Record Harvest for UK Vineyards

British wine producers were able to harvest almost 10 tons of grapes per hectare on average in 2023 - 50% more than the previous record. Production of 20 to 22 million bottles is expected - nearly three times as many as were sold in 2022.

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Devil’s Advocate: Carbon Footprints and Taxes are Going to Change How We Drink

Robert Joseph considers the ways in which consumers may be driven to buy more locally-produced wines, with lower alcoholic strengths.

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UK Wine Trade Escapes Another Damaging Tax Rise

Despite widespread rumours to the contrary, Wednesday brought the news that the UK is to escape another tax hike that would have meant that the government's share of the price of any bottle would have risen by nearly a third since July.

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Devil’s Advocate: R.I.P. Oddbins, a Once-Great Retail Chain

Robert Joseph looks back at one of the world’s most appealing wine retail businesses.

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Roederer Fights Against Pet Nat "Crystal"

An English winery is entangled in a legal dispute with Champagne Louis Roederer over their "Crystal Pet Nat Pink," which has irked the French champagne makers.

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Devil’s Advocate: The Confusing World of English Sparkling Wine

Robert Joseph highlights — and questions — the diversity of styles on offer.

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Diverging from EU, Britain Relaxes Wine Legislation and Introduces Confusion

Robert Joseph considers the implications of the UK government decision to dump EU wine rules.

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UK Wants to Bottle India-Bound Scotch Whisky in Europe. What About Wine?

Indian media are covering a sticking point in Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The UK wants the freedom to bottle export shipments ‘in transit’. Robert Joseph wonders whether wine companies might consider this kind of model - despite its environmental implications.

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English Wine Sales Slow. Production Volumes Rise. Strategy Is Confused

The UK is on track to be a surprisingly high-volume wine producing region. But sales have slowed, raising questions over future industry strategy. Robert Joseph reports.

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