Chapel Down launches in the United States

We are delighted to announce an exciting new chapter of growth, having today launched in the United States.

We have partnered with luxury wine and spirit company, ABCK Corp, and will host a launch party at the residence of New York British Consulate General, Antonia Romeo, on the 11th October.  The event, hosted by our CEO Frazer Thompson, will be attended by leading trade and press.

ABCK Corp has been selected as our long-term partner on the strength of its experience and success across the luxury wines and spirits sector. Led by Champagne and sparkling wine expert, Arnaud Brachet, the team is based in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas and has extensive experience in delivering strong awareness and growth for leading Champagne brands and luxury spirit companies. Arnaud comments:  “We have been truly impressed by the quality of Chapel Down’s sparkling wines and by the integrity of their team at every single level. We have started to introduce Three Graces to some of the best restaurants, bars and retailers in the US. Their reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are now under pressure to ship more bottles to the US! Chapel Down brings a new quality standard for sparkling wines in the industry, with a British sophistication and wit that resonate very well with American wine lovers.”

With an ambitious growth plan for the US, we will be working closely with ABCK Corp to raise the profile of English wines, and in particular Chapel Down, through a series of ongoing events and in-market support.  During the launch phase, we will also work with our British theatre partner, The Donmar Warehouse, on a series of events in conjunction with its award-winning shows on Broadway.

The US becomes the latest in a list of international markets that Chapel Down is exported to, with our award-winning wines already available in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Copenhagen and Helsinki.  We believe we are at the forefront of new food and drinks exporters seeking to build businesses abroad with the support of the UK government.

Recently appointed Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, comments: “There is no doubt there is a global thirst for our wine and this latest milestone from Chapel Down is further proof of the opportunities in the US for our top class producers. Thanks to the innovation and hard work of our wine growers, the English wine industry is going from strength to strength with production more than doubling in the last five years. It’s fantastic to see our vintners flying the flag for British produce overseas – showing our wine trade is very much open for business.”