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.

Dan Townsend of Treasury Wine Estates is the new chairman of the Benevolent. 

Accolade wines has teamed up with Two Dogs founder Dave Pahl to unveil a non-alcohol Tisane-infused sparkling drink. 

A spirits portfolio is not complete without a champagne brand.  

The Mau and Dirkzwager families have sold Chateau Preuillac in Bordeaux's Medoc to an anonymous Chinese buyer.

Casella Family Brands (CFB), producers of the Australian wine brand Yellow Tail, has announced that it has acquired full ownership of Peter Lehmann Wines (PLW).

New research from Wine Intelligence suggests over-65s are most likely to spend less than £5 a bottle on wine for a celebration. 

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the fundraising initiative that raised R7 million (€500,000)  for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event, has announced the 34 auction lots for the 2015 event.

The Chapel Down Nebuchadnezzar is now on sale at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. 

UK wine sector splits

02 December, 2014

A two-class wine market is emerging in the UK as some wine drinkers splash out and others are increasingly drawn to hard discounters, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

Master of wine Laura Jewell is leaving Tesco to become Wine Australia’s regional director for Europe including the UK following the untimely death of Yvonne May.

Wines of South Africa’s major trade show, Cape 2015 is to be sponsored for the first time by express logistics company, DHL Express.

A trend towards sobriety among younger drinkers and increased regulatory pressure could reduce wine sales of the future, according to Barry Clark of Future Foundation.

The Millennial consumer group represents a misunderstood and largely untapped market, according to Tyler Balliet, a speaker at Wine Vision 2014.

International expansion is not necessary for wine businesses to develop, according to speakers at Wine Vision 2014.

Casella Family Brands, producers of the major Australian wine brand Yellow Tail, is set to buy Peter Lehmann Wines.

Spanish wine comes of age

13 November, 2014

The Spanish wine industry is finally coming of age, according to an experienced observer and operator.

Rhône wine brand Les Dauphins is running a social media campaign in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need charity appeal.

Great Wine Capitals’ winners

11 November, 2014

The Great Wine Capitals' has announced the winners of its 'International Best Of Wine Tourism' awards.

Fine wine and luxury spirit retailer Le Clos has unveiled the ‘most complete and unique’ collection of Penfolds Grange. 

Wines of South Africa (Wosa) has opened a third international office, in Hong Kong.

Bibendum and PLB merge

29 October, 2014

Bibendum Wine has announced that it will merge with drinks importer PLB Group. The union of the two UK drinks companies will form The Bibendum PLB Group.

English wine producer Chapel Down has registered a record yield this year, harvesting enough grapes to produce almost a million bottles of wine.

McWilliam’s Wines Group has announced it is 100% family owned after purchasing shares held by E&J Gallo. 

Australian Grape and Wine Authority have announced the appointment of Stuart Barclay as market development general manager. 

Noilly Prat is enjoying growth for the first time in around seven years because of growing demand for vermouth from bartenders, according to brand owner Bacardi. 

Champagne Canard-Duchêne has announced a 2.54% volume increase between January and July 2014. 

Yealands Family Wines of New Zealand -  a leading sustainable winemaker - has appointed Helen MacFarlane as its new business development manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

Chapel Down, the market leader in English wines and beers, has completed its equity crowdfunding offer in 24 days by raising the maximum allowable amount of £3.95m and achieving a new world record in the process.

The Wine Fusion has launched a mulled wine version of its Pig in a Poke ahead of the winter season. 

Kingsland, the specialist UK fillers, packers and bulk wine shippers has added FirstCape and Distell to its South African portfolio, as part of a strategic partnership with wine brand builders, Brandphoenix.

Despite a challenging year Siobhan Thompson, CEO Wines of South Africa (Wosa) is optimistic that South African wines are on the up.

Santa Rita Estates (SRE) has announced that the new CEO of the group will be Andrés Lavados, who has replaced Silvio Rostagno.

Agnes and Hermann Seifried, from Nelson’s Seifried Estate winery, have  beeen inducted as fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers, one of the New Zealand wine industry’s greatest acknowledgements.

The wine trade is in mourning after Wine Australia’s UK/Europe Regional Director Yvonne May lost her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and passed away on Friday, aged 53.

Les Vignes Olivier Decelle has released the Maury Sec, Mas Amiel 2012.

Distell has announced the addition of a new wine range - 56  Hundred - to its Nederburg wine portfolio. 

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