industry is to unite under a combined campaign and consider calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty in the 2015 Budget.

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London Wine Fair on look out for niche wine importers for its Esoterica fixture for independents

Published:  02 December, 2014

Small, independent or niche wine importers have the chance to book a place in the Esoterica feature at the London Wine Fair that has seen 80% of last year's exhibitors book again for the 2015 show.

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Accolade Wines going ahead with Grant Burge purchase

Published:  01 December, 2014

Accolade Wines and Barossa's Grant Burge wines have reached agreement on the acquisition of the Grant Burge brand and business, along with its Krondorf winery.

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Pol Roger Portfolio to distribute Kilchoman whiskies

Published:  01 December, 2014

Islay distillery Kilchoman has signed a deal with the family-run Pol Roger Champagne to distribute its range of single malt whiskies.

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Memorial service for Ridgeview's Mike Roberts

Published:  28 November, 2014

A memorial service for Mike Roberts, founder of English sparkling winery, Ridgeview,  who died earlier this month, is to be held on December 5.

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Special whisky launched to celebrate pro-independence vote in Scotland

Published:  28 November, 2014

 

Springbank Distillers, which claims to have been the only whisky distillery to back Scottish independence, has brought a limited edition bottle to commemorate the historic vote in September.

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Italy's Lugana wine producers fight plans for 'devastating' fast train

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine producers in northern Italy's Lugana region are fighting plans for a high speed rail line which would wipe out one third of their vineyard area.

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Soul Tree looks to raise £350k in crowdfunding scheme for its Indian wine business

Published:  27 November, 2014

 

Soul Tree Wines, one of India's leading wineries, is third of a way to reaching its target of £350,000 in a crowdfunding scheme to raise extra capital to help it on its next stage of its development.

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Roger Jones on falling in love with the "wild west" of New Zealand's Central Otago

Published:  26 November, 2014

If there was one area in New Zealand which defines the whole ethos of its wine industry it must be Central Otago.

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Debate over role and relevance of wine bloggers continues as trade figures take sides

Published:  26 November, 2014

What role and relevance bloggers have on the wine trade has become a major debating issue on Harpers.co.uk and on social media following recent articles questioning their value from leading wine commentators.

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Cape Wine Auction hopes to raise thousands more for education in South Afrrica's winelands

Published:  24 November, 2014

Plans are in place for the second AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction which hopes to raise millions of rand to help fund education in the winelands of South Africa.

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Krug releases three Grande Cuvées in special limited edition ID case

Published:  24 November, 2014

Fans of Krug Champagne can splash out this Christmas on a limited edition special gift box set that includes three bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée each with a different story behind the blend.

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Benromach launches two single malts aged in French wine casks

Published:  24 November, 2014

 

Benromach is launching two single malt whiskies that have been aged in French wine casks from the Rhone and Bordeaux respecitively.

 

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Reh Kendermann boss Nik Schritz to step down

Published:  24 November, 2014

Nikolaus Schritz has decided to "quit while ahead", leaving Black Tower brand owner Reh Kendermann at the end of the year with sales up over 20%.

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Glenfiddich launches online Gallery giving whisky connoisseurs access to rare malts

Published:  21 November, 2014

Glenfiddich has launched a new online service which gives whisky fans and collectors access to rare and unreleased single malts from its collection.

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Roger Jones on what New Zealand is doing best with Sauvignon Blanc and his top wines

Published:  21 November, 2014

Concerns have been rumbling in the UK that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may have reached its fashion peak and is going the same way as Australian Chardonnay did a decade ago, where the industry were guided by the supermarket dinosaurs to produce a product that consumers no longer wanted, but price and flash instant big flavour hit was the defining factor.

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France Summit video: what French producers and generics think of the UK market

Published:  20 November, 2014

Being able to highlight the steps they are taking to promote French wine in the UK as well as understand more the challenges of the British market were some of the key reasons producers and French generic and promotional bodies attended last month's Harpers France Summit.

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Wine designs fail if don't stand for something, Stranger & Stranger's Kevin Shaw tells Wine Vision

Published:  19 November, 2014

The secret to good brand design is for it to stand for something which is where wine often falls down as they just all "blur" into each other, according to Kevin Shaw, founder of design agency Stranger & Stranger.

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Day 2 Wine Vision News Blog: Social media is key for producers going direct to consumers

Published:  19 November, 2014

Wine producers need to use social media more effectively to drive sales of their own wines be it going direct to consumers or through traditional retail channels, according to innovative wineries speaking at today's Wine Vision.

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Consumers are now "risk averse" Future Foundation tells Wine Vision

Published:  18 November, 2014

                                          

Technology and changing society has made consumers increasingly "risk averse" and more conscious of their behaviour which has direct implications for the wine industry, according to Barry Clark of the Future Foundation.

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Simon McMurtrie opens Wine Vision with clarion call to industry

Published:  18 November, 2014

Simon McMurtrie, chief executive of Direct Wines, opened Wine Vision 2014 with a clarion call to the global wine industry to do all it can to get people to not only spend more on wine, but to buy a wider selection of wines.

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Fine wine investment requires 'visionary eye', says Moet chief at Wine Vision

Published:  18 November, 2014

 

You need a "visionary eye" in order to anticipate where best to invest in fine wine production, says Moet Hennessy chief executive of estates and wine Jean Guillaume Prats.

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Isabelle Pangault, Foncalieu' s new winemaker, on opportunities for Languedoc-Rousssillon

Published:  18 November, 2014

Geoffrey Dean talks to Isabelle Pangault, winemaker and brand ambassador for Foncalieu, the leading Languedoc-Roussillon co-operative:

 

 

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse set for last Hospice de Beaune before handing over to first female manager

Published:  14 November, 2014

Burgundy winemaker, Roland Masse, will see his last vintage put up for auction at this weekend's Hospice de Beaune before he passes on the responsibility to Ludivine Griveau, the first woman to look after the domain in its history.

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse reflects on his last year as manager of Hospice de Beaune

Published:  14 November, 2014

The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, 61, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this coming Sunday. Here he reflects on his career before handing over responsiblity to Ludivine Griveau who will become the first woman to manage the domain from January.

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Why Greek wine deserves to be taken seriously

Published:  14 November, 2014

Greece recently celebrated its "Ohi Day" ("No" day) on October 28 to mark the time when in 1940 the then Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, rejected Benito Mussolini's ultimatum to march troops through Greece. In 2014, much is being said about how Greeks need to say "no" to corruption, which has contributed to the country's on-going economic crisis.

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Cockburn's Port looks to capture spirit of family Christmas with new festive campaign

Published:  13 November, 2014

Cockburn's Port is hoping to capture the spirit of Christmas with a new print and online advertising campaign that breaks this week.

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Top wine brands choose Vente Privee as new route to market

Published:  13 November, 2014

Top name wine producers are using flash sales site Vente Privée to attract new consumers to their brands in the UK.

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Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery, kicks off with potato vodka

Published:  13 November, 2014

A super-premium Scottish potato vodka is to be the first spirit produced by Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery.

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Casella set to buy Peter Lehmann Wines

Published:  13 November, 2014

Two major players of the Australian wine world are to come together as Casella Family Brands, owners of Yellow Tail, plans to buy Peter Lehmann Wines.

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Government ministers to set out misuse strategies at Alcohol Concern conference

Published:  12 November, 2014

Alcohol Concern has lined up a strong panel of front bench MPs and ministers to speak at its annual conference next week which will be held under the theme "Taking back our health and high streets".

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ProWein launches new Asia show in Singapore from 2016 to support its Chinese exhibition

Published:  11 November, 2014

 

ProWein is to hold a new exhibition in Singapore in April 2016 to support its already established ProWine China event in Shanghai.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2014

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month's Harper's, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois' Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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Bordeaux Buyers Roundtable: What leading on and off-trade players are looking for from Bordeaux

Published:  11 November, 2014

In light of its new global advertising campaign, launched last month, which looks to reposition Bordeaux as a region producing wines for all tastes and occasions, several leading buyers and consultants come together to truly assess Bordeaux's position in the UK trade.

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Ten things you need to know about Bibendum PLB

Published:  11 November, 2014

It's been billed as one of the biggest deals of the century, but what do you need to know about the Bibendum takeover of PLB and what it means for the trade?

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TescoGate: UK investors could join US shareholders and fire legal action against senior chiefs

Published:  10 November, 2014

Tesco UK and European investors could join US shareholders in taking legal action against the beleaguered retail chain in the wake of its £263 million overstatement of profits.

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Les Dauphins looks to raise money for BBC Children in Need

Published:  10 November, 2014

Les Dauphins, the French wine brand, is linking up with the BBC Good Food Show to help raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal at this weekend's event.

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Diageo's bet on Don Julio Tequila applauded by analysts

Published:  10 November, 2014

Last week Diageo announced it agreed to acquire Don Julio Tequila in exchange for its Bushmills Irish whiskey brand with Jose Cuervo in a move that has been widely applauded by analysts.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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Chiefs of the week: Harpers Rising Stars for Wine Vision

Published:  07 November, 2014

We don't just have one Chief of the Week for you this time round, but eight. Yes the eight stand out winners who we have selected to receive the Harpers Rising Stars Grant to attend this month's Wine Vision conference in London.

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Suppliers and indpendents unite for Best Practice debate

Published:  07 November, 2014

To help independents and suppliers work together more effectively Harpers hosted an open trade debate to see the difference the Best Practice Guidelines are having on day-to-day business.

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Harpers recruits Rising Stars to attend Wine Vision 2014

Published:  07 November, 2014

Harpers is giving emerging talent in the global wine industry the chance to attend this month's Wine Vision event in London. Here are the winners of our Rising Stars Grants that will be attending this year's conference

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Drinks firms hit voluntary labelling target

Published:  06 November, 2014

UK drinks companies have delivered on a voluntary pledge to improve health labelling on alcohol products on shelf by making sure 80% of products carry extra information.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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Naked Wines urges suppliers angered by Majestic's funding request to switch supply to them

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines is offering any Majestic supplier angered at being asked to pay an extra 4p on every bottle sold to help fund its new warehouse, to switch supply to itself where it will promise the price agreed will be the price paid.

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Google chief: social media gives wine the chance to shine

Published:  04 November, 2014

Social media platforms like YouTube give the wine industry the chance to connect directly with consumers in a way traditional media channels such as TV and newspapers have always denied them, according to Google's Hamish Nicklin.

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Jancis Robinson tells DWCC we need to make the most of this "golden age" of wine

Published:  03 November, 2014

We are living in a "golden age" of wine and we need to make the most of it before it is taken over by bureaucracy and censorship was the personal plea of Jancis Robinson MW at this weekend's  Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Digital technology is a 'disruptive' force for the wine trade hears DWCC

Published:  03 November, 2014

Technology is having a 'disruptive' effect on how wine businesses are run delegates at the Digital Wine Communications Conference heard this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. 

 

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Caroline Gilby MW uncovers Cyprus's burgeoning wine industry

Published:  03 November, 2014

Sun, sea and sand are not factors normally associated with quality wine production, but once you leave the high-rise hotels and holiday villas of the coast, inland Cyprus is a fascinating ancient wine landscape, discovers Caroline Gilby MW.

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Wine bloggers risk becoming "dinosaurs" unless they become more professional hears DWCC

Published:  01 November, 2014

Wine bloggers and communicators need to raise their game and become more professional or risk becoming "dinosaurs" and out of touch not only with the wine trade but with the consumers they are trying to talk to.

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Coravin founder tells DWCC how he turned near disaster into a PR success

Published:  31 October, 2014

To create something genuinely different in any market you need to try and satisfy an "unmet need"  that "makes people's lives better" in that sector, according to Greg Lambrecht, founder and inventor of the Coravin wine preservation system.

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Jancis Robinson leads roll call of wine personalities at DWCC in Montreux

Published:  31 October, 2014

Jancis Robinson MW leads an international line up of leading wine figures that have descended on Montreux, on the bank of Lake Geneva, for this year's Digital Wine Communications Conference.

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Glynn Davis: a postcard from Porto

Published:  30 October, 2014

Glynn Davis sends us a postcard from Porto, where he finds out what else is on offer besides the fortified wine. 

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Austria claims new sparkling wine standards rival Champagne

Published:  29 October, 2014

Austria has introduced new quality standards for its sparkling wines, which it claims puts it on a par with Champagne and Franciacorta.

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Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.

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English gin grows in western Europe, says Euromonitor

Published:  28 October, 2014

English gin consumption has been dominated primarily by the US, Spain and the UK, but Euromonitor is beginning to see signs of change as the product becomes more popular in Western Europe.

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Treasury and Mast- Jägermeister join Portman Group

Published:  27 October, 2014
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OIV confirms France as world's top wine producing country

Published:  27 October, 2014

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine has confirmed France is once again the world's biggest wine producing country, knocking Italy out of the top spot.

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Minimum pricing still on agenda with Public Health England

Published:  27 October, 2014

Minimum pricing could be back on the UK government's agenda sooner than expected, as Public Health England vows to keep pushing for the measure in the next 18 months.

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Strong UK delegation of senior executives to appear at global Wine Vision conference

Published:  24 October, 2014

Robin Copestick of Copestick Murray, Troy Christensen of Enotria and Simon McMurtrie of Direct Wines are part of a strong UK line up of major executives that have signed up as key speakers at next month's global Wine Vision conference.

 

 

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TescoGate: suppliers should complain to Groceries Code adjudicator

Published:  24 October, 2014

A leading wine trade lawyer has called on suppliers who feel they have been badly treated by Tesco or any other supermarket, to complain to the Groceries Supply Code adjudicator.

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TescoGate results video: Chief executive Dave Lewis in his own words

Published:  23 October, 2014

Tesco's chief executive is looking to "re-energise" the company following the "body blow" of its financial scandal, but has so far revealed scant detail of his plans.

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Australia's McWilliam's Wines buys back Gallo shares

Published:  23 October, 2014

Australia's McWilliam's Wines Group has returned to 100% family ownership after buying the remaining shares owned by E&J Gallo.

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Pernod Ricard returns to growth in Q1 despite wine sales decline

Published:  23 October, 2014

Pernod Ricard returns to growth in Q1 with organic sales increasing 2% and sales totalling €2,037 million despite the company's Priority Premium Wines category posting a 3% decline in net sales.

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Vin de France has driven 'important growth' for French wine

Published:  22 October, 2014

The creation of the Vin de France category has driven "important growth" in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.

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Leading lights of UK wine trade gather for today's Harpers France Summit

Published:  21 October, 2014

Leading figures from all channels of the wine trade will be today taking part in the second Harpers France Summit to look at ways in which retailers, restaurants, distributors and importers can make the most of French wine in the UK.

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Over 200 wineries head for Amsterdam's expanded World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Published:  20 October, 2014

Up to 200 wineries will be heading to Amsterdam next month for the sixth annual World Bulk Wine Exhibition.

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Argentina's government has played a key role in its UK success says ambassador

Published:  17 October, 2014

The Argentinian government has played a key role in the success of Argentine wine in the UK, according to its UK ambassador, Alicia Castro.

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TescoGate will see end to "dodgy practices" and a reformed grocery sector, predict analysts

Published:  17 October, 2014

The grocery retail sector will never be the same again in the wake of the TescoGate accounting scandal now the lid has been lifted over supermarket and supplier relations.

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TescoGate Special Report: how will retailers and suppliers work together in the future

Published:  17 October, 2014

Leading analysts and trade experts are divided over whether the Tesco accounting scandal will have ramifications for the wider trade. Some say there will be "no change whatsoever" in the retail landscape, while others say the change will be "seismic".

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TescoGate: Supermarket is rudderless and 'fighting fires' in wake of suspensions

Published:  17 October, 2014

The suspension of Dan Jago, head of wine, and seven other directors at Tesco has left the retailer rudderless and "fighting fires" as it heads into Christmas and the busiest trading period of the year.

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Carlsberg ramps ups executive team with on and off-trade sales directors

Published:  17 October, 2014

Carlsberg UK has ramped up its executive team with the appointment of two new sales director roles to manage the brewery's on-trade and off-trade operations, freeing up James Lousada to concentrate fully on his role as chief executive.

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Leading suppliers take the initiative to promote Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Leading suppliers to the independent merchant sector are working with Harpers to promote the steps they are taking to improve their level of service and offer to independent retailers across the country.

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US and European wine regions step up campaign to protect online wine names

Published:  16 October, 2014

American winemakers were joined by their counterparts from Champagne at a conference on deregulating internet domain names in an effort to boost awareness of how weaker controls would negatively impact the wine business.

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RumFest attracts industry's biggest names to London's two day event

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Last weekend's RumFest event in London saw rum fans from across the UK join some of the industry's biggest names in a two day celebration of all things rum.

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Bordeaux to launch first global marketing campaign to address falling sales

Published:  16 October, 2014

The Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) is launching its first global marketing campaign to help counter falls in sales by both volume and value. Its seven priority markets - China, USA, UK, Japan, Germany,  Belgium and France - will soon be flooded with new atmospheric images drawn up by leading British advertising agency, Isobel.

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Advocaat brand Warninks launches new liqueur

Published:  15 October, 2014
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Xavier Gramona: why he is committed to Cava and putting quality first

Published:  15 October, 2014

Established in 1921 at the heart of Cava's homeland in Sant Sadurni D'Anoia, Gramona has long held the status of the region's finest sparkling winemaker. Driven by the belief that top class Cava - both in price and quality - can compete with world class Champagne, Gramona practices extended lees ageing for its wines, in contrast to the industry norms. The house also now closely observes the Champagneois culture of late disgorgement, having released a Bollinger-esq R.D 14 year old Cava at €125 a bottle this year.

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English wine industry reaches 'historic turning point'

Published:  14 October, 2014

The English wine industry has reached an "historic turning point" says the head of one of the country's most-respected estates.

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CWF boosts Prosecco range with Casa Gheller rose

Published:  14 October, 2014

Yorkshire importer and manufacturer CWF has added a rosé Prosecco from Casa Gheller winery to its range, as the UK's thirst for sparkling wine continues.

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Portuguese wine exports to UK up 10%, says ViniPortugal

Published:  14 October, 2014

Portuguese wine exports to the UK have risen 10% by volume in the first six months of 2014, compared to last year.

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The Glenrothes releases Vintage Reserve whisky

Published:  13 October, 2014

Vintage Reserve is the latest single malt release from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, distributed by Berry Bros & Rudd.

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Total global wine production for 2014 could be down by 4%, says Rabobank

Published:  10 October, 2014

Total global wine production could drop by up to 4%, according to Rabobank's latest Wine Quarterly report.

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Broadland releases chocolate-flavoured British red wine

Published:  10 October, 2014

Broadland wineries is releasing a chocolate-flavoured British red wine to be known as Chocolate Drop, which has already secured a Sainsbury's listing.

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M&S teams up with top Plumpton student to make pink English fizz

Published:  10 October, 2014

Marks & Spencer is to produce a new style of pink sparkling wine along with England's Plumpton College's top final year wine production student Karen Telford.

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Ataraxia's Kevin Grant on why terroir is now central to South African winemaking

Published:  10 October, 2014

"It's been a long time coming, and if fear were the basis on which decisions were made, then Ataraxia would never have been born," says South African winemaker, Kevin Grant of his latest, patiently-maturing winemaking venture.

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Wine Australia to host a celebration to mark the life of Yvonne May

Published:  09 October, 2014

Wine Australia is to hold a special event to celebrate the life of Yvonne May who headed up the UK office before she lost her battle with cancer this summer.

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Last chance to win Rising Stars place at Wine Vision

Published:  09 October, 2014

Emerging talents in the wine trade have the chance to attend this month's world leaders' conference, Wine Vision, by winning a special grant as part of Harpers Rising Stars initiative.

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Smaller format bag-in-box wines lead revival in category

Published:  09 October, 2014

Bag-in-box is due a revival, with smaller formats leading the way, according to figures from Nielsen which show the 2.25 litre box has grown 8.7% by volume in the past year.

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Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

Published:  09 October, 2014

A poll of top-level food, drink and grocery executives at this week's IGD Convention reveals the rise of the discounters is the most "disruptive" influence on the grocery sector in the last 20 years.

 

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Winemakers label English harvest 'vintage of dreams'

Published:  09 October, 2014

This year's English harvest is being labelled the "vintage of dreams" and "best ever" by winemakers, many of whom have finished picking ahead of schedule.

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Independents and suppliers question big players that have not signed Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  08 October, 2014

There is growing frustration amongst both independents and suppliers that have signed up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines over those companies, particularly the large national distributors,  that have not done so.

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Transparency and honesty key to good independent supplier relations says Harpers debate

Published:  08 October, 2014

Open communication and a clear channel management strategy are they key to a strong, healthy relationship between independents and suppliers was the key message from yesterday's Harpers debate been leading independent merchants and suppliers.

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Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered

Published:  08 October, 2014

Tesco has taken a bit of a battering in recent months, with profits slipping and then the little matter of the £250 million profit overstatement.  But although Tesco is in the spotlight, there are issues for all of the major retailers right now, as the discounters go from strength to strength and the Big Four's choke hold on the market weakens. Harpers.co.uk spoke to some of the wine trade's key suppliers and ex-buyers to find out their views.

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Adnams adds Karen Hester as executive director

Published:  07 October, 2014

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams has added Karen Hester to its main board as an executive director.

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McLaren Vale perfect for Mediterranean grape varieties, says winemaker

Published:  07 October, 2014

Winemakers at McLaren Vale's Hedonist say the region is perfect for growing Mediterranean grape varieties, after adding a Tempranillo and Sangiovese to its range.

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Top merchants and suppliers gather in London to debate ways they can work better together

Published:  07 October, 2014

How wine suppliers can work better and more efficiently with independent retailers will be the subject of a key Harpers debate being held this morning in London between leading figures on both sides.

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Christmas part 2: Key players weigh up the role of sparkling wines as the festive season approaches

Published:  07 October, 2014

The festive season is still the key trading period for sparkling wines. What do producers, brand owners, multiples and merchants expect from sparkling wines this year?

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Analysis: how effective has the Crus Bourgeois classification been?

Published:  06 October, 2014

Last week the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois arrived in London for the fifth annual review of the wines deemed worthy to use the Cru Bourgeois seal of approval. Five years into the new incarnation of the classification Heather Dougherty reviews its successes and challenges - and looks at its prospects for the future.

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Ports, sherries and fortifieds get ready for Christmas

Published:  03 October, 2014

The tapas craze helped boost sherry sales temporarily but the category is now in decline, and Port is still struggling to shake its fusty and festive image. Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith look at how fortified wines can carve a niche

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2014: The Results

Published:  03 October, 2014

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Harpers Design Awards picks out winners from all over the world

Published:  02 October, 2014

The first Harpers Global Design Awards to recognise excellence in wine and spirits label and bottle design saw 62 medals awarded, including 17 gold medals for designs the judges felt were showing the way for the rest of the industry.

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English wine Digby's signs deals with Coe Vintners and British Bottle Company

Published:  02 October, 2014

Digby Fine English wine has signed distribution deals with Coe Vintners across the UK, and the recently-formed British Bottle Company for international export. 

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Pablo Alvarez, Vega Sicilia, on the global opportunity for Ribera del Duero wines

Published:  02 October, 2014

Vega Sicilia was established in 1859, although its modern history began with the property's purchase by the Alvarez family in 1982, who acquired the estate as joint shareholders. Patriarch David Alvarez subsequently appointed his son Pablo as managing director of the property. Since the mid-1980s, Pablo Alvarez has ensured that Vega Sicilia remains Ribera Del Duero's most renowned and prestigious wine, for sale in over 25 markets. With Alvarez's careful direction, the property has managed to overcome both the Spanish economic crisis and endure a family feud over the future of the estate, in addition to investing in the regions of Rioja and Toro. James Lawrence reports:

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Will Constellation Brands continue its winning streak?

Published:  02 October, 2014

Constellation Brands is set to release its second quarter financials today, and with over 51.9% share-price growth over the past year, the question on everyone's mind is can it continue?

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Ribera del Duero should shun powerful wines for more classic style says Pingus founder

Published:  02 October, 2014

The biggest threat to the future of wines from the Ribera Del Duero is consumers turning their back on the signature ripe and powerful style of the region, according to Pingus founder Peter Sisseck.

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German specialists, ABS Wine Agencies and Howard Ripley, on promoting Grosse Gewächse

Published:  01 October, 2014

The annual release of the Grosse Gewächse in September is a firm feature in the German wine calendar. Slowly, this important release date is also gaining UK currency. Grosse Gewächse are dry single-vineyard wines produced to a strict quality code by VDP members (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). The VDP is Germany's largest and most important grouping of quality producers whose private vineyard classification recognises exceptional, historic single sites as Grosse Lagen.

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UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain market share as exports plummet

Published:  01 October, 2014

Top UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain shelf space as figures reveal exports to the UK have halved in 2014, following last year's short harvest. 

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Buyers should beware of storm damage when sourcing New Zealand's 2014 wines

Published:  30 September, 2014

New Zealand's 2014 vintage resulted from "near perfect" conditions, but winemakers have warned buyers to take care as some Marlborough estates battled to harvest before Cyclone Ita hit.   

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Chance for "Harpers Rising Stars" to win a grant for Wine Vision

Published:  30 September, 2014

Harpers is giving talented, rising stars in the global wine industry the chance to take part in this November's Wine Vision conference by applying for a special Harpers grant.

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Moët & Chandon joins Europe's celebrations at the Ryder Cup

Published:  29 September, 2014

Europe's victory in this weekend's Ryder Cup brought smiles not only to golf fans across the continent, but to the marketing team at Moët & Chandon whose sponsorship of the event resulted in priceless images of the winning team celebrating with its Champagne appearing in the international press around the world.

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Chester Osborn on his new d'Arenburg Amazing Site wines

Published:  29 September, 2014

Chester Osborn of d'Arenburg winery in McLaren Vale, on why he's decided to vinify and release winers from some of his top plots separately.

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Glenmorangie releases first 'crowd-sourced' whisky

Published:  26 September, 2014

Glenmorangie is releasing its first 'crowd-sourced' whisky today, which is a limited 12,000 bottle production called Taghta.

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Shortlist for Harpers French Wine Awards announced

Published:  26 September, 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Harpers French Wine Awards are released today with the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, The Sampler, Daniel Lambert, Tim Atkin MW and Gerrard Basset MW MS fighting it out for the main awards.

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Northcote retains title of Sud de France Sommelier of the Year

Published:  26 September, 2014

Tamus Czinki, head sommelier of Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote near Blackburn, Lancashire, has been named Sud de France Sommelier of the Year for 2014.

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British Bottle Company offers expert export service for UK drinks

Published:  25 September, 2014

The British Bottle Company is a new specialist export business dedicated to helping British drinks, including English wine, craft beers and artisanal spirits, gain distribution in key export markets around the world.

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Today's SITT London tasting offers masterclasses on Italy and the Rhône

Published:  24 September, 2014
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Greenall's releases first new gins in over 250 years

Published:  24 September, 2014

Gin brand Greenall's is launching its first new gins in over 250 years today - a sloe gin and wild berry option.

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Cru Bourgeois selects 267 chateaux from 2012 vintage

Published:  23 September, 2014

The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has chosen 267 chateaux to represent the region's best wines from the 2012 vintage - bringing numbers to their highest level in the five years since the selection was relaunched.

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Kingsland ramps up its South Africa wine listings with Brand Phoenix deal

Published:  23 September, 2014

Kingsland has signed a deal to distribute Brand Phoenix's First Cape and Distell ranges throughout the impulse, convenience and wholesale markets.

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Diageo's Smirnoff vodka launches £15m campaign

Published:  23 September, 2014

Smirnoff vodka has launched a £15 million marketing campaign - including TV advertising - in order to grow the category and make it more accessible.

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Salentein hopes to win over independents with new premium Argentinian wine range

Published:  23 September, 2014

Salentein, the Argentinian wine producer, is to release a new premium range of wines to the UK including it icon wine, Gran Vu Blend, which it hopes to gain distribution across the on-trade and independent sectors.

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KWV relaunches UK distribution strategy by switching from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green

Published:  22 September, 2014

KWV, the South African wine giant, is to switch its UK distribution from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green as it looks to reposition itself in the UK with a targeted multiple and independent retail strategy.

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Wine and spirits industry welcomes "stability" of Scottish "No" vote for independence

Published:  19 September, 2014

Parts of the UK wine and spirits industry have welcomed the "stability" the news this morning that Scotland has rejected independence to remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Wines of Beautiful South to return in 2016 as South Africa switches focus to Cape Wine

Published:  19 September, 2014

The combined Chile, Argentina and South Africa Wines of the Beautiful South tasting will not take place next year as South Africa switches its attention to Cape Wine. But Chile and Argentina will continue to work together with a joint South American tasting sometime in London in 2015.

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Wine should follow Top Gear's example and look to entertain not educate

Published:  19 September, 2014

The wine industry should look at the massive success of BBC's Top Gear in how to make a potentially complex subject entertaining to the public, according to advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty.

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Advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty, slams "truly appalling" wine industry

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

Advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty, claimed this week that of the up to 400 types of business or brands he has worked with in his career he has not come across an industry quite as "truly appalling" as wine.

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Independent merchants have key role to play in lobbying MPs for duty changes, says WSTA

Published:  18 September, 2014

Independent wine merchants have a key role to play in persuading local MPs to listen to the wine and spirits industry's calls for an effective cut in alcohol duty levels at the 2015 Budget.

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A "united" industry effort can force a 2% cut in duty, claims WSTA's Miles Beale

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

Following this year's success in delivering an end to the duty escalator, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling on the drinks industry to lobby hard for a 2% duty cut in the 2015 Budget.

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Jackson Estate's Matt Patterson-Green showcases his Kiwi wines at Chiltern Firehouse

Published:  17 September, 2014

"I believe Marlborough will be known for producing the best Pinot Noir over time," declares Matt Patterson Green, winemaker of Jackson Estate. In his glass is one expression, Vintage Widow 2012, named, he says, "after women who lose their men to the vineyards..."

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William Grant & Sons invests in Tullamore whiskey with new Irish distillery

Published:  17 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons officially opens its new Tullamore state-of-the-art whiskey distillery today in Ireland to help keep up with international demand for what is now the second largest Irish whiskey in the world. It is the first time that whiskey has been produced in Tullamore for 60 years.

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Francoise Peretti of the UK's Champagne Bureau on the region's 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

Peretti tells Harpers.co.uk this year's Champagne harvest is "textbook" so far, with high quality grapes that could lead to a vintage year.

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Baking hot September boosts prospects for Bordeaux 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

September's "baking hot" weather in Bordeaux has "greatly improved" the prospects for this year's harvest, with chateau owners comparing it to 2008.

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Views of the Beautiful South: Mario Pablo Silva, Casa Silva

Published:  17 September, 2014

Here Mario Pablo Silva , managing director of Chilean wine producer Casa Silva, gives his impressions and hopes for the UK market on the back of last weeek's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting.

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Views from Beautiful South: Roberto Echeverria, Echeverria Family Wines, Chile

Published:  16 September, 2014

Here is the latest producer from last week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting who is happy to share his thoughts on the UK market and the opportunties for their wines.

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Buyers should act quickly to secure Languedoc wine from 2014 harvest

Published:  16 September, 2014

Wine buyers looking to secure wine from the Languedoc this year are urged to act quickly following predictions the yield could be down as much as 40% on last year, according to the grape broking business, Ciatti Group.

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Global wine harvest predictions released by Ciatti

Published:  16 September, 2014

The overall European wine harvest for 2014 looks like being down on last year, according to the latest report from Ciatti, the global grape broking business, but France is set to return to its position as the biggest wine supplier in the world.

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Consumer confidence rises despite drop in wine and spirits sales says WSTA

Published:  16 September, 2014

There are further signs that the economy is recovering and consumer confidence is returning despite a fall in wine and spirits sales, according to the latest market report issued by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Business and drinks experts to share innovation insights at WSTA conference

Published:  16 September, 2014

Experts from both inside and outside the drinks industry will share their experience on the importance of driving innovation through business at tomorrow's annual conference of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Diageo faces shareholder protests over executive bonuses at AGM

Published:  16 September, 2014

Diageo chiefs are bracing themselves for a tough ride at this Thursday's annual company meeting over a row with some investors over the levels of boardroom pay.

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Views from Beautiful South: Ricardo Rabelo, Finca Flinchman

Published:  15 September, 2014

Following this week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London Harpers caught up with key figures from across the Chilean, Argentinian and South African wine industries to assess their thoughts on the UK wine market for their wines.

 

 

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South Africa's Nederburg Auction tops R7 million with record breaking sales

Published:  15 September, 2014

 

This weekend's 40th Nederbuerg Auction in South Africa achieved a record breaking average price per litre of wine sold.

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Last chance to vote in Harpers French Wine Awards

Published:  15 September, 2014

There is still time to vote and nominate the outstanding people and companies in the UK wine trade you think are doing the most to represent, promote and sell French wine as part of Harpers French Wine Awards.

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Spain's wine industry must restructure but avoid 'trashing vinous treasures', warns MW

Published:  15 September, 2014

Spain has to be very careful not to trash its vinous treasures, warned Justin Knock MW, as the country faces a restructure following a wine glut.

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Views from the Beautiful South: Americo Hernandez, Vina Ventisquero

Published:  15 September, 2014

Following this week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London Harpers caught up with key figures from across the Chilean, Argentinian and South African wine industries to assess their thoughts on the UK wine market for their wines.

 

 

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Let's cheer Warren Adamson on his final push to John O'Groats for the Benevolent

Published:  12 September, 2014

If you've had a tough week of tastings, meetings and trips out to the Wines of the Beautiful South then spare a thought for Craggy Range's Warren Adamson who is currently in to day seven of a nine day bike ride between Land's End and John O'Groats.

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Decline in Far East and Europe hits global Cognac sales but US rallies

Published:  12 September, 2014

The clampdown on luxury goods gifting in China continues to hit the global spirits industry with Cognac announcing total exports are down both in volume and value for the year to July 2014.

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Ferrari's Camilla Lunelli on finding a home for Trentodoc Italian sparkling wine in the UK

Published:  12 September, 2014

It was Giulio Ferrari in Trento, the Alpine north of Italy, who pioneered traditional method sparkling wines, or 'Metodo Classico', in Italy in 1902. With barely 900 hectares dedicated to sparkling wine production, mostly in mountainous vineyards, the wineries of Trentodoc, as the association is known, have carved out prime position at home.

Today, Cantine Ferrari is still the region's most prestigious producer with a cult-following across Italy for its Perlé brand and its top cuvées like Riserva Lunelli and Giulio Ferrari. While they have built an impressive reputation in both the US and Japan, they are treading very carefully in the UK. Camilla Lunelli, Ferrari's PR and communication director, speaks about the company's UK strategy to Anne Krebiehl MW.

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Les Grands Chais de France moves into Costières de Nimes

Published:  11 September, 2014

Les Grands Chais de France has acquired Château de la Tuilerie in the Costières de Nimes region for an undisclosed sum. 

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Argentina must celebrate its "rock and roll" winemakers to grow says Gaucho's Phil Crozier

Published:  11 September, 2014

If Argentina is to contine to grow in the UK then it needs to do more to celebrate, promote and tell the story of its winemakers and make them the "personalities" of their wines, according to Phil Crozier, head of wine at the Gaucho Group of Argentinian restaurants.

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Supermarkets set to cull wine suppliers, warns Accolade's Paul Schaafsma

Published:  11 September, 2014

The UK wine trade must brace itself for what could be large scale "supplier rationalisation" across the major multiples over the next 18 months, according to Paul Schaafsma, UK and Ireland head of Accolade Wines UK.

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South Africa's Bruce Jack warns winemakers not to jump on "bandwagons"

Published:  11 September, 2014

One of the greatest challenges for a branded winemaker is not to jump on the latest "bandwagon" but remain true to your beliefs and make wines that are right for your company, according to Bruce Jack, leading winemaker at Accolade Wines.

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South Africa replaces Spain to become fifth best selling country in UK, says Accolade

Published:  10 September, 2014

South Africa is enjoying widespread success in the UK, is bringing new consumers to wine, has seen an increase in both value and volume sales and has replaced Spain as the UK's fifth biggest wine selling country, according to figures released today by Accolade Wines UK.

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Bruce Jack on the challenges and opportunities for South African wine

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bruce Jack is a key figure in the Accolade Wines South African winemaking team. His direct responsibilities cover the Kumala, Fishoek and Flagstone ranges, Tesco Finest, The Rustler, Stumble Vineyards, Breakers Point and Lost Ostrich, as well as strategic NPD. He talks to Gemma McKenna about how he is working with the Kumala winemaking team to help reposition the Kumala brand and ensure the quality of the wine shines through to customers.

 

 

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Sangre de Toro wine gets design revamp for 60th birthday

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bodegas Torres has relaunched its famed Sangre de Toro brand with a sleeker design that harks back to the wine's 1950s origins.

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De Bortoli Wines closes UK office

Published:  10 September, 2014

Australian wine estate De Bortoli Wines has closed its standalone UK distribution office - instead opting for an equity stake in newly-founded North South Wines distribution firm.

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Cornish winery Knightor introduces German-inspired low-alcohol wine

Published:  10 September, 2014

Cornish winery, Knightor, is releasing a new lower alcohol wine to its portfolio which is inspired by Italy's Moscato D'Asti or Germany's Kabinett and Spätlese styles in the Mosel.

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Published:  09 September, 2014
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Ex-Ehrmanns directors form new wine distribution company

Published:  09 September, 2014

Three high profile UK wine professionals, including two former Ehrmanns directors, have launched their own distribution company in partnership with three wineries, including De Bortoli wines, which is closing its UK office as a result.

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William Grant toasts successful 2013 as sales and profits rise

Published:  08 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons boosted operating profits by 10% to £138 million in 2013 while turnover rose by 5.2% to £1.12 billion.

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Planetbee wine brand launches cider

Published:  08 September, 2014

Bee-friendly wine brand Planetbee has extended its reach into another drinks category, with the launch of its own cider.

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Chase Distillery launches marmalade ready to drink cocktail

Published:  08 September, 2014

Herefordshire's Chase Distillery has released its first ready to drink cocktail - the Marmalade Mule

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Napa Valley wineries move focus from earthquake to harvest

Published:  08 September, 2014

California's Napa Valley wineries, a number of whom suffered significant damage in the recent 6.1 earthquake, have already harvested most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

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Chapel Down turns to crowdfunding to drive English wine growth plans

Published:  08 September, 2014

Leading English winery, Chapel Down,  is continuing to drive its growth by looking for private investors to support it through a crowdfunding scheme.

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France study tour: Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  05 September, 2014

French wine is the lifeblood of a good independent business. But as the five top merchants who joined Harpers on a recent tour with Les Grands Chais de France discovered, there is still much to learn, even for the most experienced retailer. Richard Siddle reports

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How Berlin Tastings Series put Chilean wine on the map

Published:  05 September, 2014

Eduardo Chadwick's pioneering Berlin Series Tastings have helped change global perception of Chilean wine in their 10-year run. Andrew Catchpole, who was at the seminal first event, assesses their impact

 

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How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways

Published:  05 September, 2014

In three years Oddbins has risen from death's door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man

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Majestic's leading wine buyers set out their strategy and needs from suppliers

Published:  05 September, 2014

In the second of her series of 'Buyer to Buyer' interviews, former Somerfield head wine buyer, Angela Mount, talks to Matt Pym and Chris Hardy of Majestic Wines about their buying strategy and what they are looking for from their suppliers.

 

 

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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Argentina bucks economic difficulties to compete on international stage

Published:  05 September, 2014

Despite the domestic economic challenges Argentinian producers are facing, UK consumers still can't get enough of their wines. Ahead of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting Erin Smith analyses the category

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Second Emerging Regions Tasting kicks off the 'Tasting Season'

Published:  04 September, 2014
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Paying suppliers late now seen as normal business practice says MasterCard study

Published:  04 September, 2014

Paying suppliers late is now seen as part of normal business practice by many international companies, according to a new study.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty to be star turn at WSTA conference

Published:  04 September, 2014

Advertising guru turned wine producer, St John Hegarty, is to give the keynote talk at this month's Wine & Spirit Trade Association annual conference.

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Vinexpo strengthens management team ahead of 2015 Bordeaux show

Published:  04 September, 2014

Vinexpo has strengthened its management team ahead of next year's exhibition in Bordeaux with two new directors joining the team.

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Australian winemakers to join Negociants on tour of UK independents

Published:  04 September, 2014

Negociants UK will be hitting the road later this month  as part of a nationwide tour of tastings focused on the independent and on-trade. 

 

 

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Drinks wholesalers face stiff "penalties" for not registering with HMRC

Published:  03 September, 2014

 

All wholesalers that sell alcohol will have to register with the HMRC by 2017 under new rules set to be introduced early next year.

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Pernod Ricard still 'extremely optimistic' about China despite 23% drop

Published:  03 September, 2014

Despite taking a 23% hit in China, according to Pernod Ricard's year-end financial results, the company is still "extremely optimistic" about the potential of the Chinese market moving forward.

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Berry Bros & Rudd takes on Sweden's Karlsson's Gold Vodka

Published:  02 September, 2014

The Swedish premium vodka, Karlsson's Gold Vodka, is the latest addition to Berry Bros & Rudd's growing spirtis portfoliio.

 

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South Africa's Bosman Family Vineyards produces first "orange" wine

Published:  02 September, 2014

Bosman Family Vineyards, the South African Fairtrade producer, has produced an "orange wine" to showcase its natural winemaking practices.

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Georg Riedel on Riedel's new Veritas range and working with Coca-Cola

Published:  02 September, 2014

Founded in 1756 by Johann Cristoph Riedel, the Riedel name is today synonymous with high-quality glassware; loved by the trade and consumers alike. With an impressive track-record of product innovation and savvy marketing, Riedel's market breakthrough arguably came in 1979, when the firm opened a subsidiary in the US. Having collaborated with such iconic winemakers as Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja, and more recently soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola, Riedel is clearly not an old-world wine snob. The brand is coming to London's Vinopolis this month, to showcase the new Veritas glassware range. James Lawrence asks Georg Riedel what we can expect:

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Napa wineries can learn lessons from Chile following earthquake

Published:  29 August, 2014

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor.

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Wine trade identifies major opportunities for 2014

Published:  29 August, 2014

The relaunch of the 3 for £10 mechanic; a major crisis in the Spanish bulk wine industry and the growing prominence of fruit-flavoured wines were all chosen as major stories of the year to date by some of the wine trade's top names.

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Back to School: Anya Robson of Murphy Wine Company

Published:  29 August, 2014

As part of our ongoing Back to School series, Anya Robson of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company reckons Spain's bulk industry is in crisis and tips South African rosé as one to watch.

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Back to School: Felix Solis UK MD Richard Cochrane

Published:  29 August, 2014

Felix Solis UK managing director Richard Cochrane says the end and restart of the 3 for £10 mechanic was a landmark for the UK wine trade, and reckons further consolidation is on the cards. 

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Former Camel Valley winemaker takes job at Plumpton College

Published:  28 August, 2014

Former Camel Valley winemaker Sarah Midgley has been appointed as winemaker at the UK's wine education hub Plumpton College.

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Back to School: Wines of Argentina's Andrew Maidment

Published:  28 August, 2014

As summer draws to a close, we asked some key figures in the trade to round up events in the wine industry for the year to date, and outline their organisation's plans for the rest of the year.

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Is Spain's bulk wine industry in crisis?

Published:  28 August, 2014
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Stock Spirits H1 sales hit by Polish duty hikes

Published:  28 August, 2014

Stock Spirits saw revenues fall by 10% to €137.7 million as a 15% hike in Polish excise duty hit consumption levels in the six months to June 30.

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Napa Valley wine community moves forward despite persisting tremors

Published:  28 August, 2014

The Napa Valley was shaken by three back-to-back aftershocks on Tuesday, as wineries, local businesses, and residents began to rebuild following the larger quake that struck on Saturday.

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Les Grands Chais de France launches single serve French wine brand to UK

Published:  27 August, 2014

Les Grands Chais de France has launched its Les Vignerons brand in single serve PET glasses in the UK market.

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Distell launches 56 Hundred Nederburg wine as profits surge

Published:  27 August, 2014

South Afica's Distell has launched a new Nederburg range 56 Hundred, which includes a Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.

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Grande Dame of wine trade Baroness Philippine de Rothschild dies

Published:  26 August, 2014

Leading light of the global wine trade Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, head of the Rothschild family dynasty, has died aged 80.

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Napa earthquake not expected to affect overall wine stocks

Published:  26 August, 2014

Last week's earthquake in Napa is not expected to impact the region's overall wine stocks, despite a number of wineries in the region suffering large scale damage.

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Tesco cuts prices on top wines ahead of Christmas rush

Published:  26 August, 2014

Tesco is cutting prices on a range of top wines as it starts clearing warehouse stock ahead of the Christmas rush.

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Napa's Hess Collection's James Caudill on quake damage at winery

Published:  26 August, 2014

James Caudill, director of PR and hospitality at Napa's The Hess Collection group of wineries, on the damage the group sustained following the 6.0 earthquake. 

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Young alcohol abusers not helped by counselling says new research

Published:  22 August, 2014

Counselling young people with drinking problems has limited results, according to new academic research.

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Pay increases on the rise as the economy improves says XpertHR

Published:  22 August, 2014

There are signs that an improving economy are finally being seen in pay packets and salary increases across the country, according to new research from pay specialists, XpertHR.

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Jon Chadwick on moving from the NHS to setting up his own craft spirits distillery

Published:  22 August, 2014

Former National Health Service chief Jon Chadwick has gone from advising people to drink less to setting up County Durham's first distillery. He tells Jennifer Ashcroft where the idea came from, what it means to be a "craft" gin distillery and how he's capturing Durham in a bottle.

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Bulk wine growth sees extra demand for World Bulk Wine exhibition

Published:  22 August, 2014

The rise in popularity and importance of bulk wine in the global wine market is reflected in the World Bulk Wine Exhibition having to expand to cope with demand from exhibitors.

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Final, final call for Harpers Global Design award entries

Published:  21 August, 2014

OK it's nearly time to put down those pens, stop writing and hand your forms in to the teacher. Yes, tomorrow marks the closing date for entries to Harpers Global Design awards which hope to reward and highlight the best drinks labels and bottles on sale around the world.

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Justin Howard-Sneyd starts wine club for Domaine of the Bee estate

Published:  20 August, 2014

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is following in the footsteps of boss Tony Laithwaite by starting a wine club for sales from his Languedoc estate Domaine of the Bee.

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Lebanon and Brazil to offer specialist masterclasses at Emerging Regions Tasting

Published:  19 August, 2014

Visitors to next month's Emerging Regions Tasting will get the chance to take part in two specialist masterclasses and discover more about Lebanese and Brazilian wines.

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'Normal' vintage kicks off in Spain as government moves to curb last year's excess

Published:  19 August, 2014

The first grapes of the 2014 crop are being harvested in Spain, with winemakers predicting a "normal" sized vintage of between 42 and 45 million hectolitres.

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Liberty Wines adds Australian Tempranillo to portfolio

Published:  19 August, 2014

Liberty Wines has added Australia's La Linea to its portfolio, which managing director David Gleave MW says demonstrates the potential for Tempranillo in the Adelaide Hills.

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Bordeaux's 2014 wine harvest to be up 50% on last year

Published:  18 August, 2014

Bordeaux's upcoming wine grape harvest should see a return to normal for the region, with forecasts placing it as coming in at 5.6 million hectolitres. 

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South Africa's Kleine Zalze takes on new cellarmaster

Published:  18 August, 2014
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Most wine industry's challenges are no different to other sectors, says economist Mike Veseth

Published:  15 August, 2014

Mike Veseth, the celebrated US wine economist and blogger, has dismissed the idea that the dynamics of the wine industry are different to the challenges faced by other business sectors.

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One more day to register for Benevolent Fantasy Football League

Published:  15 August, 2014

The countdown to the start of the new English Premier League season is well and truly on. Which means there is only a day left to get your thinking caps on and enter the new Benevolent Fantasy Football League, have some fun, compete against friends (and soon to be foes) and raise some money for the drinks charity along the way.

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Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist, on the global issues facing the wine industry

Published:  15 August, 2014

Mike Veseth is a specialist in globalisation who blogs as The Wine Economist. He is also professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma near Seattle. After reviewing his books Wine Wars and Extreme Wine for Harpers.co.uk  Jerry Lockspeiser talks to him about what he sees as the key global business issues facing the wine industry.

 

 

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Stowfords Press introduces new look to push premium cider image

Published:  14 August, 2014

Leading cider brand, Stowford Press, has gone through a re-design to push more its premium credentials and focus in on the the traditional cider press image on the label which it hopes will reinforce its heritage and provenance.

 

 

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Entries for Harpers Global Design Awards extended to August 22

Published:  14 August, 2014

The deadline to enter this  year's Harpers Global Design Awards has been extended by a week and now closes on August 22.

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Single serve wine glass Intrepid Fox taken over by angel investor

Published:  14 August, 2014

Single-serve tulip wine glass Intrepid Fox, brought to market by entrepreneur James Nash after appearing on Dragon's Den, is being relaunched after the company was bought out.

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Australian wine companies to gain better protection with joint agreement with Woolworths

Published:  13 August, 2014

Australian wine producers are set to gain better protection with the signing of the "Good Wine Buyer and Suppler Principles: A Code of Fairness and Transparency'' with Australia's biggest wine retailer Woolworths Liquor Group (WLG).

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TED-style DisruptWine Talks to be central focus of the 2014 DWCC conference

Published:  13 August, 2014

A series of what are being billed as "DisruptWine Talks"  will be one of the key new features at this November's Digital Wine Communications Conference taking place in Montreux, Switzerland.

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William Grant & Sons invests in new global whisky innovation role

Published:  13 August, 2014

William Grant & Sons has promoted Kevin Abrook to become the company's first global whisky specialist for innovation and will start his new role on September 1.

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Chile's wine production plummets by one quarter, say official figures

Published:  13 August, 2014

Chile's wine production has plummeted by almost one quarter compared to last year, but experts aren't expecting price rises as the country still has plenty of leftover wine in its tanks.

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Price wars and discounters hit overall retail sales

Published:  12 August, 2014

Retailer price wars coupled with the ongoing impact of the hard discounters saw overall UK retail sales slip back for the first time in two years, according to the latest British Retail Consortium /KPMG figures.

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Warner Edwards Distillery launches rhubarb gin

Published:  12 August, 2014

Northamptonshire's Warner Edwards Distillery has added a rhubarb gin to its portfolio.

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Maison Sichel shows its support for independents by signing Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  12 August, 2014

Maison Sichel is the third major French wine company to support the UK independent sector by signing up to Harpers Best Practice Guidelines designed to promote open and fair trading between wine merchants and suppliers.

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Bacardi produces cult graphic novel to tell its story of Cuban history

Published:  11 August, 2014

Bacardi has teamed up with cult writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred to produce its very own graphic novel - The Spirit of Bacardi - that tells the stories behind the famous rum, the Bacardi family and its origins in Cuba.

 

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Harpers.co.uk introduces new dedicated finance section

Published:  11 August, 2014

Today Harpers.co.uk introduces a new section of the website that hopes to keep you up to speed with all the latest breaking financial stories affecting the global wine and spirits industry.

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Bulgaria's Yakata group strives to change the country's wine image

Published:  11 August, 2014

Bulgaria is looking to promote itself as a very different kind of wine-producing country than it was 30 years ago and it seems to be attracting the right level of investment and interest to potentially change its image in the UK wine trade.

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Cape Legends is pushing the premium wine boundaries in South Africa

Published:  11 August, 2014

South Africa's wine industry is changing and the premium wine segment is no exception. Harpers.co.uk talks to the leaders who are pushing the boundaries of Distell's premium wine portfolio, Cape Legends.

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Treasury Wine Estates confirms it is in the middle of a bidding war

Published:  11 August, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates issued a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange saying a third global private equity firm has made a proposed bid for the struggling wine conglomerate to buy all outstanding shares for the price of $5.20 cash per share.

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California's wine industry prepares for 'lighter' crop

Published:  11 August, 2014

California is preparing itself for a smaller harvest than 2013 - which was a bumper crop at 4 million tonnes - with some varieties looking to be down by around one third.

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For future growth Carlsberg must succeed in wine as well as beer, says James Lousada

Published:  08 August, 2014

As Carlsberg's specialist wine and spirits division, now called Crown Cellars, celebrates over 20 years, the brewer's UK chief executive, James Lousada, explains to Richard Siddle why wines and spirits are now so important to the group

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Final week to enter Harpers Global Design Awards

Published:  08 August, 2014

There is now a week to go to get your entries or nominations in for the 2014 Harpers Global Design Awards asa we look to celebrate the very best creative minds and talents in the drinks industry.

 

 

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On-trade losing thousands of pounds in wine sales says new Harpers consumer report

Published:  08 August, 2014

 

The UK on-trade is potentially losing out on thousands of pounds of trade a day because of its inability to sell wine effectively, according to a new exclusive report publsihed today by Harpers Wine & Spirit.

 

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Californian wineries look to make use of a trade loophole and build exports to Cuba

Published:  08 August, 2014

From this side of the Atlantic relations between Cuba and the United States would hardly be described as friendly. But, as Katherine Canfield, explains there is far more bridge building going on than you might think. Here she looks at how the Californian wine industry is looking to promote its wines to the Cuban wine trade.

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South African wine under the microscope

Published:  08 August, 2014

South Africa may be known for its value-for-money wine, but the country is vying for a spot in more premium territory, as Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith find out

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Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  08 August, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

 

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Tour de France helps Cono Sur wine double sales to £14m

Published:  07 August, 2014

Concha y Toro wine brand Cono Sur is toasting a £7m boost to sales - growth of 100% - which has catapulted it into fourth position in the Chilean brand leader board in the UK off-trade.

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Wine must adapt its branding for China or face failure

Published:  07 August, 2014

Wine firms that do not adapt their brands for the Chinese market - such as by having a Chinese brand name - face "immediate disadvantage" and possible failure.

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Bloom gin launches upmarket rose lemonade RTD

Published:  06 August, 2014

Bloom gin is expanding its range of upmarket ready-to-serve drinks with its gin and rose lemonade - presented in an old-fashioned glass bottle.

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Scotch whisky The Macallan gets green light for £100m distillery

Published:  06 August, 2014

Edrington's The Macallan whisky brand is to get a new £100 million distillery and visitor centre in Speyside, after Moray Council granted planning permission.

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New Zealand's Mission estate eyes UK growth

Published:  05 August, 2014

New Zealand's Mission Estate is targeting UK growth in the independent and on-trade sectors with the appointment of its first UK business development manager.

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Italy's Franciacorta wines double sales to UK

Published:  05 August, 2014

Sales of Italy's Franciacorta wines in the UK have doubled in the first six months of 2014 thanks to growing market awareness.

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Jean-Claude Mas on how he has helped build a global French wine brand

Published:  04 August, 2014
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Panos Sarantopoulos takes charge of Rémy Cointreau's liqueurs and spirits division