Spotlight on the UK, a Leading but Highly Challenging Market

The UK is now a wine producing nation, with increasingly well-regarded sparkling wines. These, however, represent a tiny part of national consumption and this is a market that is open to wines from across the world. Unlike the US with its three-tier-system, British wine retailers can import wine directly from producers. There are limited restrictions on marketing and communications. However, as Chris Losh reveals, this is a far from easy market. (Additional reporting by Robert Joseph)

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Nyetimber - English Sparkling Wine Star

The sparkling wine category is booming, with Champagne in hot demand. This has led to the embrace of top-quality sparkling wines from elsewhere, including England which now produces around 10m bottles per year. Nyetimber is the UK's longest-established, largest and most highly respected producer, as Simon Werner reveals.

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UK Government Reverses Budget and Raises Alcohol Taxes

British wine drinkers are set to pay significantly more for their wine.

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UK Freezes Wine Tax Until 2025

The United Kingdom has one of the highest tax regimes on alcohol in the world. It was feared that a new regime to be applied next February would have made matters even worse, while introducing unworkable impracticality into the UK trade. Those threats have been lifted. For the moment.

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine – Booming US Sales

In 2021, thirsty US wine drinkers popped 69% more Champagne corks than the previous year. Some of that dramatic increase can be attributed to the impact of Covid on 2020, but sales are still growing and, as Sarah Philips McCartan reveals, France’s iconic fizz is not the only beneficiary of this trend.

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Heavy Losses in Italy's Main Markets

Sales of Italian wines in Germany, the US and the UK fell significantly in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year. According to NielsenIQ's surveys, volume in off-trade (food retail, discount, cash & carry, liquor shops) in the three countries fell by 10.6 % overall, with value down 8.1 % to €2.26bn.

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Devil's Advocate - A New Appellation is Born and Britain gets its Own Napa Valley

The UK has its first wine PDO, with boundaries that reflect a county, rather than an area with specific vinous characteristics. Robert Joseph wonders how much this matters.

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Quiet Return of London Wine Fair

Three decades ago, thousands of wine professionals made their way to London to attend the annual wine trade fair. Today, that event is a far more modest affair, as Robert Joseph reports.

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Sauvignon Blanc – the Dark Horse of the Wine World

Even as recently as 25 years ago, the suggestion that Sauvignon Blanc would become the most popular grape variety – of either colour – in Britain, the most competitive wine market in the world, would have been dismissed as fanciful. Robert Joseph looks back at this unlikely success story.

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