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Accolade Wines’ general manager called for a tax break on wines bottled at around 8% abv so the industry can drive a socially responsible product that does not compromise on taste.

The directors at PLB have reacted with joy to the news that three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013.

Cape Heritage sales soar

22 November, 2012

Despite only launching in February, Cape Heritage has soared into the number seven spot in the top 10 chart of the UK’s bestselling South African wine brands.

Majestic Wine defied economic uncertainty and the wettest summer on record to post a 3.9% rise in pre-tax profits to £9.2m in the six months to October 1.

Origin Wine is launching a new Fairtrade project with South Africa's Brandvlei Cooperative as it looks to build on its success in the sector which also extends into Chile and Argentina.

The new owners of the Thierry’s wine shipper will place heavy emphasis on its core business of selling Old World wines to the multiple off-trade.

Off-Piste Wines is seeking to fill what it sees as a promotional vacuum for Sauvignon Blanc with a South African wine with a “toned down” style.

Lambrini has launched a limited edition winter bottle complete with snowflake designs and will distribute 600,000 units across the country.

Blossom Hill has added to new flavour variants to its Classics – a Fresh and Juicy white wine and a Smooth and Spicy red.

World wine shortage predicted

02 November, 2012

Experts have predicted a world wine shortage after forecasts indicated production would slump to the lowest level since records began in 1975.

British artist Claire Coles has designed two new limited-edition bottles of Perrier-Jouët for the festive season.

Accolade Wines’ range of ready-to-serve sparkling wine cocktails is now available at all four major multiple retailers after securing listings at Tesco and Asda.

Hardys expects to reach 145,000 drinkers by sponsoring the BBC Good Food Show.

Spanish wine expert, award-winning writer and broadcaster John Radford has died, aged 65.

Hardy’s expects to reach 145,000 drinkers by sponsoring the BBC Good Food Show.

Port will leapfrog sherry to become the UK’s leading fortified wine by 2020, according to a leading importer.

The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK presented Jancis Robinson MW with a medal for her services to Portuguese wine at a ceremony at his London home.

Accolade Wines is aiming to increase its presence in the premium wine market with a new William Hardy range.

A new importer specialising in boutique wines from family-run vineyards in Argentina is targeting independent retailers in the UK.

LIWF returns to its roots

19 October, 2012

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair has pledged to put a greater focus on the needs of the domestic market at next year’s event and has recruited a new steering com- mittee of retailers and suppliers to advise on its activity.

Off-Piste wines has been appointed as the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel, marking its first foray into Spain.  

England’s largest wine estate has been forced to scrap its entire 2012 harvest after deciding poor weather had rendered the grapes below scratch.

Naked Wines pre-sold more than £25,000-worth of a previously unknown wine in just 48 hours in the latest leg of its Zero to Hero Wine Awards.

Wine Australia has outlined the next phase of its generic programme as it ramps up activity focusing on independents and consumer education.

Copestick Murray’s I ♥ brand has secured its first supermarket listing at Sainsbury’s.

Jacob’s Creek has signed a deal to sponsor The Jonathan Ross Show and the first ads will appear on Saturday when the comedian interviews Usain Bolt.

Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel bible Lonely Planet to create an on-pack promotion offering drinkers the chance to visit cities like San Francisco and Kyoto.

Buckingham Schenk founder and chairman Cliff Roberson is retiring after nearly 40 years in the business.

A shake-up in the management structure of Accolade Wines has seen European commercial general manager James Lousada leave the business to be replaced by two new managers.

Brand Phoenix has launched a new range of 5.5% wines in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.