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Friday read: Are specialist wine merchants in danger of becoming obsolete?

Published:  10 November, 2023

The WineBarn’s multiple award-winning founder Iris Ellmann – an early champion of dry German whites and Spätburgunder in the UK – makes the case for somms to stick with specialist importers.


Top German sales boom for Howard Ripley

Published:  15 March, 2023

Specialist merchant Howard Ripley Wines has reported a 50% jump in its German En Primeur campaign this year, reflecting a general acceleration of German sales in recent years.


Reasons to pick Riesling

Published:  29 September, 2021

Harpers partnered with Wines of Germany for its Big G closing debate, which mulled over the topic ‘A wine for all reasons: why German wine is the smart choice’. These extended highlights give a flavour of that far-reaching discussion and what indie retailers and restaurateurs alike can do to boost their German category sales. Andrew Catchpole reports.


Wines of Germany launches Retailer Partners competition

Published:  27 September, 2021

Wines of Germany has launched an innovative scheme to encourage UK independents to spread the word about Germany’s vinous offering.


Big G streams 'In My Vineyard' series, with closing debate to wrap event

Published:  10 August, 2021

The annual Big G celebration of German wines continues apace with the streaming of In My Vineyard virtual winemaker tours, plus the closing Wine for all Reasons debate to take place on Tuesday afternoon (10 August).


Long Read: Floods in the Ahr valley – A tale of destruction and solidarity

Published:  22 July, 2021

Large areas of Western Germany were flooded last week and are dealing with an unprecedented level of destruction and loss. The overall sense of bafflement and being overwhelmed has prompted an international movement of solidarity, namely within the wine community, eager to help fellow winemakers many of whom have lost all their cellared stock, equipment, homes and wineries. Whether the foundations of the latter are still sound is yet to be determined; as is, in most cases, whether insurances will cover the damage caused by this unexpected natural disaster. 


Shot in the arm for Germany

Published:  25 March, 2021

In a boost for German winemakers on the global stage, UNESCO has included ‘Wine Culture in Germany’ in its latest national register of intangible national heritage.


Berry Bros supports “hardest struck” smaller wine producers

Published:  27 April, 2020

Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) has revealed an initiative to support some of the small family businesses hit by the Covid-19 crisis. 


Black Tower owner buys 16% stake in North South Wines

Published:  26 February, 2020

German winery Reh Kendermann, the producer of Black Tower, has acquired a 16% stake in North South Wines (NSW).


German Riesling gathers traction outside London

Published:  10 September, 2019

The love of German Riesling is spreading outside the capital boosted by a series of targeted regional events, according to Wines of Germany.


Bibendum launches ‘industry first’ training course

Published:  26 June, 2019

Bibendum has launched what it claims to be an 'industry first' training course - ‘Getting to grips with German Wine’.


German drinkers drinking less but trading up

Published:  08 April, 2019

The latest Wine Intelligence report on Germany says consumers are drinking less but buying more expensive wine when they do.


Wines of Germany takes 31 Days of Riesling ‘up north’

Published:  13 March, 2019

Wines of Germany is taking 31 Days of Riesling to Manchester and Edinburgh this spring, marking the first time the tasting will take place outside London.


Bancroft adds Glaetzer to portfolio

Published:  06 February, 2019

Bancroft Wines will become exclusive UK agents for Barossa Valley winery, Glaetzer, from mid March.


Boutinot grows German portfolio

Published:  19 November, 2018

Boutinot has expanded its German portfolio with two new producers - AJ Adam and Horst Sauer.


Wines of Germany reveals 31 Days of German Riesling winners

Published:  12 September, 2018

Wines of Germany has announced the winners of this year’s 31 Days of Riesling campaign.


Jascots adds Sekt producer Schloss Vaux to tap fizz trend

Published:  02 September, 2018

Jascots has added Sekt Estate producer Schloss Vaux to its portfolio to tap Brits’ continued thirst for bubbles.


Kingsland Drinks expands German portfolio with Schmitt Söhne

Published:  12 June, 2018

Kingsland Drinks has been appointed the exclusive UK agent for German wine producer Schmitt Söhne.


Wine expert urges UK to avoid comparing German Pinot Noir with counterparts

Published:  03 May, 2018

A German wine expert has urged the UK wine industry not to compare Pinot Noir from Germany with rival counterpart production of the grape variety in regions such as Burgundy.


Riesling: gateway to Germany

Published:  22 March, 2018

Could Riesling be the answer to opening consumers' minds to lesser-known German Wines? Lisa Riley reports