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The Australian wine sector had a difficult start to 2020 with bushfires followed by the challenges posed by coronavirus, but Majestic Wine is seeing growing evidence that its customers are rallying round to support the nation’s wine producers.

Premium Port and still wine producer Kopke has launched a premium rosé, which is now the second wine in the limited edition Winemaker’s Collection.

UK consumers have been drinking more wine during lockdown with at-home occasions “more than compensating” for the loss of out-of-home drinking occasions, according to a new report.

US wine brand Prophecy is introducing Prophecy Rosé to the UK this month.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a new Mango & Papaya Gin to its JJ Whitley range.

The UK may have spent the whole of April 2020 in lockdown but the spectacular weather throughout the month, alongside early signs of interest in Majestic Wine’s revamped wine ranges, helped drive sales of the retailer’s rosé wines.

Seedlip is launching its RTD cans in a four-pack format, following the success of its canned variant launched earlier this year.

Australian wine brand Tempus Two has added its Copper series to its wine portfolio in the UK.

Beer and cider continue to be the “stand out performers” in the off-trade, with signs shoppers are now trading up to premium options, according to the latest data.

Majestic Wine has reported early signs that its new 2020 wine ranges have been a hit, despite its customers being in lockdown, and it says each of the revamped categories is recording year-on-year growth.

Wachau has become Austria’s newest and 15th DAC winegrowing region.

The hospitality sector and its suppliers welcome the “roadmap out of lockdown” but seek continued and direct support from Government to ensure jobs and businesses are preserved.

Litmus Wines has unveiled its 2019 Orange bacchus style as well as its 2014 vintage Element 20, described as “the best yet” by winemaker John Worontschak. 

Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland has revealed the new models it has implemented since the start of lockdown to ensure rapid delivery of beers to UK retailers.

Porto Protocol is launching a series of Climate Talks this month with a promise to raise debate, ask tough questions and present best practices, all with the aim of encouraging behavioural change.

Aldi is launching eleven new spirits in time for the summer.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has outlined a number of ‘asks’ it thinks the UK government “can and should” commit to, as it continues to negotiate Brexit trade deals.

BWS sales through the off-trade grew 42% in the week after the Easter break, driven by strong sales of beer and cider.

VK has teamed up with boohoo to offer its fans a new on-pack promotion.

The team at The Whisky Exchange is aiming to keep spirits lovers entertained at home with a series of online tastings and talks.

Aldi has launched its first alcohol-free spirit.

Bordeaux wine group, Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), has earmarked the UK as one of seven key markets for its 2020 promotional activity, which includes a strategy to attract new and younger drinkers.

Ish Spirits has joined forces with Oto CBD bitters to create a mindful cocktail for consumers to try at home.

Mike’s Hard Sparkling Water, the alcoholic sparkling water brand backed by ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s innovation arm, has been rebranded with a new name and recipe formulation, which has helped it to secure major new listings across the UK.

Berry Bros & Rudd is launching a special mixed case of wine designed to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. For every case sold the retailer will donate £25 to the appeal.

Aldi is seeking consumers to apply to its Aldi Wine Club as wine reviewers. 

Accolade Wines has confirmed its managing director for Europe, Ade McKeon, is stepping down after three years with the company.

Freixenet Copestick has said it has been “overwhelmed” by the positive response from its fans about its I Heart Superheroes competition, and it is now ready to extend the concept further.

A new wine company, which has secured an investment from former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, has teamed up with Origin Wines to launch a canned wine brand into Tesco stores this month.