The sale of Majestic Wines is at an “advanced stage” and is expected to be completed over the summer months.

Champagne Taittinger has announced that two years after the first plantings at Domaine Evremond’s vineyard site in Kent, a further 8.5 hectares of vines were planted last month.

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have expressed surprise at the attendance figures for the 39th edition of the show held earlier this week.

Distell has announced Andrea Freeborough as head winemaker having been promoted from the role of cellar master at Paarl winery.

The Santa Rita 120 Arsenal Experience took place at the Emirates Stadium on Friday 10 May to celebrate a “key element” of the brand’s global marketing strategy.

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

Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool is set to host its second edition this May with a new Bordeaux sommelier competition.

The Côtes du Rhône appellation has re-shaped its marketing strategy with the intention to create a consistent and memorable global message that will maintain its international reputation.

This May the wine division of Carlsberg UK, Crown Cellars, will launch its 2019/20 portfolio of more than 500 wines.

Grupo Peñaflor, Argentina’s leading wine producer and exporter, broke its bottled wine exports record in 2018 reaching 68m bottles, equalling 51m liters for a total value of US$174m.

New research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis shows a rapid increase in organic wine in the coming years as consumer sentiment for sustainability and organic products grows.

The Symington family has announced 2017 as a vintage port year, making this the first ever back-to-back general declaration in th winemaker's history.

US wine exports reached $1.47bn in winery revenues and 375m liters (41.7 million cases) in 2018, with more than 90% coming from California.

WineGB has announced that David Parkinson will be stepping down from the role of CEO due to health reasons.

Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest single estate vineyard, is predicted to quadruple its production by the end of the calendar year.

New Zealand Wine Growers has announced that its Pinot Noir NZ 2021 three-day celebration is to be held, or the first time. in Christchurch, on South Island.

French wine giant, the Union des Vignerons des Côtes du Rhône, the most dominant wine producer in the Rhône Valley, is rejuvenating and expanding its Cellier des Dauphins brand.

The Marqués de Cáceres Group has opened Bodegas Finca La Capilla, a winery in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain as part of its international production and distribution strategy.

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis has revealed that global wine consumption is expected to grow by 37.8m cases by 2022 despite a “blip” in Chinese imports.

Vinexpo has announced that it will have appointed a new CEO before its flagship Bordeaux show takes place on its new date in May. 

Australian wine producer Penfolds has risen two places to be named The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2019.

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, will retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

In January, the judges assembled in West London to judge this year’s Drinks Marketing & Wine Design Awards. Here are the results.

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

Latest figures from the UK wine industry revealed a record-breaking harvest for 2018 and a 50% increase in sales both domestic and international, with more land under vine than ever before.

Wine asset manager Cult Wines has appointed Olivier Staub investment director based in the company’s head office in London.

Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines have announced intentions to create a working group of global wineries to reduce CO2 emissions.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has announced that it will be running a ‘roadshow’ for the Level 4 Diploma in Wines across key markets before the new qualification goes live on 1 August 2019.

James Hocking, who was until recently wine director at The Vineyard Cellars, has set up a new Californian-focused wine agency.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced six new masters of wine, from six countries.

The latest Nielsen sales figures show that the combined growth of Chile (+4.1%) and Argentina (+11.2%) have seen South America overtake Italy in value sales of still wine.

Champagne Palmer & Co has unveiled its new winery located close to the House’s Grand and Premier Crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims.

The harvests of major world producers will be represented during the first bulk wine fair in Asia. 

Barefoot wine brand is preparing for continued success in the UK wine market with double-digit growth predicted for 2019.

IWC China open for entries

06 February, 2019

The International Wine Challenge China (IWC China) – the newly-launched sibling to the International Wine Challenge competition– is now open for entries.

Crédit Agricole has decided to sell Bordeaux estates Château Blaignan (Médoc) and Château La Tour de Mons (Margaux) to focus on three others.

Drinks International has named Pol Roger as the World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand in 2019, a magazine which ranks champagne brands from 1-30 based on the votes of the world's top wine experts.

Gerard Basset dies

21 January, 2019

Well known master sommelier and master of wine, Gerard Basset died last week of oesophagael cancer after a two-year battle.

Distell, Africa’s leading wines and spirits producer and marketer is launching Libertas Vineyards and Estates as a new stand-alone company with ownership of all the premium wine brands.

Bolney Wine Estate has announced a merger with neighbouring vineyard Pookchurch to form a 104 acre estate dedicated to increasing the production of premium still English wines.

Babydoll wines from New Zealand will make its debut at the UK annual trade tasting “Flavours of New Zealand” this week, ready to increase its presence in the UK in 2019 in the premium New Zealand sector across all trade channels.

Around 6,800 exhibitors from around the world are expected to take part in the 25th edition of Prowein in Düsseldorf this year.

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced that its mercurial managing director, Wili Klinger, will be leaving at the end of next year.

Organic wine consumption is expected to increase by more than 50% in the UK by 2022, according to research carried out by IWSR.

Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei and Freixenet SA has unveiled a new name and a logo for the holding company, the former Henkell & Co. Group.

The International Bulk Wine Competition, the only competition that recognises the quality of bulk wines from around the world, has awarded five grand gold medals in 2018.

Research from the University of East Anglia has identified the prime areas of the UK for producing quality wine.

The first Vinexpo Shanghai will take place on 23-25 October 2019 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC).

A Guinness World Record for the most expensive port wine sold at auction was set last week with the sale of the first Niepoort in Lalique 1863 decanter.

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added Israeli winery Recanati to its producer portfolio.

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