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The week that was

Published:  27 October, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Bolney bolsters sparkling wine menu with new duo

Published:  26 October, 2017

Bolney Wine Estate has bolstered its sparkling wine portfolio with two new varieties as home-grown fizz continues to gain traction.

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South Africa braces itself for difficult growing season

Published:  26 October, 2017

South Africa's vignerons are bracing themselves for a potentially difficult growing season, as the Western Cape continues to suffer from a chronic drought.

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Litmus Wines expands international trail for Ginking

Published:  26 October, 2017

Litmus Wines has expanded the international reach of its hybrid wine and gin Ginking brand to Switzerland just a year after launch.

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Phelps donates $100,000 to Napa and Sonoma relief efforts

Published:  25 October, 2017

Napa winery Joseph Phelps Vineyards has donated $100,000 through its Phelps Foundation to support fire relief efforts in the area following the devastating wildfires.

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Three Choirs receives heritage revamp

Published:  25 October, 2017

English wine brand Three Choirs has been given its first makeover in a decade to tap the booming thirst for homegrown tipples with a history.

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OIV estimates near 10% drop in global wine production

Published:  25 October, 2017

Global wine production for 2017 has been estimated at 246.7 million hl – an 8.2% drop compared to 2016 and one of the lowest levels for decades, according to the Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV).

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Amazon pulls online wine arm

Published:  24 October, 2017

Amazon has confirmed it is closing down its dedicated online wine arm - Amazon Wine, after just five years.

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WSET unveils first tasting app

Published:  24 October, 2017

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched its first tasting app.

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Le Vignoble reveals plans for second outlet

Published:  24 October, 2017

Hybrid wine business Le Vignoble has revealed it is to open its second outlet as part of a growth strategy to reach five stores within the next few years.

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Rioja reports ‘overall promising’ but limited volume harvest

Published:  24 October, 2017

Wines from Rioja has confirmed that volume was down for the 2017 harvest compared to the previous year, but said the grape quality was “excellent”.

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Spar bolsters wine menu with two ranges as part of own-label push

Published:  24 October, 2017

Spar has unveiled two own-label ranges – the first of four new lines to be launched by the retailer by spring 2018.

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French and Aussie wineries join forces

Published:  23 October, 2017

Two boutique wineries from France and Australia have joined forces to distribute their wines internationally.

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ProWein revelas new elements for 2018

Published:  23 October, 2017

ProWein 2018 has revealed a line of newcomers set to join the European event from across the globe.

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Major English wine producers back WSTA's call for a freeze on wine duty

Published:  23 October, 2017

Major English and Welsh wine producers have joined forces with the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) to lobby the Chancellor for a cut to wine duty in the November Budget.

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Land and soil take centre stage at Argentina’s Barullo

Published:  20 October, 2017

Wines of Argentina broke away from Chile last year to trial its own format with Barullo. Now in its second year, the event is committed to showing this New World innovation train hasn’t run out of steam, and is on a mission to maintain cutting edge.

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UK remains top volume market for Oz

Published:  20 October, 2017

The UK is the top export market for Australian wine with 28% of volume, new data from Wine Australia’s Export Report has revealed.

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Mediterranean wines focus on sustainability

Published:  20 October, 2017

The wine sector is to focus on improving its environmental and sustainability commitments to respond to consumer concerns.

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The week that was

Published:  20 October, 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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EU and UK wines and spirits chiefs launch joint Brexit proposition paper

Published:  19 October, 2017

European and UK bodies responsible for the wider wine and spirit industry have joined together to publish a joint position paper to outline their stance on Brexit.

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