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Purchases of sparkling wine (largely Prosecco) have risen by 23%, the only category of alcoholic drink to have seen an increase in purchases.

New Zealand and Prosecco Top UK Wine Sales

The 2018 Wine Nation report from UK-based Accolade Wines reveals it was a good year for Prosecco, and New Zealand wines, but a bad year for Champagne.

Spotlight: Survey at 2018 Vinitaly shows booming trends in organic wine consumption

Spotlight: Survey at 2018 Vinitaly shows booming trends in organic wine consumption.

VERONA, Italy, April 17 -- Led by a growing interest in biologic agrifood products overall, Italian consumers were developing a strong taste for organic wine, a research unveiled at the Vinitaly wine fair here in Verona showed.

Verona is not only the city of love; it also hosts the world's biggest wine exhibition.

Vinitaly: Verona Hosts the World’s Biggest Celebration of Wine

In Europe, April is the harbinger of spring and warmer weather.

As Italians come out of months of hibernation, many events and festivals take place to celebrate the sun, new life, food and wine.

Talya Roberson, managing director of Roberson Wine, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know our local community better.

Roberson Winery Opens Doors to Locals

Roberson Wine’s urban winery, London Cru, is opening its cellar doors to the public this week and offering a free tasting.

Aimed at local residents and businesses in particular, the tasting will have a spring-theme and is a chance for the West-Brompton-based winery to show of its new range of all-English wines (the winery is only making English wines from the 2017 vintage onwards) as well as its new tasting room and events space.