In this issue

Meet the buyer: Virgin Wines is one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers. Vineyard talks to wine buyer Sophie Lord.
World class English fizz: Ridgeview began as a dream to create world-class sparkling wine on the foothills of the South Downs in Sussex.
Defining style and adding value: Defined Wine Ltd is a contract-only winery. It does not have any vineyards or brands. Everything it does is about adding value to their client's brands.
Canopy management: With rising labour costs, and labour shortages, many producers are looking to machines. Jo Cowderoy speaks to some of the experts to find out the advantages and challenges of mechanisation.
Matthew Jukes: What differentiates our elite still and sparkling rosé wines from others?
In conversation... Miles Beale is the chief executive of the drinks industry’s chief lobbying organisation, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association.