The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling on the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer to freeze wine and spirit duty in tomorrow’s budget.

Wine and Spirit Trade Association CEO Miles Beale, has called for the government to follow through with its Brexit negotiations.

The latest HMRC figures have revealed that sales of spirits have brought more money to the Treasury than beer for the first time in history.

For the first time English sparkling wine has climbed two places to become Britain’s fourth bestselling fizz, offloading 3.5m bottles to UK markets in 2016.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report has revealed the average price of a bottle of wine has risen more in the last 12 weeks than it had in the last two years.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association, the lead body for the UK wine and spirits industry, is calling the British government to cut the duty on all alcoholic drinks.

New figures show pubs in Britain are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Miles Beale, has criticised the UK government’s so-called ‘Alcohol Duty Escalator’ which has seen the tax on wine and spirits rise by up to 50%.

Total alcohol sales continue to fall according to the latest Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) market report.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that changes to customs classifications at EU level could lead to an increase in excise duty and VAT for some made-wine* products in the UK.

Two new WSET trustees

27 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced two new trustees - Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes and Jonathan Driver who, after leaving Diageo in 2006, has become a global consultant.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) meets with Economic Secretary to the Treasury today (February 5), ahead of the Budget in March.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says gin and sparkling wine sales increased in the UK during the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.


David Williams

Vineyard vs winemaking

What is the most important component of a wine brand? What makes it what it is, or, put another way, what can it not do without?

Click for more »