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Distell to launch fine wine division

Published:  14 November, 2018

African wine, spirits and cider giant Distell is set to launch a new premium wine division with Nederburg as its flagship, Harpers can reveal.

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NZ Sommelier Scholarship participants announced

Published:  14 November, 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers has confirmed 18 recipients of its 2019 International Sommelier Scholarship, designed to encourage on-trade ambassadors for the country’s wines.

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Polish polish

Published:  13 November, 2018

Poland is setting its sights to become an internationally recognised producer of quality wine, with the number of vineyards doubling over the past four years.

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Global wine markets: China shines as Brexit Britain picks up wooden spoon

Published:  13 November, 2018

The second annual ProWein Business Report looking at the attractiveness of international export markets for wine has placed China in pole position for the first time.

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Don't miss Harpers Wine Stars Spain, Australia and South America

Published:  13 November, 2018

Harpers Wine Stars, the competition judged by buyers for buyers, is returning fresh for 2019 – and there’s only just over a week left to sign up.

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WoodWinters adds old Barossa Soul to portfolio

Published:  13 November, 2018

Indie merchant WoodWinters has strengthened its growing wholesale portfolio with the addition of the UK agency for Soul Growers from Barossa.

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Simpsons releases its first sparkler

Published:  13 November, 2018

Kent estate Simpsons has released its first sparkling wine, six years after its founders branched out from the Languedoc in France to launch their first UK venture.

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Hedgepig fruit gin liqueurs expands range

Published:  12 November, 2018

Ginmeister, the company behind Pinkster gin, has expanded its range of Hedgepig fruit gin liqueurs with three new variants.

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California wildfires ‘not particularly’ affecting wine country

Published:  12 November, 2018

The wildfires currently raging in California have ‘not particularly’ affected wine country.

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Diageo sells 19 brands to Sazerac

Published:  12 November, 2018

Diageo has agreed to sell 19 brands to Sazerac, the US distiller, for $550 million.

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Napa Valley reports strong vintage with ideal weather conditions

Published:  12 November, 2018

Napa Valley has announced a “Goldilocks” 2018 vintage.

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The week that was

Published:  09 November, 2018

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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Research unveils UK winemaking areas that could rival Champagne

Published:  09 November, 2018

New research has unveiled winemaking areas in the UK that could rival Champagne – and they’re not necessarily what you might expect.

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Freixenet-Copestick merger to create sparkling super supplier

Published:  09 November, 2018

UK-based wine supplier and brand owner Copestick Murray and Cava giant Freixenet have revealed plans to merge as of January 1.

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William Grant & Sons appoints new UK marketing director

Published:  08 November, 2018

William Grant & Sons has appointed Ifan Jenkins to the role of marketing director for UK and Ireland.

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Freixenet renews Christmas at Kew sponsorship

Published:  08 November, 2018

Freixenet has signed up as sponsor of Christmas at Kew for the second year running.

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Lidl sweeps the board at Wotwine supermarket awards

Published:  08 November, 2018

Lidl swept the board at the Wotwine 2019 Supermarket Wine Retailer Awards taking home three out of four gongs.

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Wines of Japan: Harpers takes a closer look at what the country has to offer

Published:  08 November, 2018

Japan has had a boost in winemaking productivity over the past decade, particularly among smaller, artisanal producers who are now leading the charge for quality and innovation. We took a closer look at a country which is focusing outwards on growing its reputation and inwards on winemaking expertise.

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Matthew Clark strengthens wine buying team with new trio

Published:  07 November, 2018

Matthew Clark has expanded its wine buying team with a director and two new buyers.

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Majestic signs up as RFU sponsor and launches bespoke rugby range

Published:  07 November, 2018

Majestic Wine has signed a sponsorship deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to become the official wine merchant to England Rugby and Twickenham Stadium.

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