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Profile: A new era for Fells

Published:  09 April, 2024

Fells’ new MD catches up with Jo Gilbert on the company’s past, present and future, including its secret weapon.

As one of the longest-standing agent importers in the UK, Fells has a history that is almost very nearly unique. Like Mentzendorff, its biggest competitor, Fells happens to have been founded in 1858, before going on to represent the interests of a leading Port house.


Analysis: Doing Business in Brexit Britain

Published:  12 March, 2024

Andrew Catchpole convened a panel at Wine Paris to discuss the ins and outs of current trade with the UK.


LWF welcomes return of UK agents and Wines of South Africa

Published:  12 March, 2024

Several leading UK agents including Mentzendorff (for the first time in 12 years), Buckingham Schenk and Freixenet Copestick will return to London Wine Fair (LWF) following absences.


Mentzendorff adds two new shareholder producers under new MD

Published:  04 March, 2024

Mentzendorff has swelled the ranks of its shareholder brands since new MD Justin Liddle took the top job in November, with two new additions which include the Fladgate Partnership’s first foray into light wine.


Justin Liddle appointed as Mentzendorff MD

Published:  20 November, 2023

Mentzendorff, the UK import and agency business of Group Bollinger, has today announced Justin Liddle as its new MD, effective immediately.


Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Justin Liddle, Mentzendorff

Published:  04 September, 2023

Midway through 2023, Harpers is taking stock of yet another turbulent year for the drinks trade, with plenty of highs and lows, so far. Here, we conclude our series with Justin Liddle, interim MD at Mentzendorff. to find out how the year has gone so far, and what the remainder may bring.


LWF 2024 venue and programme details announced

Published:  11 July, 2023

Hot on the heels of its 2023 show, which saw visitor numbers increase by 14% YOY, the organisers of the London Wine Fair (LWF) have today (11 July) announced the dates and venue for the 2024 edition.


Ripping up the rule book

Published:  12 October, 2022

On a long enough timeline, everything comes back into fashion. Not so long ago, it was the alcopop revolution, which caught the imagination of the younger generation, alongside a slew of low-rise jeans and trucker hats (mutter what you will: it was the epitome of 2004 popular style). While some might wish such things were relegated to the annals of fashion – and fashionable drinks – it’s also true that things never come back in quite the same way.


Cartuxa joins Mentzendorff

Published:  12 July, 2021

Mentzendorff has taken on historic Alentejan brand Cartuxa, one of the oldest brands in Portugal.


Bordeaux’s Château La Fleur de Boüard joins Mentzendorff

Published:  13 May, 2021

Mentzendorff and Hubert de Boüard de Laforest have announced that Château La Fleur de Boüard will join the Mentzendorff portfolio with the first stocks of mature vintages being available from June 2021.


Port: Weathering the Covid storm

Published:  24 November, 2020

The UK remains at the forefront of the premium Port category, with sales of late-bottled vintage (LBV), quality white Port, aged tawnies, single vineyard and classic vintage ports, all remaining resilient through Covid. A nation of consumers stuck at home, looking to indulge, appears to have been largely positive for the quality end of UK Port sales. Built on a long-standing relationship with the UK, sales at Symington Family Estates are up 10% by value and 9% by volume compared with this time last year.


Mentzendorff makes strategic adjustments to a new norm

Published:  18 September, 2020

Andrew Catchpole talks to Mentzendorff boss Andrew Hawes pre and post-lockdown


Mentzendorff wins Colombo agency

Published:  26 February, 2020

Rhône Valley winemaker Jean-Luc Colombo has appointed Mentzendorff & Co as his exclusive agent in the UK.


Maison Chapoutier leaves Mentzendorff for Hatch Mansfield

Published:  10 January, 2020

Maison Chapoutier and Mentzendorff & Co have decided to call time on their 25-year partnership.


SITT hits stride in London and Manchester

Published:  10 September, 2019

This autumn’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) in London and Manchester were among the busiest and most focused events yet, with both off- and on-trade buyers feasting their senses at 45 supplier tables, plus a busy schedule of masterclasses.


New Generation creates sales & marketing director position

Published:  30 July, 2019

New Generation Wines has appointed James McKenna to the newly created position of sales & marketing director.


Mentzendorff ride smashes fundraising target for The Benevolent

Published:  12 July, 2019

The Mentzendorff team has once again picked up their bikes and donned their lycra to raise an impressive sum for industry drinks charity, The Benevolent.


Mentzendorff get on their bikes to raise cash for The Benevolent

Published:  19 June, 2019

Members of team Mentzendorff will cycle the four-day ‘Giro di Toscana’ to raise money for The Benevolent on 24 June.


Mentzendorff boosts premium Australian wine range with Kilikanoon

Published:  01 July, 2014

Mentzendorff is looking to ramp up its premium Australian wine offering and has taken on distribution of Clare Valley's Kilikanoon as a first step.



Published:  11 June, 2013

Mentzendorff: Why have you signed up to the Best Practice Guidelines?