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Profile: A new era for Fells

Published:  09 April, 2024

Fells’ new MD catches up with Jo Gilbert on the company’s past, present and future, including its secret weapon.

As one of the longest-standing agent importers in the UK, Fells has a history that is almost very nearly unique. Like Mentzendorff, its biggest competitor, Fells happens to have been founded in 1858, before going on to represent the interests of a leading Port house.


Pinot Noir in spotlight at Australia Trade Tasting

Published:  01 February, 2024

The Australia Trade Tasting returned to London on 30 January 2024, showcasing more than 700 wines from 200 wine producers to hundreds of trade and media in the UK.


New MD for Fells

Published:  11 January, 2024

Leading Port and wine distributor Fells has announced strategic changes to the top roles in its leadership team, with Euan Mackay taking on the mantle of MD and Steve Moody transitioning to chairman.


Royal Tokaji makes the leap to Fells

Published:  11 December, 2023

Royal Tokaji, the Hungarian producer known for its botrytised sweet wines, has made the move to John E Fells & Sons, joining the likes of Wiston Estate, Champagne Henriot and Tedeschi in the portfolio.


Yangarra joins Fells portfolio

Published:  21 August, 2023

John E Fells & Sons has strengthened its portfolio of premium family-owned wines from Australia with the addition of Yangarra Estate – a family-owned producer specialising in, but not limited to, Grenache.


Top 25 Sommeliers 2023 open for nominations

Published:  20 April, 2023

Harpers' popular Top 25 Sommeliers is back, looking to seek out and celebrate the very best in the dynamic UK on-trade drinks world.


Capensis joins Fells portfolio

Published:  21 February, 2023

John E Fells & Sons has further strengthened its portfolio of premium family-owned wines from South Africa with the addition of Capensis – a family-owned producer specialising in Chardonnay.


Musar turns to Fells for UK distribution

Published:  31 January, 2023

Lebanese producer Chateau Musar is to join the John E. Fells & Sons portfolio, adding to the roll call of leading family estates the importer represents in the UK.


Fells adds Wiston Estate to portfolio

Published:  19 January, 2023

John E Fells & Sons have added its first English winery, Wiston Estate, to its portfolio. 


Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Steve Moody, Fells

Published:  09 January, 2023

In the last of our end of year Q&A series, Steve Moody, CEO at Fells, reflects on the highs and lows of 2022, plus the hopes and plans for the business in the year ahead.


Nominations close as Top 25 Sommelier shortlist preparations begin

Published:  26 May, 2022

With the on-trade bouncing back there’s little doubt about the enthusiasm for and calibre of the UK’s sommelier fraternity if the ample nominations for Harpers Top 25 Sommeliers are anything to go by.


Top 25 Sommeliers to celebrate best in the business

Published:  05 May, 2022

Harpers is delighted to announce the launch of its Top 25 Sommeliers, designed to recognise and celebrate the leading lights in the on-trade drinks world.


Profile: Fells – driven to succeed

Published:  12 April, 2022

Having emerged from the pandemic in good shape, Fells has ambitions for the future. Andrew Catchpole catches up with MD Steve Moody to find out more.


Trade’s thirst for physical tastings returns

Published:  23 February, 2022

The trade is returning with increasing gusto to trade tastings, as evidenced in London yesterday (22 February) at two of the calendar’s most compelling annual events.


Neumann joins Fells

Published:  05 July, 2021

Stefan Neumann MS has joined John E Fells in the role of wine consultant, to work alongside the London and regional wine teams.


Bancroft picks up Brokenwood from Negociants UK

Published:  26 July, 2018

Bancroft Wines has picked up the distribution of quality Australian wine estate Brokenwood Wines following the merger of Negociants UK into parent company, Fells.


Fells welcomes Yalumba into portfolio

Published:  11 May, 2018

Iconic Australian winery Yalumba is to join John E Fells, bringing its portfolio of antipodean estates into the fold, while also taking an equity stake in the UK-based company.


Brown Brothers exits “unforgiving” UK market

Published:  02 April, 2018

Brown Brothers has announced it's exiting the UK market after more than 25 years.


Symington announce €5m investment in new table wine winery with eye on Douro’s premium future

Published:  21 February, 2018

Pre-eminent port producer Symington Family Estates has announced plans to spend up to €4 to €5 million on a new winemaking facility at Quinta do Ataíde in the Douro to underpin the quality of its table wine production.


Gallic Appeal

Published:  22 June, 2017

France is edging its way back into the limelight as a source of adventurous, engaging and innovative wines. Andrew Catchpole reports