English wine producers say they are more optimistic about this year’s harvest following last week’s heatwave, which has helped to mitigate the damage done to vineyards from the late Spring frosts.
Temperature across the south of England dropped to -6C in some area in late April, leaving English wine producers fearing that the frost would wipe out developing buds and could affect yields by up to 80%.
Vintners from more than 40 nations gather to talk business and celebrate a vibrant industry.
The global wine and spirits trade gathered last week in Bordeaux for Vinexpo, unveiling new drinks, cutting deals, debating trends and celebrating the longevity of several luxury brands.
McGuigan says the brand is growing from strength to strength in the UK and it wants to add excitement and authenticity to the wine category.
The fourth largest global wine brand in the UK in terms of volume and value is feeling bullish about its immediate and long-term future in the UK.
Sixteen wineries from China’s Beijing, Hebei, Xinjiang and Ningxia provinces, believed to represent a higher quality of domestic wine production, are set to be certified as ‘estate wine’ producers.
The 16 wineries comprise four wineries from Xinjiang, including Tiansai Vineyards, five wineries from China’s premium wine region of Ningxia, four in Hebei province neighbouring Beijing, one winery from Shandong and Chateau Rongzi from Shanxi province.
The on-trade has been urged to take lessons from the airline industry and work on a yield per person model rather than obsessing over cash margins on wine.
ONS figures show that drinking rates continue to plummet among Brits as moderation becomes the order of the day, especially among millennials. The Holy Grail of the trade is to inspire consumers to drink less but drink better, thus preserving margins and demonstrating a tangible push towards responsibility.