The date and timings of the memorial service to celebrate the life of Michael Cox, the former European head of Wines of Chile who died on March 20, will take place on April 10.

US wine exports, 90% from California, reached a record high $1.55 billion in winery revenues in 2013, up 16.4% compared to the previous year, according to the Wine Institute of California.

Napa auction raises US$5.9m

24 February, 2014

The Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) 18th annual Premiere Napa Valley made history by bringing in a total of $5.9 million, nearly doubling the previous record of $3.1m raised in 2012.

Chilean wine producer Vina Cono Sur is to be the solo wine sponsor at the Tour de France 2014 for its 3 opening stages in the UK.

Michael Cox has died

21 February, 2014

Michael Cox, a well known figure in the UK wine and spirits trade and latterly European director at Wines of Chile, has died.

The Consejo Regulador of Rioja (Wines from Rioja) has announced that Rioja sales have reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing the all-time record set before the global economic downturn.

French-speaking Canadians are becoming more open-minded about drinking their country’s domestic wines, according to Wine Intelligence research.

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg consortium has launched its website in Chinese.

Marian Kopp has been recruited by German wine cooperative Lauffener Weingärtner as its president and managing director

The New Zealand owned winery has bought a 41-hectare property in the sought-after Gimblett Gravels sub-region in Hawkes Bay.

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the Champagne brands moving through their bars.

Vinexpo Bordeaux “should be the Cannes Film Festival of the drinks world”, according to the wine show’s CEO Guillaume Deglise.

China, including Hong Kong, is now the largest market for red wine, according to a survey commissioned by Vinexpo the Bordeaux-based exhibition company.

New Burgundian chiefs

23 January, 2014

Claude Chevalier and Louis-Fabrice Latour are the new president and co-president of the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), the generic body representing the Burgundy wine region.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust's international Wine Educator of the Year is the Asia Wine Service & Education Centre, Hong Kong (AWSEC).

Two Paddocks, the New Zealand wine producer owned by actor, Sam Neill, has bought a fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn.

Espaco Porto Cruz, the multimedia exhibition for contemporary Portuguese culture by young artists, has won the Best of Wine Tourism Award for the area of Porto, Portugal.

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has announced that it has secured certification mark protection for the Napa valley wine region in both Australia and Taiwan.

John Ratcliffe, the former head of Seagram UK and a driving force behind the once innovative specialist UK off licence chain, Oddbins, has been appointed CEO of Accolade Wines.

Global warming will “turn the sparkling wine world upside down”, turning the style from a northern to a southern hemisphere product, according to Dr Richard Smart.

Champagne houses and supermarkets must take equal responsibility for overly discounted Champagne in the UK, according to Nicolas Feuillatte's commercial director.

The Indian wine market is “bewildering” “frustrating” and “political” but also a “huge opportunity” for wine producers, says a panel of leading experts.

Wine Vision: China uncovered

20 November, 2013

Wine sales growth in China can be found if the country's drinking culture, diverse regions and consumer groups are better understood and if e-commerce is utilised, according to Chinese industry professionals.

Opportunities for wine sales in South Africa will be limited until black consumers start to drink more wine, according to a panel of South African wine industry experts.

Viña Concha y Toro, Chile’s leading wine producer, was named as one of the top three organisations contributing to managing climate change at the annual Chilean ‘Leading Companies in Climate Change Management Awards’. 

The US West Coast wine regions of California, Oregon and Washington State are to collaborate in 2014 for their UK annual tastings. 

Accolade Wines has announced it will buy New Zealand brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group.

Piper-Heidsieck unveiled its 2006 vintage to the UK market yesterday.

Drinks International has launched the third edition of the Wine Tourism Awards, the global competition that recognises excellence, innovation and creativity in the booming wine tourism sector.

The Fat Duck’s Loic Avril has been named Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2013 International Young Sommelier of the Year.

Winemakers in parts of the Roussillon are facing up to a diminished 2013 vintage after wild boar and Spring-time deluges took a large bite out of their grape yield.

Guillaume Deglise has been appointed CEO of Vinexpo, replacing the show’s founder Robert Beynat.

Jackson Estate’s founder John Stichbury and winemaker Matt Patterson Green have claimed Marlborough will emerge as New Zealand’s premier Pinot Noir region, on par, or even ahead of Central Otago.

London’s first ever winery has announced that it has rejected seven tonnes of French grapes due to their poor condition.

The SPI Group has announced that that it is looking to grow its global wine portfolio.

Dearie leaves Treasury

23 September, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced that CEO David Dearie, has left.

Laithwaite’s, the UK subsidiary of global mail order wine business Direct Wines, has two new wine buyers.

New WOSA chief

19 September, 2013

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has announced that Siobhan Thompson, formerly Distell's global head of marketing, as its new CEO.

The Champagne Bureau has announced that Tim Hall is the 2013 UK Champagne Ambassador.

New Errázuriz CEO

13 September, 2013

Viña Errázuriz’ has announced that Andrés Izquierdo is its new CEO, including its Viña Caliterra and Viña Seña subsidiaries.

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