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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


Vinitaly 2015 sees increase in foreign buyers on back of government support

Published:  27 March, 2015

Vinitaly saw a 16% increase in foreign buyers, following support from government agencies keen to support the wider Italian economy.


James Lawrence: Falling in love with Franciacorta

Published:  11 March, 2015

James Lawrence tells a tale of how he fell in love with an Italian fizz called Franciacorta, involving disarmingly honest vineyard owners,  the 21st-century poster-child for the region and a single arrest of a Celtic fan.


How Armit's Italian tasting turned Justin Keay in to a believer

Published:  10 March, 2015

Jascots launches own Italian sparkling wine on draught called 'Vino Vispo' for the on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2015

Jascots Wine Merchants launched its own brand Italian sparkling wine on draught called 'Vino Vispo' targeting the on-trade casual dining sector.


Armit Wines boosts Tuscan portfolio with Fattoria Le Pupille

Published:  13 February, 2015

Armit Wines, UK distributor for a host of Italy's icon wines, has added southern Tuscany's Fattoria Le Pupille to its portfolio.


Justin Knock MW predicts trusted wine brands will make a comeback in 2015

Published:  23 January, 2015

Justin Knock MW, one of the partners behind the recent acquisition of wine merchant Philglas & Swiggot, and a consulting winemaker for Encirc Wines, sees wine brands making a comeback with consumers, Italy facing potential supply problems and questions whether New Zealand can keep its momentum going as hot topics to watch in 2015.


Sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti hits back over Prosecco legal battle

Published:  12 January, 2015

Daniel Spinath, director of sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti, has hit back at claims that selling Prosecco on tap will be "illegal" if Italian producers of the wine win the legal right to fine bars and pubs that sell the drink by the keg instead of bottles.


Liv-ex: Value of trades drops 19% in November 2014

Published:  10 December, 2014

According to the Liv-ex's most recent market report, "the value of trades in November was down 19% on this time last year" signalling the on-going challenge of Bordeaux's most iconic wines continually demanding the historical prices of just a few years ago.


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.


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.


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.


Aperol celebrates success as sales rocket 800% at Waitrose

Published:  31 October, 2014

Italian aperitif brand Aperol is gaining a strong foothold in the UK market, as sales of the drink shot up 800% at Waitrose in the last year.


Broadland Wineries imports first old world wine in bottle - Prosecco Filipetti

Published:  27 October, 2014

Broadland Wineries is bringing its first sparkling wine and first old world product to the UK in the form of Prosecco Filipetti.


Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 


Today's SITT London tasting offers masterclasses on Italy and the Rhône

Published:  24 September, 2014

Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Published:  24 September, 2014

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.


French bulk market 'tense' in face of Languedoc shortages

Published:  23 September, 2014

The French bulk wine market is starting to look "very tense", according to one top broker, following major shortages in the Languedoc region.


New firm North South Wines ramps up activity

Published:  16 September, 2014

Newly-created North South Wines is planning to boost its team as it gets ready for a series of product launches in the coming months.


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.