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Louis Latour Agencies signs deal as Castello Banfi distributor

Published:  19 March, 2018

Louis Latour Agencies has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of Italian winery Castello Banfi, marking the first European winery from outside France to join the agency.

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The Benevolent Ball brings in a record sum

Published:  16 March, 2018

Trade charity The Benevolent is celebrating this morning after raising a record amount at its annual charity ball.

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The week that was

Published:  16 March, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Bordeaux pulls away from entry level as exports rise

Published:  16 March, 2018

2017 saw an increase in exports for Bordeaux to key markets such as UK, Germany and Belgium, with the US and China also on an upward trajectory, delivering significant growth in higher priced wines.

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Cash strapped Conviviality looks to equity fundraise to meet £30m tax bill

Published:  16 March, 2018

Cash strapped wholesaling group Conviviality has announced it is in talks to begin equity fundraising in to plug a £30m tax shortfall which is due on March 29.

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Transformed Slovakia targets UK

Published:  16 March, 2018

UK wine importers have sealed new distribution deals to import their first cool climate wines from Slovakia, in moves that highlight the transformation of viticulture in the eastern EU country.

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Northern restaurant and bar scene powers ahead of London

Published:  15 March, 2018

The restaurant and bar scenes in Liverpool, Manchester & Leeds have been revealed as growing at rates more than double those of London.

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Baileys goes dairy-free

Published:  15 March, 2018

Baileys has launched a dairy-free version of the Irish cream liqueur to tap the trend for free-from food and drinks.

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Diageo acquires German aperitif Belsazar from Distill Ventures

Published:  15 March, 2018

Diageo has acquired premium aperitif Belsazar from Germany’s Black Forest for an undisclosed sum.

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Devon manor to launch vineyard

Published:  14 March, 2018

Lympstone Manor has revealed plans to plant a vineyard within its 28-acre estate.

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China to squeeze bulk supply of Australian red to critical levels over next 3-5 years

Published:  14 March, 2018

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ABS expands Italian portfolio with first Maremma wines

Published:  14 March, 2018

Awin Barratt Siegel (ABS) has signed a deal as the new UK distributor for Tuscan winery Nittardi, taking over from OW Loeb.

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Conviviality shares suspended

Published:  14 March, 2018

Shares in Conviviality have been temporarily suspended from trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) as it faces £30 million tax bill.

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Waddesdon Wine adds organic Provence producer Château Léoube

Published:  13 March, 2018

Château Léoube has partnered with Waddesdon Wine, marking the first time their entire range will be available in the UK.

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Fever-Tree continues to lead the premium pack by adapting to low-cal and dark spirit trends

Published:  13 March, 2018

Fever-Tree accounted for 91% of the value growth of all mixers on the UK’s retail shelves last year, as the UK-based company continues to lead the march of premium mixers.

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Sussex Wineries launch to boost marketing and tourism

Published:  13 March, 2018

Eight leading Sussex wineries came together on Monday in Brighton to mark a strengthened collaboration between producers across the twin counties.

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Wine key driver of Fairtrade sales

Published:  12 March, 2018

Alcohol has, albeit from a small platform, emerged as a key driver of Fairtrade with UK consumers showing increasing support for drinks accredited as such.

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Rioja exports on the up boosted by the UK and white

Published:  12 March, 2018

Export sales of Rioja increased by 4.39% in 2017 compared to the previous year boosted by a strong UK performance, the Consejo Regulador of Rioja DOCa has revealed.

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Hardys and Echo Falls achieve ‘Superbrands’ status for third time

Published:  12 March, 2018

Accolade wine brands Hardys and Echo Falls have made it into the UK’s Superbrand list.

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Sparkling drives growth as inflation bites down on average prices

Published:  12 March, 2018

Volume sales of alcohol continued to decline in the UK off-trade in 2017, but value sales increased in both yearly and quarterly sales, particularly in sparkling wine, which remains the main driver of growth for the overall wine category.

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