2019 May

Nyetimber is launching a major marketing campaign to run throughout the key summer months.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has unveiled plans to grow turnover to £50 million by 2022 after completing two private investment rounds and investing in new technology.

Chapel Down has reported 10% growth in turnover during 2018 as sales broke through the £13 million barrier for the first time.

Chapel Down saw sales for its full portfolio of products grow by 10% to £13 million in 2018, driven in particular by its wines and spirits.

Diageo Reserve is launching two ready-to-drink (RTD) formats for its Tanquaray brand. 

Port producers are increasingly adding still wines to their repertoires to help boost profits outside of the festive season while also growing brand awareness for their ports.

Broadland Wineries is developing a number of its brands to extend into untapped opportunities in wine.

The UK wine industry is one of the country’s fastest growing agricultural sectors and three million vines have already been planted this year, which is nearly double that of 2018.

US investment giant Fortress is believed to have joined rival bidders in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wines store portfolio.

Whyte & Mackay has launched a lower abv drink, which it describes as “a category defining premium spirit drink from Scotland”.

The London Wine Fair is in “an extremely healthy position” in the lead up to next year’s 40th anniversary show, according to head of fair Hannah Tovey.

Brancott Estate is tapping into the trends for vegan and organic wines with the launch of a new collection.

Winchester Distillery is on track to reach its £375,000 crowdfunding target with more than 65% of funding achieved one month before the deadline.

Black Cow is reinforcing its sustainability message and the issue of food waste with its first flavour innovation.

Chase Distillery has launched its first-ever advertising campaign to celebrate the success of its range of premium spirits.

Pride of England

22 May, 2019

If you take a leisurely drive through the English countryside – imagine, perhaps, a journey through some of the sleepy villages of Kent or Sussex – you would be hard pushed not to spot some vines growing somewhere in the distance.

Thatchers Rosé had a soft launch at the end of last year and it’s getting a much bigger push this summer, supported by a hefty cash injection.

The Co-op has pledged to experiment more with different wine formats in future after expanding its range of cans, 50cl bottles and minibottles.

The English wine industry should proceed with caution when it comes to segmenting regions by quality or creating a Protected Designation of Origin for each county, according to producers.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced its Level 3 Award in Spirits is now live, with the first courses in the UK and USA now open for booking.

Nisa Retail has expanded its craft beer offering with access to more than 100 UK producers, as a result of a partnership with online distributor, EeBria Trade.

Wine makes up just over a third of all off-trade alcohol sales, contributing more value than any other sector. In a fragmented category, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc have stood out in recent years and remain the fastest growing varieties in a declining category overall.

The millennial bug

20 May, 2019

In any list of the challenges facing the wine world today – once you get past Brexit – you will find mention of millennials.

Welcome to our annual list of the most influential, authoritative and dynamic personalities that shape the UK wine trade.

The English wine industry is ramping up its attempts to secure Bacchus as its “poster grape variety” with the news that Chapel Down has released its first Sparkling Bacchus while Plumpton College and Vagabond Wines have teamed up to showcase the grape at this year’s London Wine Fair.

A number of investors are reported to be interested in buying the Majestic Wines’ 200-strong retail estate, following the announcement in March that the company plans to change its corporate name to Naked Wines with increased focus on its online business.

The Brexit vote has sparked a talent drain that threatens London’s elite status in the global wine trade, according to Liberty Wines managing director David Gleave MW.

Accolade Wines has launched a 37.5% abv pink gin under its Echo Falls brand in a bid to tap into the category’s growing popularity.

number of forces have conspired against the UK’s high-strength beer and cider category over the past few years.