■ England’s bumper 2018 vintage has caused storage challenges for some UK winemakers. Charles Simpson of Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent said his team were ‘desperately trying to find more tanks’. He also urged the English wine industry to work more collaboratively in order to cope with a ‘scale problem’ in many UK wineries, highlighted by this year’s increased yields.
■ Bodegas Torres has opened a new winery in Catalonia’s Costers del Segre DO to provide a permanent home for its Purgatori wine, a blend of Cariñena, Garnacha and Syrah. Named Desterrats, the estate dates back to 1770 and was once owned by Montserrat Abbey.
■ English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has launched its 1086 range, aiming to rival prestige cuvée Champagne. The white 2009 and rosé 2010 sparkling wines – blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – will only be produced ‘in a year that has all the right stuff,’ said head winemaker Cherie Spriggs.
■ Tibet is home to the ‘world’s highest vineyard’, according to Guinness World Records. The aptly named Pure Land & Super-high Altitude Vineyard sits at 3,563.31m in the Lhasa river valley, comprising 66.7ha of land under vine, including Vidal, Muscat and an indigenous ice wine variety, Bei Bing Hong.
■ UK gin sales and exports exceeded the £ 2 billion mark in the 12 months to the end of June 2018, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, as exports hit £ 532m. WSTA CEO Miles Beale predicted a ‘£ 3bn gin empire by the end of 2020’.
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