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Hallgarten Annual Tasting: Singing from the same hymn sheet

Published:  21 February, 2024

In its first annual tasting since the Coterie Holdings takeover, Hallgarten & Novum Wines welcomed well over 1,000 visitors to Lindley Hall, London, to sample the breadth and depth of its portfolio.


Hallgarten adds Piedmont’s Vietti to premium portfolio

Published:  15 February, 2024

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten & Novum Wines has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Vietti, the Piedmont family producer famed for its crus in Barolo and Barbaresco.


Profile: Hallgarten's new future with Coterie Holdings

Published:  13 February, 2024

From five years of “looking into the abyss”, Hallgarten’s future has been assured by a serious, if somewhat mysterious, new player in the form of Coterie Holdings. Jo Gilbert caught up with Andrew Bewes, MD of the former, and Michael Saunders, CEO of the latter, to peer beneath the surface of this major new deal.


Coterie continues recruitment drive with another Bibendum hire

Published:  08 February, 2024

James Scott is the latest name to join the ranks of Coterie Holdings in another move which continues the trend of key industry names jumping ship from Bibendum.


Coterie Holdings appoints Andrew Shaw as wine director

Published:  06 February, 2024


Coterie Holdings launches wine lending platform

Published:  18 January, 2024

Coterie Holdings, the holding company for Lay & Wheeler and Hallgarten & Novum Wines, has formally announced the launch of its wine lending platform Jera.


Exclusive: Bewes and Saunders chart the future for Hallgarten and Coterie

Published:  20 December, 2023

The sale of leading specialist importer Hallgarten & Novum Wines from the Pieroth family has been five years in the making, Harpers has learned. Now, as it moves its portfolio of premium on-trade accounts and producers to Coterie Holdings, a new chapter is in store for both businesses as they look to bolster their portfolios and advance their march into the fine wine market, with Coterie, in particular, looking to establish its hold as a key player in the nation’s top restaurants.


Hallgarten acquired by Coterie Holdings

Published:  19 December, 2023

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has been purchased by Coterie Holdings, joining Lay & Wheeler, bonded warehousing Coterie Vaults and wine lender Jera in a growing fine wine portfolio.


Coterie Holdings appoints Michael Saunders as CEO

Published:  12 September, 2023

Coterie Holdings, the holding company for fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler, bonded storage facility Coterie Vaults, and wine lending business Jera, has announced the appointment of Michael Saunders as its CEO.


Looking Ahead: Michael Saunders, C&C Group

Published:  08 August, 2022

With the first half of 2022 already history, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities.


Bibendum then and now

Published:  17 March, 2022

Bibendum’s 40th anniversary celebrations taking place this month prompted Jo Gilbert to catch up with Michael Saunders, head of partnerships at C&C Group, on the evolution from Primrose Hill retail store to trade institution


WSTA membership climbs as it releases Brexit checklist

Published:  10 December, 2020

A record number of wine and spirit businesses have joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) this year following a recruitment drive bolstered by concerns over Covid and Brexit.


Brexit: Independence Day?

Published:  09 December, 2020

With the end of the Brexit transition now hurtling down the track, many indies may not be aware of quite how much post-1 January changes could affect their businesses, as Andrew Catchpole reports.


Economics of on-trade supply have “hit a brick wall”

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has stripped bare the precarious economic situation of the on-trade and its supply-side, with a correction in the market necessary to improve profitability.


Suppliers seek clarity over support

Published:  07 May, 2020

Key suppliers to the shuttered on-trade have called on the government to help them survive Covid-19, pointing both to clarification on reopening measures and greater financial support.


Living with lockdown – Bibendum

Published:  28 April, 2020

Michael Saunders, Bibendum CEO and chairman of The Drinks Trust and WSTA, dives deep into the challenges thrown up by the current crisis. Andrew Catchpole reports


Big changes as The Benevolent becomes The Drinks Trust

Published:  13 March, 2020

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has rebranded as The Drinks Trust, it was announced at its annual fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum in London last night.


Saunders pinpoints 2020 as ‘revolutionary’ for The Benevolent

Published:  14 January, 2020

The Benevolent has revealed that there are “significant” plans in place to evolve the drinks industry charity in 2020.


Spotlight on 2020: Michael Saunders, Bibendum Wine

Published:  04 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers will be taking the month of December to look back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.


Looking ahead: Michael Saunders, CEO, Bibendum PLB

Published:  12 August, 2019

As the first half of 2019 draws to a close, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities