The Consejo Regulador de la DOCa Rioja has submitted to pressure and brought in new designations for smaller producers and individual vineyard owners.

UK supermarket chain Asda has appointed a ‘sommeasier’ to simplify the language on wine labels making it easier for consumer to choose a wine.

Sparkling wine sales in the UK grew 12% last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) wine report for 2017.

Moët Hennessy-owned champagne brand, Dom Pérignon has partnered up with delivery company Thirstie in the US to boost distribution.

The New Zealand Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act has come into force today giving better protection to 18 of the country’s wine regions.

BI wine and spirits merchant has seen total sales increase by 43% to more than £50m in the first half of 2017, of which Asia accounted for 50%.

British talk show host Graham Norton has launched a new vintage for 2017 with New Zealand wine makers Invivo Wines.

Pierre-Henry Gagey, president at Louis Jadot, has announced the acquisition of Burgundian estate, Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay.

The Bolney Wine Estate has won ‘Winery of the Year’ at the inaugural UK Wine Awards, led by Wine Producers’ Julia Trustram Eve and members of the EWP and UK Vineyards Association.

May de Lencquesaing has been awarded the lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) following her 40 year career.

May de Lencquesaing has been awarded the lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) following her 40 year career.

The two organisations within the UK winesector, United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers, have voted to merge to become one single industry body.

Spain, which claims to be the world’s biggest exporter of wine by volume, needs to add value to both bottled and bulk sales.

Mobile wine app Vivino has discovered that the number of English wines being reviewed has increased by 83% since 2015.

Majestic Wine has appointed Cat Lomax as its new head buyer,taking over from Matt Pym, who has left the company.

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) and Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) have hired Morgen McLaughlin as executive director following the retirement of Sue Horstmann.

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

New Zealand wine producer Jackson Estate has officially opened its new Pinot Noir winery in Marlborough.

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild met with Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup at the Mouton Cadet Wine Cellar to celebrate the wine’s partnership with the famous yacht race.

Julia Sewell from celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's restauraunt, The Fat Duck has won the UK Ruinart Challenge 2017.

For the first time English sparkling wine has climbed two places to become Britain’s fourth bestselling fizz, offloading 3.5m bottles to UK markets in 2016.

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has launched its 2017/18 wine portfolio, which has reacted to the continued popularity of prosecco.

New Zealand-based winery, Invivo Wines will now offer its three most popular wines in the US market.

A new initiative called Winefinder has been set up to rival beverage retailers with large amounts of pre-existing data that dominate the online eccomerce space.

1752 Signature Vins will show a selection of wines at this year’s London Wine Fair alongside UK partner and distributor Free Run Wines.

The Mouton Cadet Wine Bar will be open for two weeks during the 70th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.

The US wine region of Temecula has been heavily invested in by Chinese businessmen due to its close proximity to LA, Orange County and San Diego.

New Zealand wine producer Cloudy Bay has partnered with J Class yachts in the UK to act as the fleet’s principal partner at the America’s Cup.

Hannah Tovey will replace Ross Carter as head of the London Wine Fair after the show takes place at the end of this month.

Champagne Castelnau has targeted a younger audience of champagne drinkers as the Reims-based house enters its second century.

Californian wine sales equalled 285m cases in 2016 with US sales and exports reaching a retail value of $34.1bn, according to Wine Institute.

Four new Cape Wine Masters have graduated from the Cape Wine Academy bringing the total number of wine masters in South Africa to 100.

Christie’s Wine Department will host an auction of rare vintages of Rhône & Champagne from Dom Pérignon, Krug and Salon in three Single Owner Collections on 26-27 May in Hong Kong.

Vinexpo Bordeaux and the London Wine Fair have both committed to addressing the potential market-threatening effects of Brexit by hosting industry debates.

New Zealand wine exports to the US have surpassed $500m for the first time, an increase of 11% within the last year.

Champagne Taittinger has become the first Grande Marque champagne house to grow vines in the UK with ambitions to produce English sparkling wine.

Concha y Toro has released a new label design for its Casillero del Diablo Reserva range which is one of the UK’s top five selling wine brands.

The vineyard of US president Donald Trump was beaten 7-0 in a ‘Judgement of Our Time’ wine tasting event against a variety of Californian wine estates.

Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate has begun planting 38,000 vines on its 500 acre site in the south of England.

Bordeaux wine producer Château Malartic-Lagravière has paired up with Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno to host 1,500 industry experts for the Fête de la Fleur at VINEXPO.

A new documentary film about the southern hemisphere wine harvest will preview on Monday, 22 May at this year’s London Wine Fair. 

Champagne Lanson is set to launch an organic champagne at the Wimbledon tennis championships in July.

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.

French wine group Maisons & Domaines Henriot has taken majority ownership of Beaux Frères Vineyard in the US.

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

Free Run Wines has become the first independent UK wine importer to gain certification to the British Retail Consortium.

English winery Bolney Wine Estate has reacted to increased demand for its wine in export markets by expanding its team.

Changyu Pioneer, the giant Chinese wine producer, has signalled its intention to buy wine producers in Australia and Chile.

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).

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