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Former Tesco wine buying manager Rob Dixon has joined Provence rosé specialist Mirabeau as its new head of retail for the UK and Ireland.

The UK’s canned wine market is now worth more than £3.6 million, having increased 125% in the year to August 2019, according to the latest data.

Majestic Wine has confirmed it will be keeping all of its 190 stores open following the company’s acquisition by US firm Fortress Investment Group.

Accolade Wines has appointed Caroline Thompson-Hill to the role of European Marketing Director.

The WSTA has called upon the next Chancellor to cut the duty on wine after HMRC reported dwindling revenues from taxing the category.

An English red wine has scooped a coveted gold medal at the International Wine Challenge for the first time.

Paul Beavis is to step down from his role as Champagne Lanson's managing director for UK & North America in December this year.

Rhône Valley producer Cellier des Dauphins is bidding to boost the region’s reputation for quality wines by championing a number of premium ranges.

TWP Wines has launched a Sparkling Grillo to add to its recently revamped “Green to the Extreme” organic Sicilian range.

Australian Vintage believes it has created the best alcohol-free wines in the business after perfecting its production techniques during an intensive two-year process. 

Spar has added a vegan-friendly range to its wine aisles and it said its aim is for all its own-label wines to be vegan-friendly by 2021.

Yellow Tail, by Casella Family Brands, is the latest brand to tap into the demand for lower alcohol options by bringing out a lighter-style wine.

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to wildfires in California, including key wine regions in the county. 

Les Grand Chais de France (LGCF) is taking its JP Chenet brand in a new direction to target a younger millennial audience.

Broadland Wineries is installing a new canning line in direct response to the summer success of its Minivino brand.

Accolade Wines is investing £1million in a Christmas campaign across a number of its brands.Each brand is set to launch its own mini Christmas creative that favours its brand personality over the festive period. Branded gift bags will be rolled out across multiple customers and channels to capture the gifting market.

The UK government has decided to put a nine-month hiatus on the dreaded VI-1 forms after Britain leaves the EU.

Aldi is launching its own wine course to help shoppers navigate the wine aisles.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter. 

An increasing number of vineyards in Bordeaux are exploring sustainable and environmentally-friendly production methods with a record 60% now certified as either organic, biodynamic or the French HVE (High Environmental Value) certification, according to The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). 

The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.6% in volume and 19.6% in value during the first eight months of 2019.

Lyme Bay Winery has teamed up with Morrisons to launch an English Dry White wine, which will feature as part of the retailer’s The Best wine collection.

A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements. The category was singled out for punitive tax rises in 2016 and 2018, while beer, cider and spirits were given a break. The wine trade has reacted with grim exasperation to recent Budget clobberings, but it has not altered its strategy for influencing policymakers – until now.

Bollinger is celebrating 40 years as the official Champagne of the James Bond movie franchise by releasing two special editions.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added 40 new wines to its portfolio from 18 different producers from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Amathus Drinks has added two more Greek wineries to its wine agency portfolio.

Purato, the organic Sicilian wine brand by Stefano Girelli’s TWP Wines, has seen an increase in sales of 62% since the launch of its new look earlier this year.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added its first wines from Armenia and Georgia.

The Cotes de Provence AOC area now has a fifth terroir designation (DGC), as revealed by the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins de Provence (CIVP).

Accolade Wines has reported “significant growth” got its mainstream premium portfolio of wines priced £6 to £10.