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Accolade Wines confirm Caroline Thompson-Hill as Regional Managing Director for Europe

Caroline Thompson-Hill has been appointed Accolade Wines' new regional Managing Director for Europe.

Eco-packaging company Frugalpac has launched a lightweight bottle that weights five times less than a typical 75cl glass wine bottle. 

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has reported a “notable spike” in retail sales of English and Welsh wines in the last few months. 

Cramele Recas, the Romanian wine exporter, is launching its first wines into Waitrose stores.

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (EWW) at the end of the month (June 20 to 28) by launching five new and exclusive wines, including its first wines from the Oxney Organic Estate in Sussex.

Bordeaux Wine Month is set to go ahead for the third year running.

Echo Falls has unveiled a redesign across its entire portfolio, alongside new brand positioning intended to recruit younger shoppers and expand the category.

Accolade Wines has given its Echo Falls collection a fresh look, with a “modern and sophisticated” design incorporating a new ‘waterfall’ asset.

The triennial South African wine trade show, CapeWine, held in Cape Town and hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), has been moved from its planned slot in September 2021 to new dates in 2022 (October 5 and 7), as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has hit out at the Government for “misleading the public” over claims that EU wine importation costs would be “nil or negligible”.

An industry-wide collaboration of specialist wine PR companies, generic bodies and wine logistics companies is working on an initiative to produce a comprehensive set of guidelines on organising safe Covid-19 aware trade and press tastings.

Our annual list of the most influential, authoritative and dynamic personalities that shape the UK wine trade has now been published.

A leading north west England wine merchant has shared on national radio its experiences of a rollercoaster ride doing business under lockdown.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) is encouraging the trade to get behind the newly-launched and adapted format of English Wine Week, which will take place June 20 to 28, 2020.

A report on the early impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on English and Welsh vineyards and wineries shows that two-thirds of those surveyed have cashflow concerns while four out of ten business owners are experiencing higher levels of stress.

Mentzendorff has "commercially launched" Hambledon Vineyards, with the English sparkling wine producer now officially joining the portfolio as of today. 

Waitrose has reported a record week for sales of rosé wine and says premium wines have been driving the growth in sales.

Fine wine supplier Flint Wines has paid an undisclosed sum to buy the specialist Burgundy importer Domaine Direct.

Barefoot is introducing a wine seltzer brand to the UK.

Sales of 19 Crimes, the Australian wine brand owned by Treasury Wine Estates, grew by 68.2% in value and 54.1% in volume through April 2020 versus the same period last year.

Armit Wines has appointed Fraser Currie as its new head of off-trade.

Waitrose has reported sales of rosé wine have gone up, alongside outdoor and picnic items, in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

Taste Champagne London 2020 has been postponed to March 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Accolade Wines is rolling out a new lower alcohol range under the umbrella of its Echo Falls brand, alongside a new logo.

A number of English wine producers battled with frosty weather last week but while a few experienced some vine damage, many have reported that via the expertise of their “amazing” vineyard managers they have successfully managed to protect vines from any extensive damage.

Moët Hennessy UK has appointed Alexei Rosin as the new managing director for UK and Ireland.

Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is supporting members of the UK wine trade affected by the Covid-19 crisis by donating £25 for every member of the trade who completes the free Napa Valley Rocks online course.

US wine brand Prophecy is introducing Prophecy Rosé to the UK this month.

The UK may have spent the whole of April 2020 in lockdown but the spectacular weather throughout the month, alongside early signs of interest in Majestic Wine’s revamped wine ranges, helped drive sales of the retailer’s rosé wines.

Australian wine brand Tempus Two has added its Copper series to its wine portfolio in the UK.

Tim Atkin MW has released his 2020 Argentina Report.