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.

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.

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 January for trade professionals to source private and commercial suppliers.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced that Tom King will be its new managing director Europe, effective immediately.

Accolade Wines has announced the appointment of Ade McKeon as its new general manager for the UK & Ireland, effective immediately.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Bordeaux wine brand Mouton Cadet, unveiled its special  cuvée for the 35th America’s Cup yacht race, which will be held in Bermuda from May.

The DOCa Rioja Control Board has launched an official Rioja Wine Educators programme worldwide.

Chilean wine producer, Viña Santa Rita, has announced that it is to partner with COFCO W&W International Co in China.

The generic body for German wines has announced four new Riesling Fellows.

Yealands Wine Group has announced the appointment of Adrian Garforth MW as its new chief executive officer.

Castel, the major French wine producer, has announced it is to start making a Crémant de Bordeaux.

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.

The BIVB, the generic body that represents Burgundy's wine producers and growers, has approved the approve the network of Cités des Vins de Bourgogne project.

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the appointment of Abi Hirshfeld to the position of buying director. 

Boris Becker, the six-time Grand Slam tennis star, has been named as a brand ambassador for Anakena, the new Chilean wine brand in the UK. 

Wines of Chile, the Chilean wine industry’s official trade organisation has chosen Viña Santa Rita as its 2016 winery of the year.

A new competition for English wine which claims to be England’s first wholly independent wine competition has been launched.

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.

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