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Bordeaux wine exports to the UK grew 15% in value last year compared to the region’s overall global exports, which grew by just 3%.

Bancroft Wines has been appointed as the exclusive UK agent for Heartland Wines.

Aldi has turned to Devon to source its first English still wine and its Exquisite Collection Lyme Block will be released in time for summer.

Wines of Germany is extending its 31 Days of German Riesling focus tastings outside of London for the first time.

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, is to retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

Yalumba launches new range to celebrate Barossa varieties and blends

Five vineyards in the Surrey Hills area are linking together to form a new English wine region.

Robert Oatley Vineyards has appointed a UK-based business development manager to help grow the brand in the UK market.

Humble Grape has hit its crowdfunding target, enabling it to accelerate growth by opening one to two new sites each year.

The Co-op is continuing its focus on different wine formats with the addition of a new 50cl bottle of Rioja Reserva.

Genesis Wines has boosted its South American collection with the addition of Tinto Negro from Mendoza.
The London-based Genesis will be the exclusive UK agent for the producer.

Majestic Wine has announced a 49% rise in sales at its French outlets as UK consumers turn to “Booze Cruises” to stockpile wine before Brexit deadline day.

Larkin Wines, a boutique Napa winery which specialises in premium wines priced around £70 per bottle, is set to launch a range of canned wines in the UK.

Kopke is releasing a white port, which is a blend of very old and rare wines from the last century.

Purato, the organic Sicilian brand by Stefano Girelli’s TWP Wines, has undergone a full makeover to celebrate its tenth birthday this year.

Sarah Jessica Parker is set to add wine to her diverse career portfolio, with her achievements to date spanning a range of industries including acting, perfume and shoes.

New York Wines will make a guest appearance and this year’s tasting of Oregon and Washington State Wines in London.

James Hocking, the ex-wine director at The Vineyard Cellars, has set up a new Californian-focused wine agency.

Simpsons’ Wine Estate and Roberson Wine are working together to launch four new English still wines.

A raft of wine regions will be represented at the London Wine Fair for the first time this year, while other countries are increasing their footprint at the event.

Portuguese DO wine imports to the UK grew 33.7% in value throughout 2018, driven by a 34% increase in volume sales.

Inverarity Morton is to be the exclusive distributor for a new “eco wine” commended by Sir David Attenborough.

Treasury Wine Estates is launching a brand called Embrazen into the UK market as it bids to win over more millennial consumers.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Emma Dawson MW as senior wine buyer.

Low-intervention wines will be the theme of this Spring’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) events, which take place later this month.

Lady of the Grapes wine bar and retailer has joined forces with Corney & Barrow Wine Merchants for a celebration of women in the wine industry next month.

Think France is poised to become the ultimate one-stop shop for all French wine buyers bidding to maximise sales in this vital category.

Just before Christmas a single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 became the most expensive Australian wine ever sold at auction, fetching a cool £44,000. It is interesting to note that the iconic Penfolds brand, beloved of fabulously rich oenophiles, sits in a portfolio alongside Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, the UK’s bestselling rosé. Boosting sales of both brands, positioned at diametrically opposing ends of the market, is the challenge facing Michelle Brampton, who has just taken over from Tom King as managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates.

Broadland Wineries is creating a sister company called Live Kindly Drinks, which will focus on alcohol-free drinks “with social benefits”.

Enotria & Coe has increased its stockholding and hedged further ahead currency-wise “to prepare for whatever form of Brexit the country takes,” according to chief operating officer, Jon Pepper MW.