Wine merchant news: The latest from FMV, The Wine Rascals and Kingsland Drinks

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Like brother, like brother: FMV takes on Rafael Palacios’ wines

It’s all in the family at Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV): the distributor is now the exclusive UK trade supplier of Galician wine producer Rafael Palacios, whose wines join those of his brother Álvaro Palacios at FMV.

The supplier adds Rafael Palacios’ 2017 Louro de Bolo Godello and 2016 As Sortes Val do Bibei to its Spanish portfolio.

‘We are delighted Rafael is joining our portfolio of already exemplary producers,’ said Catriona Felstead, Berry Bros & Rudd’s wine buyer for Spain.

‘His vision and passion for the vines and wines of this far-flung corner of the north-west of Spain has driven many to emulate him. He is a truly inspirational winemaker.’

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Wine Rascals takes on its first Canadian wine

Canada continues to make its presence known in the UK market as The Wine Rascals becomes the latest distributor to take on an Ontario-based wine company.

Henry of Pelham is a family-run winery in the Niagara Peninsula that focuses on crisp whites and bright, berry-rich reds. Wine Rascals is adding the winemaker’s still and ice wines to its portfolio, following in the footsteps of suppliers like Flint Wines, which recently brought Canadian wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella on board.

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Kingsland Drinks joins forces with Schmitt Söne

In a major win for the UK supplier and its portfolio of German wines, Kingsland Drinks has secured exclusive distribution rights for Schmitt Söhne, one of Germany’s biggest wine producers.

Schmitt Söhne already has a significant presence in the UK, its second-largest export market. By uniting with Kingsland, the family-owned winery seeks to bolster its distribution for both retail and the on-trade – and Kingsland hopes to meet an increasing demand on the home front.

‘Our recent proprietary research, WinePRO, indicates clearly that the UK taste for sweeter and lighter wines is growing,’ said Neil Anderson, marketing director at Kingsland.

With Schmitt Söhne best known for its Riesling range, the winery is well-suited to help Kingsland meet this demand.

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski


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