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Porto Protocol calls on wine industry to take lead on climate change

Published:  09 July, 2018

Fladgate Partnership’s CEO Adrian Bridge used the Climate Change Leadership Summit in Oporto on 6 July to announce the launch of the Porto Protocol, a far reaching initiative designed to encourage and enable the wine trade to step up to the pressing challenge of global warming.

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Domaine du Grand Mayne turns focus on exports as it exceeds crowdfunding target

Published:  09 July, 2018

Domaine du Grand Mayne, a British owned winery in the Cote de Duras in France, has turned the focus on exports following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Lack of centralised name for English wine ‘huge lost opportunity’

Published:  09 July, 2018

The lack of a centralised name for English wine has been described as a “huge lost opportunity” and has spurred on research to unveil how to fulfil the category’s potential.

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British wine and gin under the spotlight ahead of Saturday's match

Published:  06 July, 2018

Ever wondered how much wine and spirits the UK exports to Sweden?

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The week that was

Published:  06 July, 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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China imports huge quantities of wine even as domestic consumption drops

Published:  06 July, 2018

Wine imports into China are continuing to soar, boosted by a strong-performing Australia, while overall Chinese consumption continues its downward trend.

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Spain’s Zamora Company targets 50% revenue growth in three years

Published:  05 July, 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company has revealed ambitious plans to grow revenue 50% by 2020.

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Flexibility and confidence key for advancing women in wine

Published:  05 July, 2018

Offering flexibility and encouragement, and supporting women-owned business were key to advancing women in the wine industry, the Women of the Vine & Spirits’ inaugural London symposium revealed.

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Merger in DO Montsant: El Masroig & la Serra d'Almos join

Published:  05 July, 2018

On June 30th, the co-operative cellars of El Masroig and Serra d'Almos announced a full merger of their two respective entities. Unlike neighbouring DOQ Priorat, the co-operatives in DO Montsant still drive the majority of the wine production, making 60% of the total output so any small change is worthy to note.

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NZ wine competitions join forces to refresh country’s wine awards

Published:  05 July, 2018

Two of New Zealand’s main wine competitions - Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the Bragato Wine Awards, have merged in a bid to refresh the country’s wine awards scene.

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Mornington Peninsula winemakers return to the UK for second tour

Published:  05 July, 2018

A group of winemakers from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is heading to the UK to promote the region.

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Grant’s highlights wood aging with global brand refresh

Published:  04 July, 2018

Top three Scotch producer Grant’s has rebooted its range of blended whiskies to highlight the three types of wood that go into making the brand’s signature taste.

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A return of Chablis could help reduce price hikes

Published:  04 July, 2018

Chablis producers in Burgundy are hoping a bumper crop this year will help reduce wine prices, raising expectations of a stronger return of Chablis volumes to the UK market in the near future.

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Rathfinny appoints Hong Kong distributor

Published:  04 July, 2018

Rathfinny Wine Estates has appointed Jebsen Fine Wines as its exclusive distributor in Hong Kong.

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Portman Group strengthens complaints panel with four new members

Published:  03 July, 2018

The Portman Group has strengthened its independent panel that considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the organizations codes of practice with four new members.

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Australian Vintage re-structures UK sales team to boosts impulse presence

Published:  03 July, 2018

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has re-structured and expanded its sales team to support the company's growth in the UK market and strengthen its presence within the impulse channel.

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An extra £500m investment in product and service innovation could put Waitrose ahead of the game

Published:  03 July, 2018

Store closures and profit warnings have become death knells for retailers on struggling high streets, and there was concern last week when Waitrose announced it is shutting five of its 353 stores.

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TWE reveals spirits, Champagne and Napa Valley launches for Penfolds

Published:  03 July, 2018

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced key future launches for its premium Penfolds portfolio including a spirits range, Champagne and wine from the Napa Valley 2018 vintage.

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Pernod Ricard signs deal as UK distributor of new non-alcoholic ‘gin’ brand

Published:  02 July, 2018

Pernod Ricard UK has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of new non-alcoholic ‘gin’ brand Ceder’s.

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Edrington-Beam Suntory launches first Maker’s Mark campaign in a decade

Published:  02 July, 2018

Edrington-Beam Suntory has turned the spotlight on Maker’s Mark with the first campaign for the premium American bourbon in 10 years.

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