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Long Read: What to do about about fortified wines' straitened market?

Published:  23 September, 2021

Jacopo Mazzeo looks at what regions such as the Douro and Jerez are doing to survive in a market increasingly hostile to fortified wines and explores whether these efforts are effective. Port, for instance, is heading in two diametrically opposed directions: simplification and (extra) premiumisation, with new categories that span from youth-friendly RTDs to Tawny 50yo and White 50yo. Sherry meanwhile, has just changed a number of its regulations and now embraces unfortified wine.


Ramón Bilbao brings ‘forgotten grapes’ to life

Published:  02 September, 2021

Rioja’s Ramón Bilbao has launched Limite Norte and Limite Sur – a red and white duo from viticultural extremes of the region designed to show the richness and diversity of the DO by bringing Rioja’s “forgotten grapes” to life.


Ribera del Duero declares 2020 vintage "excellent"

Published:  07 July, 2021

Ribera del Duero DO has declared the 2020 vintage as "excellent", at the same time unveiling UK marketing plans for this year.


Rioja Regulatory Council unveils new president

Published:  24 June, 2021

The Rioja Regulatory Council has appointed Fernando Ezquerro as its new president for the next four years.


Tim Atkin MW: Rioja's power struggle

Published:  08 June, 2021

Imagine being a voter in Liverpool Walton or South Holland and The Deepings. In the first of these constituencies, the Labour Party received 86% of the ballot in the last general election; in the second, the Conservatives got 75%. Under our first-past-the-post system, the results are as predictable as the lunar cycle. Supporting any other party is a waste of graphite.


Cava DO limits production for second year

Published:  07 June, 2021

The Regulatory Council of the Cava DO has approved placing temporary limits on production for the second year in a row to help rebalance the market.


Alliance adds to Spanish portfolio

Published:  01 June, 2021

Alliance Wine has been appointed as exclusive UK agent by Spanish wineries Bodegas Emilio Moro and Perelada. 


Omar Allibhoy to deliver flavour of Spain for Barón de Ley

Published:  24 May, 2021

Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has teamed up with Kingsland Drinks to “bring the essence of Spain” to the UK in a new campaign supporting Barón de Ley.


Sizing up Spain

Published:  24 May, 2021

Despite the twin pressures of Covid and Brexit, Spain’s wines have managed to stay in relatively good shape thanks to an uplift in off-trade sales. Andrew Catchpole reports.


Gran Vino de Rueda sets bar high for Verdejo

Published:  12 May, 2021

The launch of new quality tier Gran Vino de Rueda in Spain’s leading white DO aims to elevate visibility of the top wines from the region.


Cavas de Guarda Superior to be 100% organic by 2025

Published:  28 April, 2021

The Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida Cava (DO Cava) has announced that the production of Cavas de Guarda Superior will be 100% organic by 2025. 


Rioja plays a starring role in Cune’s first UK campaign

Published:  20 April, 2021

Hatch Mansfield has announced the launch of its first UK marketing campaign for Spanish label Cune, which will hone in on the brand’s Spanish heritage while promoting their range of Riojas.


Freixenet adds Spanish wines to still portfolio

Published:  15 April, 2021

Freixenet has expanded its still wine portfolio with a Spanish collection. 


Rioja unveils strategic five-year plan

Published:  14 April, 2021

The Consejo Regulador DOCa of Rioja has unveiled an ambitious five-year strategic plan aimed at boosting the region's sustainability credentials, driving wine tourism and increasing exports.


First wine produced outside Chile for Casillero del Diablo

Published:  24 March, 2021

Concha y Tora has expanded its Casillero del Diablo brand with a Spanish Tempranillo from Cariñena.


Wines from Spain unveils hybrid events programme

Published:  11 March, 2021

Wines from Spain has announced the launch of a hybrid events programme for its 2021 annual tasting aimed at providing Spanish wine information, education and tasting opportunities for the UK trade and press.


DO Cava unveils latest push to ‘elevate quality perception’

Published:  09 March, 2021

The Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida Cava (DO Cava) has launched its latest campaign aimed at elevating the ‘quality perception’ of the Spanish bubbles.


Bodegas Palacio joins North South Wines

Published:  02 March, 2021

Grupo Bodegas Palacio has appointed North South Wines as its exclusive UK distributor.   


Ribera campaign looks to bring 60 wineries to the UK

Published:  22 February, 2021

Ribera del Duero has launched an initiative to introduce over 60 additional wineries to the UK market following an uptick in interest in the region over the course of the pandemic.


Atkin Rioja Report awards first-ever 100 point score to a white

Published:  15 February, 2021

Tim Atkin MW has revealed a perfect score for a wine for Rioja for the first time – and it’s a white.