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Denbies to develop hotel on site

UK wine producer Denbies is to convert their current B&B into a 17 bed hotel ready for opening in Spring 2019.
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UK wine producer Denbies is to convert their current B&B into a 17 bed hotel ready for opening in Spring 2019.

The hotel which Denbies claims to be the first vineyard hotel in the UK will help cement Denbies as a wine tourist destination with over 350,000 visitors each year to their vineyards in Surrey. Many wineries have accommodation on site, but most of this is B&B as opposed to a full-scale hotel.

Rathfinny Estate in Sussex has its popular and trendy flint barn while Three Choirs in Gloucestershire has lodges and rooms to rent.

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Wine harvest bounces back in 2018, with Italy taking the top spot

The Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has announced that 2018 was one of the bigger crops in the last 18 years with the three big producers Italy, France and Spain all with much larger crops than previous years.
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The Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has announced that 2018 was one of the bigger crops in the last 18 years with the three big producers Italy, France and Spain all with much larger crops.

Each year Italy, France and Spain vie to produce the most wine. This year Italy produced the most wine with 4.85 billion litres, France was in second with 4.6 billion litres and Spain was in third with 4.1 billion litres.

Overall there has been a 19% increase in wine production compared to the frost hit 2017, with most countries in Europe up. Portugal suffered, like many southern regions, due to mildew that has affected much of Southern Europe.

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Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar on sale

Aldi launched this weekend their wine advent calendar. The popular calendar has 24 samples of wine to enjoy on the run up to the big day.
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With Halloween and Guy Fawkes done we are on the countdown to Christmas and to get things off to a start, discounter Aldi has launched their wine advent calendar. The popular calendar has 24 samples of wine to enjoy on the run up to the big day. At a price of £49.99, the calendar is not the cheapest way to enjoy a tipple but it sure is more fun than chocolate!

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UK drinks exports booming, with wine exports to the USA up 177% over 4 years

The UK’s food and drinks top exports are dominated by spirits, salmon and yes, even wine!
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The UK’s food and drinks top exports are dominated by spirits, salmon and yes, even wine!

The latest figures released by the UK Government show that while spirits and salmon dominate the UK’s exports to the USA, wine is now in 5th largest export in the food & drink sector and has increased by 177% over 4 years. The growth in sales is huge, growing from £18 million in 2013 to £49 million in 2017. That is an average annual rate of 44%. Wine has even nudged out cheese into 6th spot.

The top UK exports to the USA are: Whisky £915m, Salmon £208m, Other Spirits £195m, Gin £184m (average +9% per annum), Wine £49m, Cheese £48m.

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California harvest looks like a good one in 2018

California harvest looks like a good one with a slightly cooler and longer growing season, producing wines with better flavours.
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The California harvest looks like a good one for 2018 thanks to a slightly cooler growing season which meant a longer growing season. This allowed a better build up of flavours, where normally the build up of sugars means grapes are picked earlier because of high sugar levels.

Yield was up 2% compared to 2017 at an estimated 4.1 million tons, according to the United States Department of Agriculture forecast.

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UK duty on wine is set to rise by 7p (estimate)

The UK Chancellor increases the duty on a bottle of wine by RPI in Monday’s Autumn budget but it won't take effect until February.

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The UK Chancellor increased the price of duty on a bottle of wine by RPI during Monday’s budget.

Philip Hammond froze the duty rise for all other alcoholic beverages beer, normal strength ciders and spirits, but increased the duty on wine in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI is a measure of inflation).

The increase in UK wine duty will take effect from the 1st February 2019, along with the duty increase for high strength ciders.

The current Retail Price Index is 3.3% (for the year to September 2018). If this number was used (the budget does not state which period the RPI would be used) it would mean an increase in duty from £2.16 to £2.23 or a 7p increase.

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