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Fruit Grower Profile: Belvoir Farm

Nestled in the idyllic Vale of Belvoir in Leicestershire lies Belvoir Farm. At 60 acres, their organic elderflower plantation is the largest in the UK. Fruit & Vine met with owner Peverel Manners, alongside farm manager Keith Challen, at the start of their elderflower harvest.

Record visitors celebrate hop harvest at Surrey brewery

Hogs Back Brewery’s popular Hop Harvest Festival welcomed more than 3,500 visitors this year, making the event the biggest hop harvest party ever held at the brewery.

10 top tips for marketing your wine business online

Whether you’re selling to trade, locally, nationally, direct or over the internet, your online presence is crucial. Ecommerce platform FoodE has been specifically designed for food and drink businesses, and offers its top 10 tips for selling your products online below.

Blur star Alex James extends Britpop range with English sparkling wine

In partnership with Dorset’s Furleigh Estate, Blur bassist Alex James has launched his own sparkling wine Britpop Brut, which he describes as “perfect for the good times”.

Fizz Fest 2023: A sell-out success

Huge success for Vineyards of Hampshire’s flagship event, Fizz Fest, as over 1000 people attended the ninth edition of the event.

WineGB appoints first sustainability ambassador

Anne Jones has been appointed in new and first sustainability advisory role at WineGB to bring commercial awareness of national and international sustainability regulations, schemes, and practices to the association for the English and Welsh wine industry.

Still wine and spirits hit hardest in latest alcohol duty increase

The government’s biggest revamp of the alcohol duty system in 150 years will see drinks taxed by alcohol volume (abv) going forward, with some wines and spirits facing eye-watering increases while drinks under 3.5% abv are set to benefit from relief.

WineGB East Awards celebrate wines from East Anglia

Showcasing the finest wines produced in East Anglia, the Wine GB East Awards will take place on 19th August at Burnt House Vineyard, Little Finborough, Stowmarket.

Jeremy Clarkson warns of explosive cider bottles

TV presenter and celebrity farmer Jeremy Clarkson has warned that some of his Hawkstone cider bottles could explode and told customers to open affected bottles under water and pour the cider away.

Cider apple growers gather at industry event

The annual Orchard and Machinery Day, held in Newent, Gloucestershire, took place in late June, with more than 200 guests in attendance. The event provides a unique opportunity each year for the cider industry to thank those who work so hard growing apples for them and to celebrate the importance of British-grown cider apples. 

Scottish growers introduce climate-friendly pea gin

The Arbikie Highland Estate in Angus has developed a pea-based gin, now sold worldwide, to reduce its reliance on fertilisers and its carbon footprint.

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