Crush Wines

13 July, 2007

Bremhill Court



SN11 9LA

T: 01249 811737



Established: 2006

Brands: Gorilla Wines, Cardeto (Italy), VEO (Chile), Villiera (South Africa), Salena (Australia)

Off-trade split: 90 per cent

Europe/New World split: 50/50

Key personnel: Chris Ellis, managing director; Andrew Walker, sales director; Kathryn Allison, PR & marketing

Crush Wines doubled its portfolio in the first year of trading to offer wines from South Africa, Italy, Chile, Australia, Argentina and France. Wines with ethical intiatives - such as the organic Greener Planet wines, where a percentage of sales are given to Wateraid, and Gorilla Wines, where a percentage of the proceeds go towards protecting mountain gorillas - are a key focus.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

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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