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Pushing Britain’s prestige fizz potential

Published:  05 January, 2024

The launch of a smartly-packaged £395 English sparkling wine may show quite some chutzpah, but as James Lawrence reports, it’s not alone in helping nudge the category into triple figure pricing.


Rathfinny consolidates Asia Pacific foothold

Published:  31 August, 2023

Rathfinny Estate has announced a new partnership with leading Japanese importer Vin Passion, extending the producer’s reach in the Asia-Pacific region.


Gusbourne launch raises price bar for quality English fizz

Published:  14 September, 2022

English sparkling wine is set to reach for new heights with the launch of Gusbourne’s 51° North 2014 sparkling wine, which comes in at a smart £195 retail.


Hambledon and Ridgeview up the ante for English wine tourism

Published:  12 September, 2022

Two of England’s leading wine estates, Hambledon and Ridgeview, are continuing to drive the development of wine tourism in England with ongoing investment in their hospitality facilities.


Fizz and cocktails set to pop this Jubilee weekend as the less-but-better trend continues

Published:  31 May, 2022

Brits drink less alcohol than they did during the past two Jubilee celebrations – a trend which is likely to carry over this weekend as party planners fill shelves and ice boxes. However, wine and spirits have a greater share of that pie, as the two categories steal a march from the once all-powerful beer category.


Ridgeview embraces wine tourism with new hospitality project

Published:  21 March, 2022

One of the UK's most iconic sparkling wine producers has announced plans to develop a tourism centre, offering visitors an immersive wine experience from vine to glass.


Nyetimber announces record year as estate leads the way for English sparkling

Published:  14 February, 2022

The UK’s leading English sparkling wine brand, Nyetimber, enjoyed a record year in 2021 in both sales and production. Following its largest ever harvest, Nyetimber’s UK sales increased by 55% on the previous year. Situated in the south of England, the 30-year-old winemakers saw sales in Europe grow by a whopping 89%.


English fizz's bawdy move

Published:  17 November, 2021

A month or so ago, I attended two eye-catching, if very different, launches. Both were from Bibendum Wine: the UK debut of former Dom Pérignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy’s sake; and an unorthodox new English sparkling wine, with the charming name Harlot.


WineGB announces new board directors

Published:  04 November, 2021

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB), the national association for the English and Welsh wine industry, has made new appointments to its board of directors.


Landmark overhaul for alcohol duty is the biggest shakeup in 140 years

Published:  27 October, 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the most radical simplification of alcohol duties for over a century by slashing the number of main duty rates from 15 to six, while also cutting the premium on sparkling wine.


Yapp Brothers adds English sparkling wine brand to its portfolio

Published:  21 September, 2021

Busi Jacobsohn, a sparkling wine producer based in east Sussex, has become the newest agency in the Yapp Bros portfolio.


Soaring demand for rosé and exports at Nyetimber

Published:  15 February, 2021

Nyetimber has reported a major spike in demand for rosé in 2020 from their south east England vineyards, despite the loss of social drinking occasions often associated with pink wines.


Ridgeview to feature on Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

Published:  26 January, 2021

Ridgeview will be putting English sparkling wine in the spotlight this week, with the Sussex winery set to feature on Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. 


Q&A: Mark Driver, Rathfinny Wine Estate

Published:  10 November, 2020

As the 2020 vintage came in, Rathfinny owner Mark Driver spoke with Andrew Catchpole about the challenges of flexing the business in a remarkable year


Henners unveils new look ahead of plans to double capacity

Published:  30 October, 2020

Henners Vineyard, the English wine estate in East Sussex owned by Boutinot, has unveiled a new look ahead of plans to double capacity. 


New wine business by Fabio Adler crowdfunds to raise £5,000

Published:  29 June, 2020

A new London-based wine business, soon to be launched by The English Sparkling Wine Show founder Fabio Adler, is hoping to raise £5,000 via crowdfunding.


Affordable tiers of English still wines ‘crucial’, says Oz Clarke

Published:  29 June, 2020

Affordable tiers of still whites and red blends will be essential in supporting the rise of English sparkling wines both at home and on export markets.


Nyetimber expands across Kent with 205,000 new vines

Published:  18 May, 2020

Nyetimber has gone ahead with plans to rapidly expand its area under vine, with a major planting of 42ha at a new site in Kent.


Spotlight on 2020: Damian Clarke, Freixenet Copestick

Published:  16 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers looks back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.


Specialist Indies talk shop and more...

Published:  13 November, 2019

Independent wine merchants are specialist retailers in their own right offering a service, range and expertise that more general retailers, such as grocers, will always struggle to match.