Trade show heavyweights Comexposium and Vinexpo have now officially joined forces to create a new company called Vinexposium.

UK retailers enjoyed soaring sales of Champagne and sparkling wine as the country basked in warm weather during the four weeks to September 5.

Accolade Wines has acquired the historic Katnook Estate in Coonawarra from Wingara Wine Group.

Australian winemakers look set to receive just $20,000 of the $2 million they are owed after The Wine Society plunged into administration.

A new online resource is dedicated to shining a light on “wine talent in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities”.

English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk has announced plans to set up an office in Tokyo as it bids to crack the Japanese market.

Ramón Bilbao has unveiled a collection of high-quality, single vineyard wines in order to showcase some of the best terroirs from across the Rioja region.

Lebanese wine producer Ixsir is ramping up its focus on exports after the domestic market was hit by a double whammy of hyperinflation and Covid-19.

In America, the beer category has lost volume to wine and spirit in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

A vermouth lover aims to bring finesse and balance to the category with the launch of his small-batch Agora Vermouth.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has reinstated the country’s ban on alcohol sales in a bid to free up beds for Covid-19 patients.

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG produced and sold a record 92 million bottles in 2019 after enjoying a large harvest the previous year.

Spanish producer Chivite has launched a barrel-fermented rosé made from Garnacha grapes sourced from the Legardeta estate in northern Navarra.

Horse Heaven Hills could be the next region from Washington State to take the wine world by storm, according to an industry expert.

A leading English sparkling wine producer has predicted that the county’s production levels will double in the next decade.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced plans to branch out into offering dedicated beer qualifications for the first time.

Wines of South Africa has moved trade show Cape Wine from September 2021 to October 2022 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Norway’s wine and liquor monopoly retailer has reported 28% volume sales growth during the first five months of 2020.

Bordeaux winemakers are pulling out all the stops in a bid to present the trade with an en primeur campaign amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alcoholic beverage sales have remained steady in Finland during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new stats from monopoly retailer Alko.

Scotch whisky producer Jura has kicked off a new series of cask editions by releasing a whisky finished in red wine barriques.

Liquor stores across India reopened this morning after the country moved into a new phase of its coronavirus lockdown.

South African wine producers have been cleared to resume exports after the country’s coronavirus lockdown was eased.

Thailand’s beer, wine and spirits industry has implored the government to lift a ban on alcohol sales during the national state of emergency.

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on the global drinks industry presenting business owners with a formidable set of challenges. Yet for winemakers in Lebanon it represents just another obstacle in a long list of trials and tribulations they have overcome in recent times.

Spanish producer Zamora Company has reported that wine and spirits sales in China have recovered as the country emerges from a sweeping coronavirus lockdown.

South African producers have received permission to export their wine around the world after intensive lobbying efforts over the past week.

Iconic Californian producer Daou Vineyards is ramping up its focus on exports in a bid to put Paso Robles on the international wine map.

Leading online wine retailer Laithwaite’s has assured customers that it will continue to keep them well stocked after demand shot up amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Wine Institute of California has argued that wineries are an “essential business” and should be allowed to maintain operations during a lockdown.

South African drinks giant, KWV, has unveiled what is probably the Rainbow Nation’s first wine made from what is regarded as a Chilean grape variety, Carménère.

Leading South American wine producer Viña Concha y Toro has launched a range of wines, specific to the global travel retail channel.

The historic Nederburg Auction is to become the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction and with it comes changes in location, selection and format.

Publisher Mitchell Beazley has announced that the Eighth Edition of The World Atlas of Wine, will be published in October. price: £45.

Simon Tam, head of wine at auction house, Christie’s Hong Kong, has warned that buyers in the US and Europe will not be able to compete with Asia when it comes to buying top quality wines in the future.

Raise profitability or die

12 September, 2018

That was the somber message from Wines of South Africa’s chairwoman at the opening of Cape 2018 in Cape Town today (September 12).

Prosecco: The sweet spot

22 August, 2018

Prosecco producers are looking for ways to beat the ravages of climate change in the vineyards. Shay Waterworth reports from Italy

With the term ‘sparkling’ gaining credence in wines from England, Canada and Spain, champagne can’t afford to rest on its laurels. Jamie Goode reports

Benchmark Drinks has unveiled a range of wines named after one of England’s greatest cricketers, Ian Botham.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is to be launched in China, owners William Reed has announced.

Eisberg, the alcohol-free wine, is expanding its involvement in cycling by sponsoring this summer’s Tour Of Britain and sponsoring two pro cycling teams, Storey Racing and Canyon Eisberg.

Distell, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of leading fine wines, ciders, spirits and RTDs, has sold its Uitkyk wine farm in Stellenbosch to Warwick Wine Estate

Just three days ago, a trade group representing California’s vintners issued a report showing China was among the top importers of the Golden State’s wine, bringing in almost $79 million worth of U.S. wine last year.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has announced the appointment of Véronique Hombroekx as managing director of its branded wines division.

The no-low science bit

08 February, 2018

Low and no-alcohol wines were once horrible parodies of the real thing. not any more, writes Jamie Goode.

New shoots

08 February, 2018

Finally getting its own craft segment, vodka is taking cues from wine and championing the terroir of its base as a flavour provider. Shay Waterworth grows the theory.

Austrian wine harvest up +36%

06 February, 2018

The Austrian wine harvest is estimated to be coming in at 2.6m hectoliters, a staggering +36% up on 2016 and +23% above the five-year average.

LVMH buys into Colgin Cellars

23 November, 2017

Ann Colgin, founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have sold a 60% stake in the Napa Valley winery.

Distell, the leading South African wine producer, has appointed a new head winemaker who is also a marketing specialist.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

11 October, 2017

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

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