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Ridgeview, one of the largest English sparkling wine producers in Sussex, has appointed its former bank manager, Graham Gayler as a non-executive director. Gayler, a former director at NatWest bank, was one of the few lenders to show faith in Ridgeview and the future of English wine, when he agreed to fund the fizz producer during its first years of production in the 1990s.
Concerns in Spain over the decline in planting of Monastrell there have led one of their leading winemakers to advocate the launch of a joint marketing campaign with the other main growers of the grape – France, Australia and California.
As we approach the end of 2015 and set our sights on 2016, we thought it was an apt time to take stock of the trade and where you, our readers, think the future of drinks is headed.
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Wine brand news
Diageo has sold its Argentinean wine business to Grupo Peñaflor, the global drinks group announced yesterday.
Cheltenham-based wine brand supplier Off Piste Wines has appointed Mark Elener to launch its international sales operation.
Treasury Wine Estates has announced it is to close of its two wineries.
The Most Wanted wine range from Off Piste has won new listings at Sainsbury’s and Tesco Wine By The Case.