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Wales comes out top as “most sophisticated” UK wine nation

Published:  04 February, 2021

When it comes to buying wine, the Welsh are the most sophisticated while the English hunt for a bargain, according to data which aims to map the buying behaviours of UK drinkers.

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Balfour and Majestic launch English wine follow-up

Published:  08 December, 2020

Majestic Wine and Balfour Wines at Hush Heath Estate are following up the debut of their English wine partnership, with a sophomore release of limited edition labels.

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Dom Perignon winemaker moves to Kent

Published:  08 December, 2020

Nick Lane, who was part of the winemaking team at Dom Perignon, has moved to the UK to join contract-only winery, Defined Wine.

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House of Commons in retail partnership with Digby Fine English

Published:  02 December, 2020

Sussex-based sparkling wine producer Digby Fine English has been appointed as the official supplier of English sparkling wine to the House of Commons gift shops.

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Q&A: Mark Driver, Rathfinny Wine Estate

Published:  10 November, 2020

As the 2020 vintage came in, Rathfinny owner Mark Driver spoke with Andrew Catchpole about the challenges of flexing the business in a remarkable year

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Simon Thorpe MW joins Wine GB team

Published:  21 October, 2020

Wine GB has strengthened its team with the appointment of Simon Thorpe MW as new CEO.

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English wine exports double

Published:  08 September, 2020

Exports of English wine more than doubled in 2019 while sales overall rocketed 70%, according to the latest data from Wine GB released today.

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WSTA maps out UK visitor centres for thirsty ‘staycationers’

Published:  24 August, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched an interactive map of distilleries and wineries that are open to the public in the UK.

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Shakedown looms for English and Welsh spirits

Published:  06 July, 2020

A restructure could be on the cards for the English and Welsh spirits sector, as pressure from an impending recession begins to squeeze brands at either end of the price spectrum. Jo Gilbert reports

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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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Xmas high-street sales falter but Majestic and Aldi thrive

Published:  07 January, 2020

Despite mixed results from the BWS sector over the Christmas trading period, some retailers were able to buck the trend.

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Aldi picks Lyme Bay for first own-brand English fizz

Published:  09 December, 2019

Aldi has chosen the Dorset-based Lyme Bay Winery to produce an English sparkling wine for its premium ‘Exquisite Collection’.

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Specialist Indies talk shop and more...

Published:  13 November, 2019

Independent wine merchants are specialist retailers in their own right offering a service, range and expertise that more general retailers, such as grocers, will always struggle to match.

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Prestige Champagne fizzes as sub-£20 falls

Published:  29 August, 2019

Research has shown that Champagne is experiencing continued uplift at the premium end of the spectrum, with brands leading the category to a higher average price per bottle.

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English sparkling encouraged to tap into “moderation, local, and craft” as sales dip

Published:  28 August, 2019

A new report has suggested that English sparkling wine ticks all the right boxes to help reverse something of a slump in sales of sparkling wine over the past year – the first time this has happened in a decade.

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Winetraders signs up Hampshire’s Exton Park

Published:  28 June, 2019

Winetraders has expanded its listings with the addition of English sparkling wine producer Exton Park.

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British Ambassadors call for more British wine and spirits at international events

Published:  20 June, 2019

The UK’s Ambassadors and senior diplomats have said they want to serve more English wine and British gin.

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Bacchus symposium de-codes potential of English wine’s “flag bearer”

Published:  30 May, 2019

Experimentation is the key to unlocking the potential of Bacchus, which is fast becoming a “flag bearer” for English wine, industry experts have said.

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Albourne Estate bottles excess grapes for new frizzante

Published:  29 April, 2019

A Sussex estate has chosen to bottle its leftover grapes as an Italian-style fizz after last year’s super harvest meant producers were left with grapes still hanging on the vine.

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Sales of English and Welsh wine double in 2018

Published:  06 March, 2019

The English and Welsh wine industry produced a record-breaking amount of wine last year thanks to a frost-free spring and a long, mostly dry summer.

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