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LWF exclusive: Ukrainian producers to set up import and distribution operation in UK

Published:  18 May, 2023

Wines of Ukraine is planning to launch its own import and distribution company in the UK, to help facilitate and grow exports to what its members see as a crucial market for boosting the profile of the country internationally.


Hungary for UK listings

Published:  12 April, 2023

With sweet, dry and sparkling production, in 2023 the Hungarian region of Tokaj is an energetic all-rounder with a top-end pedigree. However, the best wines still aren’t always necessarily making their way to the UK, writes Jo Gilbert.


Fine Wines Direct launches Kosovan wine range

Published:  03 April, 2023

Fine Wines Direct UK is launching a new range of wines from Kosovo, “believed to be the first in the UK”.  The company has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Stone Castle Vineyards, the largest winery in Kosovo.


National Wine Agency of Georgia reveals 2023 UK campaign

Published:  20 March, 2023

The 2023 Wines of Georgia campaign run by Swirl Wine Group on behalf of the National Wine Agency of Georgia, has been launched. The campaign, which includes a Trade & Press Tasting in London on 23 May, will further develop the growing market for Georgian wines in the UK.


Spotlight on the women of CEE at 67 Pall Mall

Published:  20 March, 2023

Women winemakers of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) were at the centre of a first-of-its kind tasting in London this week, which dove into some of the more esoteric parts of Europe’s winemaking map, spanning Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania and Hungary.


Austria’s wine exports hit a high, but Brexit Britain proves 'challenging'

Published:  17 March, 2023

Austrian wine exports reached a record level in 2022 in terms of value, with Canada, the US and northern Europe among the thirstiest markets.


Cramele Recas rolls out rPET Danube project to UK

Published:  13 March, 2023

Romanian winemaker Cramele Recas is launching first-of-its-kind wine bottles made entirely from recycled plastic recovered from the Danube, targeting Europe and the UK, following a successful trial in Germany.


Dry whites come to the fore at Furmint February

Published:  22 February, 2023

Wines of Hungary hosted its fifth Furmint February tasting on Monday (20 February), to some 350 visitors, featuring a snapshot of dry whites from the 2021 vintage and a handful from a promising 2022 vintage as well.


Slovak Wines stand up to be counted

Published:  20 January, 2023

With a surge of new estates and young winemakers on show, the Embassy of Slovakia showcased the very best the region has to offer at its London tasting this week at 67 Pall Mall.


Greek wine makes a splash as Maltby & Greek goes solo

Published:  18 January, 2023

A tasting focused on solely on Greek wine, from Amyndeon in the north west to Santorini and everything in between, made a big splash at Vagabond Wine’s Monument outpost earlier this week, in what is believed to be the biggest single tasting of Greek wine ever to be held in London. 


Long read: Checking in with Czechia

Published:  21 December, 2022

Fresh from Moravia, David Furer finds a new wave of modernity delivering much promise in an old region.


Ukraine becomes the 49th OIV Member State

Published:  28 October, 2022

The OIV, the intergovernmental viticulture organisation, has announced Ukraine as an active member state from 30 October 2022.


Headline Heroes: Austria’s emerging gem

Published:  13 October, 2022

Being recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site certainly helps turn heads when Austria’s Neusiedlersee DAC tells its as yet largely unknown story. Not least because this relatively compact appellation, with 6,239ha of vineyards wrapped around the eastern and southern half of the lake from which it takes its name, combines diverse terroirs with the ability to produce high-quality wines that reflect the status of the region. Moreover, this is Austria’s sunniest winegrowing area, but with cool nights matching warm growing days, all moderated by the lake. And the resultant wines are typified by cool fruit character and fresh, delicate acidity, which can deliver an appealing combination of elegance and depth.


Tiwari House joins the Bancroft Portfolio

Published:  27 July, 2022

UK-based wine distributor Bancroft Wines has added Tiwari House to its Hungarian portfolio. 


English wine comes of age at the UK’s wine ‘BAFTAs’

Published:  18 July, 2022

English and Welsh wine appears to have entered a new era of maturity, as ‘newcomers’ to the scene continue to rake in accolades alongside more established names.


Economic crisis worsens for Lebanon as harvest approaches

Published:  07 July, 2022

Lebanese winery IXSIR has called on exporters to help boost sales of its products abroad, as the country continues to fight ongoing crippling inflation and energy shortages.


Chateau Ksara upgrades sustainability initiatives to tackle “extreme” climate pressure

Published:  20 June, 2022

Chateau Ksara, a leading Lebanese wine producer and one of the country’s oldest companies, has announced it is pushing forward with a roster of new climate action initiatives to tackle “extreme pressure” on natural resources.


Ukrainian wines seek independents

Published:  06 June, 2022

Against many odds, a first shipment of 8,232 bottles has left Ukraine as part of a new initiative by Propeller designed to support its producers by bringing its wines to the UK.


Ukrainian vodka supports fundraising for British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal

Published:  11 March, 2022

Emporia, a spirits importer, is teaming up with several bars across the UK to serve cocktails with the Ukrainian Vodka ‘Staritsky Levitsky, Private Cellar’. 


National Wine Agency of Georgia announces expanded campaign for the UK

Published:  21 February, 2022

Following another year of strong export growth in the UK, the National Wine Agency of Georgia has confirmed an expanded promotional campaign for Britain.