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Ridgeview invests £1.8m in new winery to double production

Published:  18 April, 2019

Ridgeview Wine Estate has invested £1.8 million in a new winery with the aim of doubling production to 500,000 bottles by 2023.

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Lucien Lurton joins Enotria&Coe as part of French portfolio revamp

Published:  18 April, 2019

A top Bordeaux estate, Malbec specialists and two new Languedoc producers comprise a renewed French focus at importer and distributor Enotria&Coe.

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Loire and NZ courtship ahead of Sauvignon Blanc Day

Published:  18 April, 2019

Generic bodies Central Loire, Loire Valley Wines and New Zealand Wine put aside their rivalry yesterday at 67 Pall Mall in a display of varietal unity ahead of Sauvignon Blanc Day on 3 May.

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B.f.t plays hardball with visitors via individual vetting process

Published:  17 April, 2019

Visitors to yesterday’s Big Fortified Tasting would have all undergone a basic background checks, Harpers has learned.

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Hardys launches on-trade foodies wine range

Published:  17 April, 2019

Hardys, the wine brand from Accolade Wines, is targeting food matching with its new on-trade exclusive ‘Foodies Range’.

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Rioja 2018 given the thumbs up from the DOCa despite weather woes

Published:  17 April, 2019

The Rioja vintage for 2018 has been classified as ‘Good’ despite the uncertainty around the impact of unpredictable weather conditions on the region.

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Lafite puts major investment behind state-of-the art tourism hub

Published:  17 April, 2019

Domaines Barons de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Duhart-Milon, has invested in a major tourism programme in 2019.

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Alavesa name change to Euskadi to boost ‘weight and identity’ of Basque Rioja

Published:  16 April, 2019

The Rioja Alavesa Association (ABRA) has voted in favour of a name change to Association of Bodegas de Euskadi (ABE), while expanding its remit to all interested Basque wine producers.

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Gramona president says Spanish fizz is in danger of becoming too splintered

Published:  16 April, 2019

The co-owner of family-owned Cava producer, Gramona, has voiced concerns over the fragmenting state of his country’s sparkling industry after too many designations have sprung up delineating Spanish fizz.

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LMVH owner pledges £173m to help repair Paris' Notre Dame

Published:  16 April, 2019

The Arnault family - owners of LMVH, has pledged £173 million to help repair Paris' Notre Dame cathedral following the devastating fires that started yesterday.

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Young drinkers more likely to experiment with fizz and fusion drinks

Published:  15 April, 2019

Younger Australians are more experimental when it comes to sparkling wine than older drinkers, according to the latest report on the Australian sparkling wine market by Wine Intelligence.

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HMRC losing new distillery applications

Published:  15 April, 2019

The British Distillers Alliance has claimed the HMRC teams dealing with new distillery and excise warehouse applications are either “losing all the paperwork or significant portions” of it.  

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Sunshine gives pubs and restaurant a lift

Published:  15 April, 2019

Pub and restaurants grew like-for-like sales by 3.8% last month compared to March 2018 when trade was hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Amathus Drinks adds Bodegas Argüeso to portfolio

Published:  12 April, 2019

Amathus Drinks has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of sherry producer Bodegas Argüeso.

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Global wine output reaches near record high of 2004

Published:  12 April, 2019

World wine production reached a near record high in 2018 in a clear departure from the historically low production of the previous year, but consumption stabilised, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Vinoteca gears up for Birmingham launch

Published:  12 April, 2019

Wine bar and restaurant Vinoteca has announced plans to launch in Birmingham, marking the five-strong chain’s first outlet outside the capital.

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The week that was

Published:  11 April, 2019

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Niepoort declares ‘epic’ 2017 vintage

Published:  12 April, 2019

Winemaker Dirk Niepoort has declared his 2017 vintage port, hailing it as “the best wine I’ve ever done” at a tasting for the trade at Lyle’s in London on Thursday.

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Simpsons Wine Estate to showcase bumper 2018 harvest at LWF

Published:  11 April, 2019

Kent producer Simpsons Wine Estate is gearing up to unveil a number of new releases at next month's London Wine Fair (LWF).

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UK’s top 100 bartenders announced

Published:  11 April, 2019

Diageo Reserve has announced its 2019 World Class Top 100 bartenders, putting the spotlight on the best and brightest of the UK bar world.

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