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The week that was

Published:  06 October, 2017

Top Stories: This week saw high level appointments for BBR and Chapel Down, major investment at Enotria, a rediscovered Catalan grape variety and wines at Majestic tailored to customer feedback.

Meanwhile, Portuguese region Tejo unveiled a big push into the UK, Hallgarten launched online ordering for the on-trade and Veeno continued it’s rapid expansion with a London launch.

And, during the week of the Tory Conference, the party's backbenchers teamed up with the WSTA to create their own gin. 

Tory backbenchers team up with the WSTA to produce their own gin

Enotria&Coe receives “major investment” amid re-structure

Berry Bros appoints new buyer for Italy

Chapel Down appoints ex BrewDog head as ‘beer MD’

Catalan grape variety Sumoll gains traction in the UK

Majestic to base wine range on consumer feedback

Tejo wines push into the UK market

Hallgarten launches online ordering for on-trade

Veeno continues rapid expansion with greater-london launch


Analysis and Insights: With Brexit uncertainty still depressing the pound, Darren Smith looked into how the on-trade is struggling with inflationary pressures.

Meanwhile, with the rise of other sparkling wine categories, Lisa Riley asked whether Prosecco can stay ahead of the pack, and Jo Gilbert examined the limits of the still booming gin category.

Drinking Clever

Prosecco: Blue skye drinking

Gin: A larger slice of the pie


People and Opinion: Tim Atkin MW argued that the trade should shoulder aside Sauvignon Blanc and embrace its far worthier distant relative Semillon.

Tim Atkin: Semillon - The Naked Grape