After Brexit and Covid, now Petrol and driver shortages impact the UK wine industry supply chain but it is not all bad news for the sector…

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The fuel shortage is just the latest in a long string of supply chain issues that the sector has faced. For the last year or so, the industry had to be very nimble and adaptable with the approach to distribution to enable it to react to the never-ending challenges thrown up by a combination of Covid and Brexit.

Transport costs keep rising, a shortage of freight capacity and a severe lack of HGV drivers and petrol shortage are increasing pressure on the UK’s drink distribution network, creating inevitable delays in the supply chain and frustrated shoppers.The UK is also estimated to be short of more than 100,000 HGV drivers – a shortfall which is causing problems for a range of sectors, including food suppliers and the wine trade.Some of the big wine importers have been affected by these unprecedented set of circumstances. Some of them have to suspend some orders and make changes to delivery dates. This means that companies cannot meet the highest levels of service that customers have come to expect from them.

But it is not always bad news and according to the Sunday Times, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a landmark overhaul in the way that alcohol is taxed as part of next week’s Budget announcement. Treasury officials regard the current system as “outdated, complicated and full of anomalies”. The 2019 Conservative election manifesto promised to review it.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The report said that Sunak plans to abandon the premium on sparkling wine, reducing the duty on this to the same level as that on still wine, which the paper calculated will knock 83p off a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco
  2. It is also predicted that duties will be restructured to give English sparkling wine a tax advantage over foreign competitors and a simplified duty system will be welcomed by shippers, wholesalers and retailers

Let’s hope for the best!

So we’re looking out to sea to recommend a little sparkle & sweetness with our USA Sparkling Chardonnay from New York of all places and fortified sweet wine from Uruguay! Email us if you’re interested in tasting either of the below

Brotherhood Sparkling Chardonnay – This premium sparkling wine is fermented from 100% New York Chardonnay, harvested early to capture the crisp acidity and bright fruit character of these grapes. The small elegant bubbles add a festive elegance to any celebration.
Tasting Note:
Crisp with active effervescence, this wine has a bright aroma of pears and light yeasty note. The flavors are dry without being hard, full but perfectly balanced with the minerality distinctly found in New York Chardonnay.

Vinedo de los Vientos – Coming from a 17ha vineyard, located next to the coast, whether the river Plate estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean. Their soils consist of calcareous white and brown clays. Using no insecticide and dry no-till farming, the family practices sustainable farming, with minimal intervention viticulture and hand harvesting. This unique wine combines two different techniques for dessert wines, barolo chinato and marsala.
Tasting note:
Honey-like texture. Aromas of winter flowers, Madagascan vanilla bean, white cacao souffle, dark cherries. Savory and lonesome finish.