11 July, 2008

31-33 Weir Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8XT

T: 020 8944 4770



Established: 1949

Brands: Castel, Cachet, Virginie (France), Halana (Morocco)

Off-trade split: 90%

Castel has been focusing on its newly-launched Castel Family wines, which feature different grape varieties and regions from all over France, including Merlot from Bordeaux, Grenache/Syrah from Côtes du Rhône, Syrah from the Languedoc and rosé from Provence. The range also includes a selection of single varietal wines from southern France. Managing director Anne Burchett stepped down recently to enrol on a university writing course.

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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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