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.

Cult Wines, global wine investment advisor, has announced the opening of a new Singapore office as it continues to increase investment among local and regional-based clients.

Drinks International’s The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands survey will be hosting the inaugural Awards party during the week of Prowein in Dusseldorf.

According to WineGB, wine producers across the UK are hailing 2018 ‘the harvest of the century’ following a record-breaking summer due to unusually hot climates.

A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine has set a new record after selling for US$558,000 at auction at Sotheby's in New York. Picture credit Sotherby's.

Drinks International has announced the inaugural World’s Most Admired Wine Brands awards ceremony, which will take place during Prowein 2019.

Capewine 2018 attracted a record 2,414 visitors from 66 different countries, which is 27% more visitors than the previous event held in 2015.

Piper-Heidsieck has the appointed 30-year-old Émilien Boutillat as the new cellar master of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.

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).

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.

Wines of South Africa non-executive chair, Carina Gous (pictured) told a packed auditorium at Cape 2018's opening seminar that profitability was a “huge, huge challenge” with many farmers giving up growing vines.

The harvest of the northern sector of the Rhône Valley has occurred prior to the southern sector due to favourable weather.

Tutelary Consortium for Prosecco DOC is anticipating strong productions for the Italian sparkling wine after near to perfect conditions continue.

Hubert de Billy of Champagne Pol Roger has been appointed as the new president of Primum Familiae Vini.

The official start of the harvest for Federweisser, a partially fermented, yeasty wine, in Lörzweiler, Germany begun on 6 August, the earliest start date on record.

Accolade Wines has announced it will be investing more than £1m in South African wine brand Kumala with a new brand creative entitled ‘Keep it Kolourful’.

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

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