United Wineries

13 July, 2007

2 Broken Wharf, London EC4V 3DT

T: 0207 429 3244

E: crispin.stephens@unitedwineries.com

Established: 1993

Turnover: £168 million

Brands: Berberana, Marqués de la Concordia, Marqués de Griñon, Lagunilla, Marqués de Monistrol (Spain)

Off-trade split: 90 per cent

Europe/New World split: 100/0

Key personnel: Xavier Battle, managing director; Andrew Perez de Herrasti, sales director off-trade; Crispin Stephens, UK marketing director

United Wineries has launched Berberana No 1, a £5.99 range from Castilla la Mancha aimed at younger drinkers. UK marketing manager Anthony Collet has left the business and been replaced by Crispin Stephens.

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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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