M&S loses Stepp but gains wines

10 April, 2009

Marks & Spencer is on the hunt for a new winemaker following Gerd Stepp's departure after a nine -year stint with the supermarket.

Stepp is turning his attention to his family's winery in the German region of Pfalz, but will continue to work for M&S as a consultant.

Wine department manager Andrew Bird described Stepp as "a pillar of the M&S wine department for the past nine years".

He said: "I have no doubt that without Gerd's calm, efficient and uncompromising approach to quality, the M&S wine range would not have gained the numerous awards and enviable profile of recent years."

In the retailer's spring tasting brochure, Bird urged the trade to be on the look-out for a candidate to fill Stepp's shoes.

The tasting of M&S's new spring range revealed the supermarket is expanding its Argentinian range, with a host of new suppliers, following two trips to the country last year. Eight new wines will launch this spring .

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