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Alcohol Duty: ‘One tax rise in a year is alarming, two is unacceptable’

Published:  17 November, 2023

Ahead of the Autumn Statement on 22 November, senior figures in the wine industry are voicing their concerns amidst fears of a second alcohol duty rise in the space of four months.


Spanish wine has potential in diversity

Published:  23 October, 2023

Spain is seen as exciting and in evolution by those in the know. But the wider industry and consumers still stick to Rioja. How can Spain’s multiplicity infiltrate the UK mainstream? James Bayley reports.


Wine Society outlines bold new sustainable initiatives

Published:  21 September, 2023

The Wine Society is to further its sustainable credentials with both a producer-focused insetting fund and a drive to 100% lighter weight glass across its portfolio.


The Wine Society trials recycled plastic bottles

Published:  14 July, 2023

Following the publication of its Alternative Packaging for Wine report in May, The Wine Society has embarked on the second phase of its packaging trial. This week, four of The Society’s most popular wines, including its top-selling wine, The Society’s White Burgundy, will be released in recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles.


Wine Society summer tasting: “We will swallow inflation and duty rises”

Published:  11 July, 2023

In April 2023, in what was described as an “industry first”, The Wine Society announced it would prevent price increases despite the effects of high inflation and rising duty costs.


Greece: The land of unbroken tradition

Published:  21 June, 2023

Justin Keay picks out the rising gems from Greece’s sprawling archipelago, as the UK market looks to build on its love of Santorini and Assyrtiko.


Jerry Lockspeiser: Can business be a force for good?

Published:  28 April, 2023

I was thrilled to read of a recent initiative by The Wine Society, not just because I am a member, but because it speaks volumes about how they approach their business.


The Wine Society pledges to hold majority of its wine prices

Published:  13 April, 2023

In what has been described as, “an industry first”, online wine retailer The Wine Society has announced it will work with its members to prevent price increases. 


The Wine Society revamps its private label range

Published:  05 April, 2023

The Wine Society's much-loved portfolio of Society wines is being given a makeover, focusing on both aesthetics and the sustainability of the range.


Wine Society targets ambitious carbon reduction pathways

Published:  13 March, 2023

The Wine Society has conducted what is describes as a “root and branch investigation” into its carbon footprint to help better define a roadmap to seriously curtailed Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.


Wine and spirit businesses welcome the Windsor Framework Agreement

Published:  03 March, 2023

The Windsor Framework Agreement, a system designed to facilitate the movement of goods from GB to Ireland post-Brexit has been welcomed by the UK wine and spirit businesses.


Profile: The Wine Society

Published:  22 November, 2022

Having traded for almost 150 years, The Wine Society made short shrift of Covid’s trickier challenges, using them as a springboard to greater growth. Jo Gilbert reports


Exton Park Announces New CEO Appointment, Robin McMillan

Published:  12 July, 2022

Hampshire-based Vineyard, Exton Park, has announced the appointment of Robin McMillan as its new CEO.


Great Whites: in-depth analysis of Italian white wines

Published:  15 June, 2022

Who hasn’t had a love affair with Italian wines? It’s a rite of passage for any true wine lover. Before heading off to the extremes of Chile or the slopes of the Mosel or Douro, wine buffs tend to fall into the arms of Piedmont, Tuscany and Etna. With so much varietal and stylistic diversity, it’s easy to be carried away by the sheer breadth – and to be very promiscuous with – Italy’s array of choice.


González Byass launches 2022 Tío Pepe En Rama

Published:  07 April, 2022

González Byass has launched the 13th edition of its unfiltered and unclarified fino, Tio Pepe En Rama, in the UK.


Harpers confirms its first Sustainability Champion partners

Published:  09 March, 2022

Following the February unveiling of its Sustainability Charter, Harpers is delighted to welcome North South Wines and Enotria & Coe, who have come on board as our first partnering Sustainability Champions. 


Bouncing back Q&A: Steve Finlan, CEO, The Wine Society

Published:  06 December, 2021

Over 50 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and yet Covid-19 continues to shape our lives and that of the drinks trade. The emergence of the Omicron variant has got the international community deeply concerned, while certain European nations have reintroduced lockdown measures. Nevertheless, the UK trade remains robust and resilient, but with Christmas looming it is not clear that we're out of the woods yet.


Sarah Evans retires as chairman of The Wine Society

Published:  16 June, 2021

The Wine Society has announced that its chairman of 12 years, Sarah Evans, is retiring. 


Harpers Reassessing Ribera webinar to explore evolving face of region

Published:  10 November, 2020

Join Harpers’ editor Andrew Catchpole, Tim Atkin MW, plus a panel of leading winemakers and trade buyers to discover how Ribera del Duero is hitting the sweet spot with its new styles of wines at our Reassessing Ribera webinar on Tuesday 17 November at 3pm.


The Wine Society launches initiative to support ‘key’ growers

Published:  03 September, 2020

The Wine Society has launched a campaign to support some of its key growers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.