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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • Ridgeview’s export success – paving the way for other English wineries

    Award-winning English sparkling wine business, Ridgeview Wine Estate, are leading the way for English wineries exporting outside the UK with their wines widely available in twelve markets globally. Ridgeview has recently seen a huge increase in exports, with 30% of production now being sold abroad.

    Tamara Roberts, Chief Executive of family-owned Ridgeview, based in Sussex, commented “Our export portfolio really escalated when we were awarded the Trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine in the World in the Decanter World Wine awards in 2010. Since then we have seen our exports rise from 2% with the greatest growth in the last two years, from 14% in 2014 to a projected 30% this year. We have welcomed five new markets in the last two years alone. In 2008 Finland was our first export market, followed by Norway with the most recent being the Caribbean, and we are close to adding several other countries to our growing list. Our work with UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) and their GREAT! Campaign has really supported our growth and our plans for the future are extremely exciting.”

    Roberts added ‘we have worked really hard to make sure we have the right distributors in the markets we work with. They share our values, know our expectations and we have joint aspirations to grow our businesses. They are forward-thinking partners and are passionate about our product: we consider them to be an extension of the Ridgeview team, and consequently, our brand. When it takes over five years for your product to go from grapes in the vineyard, through secondary fermentation in bottle, a few years in the cellar then eventually into the labelled bottle, you have to be careful who looks after your image, and your wines.”

  • Chivite launches Las Fincas Rosado in the UK

    Julián Chivite, president of Grupo Chivite, and Elena Arzak, of the renowned Michelin starred restaurant Arzak, were in London last night to launch the 2015 Las Fincas Rosado to top press, buyers and key opinion formers buyers. The super-premium rosé created by Julián Chivite pays homage to his great friend and top Spanish chef Juan Marí Arzak.

    Cintruénigo, Navarra, March 2016 - The 2015 Chivite Las Fincas Rosado, from the IGP (indicación Geográfica Protegida) de 3 Riberas in the north of Spain, had its international launch at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction in London last night.

    The wine has been specially created by Julián Chivite, in homage to his great friend and top Spanish chef Juan Marí Arzak. The wine is made up of a blend of 54% Garnacha and 46% Tempranillo and has been aged on its lees for 6 months prior to bottling.

    Commenting on the new wine Chivite said, “The wine carries both the Chivite and Arzak names and has been designed to stand out from the usual type of Spanish rosado, in that it is paler in colour and is very much a food wine, although, as you would expect it is versatile and Juan Mari, and I, believe it is as good with food as it is on its own.”

    The wine will retail at £12.95 and is available from Great Western Wines, with immediate effect (

    At the dinner Julián Chivite also announced the appointment of Enotria&Coe, leading UK importer and distributor is to take on the exclusivity for the distribution of the J. Chivite Estates premium wines portfolio in the UK.

    The agreement will take effect from March and Enotria&Coe will look after the sales, distribution and marketing of the Chivite Colección 125 and Villatuerta ranges. Commenting on the agreement, Julián Chivite, CEO, said, “Our partnership with Enotria&Coe is very exciting, we look forward to putting our brands back on the map in the UK market. We have been making a number of strategic changes at Chivite with the aim of revitalizing our brands and improving distribution in key global markets. The link up with Enotria&Coe is an intrinsic part of this new strategy. ”

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