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Friday read: Furmint February in the spotlight

Published:  23 February, 2024

With its endless grey skies and pervading gloom, February doesn’t offer much to raise the spirits, but wine lovers can now at least associate the month with Hungary’s best-known grape. Furmint February was launched here six years ago by Wines of Hungary UK to promote awareness and consumption of the variety once best known for sweet Tokaji (Aszu), but now appearing in elegant dry wines from the variety’s native Tokaj region, with its rich volcanic soil, but increasingly across Hungary, including in Somlo and Eger.


Moldova lands in London via Purcari

Published:  05 February, 2024

The UK trade was offered a dive into the somewhat lesser-known wines and varieties of Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria in London last week via the wines of Purcari Wineries Group – one of the region’s largest exporters.


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.


FJ Gritsch winery leaves Austria’s Vinea Wachau

Published:  01 December, 2023

FJ Gritsch, the family-run Austrian winery, will leave the Wachau regional winegrowers’ association and instead classify its wines under the DAC pyramid of origin.


Georgia’s Natural Progression

Published:  14 November, 2023

It’s been a decade since Georgian wine hit UK lists. Michael Karam charts the hype, the reality and the what next?


Wines of Ukraine launches UK HQ

Published:  04 September, 2023

Wines of Ukraine has established a UK headquarters to help further grow its reputation on the international stage. 


Royal Tokaji eyeing ‘potential for growth’ as Essencia 2016 unveiled in UK

Published:  07 August, 2023

Sweet wines may be less in vogue these days in many mature western markets, but the uniqueness of Tokaji – and especially its flagship Aszú wines – are bucking that trend.


Kingsland Drinks to bring Ukrainian wines to UK market

Published:  20 July, 2023

Kingsland Drinks has announced an exclusive deal to import and distribute Bolgrad wine from Ukraine into the UK drinks market.  


Georgian Wine Festival debuts in Devon estate

Published:  14 July, 2023

A Georgian Wine Festival is coming to Dartington Estate this October, curated by MWs Sarah Abbott and Justin Howard-Sneyd.


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.