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Brits hoover up Portuguese wine as loss of tourism shows the “Portuguese don’t drink Port”

Published:  29 September, 2021

As the biggest consumers of wine per capita globally, it might be expected that domestic sales of Portuguese wines would have fared well over the course of the pandemic, where drinkers globally were largely turned onto local vinous offerings.

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WSTA Summit: Beale outlines path for trade recovery

Published:  15 September, 2021

In his opening address at the WSTA Industry Summit 2021, CEO Miles Beale took an imaginary look back at the past decade from 2031 to highlight the lobbying and initiatives that the industry body has planned or instigated.

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‘Nouvelle generation’ to drive Beaujolais export potential

Published:  10 December, 2020

With good recent vintages to its name and wines that sit squarely with the modern trend towards fresher, lighter styles, Beaujolais certainly appears to be well placed to capture the attention of a new generation of drinkers. Add in ‘ownership’ of Gamay, a distinctive and easy-to-like variety, and the region also offers a sense of discovery (or re-discovery for older drinkers) in a world awash with international grapes.

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SWA backs Mexico-UK spirits accord

Published:  01 December, 2020

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the announcement of the Mexico-UK Spirits Agreement.

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New Zealand wine exports reach NZ$2 billion

Published:  26 November, 2020

International demand for New Zealand wine has surged over the past decade, with total export value now reaching a record-breaking NZ$2 billion in 2020.

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EU and US renew calls for end to retaliatory wine tariffs

Published:  10 November, 2020

The Brussels-based CEEV (Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins) and Wine Institute of California have renewed calls for a suspension of retaliatory tariffs on wine in response to the trans-Atlantic dispute over Boeing aircraft subsidies.

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A Taste of New York: Indie opportunities from the Empire State

Published:  26 May, 2020

With small production and a cool climate, New York State’s leading wine producers are looking to punch above their collective weight on the world stage, with the UK singled out as the ‘shop window’ to showcase its wares.

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Rathfinny’s 10th anniversary delivers Classic Cuvée launch and new ecommerce site

Published:  12 May, 2020

English wine estate Rathfinny marked its 10th anniversary with the launch of its inaugural 2016 Classic Cuvée on Monday, “completing” its line up of Sussex sparkling wines.

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UK demand for premium Prosecco doubles

Published:  05 May, 2020

Export volumes from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG to the UK doubled in 2019, according to the latest data from its Consorzio.

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Generics respond to the pandemic: Wines of Portugal

Published:  24 April, 2020

In the seventh of our series on responses by the generics to the Covid-19 pandemic, Andrew Catchpole talks to Jorge Monteiro, president, Wines of Portugal

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Generics respond to the pandemic: Wines of Chile

Published:  21 April, 2020

In the third of a series focusing on responses of the generic bodies to the current crisis, we talk to Anita Jackson, UK director, Wines of Chile

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Champagne: Weathering the storm

Published:  20 April, 2020

With little to celebrate, it’s unlikely consumers will be reaching for the Champagne any time soon, but the category has weathered storms before, says Chris Losh. 

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South Africa makes U-turn and bans wine exports

Published:  17 April, 2020

The South African government has banned exports of wine and spirits during lockdown.

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Q&A: Etienne Debanné, president, & Gabriel Rivero, winemaker, IXSIR

Published:  16 April, 2020

Swapping lunch in London for a live link to Lebanon, Andrew Catchpole catches up with a rising Middle Eastern star.

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Cape open for business with wine export go-ahead during SA lockdown

Published:  08 April, 2020

South Africa’s wine industry breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as permission was granted for wine to be included in allowable fresh produce products for export.

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Argentina report: Country on the rise

Published:  18 March, 2020

In the first of our series on Argentina, James Lawrence reports (pre-coronavirus) on how the 2016 election has helped introduce the country to a new era of wine exports and global trade.

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California export drive

Published:  16 March, 2020

Andrew Catchpole reports on the inaugural California Export conference, which drew together a host of wine experts from around the world to explore the opportunities for the Golden State. 

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Austria wine exports hit record high

Published:  13 March, 2020

Austria’s wine industry posted record export growth figures in 2019 by both value and volume.

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Washington State reaffirms commitment to UK

Published:  11 March, 2020

Despite a wave of cancelled trade events elsewhere, Washington State went ahead with its London tasting yesterday, with the message that the UK remains at the heart of its export focus.

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Austria: The view beyond Grüner growth

Published:  02 March, 2020

Austrian producers are looking to reds and rare varieties to emulate the ‘golden period’ built on the success of its flagship grape, as Lisa Riley discovers. 

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