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.

Marqués de la Concordia Family of Wines is to celebrate its bicentenary birthday with two additions to their range of Cavas, a limited edition Marques de la Concordia Gran Reserva and a Blanc de Blancs.

Cross party MPs agreed the current and potential success of the UK wine industry is far-reaching and urged greater support from government at a debate yesterday.

Conviviality Retail has entered into a supply agreement with Palmer and Harvey McLane, one of the UK’s leading delivered wholesalers.

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust will open WSET Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, its first international office, in response to high demand for wine and spirit education in China.

The English Wine Producers has announced that the harvest is now underway in the UK and growers are optimistic about the vintage.

Chilean and Argentinian wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership in a bid to become the UK’s top specialist importer of premium South American wines. 

Chapel Down to launch in the US

19 September, 2016

England’s leading winemaker, Chapel Down has announced that it is launch in the US, partnering with luxury wine and spirit company, ABCK Corp.

AdVini buys Ken Forrester

14 September, 2016

AdVini, the major southern French wine producer, has bought a majority shareholding in Ken Forrester’s Forrester Vineyards in South Africa.

New KWV chief winemaker

09 September, 2016

KWV, the large South African wine and brandy producer, has announced the appointment of Wim Truter as its new chief winemaker.

Leading French wine supplier Les Grands Chais de France has created a dedicated division in response to the growing demand for alternative beverages and low-alcohol wines. 

Mateus launches its first app

08 September, 2016

Portuguese wine brand Mateus has launched its first app, Mateus Perfect Serve. 

New Zealand’s wine industry is on track to reach its target of $2 billion of exports by 2020, according to chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers, Steve Green.

The California Wine Institute has moved to allay fears that it is withdrawing support from the UK market, following the announcement that it is to close this regional office.

It has been announced that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California in London, is closing.

Wine Australia, the generic body for the Australian wine industry, has announced that the value of exports grew by 11%, driven by bottled exports, particularly at higher price points, from July 2015 to June 2016.

Michel de Bustros, founder and CEO of Château Kefraya has died. He was 87.

Two leading figures in the UK wine trade are hoping that the UK leaving the European Union could bring back the imperial pint for champagne.

Almost half of Chinese imported wine drinkers purchase wine online, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

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

Jackson Family Wines has made Warren Adamson its new sales director Europe.

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.

Delicato Family Vineyards, a worldwide exporter of California wines. has announced a partnership with ASC Fine Wines, a leading distributor of imported wines in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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.

Champagne Bollinger has discovered some ‘reserve wines’ that date back to the latter part of the nineteenth century.

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.

English wine producer Bolney Wine Estate has been selected to be on the menu at the Wimbledon tennis championships for a second year running.

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

The regulatory board for Spain’s sparkling wine, cava, has announced a new premium classification for cavas made with grapes from an exceptional estate or terroir.

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

Speaking ahead of its new marketing campaign, Enchanting life, Olivier Legrand has told Drinks International the world's third largest champagne brand sacrificed sales in the short term to protect its future.

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

Aimé Guibert RIP

16 May, 2016

Aimé Guibert, the founder and winemaker of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, passed away on Saturday May 14, aged 91.

Amorim, the world’s leading maker of natural cork stoppers, claims to have achieved a major technological breakthrough.

Master of wine Tim Atkin believes the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is the best since 2010 but says it is nevertheless mixed.

The Champagne Academy has celebrated its 60th anniversary and launched the 2016 programme of its annual trip to Champagne next month (June).

English Wine production in 2015 was still the second highest volume recorded despite cool conditions and smaller grapes, according to latest Wine Standards Branch figures. 

Kingsland Drinks is launching a sweet-shop inspired range of fusion wines to capitalise on the demand for fusion drinks.

Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan has joined forces with Hunter Valley-born TV presenter and chef John Torode to create a Pinot Noir Rosé.

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. 

The Esporão and Save Tua Platform launched the “Last Days of Tua” campaign in March this year in order to raise the public’s awareness towards the end of The Foz Tua dam  - which will lead to coastal erosion - and the effect on the region’s wine production.

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

Exton Park has announced the launch of a 100% Pinot Meunier Rose, which, the producer claims is the first of its kind in England.

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.

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