Portuguese wine company Sogrape Vinhos is to switch its Mateus Rosé from green glass to clear bottles this summer. 

Wine Australia and the Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust are searching for the next big name in hospitality.

The leading French cooperative wine group, Val d'Orbieu-UCCOAR, has unveiled a new name, Vinadeis, and announced a strategic partnership with France’s number one French agricultural cooperative group.

Leading New Zealand winery, Villa Maria, has announced that Alastair Maling is leaving after more than 12 years.

Hambledon Vineyard, the English sparkling wine producer, has successfully raised its £2.75 million through crowdfunding.

Kleine Zalze said the South African winemaking industry is “as vibrant as any” and the “sky is the limit” in terms of quality. 

Mendoza winery Salentein are in talks with Argentinean authorities to create a new GI for San Pablo in Mendoza.

Casella Family Brands’ Yellowtail has reached one million nine-litre case sales in Great Britain during 2014/15. 

The drinks industry needs to get better at listening to consumers, according to Neil Anderson, marketing director at Kingsland.

The rise in prosecco has made Australian Vintage rethink its sparkling wine offering, according to CEO Neil McGuigan.

52% of prosecco drinkers in the UK regard the Italian fizz as ‘very good value for money’, more than twice the figure for champagne, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for further Government help for the UK wine sector.

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur is the official wine of the legendary road cycle event and one of the world’s great sporting spectacles, Le Tour de France.

Kingsland Drinks has bought UK drinks supplier Bottle Green from DCC Food & Beverage UK.

One million bottles of Kumala wine will carry an instant win competition neck collarettes in its 10,000 prize giveaway.

The 2015 Wine Industry Directory publishers say the new 2015 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory has 103 new Australian wine producers but for the first time in three decades has shown a net loss in the number of producers.

London wine agency Barwell & Jones has invited London Wine Fair visitors to come and fix a leaf to a tree on their stand.

Online shopping for wine in Germany is closing the gap on shops and supermarkets, but regular wine drinkers still by far prefer the real world to the digital one, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

Owners of Ornellaia, the Super Tuscan Italian wine brand, has raised €202,700 for the Foundation Beyeler art museum in Basel.

The state of California is suffering its fourth year of severe drought. The governor has recently imposed the state's first mandatory water restrictions, affecting nearly 40 million people. Farmers, business owners, and residents will be forced to cut their usage by 25%.

Drinks International editor, Christian Davis, is pictured presenting DI’s The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand award plaque to Torres general manager, Miguel Torres Maczassek.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in international trade.

The new management team at Nicolas Feuillatte has targeted the improvement of the brand’s reputation as a "prestige" Champagne, despite it now selling in record volumes.

Marketing took centre stage at the third Drinks International wine awards in as many months, Holly Motion reports on the Wine Marketing Awards.

In the April edition of the magazine Drinks International published the results of its inaugural Wine Design Awards, Christian Davis reports. 

The Brazilian market offers massive potential for domestic and overseas wine producers  – but economic and political pressures could blow growth off course, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

The New Zealand Cellar, the online wine company, is launching a crowd funding project to raise £35,000 for its first retail shop.

The two Spanish wine regions have come together to raise awareness of their wines in the all-important US market.

Casillero del Diablo, the global Chilean wine brand, has announced that its Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is the best selling Cabernet Sauvignon in the UK off trade*.

The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence or Vins de Provence has announced the 2014 vintage as 1,385,500 hectolitres across the Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence appellations.

The Netherlands is emerging from a long economic hiatus, and is slowly dragging the wine market back into positive territory, thanks in no small part to Prosecco.

Champagne Deutz is the sponsor of the Court of Master Sommeliers for the next three years.

The Skin Côntact concert last Monday (March 9) at Vinopolis in London raised more than £10,000 for charity, the organisers have estimated.

ProWein: The Preview

11 March, 2015

Drinks International brings you a complete 11-page guide to ProWein 2015, which runs 15-17 March.

Wines Unearthed

10 March, 2015

Wines Unearthed is a new feature at this year’s London Wine Fair. It is dedicated to global wine producers seeking UK representation.

Portuguese wines are starting to grow as the country shows signs of recovery, according to Esporão CEO João Roquette. 

The Queen will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia in Southampton, on Tuesday (March 10) with English sparkling wine from Wiston Estate.

The London Wine Fair 2015 will “lead” the wine show world for education and content, according to its organiser.

Champagne shipments edged 0.7% ahead on last year, after exports to the UK and US counteracted a decline in France, according to Comite Champagne.

Torres has retained its title of the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand for 2015.

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has announced that 112 wines have been selected as its ambassador wines for 2015.

Anivan de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has announced that 112 wines have been selected as its ambassador wines for 2015.

Parker gives up en primeurs

26 February, 2015

Robert Parker, probably the world’s most influential wine critic, has announced that he is giving up tasting and judging Bordeaux en primeur wines.

Sparkling wine consumption in the US is growing, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Vina Cono Sur, the major Chilean wine brand part of the Concha y Toro stable of brands, is the official wine of the Tour de France in the UK in 2015 and for the following two years.

Management changes at Yalumba

04 February, 2015

The Australian wine producer Yalumba, which claims to be Australia’s oldest family owned winery established in 1849, has announced senior management changes.

Chapel Down expands

04 February, 2015

Chapel Down Group plc has announced that it has completed two long term land leases increasing the total under lease by 181 acres to 326 acres (73/131 hectares). 

The global wine market is predicted to grow by 3.7% by 2018, according to research by the IWSR, commissioned by Vinexpo.

The move to new halls will allow fresh ideas and innovation in the wine sector, according to the Prowein organisers.

José Madrazo, a driving force in Rioja and co-founder of the Conino winery, has died.

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