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Wine must beware of the cannabis tidal wave

just-drinks' regular wine commentator Chris Losh has been away this summer. While away, has he been smoking something? If he has, it's given...

Constellation Brands Performance Trends 2014-2018

In late-March, Constellation Brands reported its results for the 12 months to the end of February. Sales in fiscal-2018 came in 7% up on the...


Chris Losh | 9 Apr 2018

A supernova of activity, relatively speaking, in the wine industry last week has sent our wine commentator, Chris Losh, into a literary tailspin. Accolade Wines and Conviviality are to blame.


Chris Losh | 9 Apr 2018

A supernova of activity, relatively speaking, in the wine industry last week has sent our wine commentator, Chris Losh, into a literary tailspin. Accolade Wines and Conviviality are to blame.


Ben Cooper | 12 Dec 2017

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. In this, the third in our four-part category review, Ben Cooper considers how 2017 has treated the wine sector.


Chris Losh | 19 Sep 2017

It's a question that has been asked a thousand times. But, Chris Losh is nothing if not persistent, especially at a time when other multi-category companies are giving wine the big heave-ho.

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Olly Wehring | 5 Apr 2018

Earlier today, Australian private equity group CHAMP announced the divestment of Accolade Wines to The Carlyle Group for AUD1bn (US$768m). The news marks the end of CHAMP's association in wine, which started in 2011 when it bought 80% of Constellation Brands' Australian and UK wine operations for AUD290m (then-US$290m). Having spoken to CHAMP CEO John Haddock at the time of the purchase, it seemed only right for just-drinks to grab him for one final chat, to find out what CHAMP is passing over, why they're selling and what wine lessons the group learnt over the last seven years.


Olly Wehring | 10 Mar 2016

In the second part of this week's just-drinks interview with Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma, we discuss the role brands have to play in the wine industry, whether wine is more of an FMCG than a purist's playground and the secrets to successful marketing.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 15 Oct 2018

Accolade Wines has lined up a gin under its Stone's brand, as it looks to capitalise on the UK's booming gin market.


Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2018

Machines dispensing an iced version of wine brand Echo Falls’ fruit fusion range in the UK on-trade have performed well this summer, says brand owner Accolade Wines.


Olly Wehring | 25 Sep 2018

Accolade Wines has lined up the addition of a Prosecco variant to its Echo Falls wine brand roster in the UK.


Lucy Britner | 13 Aug 2018

Accolade Wines has announced a GBP1m (US$1.28m) marketing activation for its South African wine brand Kumala in the UK.


Andy Morton | 30 Jul 2018

Former England cricketer Ian Botham has joined a growing number of celebrities to launch a wine range, in a link up with Benchmark Drinks.


Olly Wehring | 29 Jun 2018

The Carlyle Group has made its second sizeable investment in the global wine category, this time lining up the purchase of majority control of Spanish cava giant Grupo Codorníu.


Olly Wehring | 4 Jun 2018

The new owner of Accolade Wines has appointed a former senior executive with SABMiller as the chairman of its wine business.


Olly Wehring | 1 Jun 2018

A New Zealand initiative to produce lower-alcohol wines "naturally" has borne its first fruit, with two 9.5% iterations launching in the UK this week.


Olly Wehring | 23 May 2018

Accolade Wines has lined up a GBP1m (US$1.3m) spend in the UK for Hardys, in its latest cricket-themed activation for the wine brand.


Lucy Britner | 15 May 2018

Accolade's fine wines division has re-launched the Houghton wine range in the UK market.


Lucy Britner | 9 May 2018

Accolade's Echo Falls wine brand has announced a tie-up with reality TV show Love Island in the UK.


Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2018

Accolade Wines has unveiled 50cl sharing bottles for three of its key brands as part of a new strategy to carve out more profits in the challenging UK wine market.


Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2018

The head of Accolade's UK arm has warned that the country's wine industry needs to up its game to remain an attractive destination for wine volumes compared to fast-growing Asian markets.


Olly Wehring | 5 Apr 2018

Accolade Wines finally has a new owner, with Australian private equity group CHAMP and Constellation Brands securing a sale of the company to The Carlyle Group.


Olly Wehring | 23 Jan 2018

Accolade Wines has followed 2016’s purchase of Fine Wine Partners from Lion with the launch of the division in the UK & Ireland.


Andy Morton | 2 Nov 2017

Accolade Wines has launched a vodka under its Echo Falls fruit wine brand.


Lucy Britner | 19 Oct 2017

Accolade Wines has lined up the release of a Prosecco under its Jack Rabbit wine brand. The company said today that the launch is in response to the UK's continued demand for Prosecco. 


Olly Wehring | 25 Sep 2017

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma is continuing his reintegration into the wine industry, this time through his appointment as head of UK-based Broadland Wineries.


Andy Morton | 18 Sep 2017

Accolade Wines is to cut about 35 jobs at its Berri Estates winery and packaging plant.


Richard Woodard | 12 Sep 2017

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma has been named as a director of New Zealand crowd-funded wine producer Invivo.


Olly Wehring | 4 Apr 2017

Accolade Wines has confirmed the departure of its third CEO in three years, with Michael East set to take early retirement.


Olly Wehring | 8 Mar 2017

Accolade Wines has confirmed a change of general manager for the UK & Ireland, with Adrian McKeon replacing Rob Harrison in the role.

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Wine in Australia

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Wine in the United Kingdom

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Alcoholic Drinks in Australia

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