Winemakers in the UK will be able to benefit from income tax changes for the country’s farmers allowing them to average their tax over five years.
English sparkling wine producer Jenkyn Place has stepped up its ambitions by signing a UK distribution deal with New Generation Wines.
UK supermarket Waitrose has noted a surge in sales for Pimm’s, strawberries and English wine thanks to what it calls the “Wimbledon effect”.
Organisers of this year’s Wimbledon have decided to offer tennis fans English wine for the first time in the tournament’s 138-year history.
A selection of top-notch Sherries, a “no-frills” Argentine red and the “finest debut English fizz of the year” make this week’s roundup.
Hampshire’s Hambledon Vineyard has successfully raised £2.75 million to expand its operation by offering investors “English Fizz” bonds through crowdfunding site CrowdBnk.
The latest addition to the English sparkling wine category has set out ambitions for high quality based on single vineyard production and a significant reserve wine component to its blends.
Figures for the 2014 harvest released today have revealed a record-breaking 47,433 hectolitres, or 6.3 million bottles, of English wine have been produced – up 42% on 2013.
English wine producer Gusbourne has recruited one of the UK’s top sommeliers, Laura Rhys MS, to a new role managing the brand’s international development.
Volume sales of English wine at Waitrose increased by 95% in 2014 compared to the previous year, with the industry said to be experiencing “real momentum”.
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