Simon Tam, head of wine at auction house, Christie’s Hong Kong, has warned that buyers in the US and Europe will not be able to compete with Asia when it comes to buying top quality wines in the future.

Raise profitability or die

12 September, 2018

That was the somber message from Wines of South Africa’s chairwoman at the opening of Cape 2018 in Cape Town today (September 12).

Prosecco: The sweet spot

22 August, 2018

Prosecco producers are looking for ways to beat the ravages of climate change in the vineyards. Shay Waterworth reports from Italy

With the term ‘sparkling’ gaining credence in wines from England, Canada and Spain, champagne can’t afford to rest on its laurels. Jamie Goode reports

Benchmark Drinks has unveiled a range of wines named after one of England’s greatest cricketers, Ian Botham.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is to be launched in China, owners William Reed has announced.

Eisberg, the alcohol-free wine, is expanding its involvement in cycling by sponsoring this summer’s Tour Of Britain and sponsoring two pro cycling teams, Storey Racing and Canyon Eisberg.

Distell, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of leading fine wines, ciders, spirits and RTDs, has sold its Uitkyk wine farm in Stellenbosch to Warwick Wine Estate

Just three days ago, a trade group representing California’s vintners issued a report showing China was among the top importers of the Golden State’s wine, bringing in almost $79 million worth of U.S. wine last year.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has announced the appointment of Véronique Hombroekx as managing director of its branded wines division.

The no-low science bit

08 February, 2018

Low and no-alcohol wines were once horrible parodies of the real thing. not any more, writes Jamie Goode.

New shoots

08 February, 2018

Finally getting its own craft segment, vodka is taking cues from wine and championing the terroir of its base as a flavour provider. Shay Waterworth grows the theory.

Austrian wine harvest up +36%

06 February, 2018

The Austrian wine harvest is estimated to be coming in at 2.6m hectoliters, a staggering +36% up on 2016 and +23% above the five-year average.

LVMH buys into Colgin Cellars

23 November, 2017

Ann Colgin, founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have sold a 60% stake in the Napa Valley winery.

Distell, the leading South African wine producer, has appointed a new head winemaker who is also a marketing specialist.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

11 October, 2017

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

The Australian wine industry wants to exploit the Chinese market after its imports to the US were valued less than that of New Zealand.

The UK’s wine industry will plant one million vines this year with popularity forcing the industry to launch a new competition in recognition.

Graham Norton’s wine brand GN Sauvignon Blanc has been made available in Tesco supermarkets in the UK and Kroger stores in the US.

Accolade Wines CEO Michael East has retired following a decision to withdraw the company from an initial public offering process.

Nearly $500,000 was raised at the Pinot Noir Barrel Auction, a trade-only showcase of rare wines hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA).

Casella Family Brands has bought the vineyards, winery, current stock and trademark from Shaw Family Vintners.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust will host the first WSET Week USA from May 1-7, 2017.

Torres has returned to the number one slot in Drinks International’s ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ survey.

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show will return to London in February 2018 for trade professionals to source private and commercial suppliers.

VINEXPO will address the key Brexit issues facing the wine and spirits industry at its 2017 wine show in France on June 20.

Forecasts for future growth in wine and spirits consumption to 2020 show the Americas and Asia Pacific are the countries to concentrate on, according to recent IWSR research.

Chilean Authorities have confirmed that fires in heavily forested regions of the south of the country have extended to vineyard sites.

Vinexpo has unveiled a new initiative - Vinexpo Explorer, the purpose of which is to bring wine buyers face-to-face with suppliers in a specific region or country.

Antoine Moueix Properties, a subsidiary of the major French wine producer Advini, has announced the purchase of approximately 400 hectares of vineyards on both the right and left banks of Bordeaux.

Vinisud goes annual

30 November, 2016

Vinisud, the French wine trade exhibition that showcases wines from around the Mediterranean, is going to be an annual event.

The Codorníu Raventós group has made Diego Pinilla its new chief winemaker.

The board of of leading Chilean wine producer Viña Santa Rita has made Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán its new chairman. Arturo Claro Fernández has been appointed vice chairman.

Austria's wine export revenues in 2015 declined for the first time in eight years.

German wine drinkers are becoming more interested in wine, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

Dates for the second Willamette: Pinot Noir Barrel Auction have been announced. The event takes place on March 31 and April 1, 2017

Napa Valley Vintners, which represents 525 Napa Valley wineries, has added two more countries, Korea and Singapore, to its list of places that have agreed to respect the Napa Valley name related to the sale and production of wine.

Both side of the Andes have been affected by untimely rain this year producing one of the most ‘oenologically challenging’ vintages in recent times, particularly in Chile, according to Santa Rita Estates’ director of vitiviniculture Eduardo Alemparte.

The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest has finished, with high quality fruit being picked across the country, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Major South African drinks producer, Distell, has confirmed a three-year sponsorship of the Africa-based Team Dimension Data Qhubeka cycle racing team.

There is an astonishing level of consumer confusion in an increasingly proliferated wine industry, according to wine consultant Mike Paul.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association will announce on Tuesday that Britain’s wine trade has more than doubled in the last decade.

Denbies Wine Estate will be exhibiting at the London Wine Fair 2016 for the first time. 

English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber has announced the launch of its second Tillington Single Vineyard vintage. 

Only about 8% of wine farms in South Africa make money, according to a leading winemaker from the Rainbow Nation

Organisers from London Wine Fair 2016 have announced there will be over 400 grape varieties showcased at the event.

Kingsland Drinks will showcase a new portfolio at London Wine Fair 2016 this month after completing its strategic integration of two businesses. 

Côtes du Rhône Wines exports have increased worldwide due to rising consumer confidence in the quality of the wines, according to the latest figures.

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 is set to attract 1,300 wine and spirit exhibitors from more than 35 countries worldwide to the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 May.

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