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

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.

Australian Vintage has launched Vinni, a wine-based sparkling drink intended to be drunk in a pint glass.

The 2012 vintage is down more than 20% in places, but the Kiwis are happy to try to strike a balance between demand and supply. Christian Davis reports

The House Janneau has released some limited edition armagnacs, called the Dragon Vintages.

Seven Islands Vintage is described as a luxury single malt scotch whisky bringing together the best of India and Scotland.

William Grant has released Glenfiddich’s first-ever vatted ‘vintage reserve’, the 1974 Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve which the company claims was selected by a global panel of 16 experts.

Australian wine producer Australian Vintage (AVL) has hailed the 2012 vintage from the Sunraysia and the Riverland wine region as ‘exceptional’ and one of the best in the past two decades.

Australian Vintage has recruited the senior buyer of one of the UK’s major multiple retailers.

Dom Pérignon has announced the global launch of its 2003 vintage, the champagne house’s first since last year's 2002 release. 

Penfolds has launched Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz to global markets, the first release of the ‘special bin’ since 1966.

Inver House Distillers yesterday announced the global release of Balblair vintages 1992 and '01 from the newly-opened visitor centre at the brand's Highland distillery.

A de Fussigny Cognac has announced the launch of four new vintage expressions at Vinexpo in Bordeaux.

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G H Mumm has released its 2002 vintage champagne to the UK and Italy.

McWilliam’s winery has won Best White Wine at the invitation only Tri Nations Wine Challenge. The contest featured wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The winery won Best White Wine of Show Trophy and Best Other White trophy for its flagship 2005 McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon.

Old Forester has released the 2010 expression of its vintage-dated “Birthday Bourbon”. The drink was released in honour of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Louisville-based Brown-Forman and Old Forester. First launched eight years ago to commemorate Brown’s Birthday on September 2, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a limited-edition bourbon which is released annually.

Highland Park has launched the third bottling from the distillery’s Orcadian Vintage Series - a 1970 Vintage.

Following a 2009 announcement that it would be moving its non-vintage and vintage cuvées to brown bottles, Roederer has started to roll out Brut Premier in brown bottles.

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes, 19,000 tonnes smaller than the 2009 crop and in line with the pre-harvest forecast.

Highland Park has released four new whiskies exclusive to global travel retail.

Denmark: Carlsberg has launched Vintage 3 – the third in an exclusive beer trilogy.


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