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Chapel Down has reported 15% year-on-year sales growth for the six months to June 30, 2018, as demand for its wine and spirits has soared.

Curious Brewery has announced it will be the first-ever sponsor of the UK’s wine harvest, which is set to be the biggest in its history.

Chapel Down is set to create England’s largest vineyard by extending its North Downs plot in Kent by another 157ha.

Copestick Murray expects sales to break through the £70 million barrier in 2018 after reporting strong growth in its latest financial statement.

UK buyers see plenty of opportunities to boost sales of South African wine in spite of harvest pressures and the potential for rising prices.

The English wine industry looks set for a bumper crop as a result of the hot summer, provided conditions remain favourable. 

Henkell has completed its acquisition of fellow sparkling wine giant Freixenet after gaining approval from the European Commission’s competition watchdog.

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is at Lord’s today to launch a range of wines sourced exclusively from Australia.

Bancroft has bolstered its portfolio by becoming the exclusive UK agent for iconic Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood.

Eisberg has signed up to London’s Mindful Drinking Festival where it will present a raft of summer-themed wine-based cocktails.

Badet Clement has announced a 25% increase in turnover for its UK sales, while it’s global turnover also grew last year.  

Fields Morris & Verdin has added Spanish wine producer Rafael Palacios to its agency portfolio.

Canned English wine brand The Uncommon has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build its own winery in south east London.

Boris Johnson has paid a visit to the UK offices of US wine firm Gallo to find out how Brexit will impact the wine trade.

This summer's World Cup football and royal celebrations are forecast to give another boost to sparkling wine sales by Marks & Spencer.

Former Coe Vintners managing director Matt Davies has joined Berry Bros & Rudd in the newly-created role of managing director for Field’s, Morris & Verdin and Berry Bros & Rudd Wholesale.

Bordeaux wines are to be supported by their second ad campaign of the year which will run for the next six weeks.

Global wine production is expected to fall by 8.2% in 2017, according to estimates from the Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV).

A dozen English wine producers have signed a letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond and Envrionment Secretary Michael Gove calling for a freeze on wine duty in next month’s Budget.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling for a freeze on wine and spirit duty in the Budget on November 22 to bolster British businesses and Brexit trade deal opportunities.

An Austrian winery is giving a rare vintage release to a single vineyard range this autumn.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Davy Zyw as its buyer for Italian wine.

Spring frosts and summer hail will leave Champagne growers and houses drawing on reserve stocks from previous vintages to supplement 2017 production, the Champagne Bureau in the UK has said.

Acclaimed London tapas bar group Barrafina is launching its own brand of take-home wine.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has called on the government to hold back on further duty increases after what it described as a triple whammy of price hikes.

New figures reveal that Beaujolais wine exports to the UK increased by 15% in volume and 22.6% in value in the first five months of 2017.

Italian sparkling wine brand Bottega is linking up with two fashion and beauty events at Westfield shopping centres in London.

Gonzalez Byass UK has been appointed to handle the UK distribution for Sussex wine producer Rathfinny Estate.

Naked Wines has reported a 16% hike in English wine sales in the past year but says growth is largely concentrated in a “bubble” in south east England, with over half of purchases coming from customers in the region.

Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is releasing a new cuvée aimed at top end independents and the on-trade in September.