The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks a wine investment firm did the coin toss at the Six Nations rugby, a beer made it into space, a giant cocktail shaker started a US tour, Chris Hemsworth visited the Barossa Valley and one South African winemaker survived a brutal crow bar attack and still managed to make it into work the next day.

UK gin exports beat predictions to reach £530m high in 2017

Exports of British gin reached a record high in 2017 having more than doubled in the past decade, breaking the £500 million mark predicted in 2016 to reach £530m, the latest figures from HMRC have revealed. 

WSTA urges free trade with NZ and Australia after Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has put forward its case for a free trade agreement with New Zealand and Australia, urging the UK government to remove all existing tariffs for both countries after the UK leaves the EU.

M&S reports 15% rise in English sparkling wine sales last year

Marks & Spencer has reported a 15% rise in sales of its 17-strong range of English sparkling wines last year and predicts that the trend is set to continue into 2018. 

The big interview: Dan Jago

August 11th, 2017

Gin: Too big to fail?

July 25th, 2017

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