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Embracing change in Rioja

Published:  20 December, 2023

Setting out to discover the renewed dynamism and diversity in Spain’s flagship DO, Harpers teamed up with Wines of Rioja to host an indie merchant buying trip to the region. Andrew Catchpole reports.


Ribera harvest battles ‘pronounced and changing climate’

Published:  06 December, 2023

Ribera del Duero is celebrating a bigger than expected harvest, with this year’s crop up by 12% and the grapes achieving optimal levels of ripeness despite being one of the ‘most complex harvests to date’.


Producer Q&A: Jaime Suárez, Dominio De Atauta

Published:  31 October, 2023

Working with 700 microplots of vines of between 140 and 190 years old, Jaime Suárez, winemaker at Dominio De Atauta, shares his passion with Andrew Catchpole.


Sign up now for Wines from Spain inaugural summit

Published:  15 September, 2023

There is still time to register for the Spain Food Nation Summit 2023, where Harpers will be chairing a brand-new event in central London to showcase the quality of Spain’s food and vinous offer.


Spanish Wine Master competition announces winner

Published:  05 July, 2023

Wine and Communications professional Kirsty Woodgate has been crowned 2023 Spanish Wine Master UK by Rioja winery Ramón Bilbao. 


Producer Q&A: Félix Solís Avantis

Published:  27 June, 2023

UK MD Richard Cochrane and President Félix Solís, the two leaders of the major wine company, fill Andrew Catchpole in on the latest innovative developments.


Rioja’s top wines take the spotlight in London

Published:  26 June, 2023

A selection of age-worthy styles from recent to older decades were on full show at the recent Rioja Residency – a new, unbeatable showing of the region’s best wines.


Friday read: ‘Grape of the sun’ in the hot seat with Peter McCombie MW

Published:  02 June, 2023

Monastrell was given a chance to shine in London recently, via a masterclass which aimed to show a sun-loving variety in a brand new light.


CVNE folds Rías Baixas winery into portfolio

Published:  16 March, 2023

Rioja group CVNE has acquired Bodegas La Val in Rías Baixas, taking the number of wineries in its portfolio to eight.


Spain now has confidence to ‘walk naked in the street’

Published:  14 March, 2023

Champions of Spain’s diversity articulate a wine scene that has for some time been generating excitement, revealing an increasingly compelling collective offer, with individuality, accessibility and sense of place to the fore. The country has been dubbed by some as the ‘New World of the Old’, in recognition of its ongoing innovation.


Grandes Pagos de España launches global Terroir Workshop

Published:  14 March, 2023

Leading Spanish producer association, Grandes Pagos de España (GPE), has launched a global education program which puts the country’s ‘grand crus’ front and centre.


Gin exports bounce back, but Brexit and Covid ‘double whammy’ leaves EU trailing

Published:  27 February, 2023

UK gin exports returned to growth in 2022, with South America and Asia leading the upturn, although EU sales, including to leading market Spain, remained significantly lower.


Spain's vintage 2022: Challenges across the board

Published:  11 January, 2023

Wines from Spain has released its annual harvest report for the 2022 vintage in Spain.


Spain embraces a modern approach

Published:  01 November, 2022

Jo Gilbert catches up with top Spanish specialists to identify the leading current and future trends.


Bibendum boosts Spanish portfolio

Published:  21 October, 2022

Bibendum Wine has folded Riojan estate Remírez De Ganuza and El Escocés Volante from Aragon into its portfolio.


Rueda wine ambassadors unveiled

Published:  14 October, 2022

As part of its ongoing push in the UK market, DO Rueda has announced its first Rueda Wine Ambassadors to help build awareness around Spain’s leading white wine region.


La Place ‘wave of expansion’ riden by Australia and Spain

Published:  24 August, 2022

Australia and Spain are at the forefront of an increasing number of ‘rest of the world’ wines that are fuelling new growth on the negociant-driven La Place de Bordeaux marketplace.


Revising Rueda

Published:  10 June, 2022

The launch of Gran Vino de Rueda is poised to raise the profile of Spain’s most prolific white DO, writes Andrew Catchpole.


Gonzalez Byass welcomes portfolio tasting return along with new CEO

Published:  08 June, 2022

Highlights will include the newly released 1975 vintage sherry and the latest Tio Pepe en Rama from GB, the 2021 range from Zind Humbrecht in Alsace and two new prestige cuvees from Champagne Deutz.


Rioja Wine Academy invites UK trade to complete training qualification

Published:  25 May, 2022

The Rioja Wine Academy is welcoming new applicants to its Certified Educator programme, a free online educational course developed by the Rioja Consejo Regulador.