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Vineyards become the fastest growing crop in England

Published:  11 October, 2023

Wine grapes are the fastest-growing edible agricultural crop sector for human consumption in England, it has been confirmed, with recent statistics from Defra putting the growth of vineyard hectarage in pole position.


Gusbourne sales up 25% in UK

Published:  28 September, 2023

Gusbourne, the premium English sparkling wine producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2023, reflecting another solid performance for the company, and a boost for the English wine sector in general.


New look Wine GB leadership team looks to the future

Published:  05 September, 2023

Wine GB opened its annual tasting at Battersea Arts Centre this morning, with a briefing which sketched what the future might look like for the the UK’s homegrown wine industry.


Berkmann takes a deep dive into English wine

Published:  03 May, 2023

UK distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars has welcomed two new agencies into its expanding family of English wineries: Everflyht from Sussex and Hundred Hills from Oxfordshire.


Staffing the English vineyard boom

Published:  16 November, 2022

All too often in our industry lately, the word ‘staffing’ has been swiftly followed by ‘crisis’ – and for good reason. UK Hospitality estimates there are 170,000 unfilled jobs in hospitality (not including seasonal and casual workers) – a vacancy rate of 10%.


Football brings record English wine sales to Majestic

Published:  14 July, 2021

The last weekend of Euro 2020 saw record numbers of English wine bought at Majestic Wine, with the nation stocking up on homegrown bottles as the country geared up to the first major football final since 1966.


Along came Covid

Published:  30 June, 2021

Jo Gilbert examines whether the past year has helped or hindered the pre-Brexit narrative that leaving the EU would benefit sales of English and Welsh wine


Wine GB unveils 2021 award winners

Published:  24 June, 2021

Wine GB has unveiled the the winners of this year’s awards for which there was a record number of entries and first-time entrants from all over England and Wales.


English wines continue to go from strength to strength

Published:  21 June, 2021

Sales of English and Welsh wines increased by around 30% in 2020 over the previous year, according to the latest industry figures released by Wine GB. 


Wine GB announces new chairman

Published:  01 June, 2021

Sam Linter, MD and head winemaker at Bolney Wine Estate, is to become Wine GB chairman replacing Simon Robinson. 


Wine industry receives ‘positive support’ from Prentis

Published:  24 May, 2021

The English and Welsh wine industry gained "positive support" from the agriculture minister, Victoria Prentis, in a meeting between Wine GB and DEFRA officials, the industry’s body has said. 


Gladwin to retire as Wine GB deputy chair

Published:  31 March, 2021

Wine GB deputy chairman Peter Gladwin is to retire from the board at the next Annual General Meeting, currently planned for 27 May 2021. 


Black Chalk and Wine GB recreate social media push

Published:  25 February, 2021

Jacob Leadley, CEO and winemaker of Black Chalk, and Wine GB have announced plans for this year’s Easter weekend initiative to support the English wine industry.  


Wine GB turns spotlight on wine tourism and retail

Published:  08 February, 2021

Wine GB has released its 2021 calendar of activities, revealing a strong focus on wine tourism and the retail sector.


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.


Wine GB launches industry hallmark for classic method wines

Published:  15 October, 2020

Wine GB has announced its first ever collective campaign for producers in England and Wales, including a hallmark to help to differentiate English and Welsh PDO sparkling wines made using the “time and craft-intensive classic method”.


Wine GB unveils first British producers to receive sustainable certification

Published:  17 August, 2020

Wine GB has announced the first British vineyards and wineries to formally achieve recognition for their sustainable credentials. 


Wine GB unveils 2020 award winners

Published:  04 August, 2020

Wine GB has unveiled the winners of the Wine GB Awards 2020 for which there were a record 281 entries, with 34 gold medals, 98 silver medals and 113 bronze medals given.


Still boosts booming English wine sales

Published:  25 June, 2020

Multiple retailers and Indies alike have reported a spike in sales of English and Welsh wine during lockdown driven by still, local and regional. 


Waitrose expands English portfolio in a nod to English Wine Week

Published:  18 June, 2020

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (20- 28 June) by launching five new and exclusive homegrown wines.