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Wines of Hungary UK is creating “the largest UK tasting solely dedicated to Blaufrankisch, the most important black grape of Central and Eastern Europe”.

Off-Piste Wines has become the exclusive representative for Italian producer Piccini in the UK multiple off-trade.

Accolade Wines is expanding its South African wine portfolio by adding a Pinotage to its Kumala brand.

Plumpton College is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide Vicitulture apprenticeship.

The Cotes du Rhone appellation is launching a European wine festival in October as part of a wider global campaign. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has criticised Government plans to introduce red tape which is expected to generate over 600,000 additional forms, costing UK wine businesses £70 million.

The winning wines from the 2019 Wines from Spain Awards will be available for the trade to taste at an event in London next month.

Bolney Wine Estate has officially opened its new winery, allowing the third-generation family business to increase its production of premium still and sparkling wines by 170% within the next three years.

Freixenet makes its TV debut this month as sponsors of the new series of Don’t Tell The Bride on E4.

Retailers can taste 533 wines from 73 different producers at the ABS portfolio tasting in London on Wednesday, September 11.

The Portuguese wine region Vinho Verde is launching a new marketing campaign in the UK. 

Hampshire grower Black Chalk has unveiled plans to build a winery and tasting room after securing £1.5 million in a private fundraising round.

Independent retailers are urged to sign up for Agile Media’s SITT Autumn tastings taking place in London and Manchester next week.

Walker & Wodehouse has revealed its Autumn Tasting in London will include a focus on South African wines, supported by the chance to meet producers and sample wines from the region while also enjoying food from a braai. 

Sam Linter, managing director of Bolney Wine Estate, has been appointed director of the Board of WineGB.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported its highest-ever annual candidate figures for the latest academic year, with UK candidate numbers up 5%. 

Kingsland Drinks has announced it has made “high-level executive changes” in order to focus on the strategic direction of the business. 

Napa-based winemaker, Celia Welch, is set to export her own wines to the UK for the first time. 

Several major UK wine suppliers have banded together to launch a campaign aiming to secure a tax break for the nation’s favourite tipple.

Leading Spanish wine brand Campo Viejo has branched out of its Rioja heartland and it is launching an Albariño from Rías Baixas.

Bancroft Wines has appointed James Snoxell as its new Fine Wine Buyer. 

Justin Knock MW is no longer working with the California Wine Institute and joint directors Justine McGovern and Damien Jackman will lead its UK operations going forwards.

Australian Vintage chief executive Neil McGuigan has resigned and he will step down after the company’s AGM on November 20, 2019.

Touriga Nacional, Marselan, Petit Verdot and Petit Manseng are among a number of late-ripening grape varieties highlighted by Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) as ones that could help the region to adapt to climate change.

Australian wine exports to the UK have decreased 4% in volume and 3% in value to $373 million over the past year.

Armit Wines has reported strong sales for the last six months, including a 15% rise in the last quarter and it predicts it will reach £30 million turnover in the next five years.

Bordeaux generic body CIVB has elected winegrower Bernard Farges as its new president to replace the outgoing Allan Sichel.

Broadland Wineries has reported a significant rise in profits over the past year, driven by strong performances from a number of its key brands.

Prosecco brand Corte Molino has partnered with the Co-op and digital lifestyle brand Pretty52 for an on-pack competition.

Vineyards in the South of France have been damaged in the scorching heatwave and some vines “appear to have been blowtorched”, according to reports.