Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex, England is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the opening of a new winery at the estate. 

Champagne is a category in which brand reputation has a key role. Its expense clearly plays a part in consumers' brand loyalty - creating a reluctance to experiment with lesser-known brands as they might in the craft-spun worlds of beer and gin, for example.

Brands Report 2020: Sherry

28 January, 2020

That 90% of our sample of the world’s best bars say they stock sherry goes some way to explain the renewed importance of this Spanish fortified in the modern cocktail bar.

Brands Report 2020: Vermouth

28 January, 2020

Manhattan, Martini, Martinez... the list of reasons to reach into the fridge for vermouth are many, and never has the bartender had such a choice.

England Rugby has extended its partnership with Champagne Bollinger as their official champagne supplier for a further five-years. 

Symington Family Estates will celebrate its 200th anniversary of Graham’s Port and the 350th anniversary of Warre’s Port.

Spanish wine brand Ramón Bilbao has exceeded its targets on sustainability in both its winery and vineyards.

A page has turned in Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf has passed.

Wine Source Group has announced the increase of private equity firm Saphir Capital's shareholding to a new majority stake of 51% in the business.

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has claimed 2019 as a “tipping point” for Georgian wine exports to the UK, with record sales and new distribution agreements nationwide.

A joint venture between Kingsland Drinks and Indian wine producer Soul Tree has brought the first shipment of bulk wine from India to the UK.

A GlobalData representative has claimed the threat of 100% US tariffs on champagne could be critical to the exports of powerful champagne houses.

The Consortium for the Protection of the Prosecco Denomination of Origin (Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC) is celebrating 10 years of success.

The Cava DO is seeking to redefine itself to claw back the middle ground in sparkling wine, between champagne at the top end and prosecco at entry level.

Romanian wine producer Cramele Recas has predicted a record harvest for 2019 with almost 30,000 tonnes of grapes.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced a three-year deal with The Wine Show to be its official wine education partner.

Co-op and Taylor’s have joined forces to fund a reforestation project in the Douro Valley through the sales of port this Christmas.

Spanish winery Murviedro has released Vallejo Avenas Chardonnay 2018, made from grapes of a single plot in the municipality of Venta del Moro, with D.O. Utiel Requena.

Yealands appoints new CEO

12 November, 2019

Leading New Zealand wine producer, Yealands Wine Group, has announced the appointment of Tiffani Graydon as CEO.

Brand Australia has got its mojo back, so says Neil McGuigan, the mercurial CEO of Australian Vintage, which owns McGuigan Wines.

After a few tough years due to drought, South Africa is coming back, according to the founder and chairman of the Premium Independent Wines of South Africa.

Taylor’s has launched a new Historic Limited Edition across the UK market in the run up to Christmas.

Wine brand Trapiche has been named Argentina’s Most Awarded Winery by World Ranking Wines & Spirits.

Taylor’s port has launched a new digital campaign to promote the “conviviality and versatility” of port in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. has announced a high quality harvest for 2019 - the first under its new recognition from UNESCO.

Rioja harvest report 2019

24 October, 2019

The 2019 harvest in the Rioja DOCa saw approximately 385m kg of grapes harvested, of which 342m kg were red.

Major French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has bought Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils near Chablis.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger will step down from the family business and allow his daughter Vitalie Taittinger to become president of Taittinger Champagne from 31 December 2019.

President of the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, Olivier Cuvelier, was in London this September at a selected tasting of the new Official Selection of Crus Bourgeois wines from the 2017 vintage.

Pernod Ricard has announced that Laurent Fresnet, currently head winemaker at Champagne Henriot, will be G.H. Mumm’s new chef de cave.

Obituary: Ian Symington

20 September, 2019

It is with deep regret that the Symington family announces the death of Ian Symington, a leading figure in the Port trade for nearly 50 years.

The Wine & Spirits Education Trust marked its 50th anniversary this week with the first ever global WSET Wine Education Week.

English Sparkling Wine brand Black Chalk has secured investment from two new backers alongside additional investment from the current directors and an EU fund.

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

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced that New Zealand Winegrowers, has become a bronze corporate patron.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has reported its highest ever annual candidate figures for the last academic year.

US investment firm Fortress has confirmed the planned purchase of the UK wine retailer Majestic Wine including the company’s stores, website, headquarters, on-trade and French divisions.

The Symington family has announced that their business has become a B Corp based on its social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.

Veuve Clicquot has announced that Didier Mariotti, former G.H. Mumm head winemaker who left the Pernod Ricard house in September last year, has been lined up to take over from Dominique Demarville.

Veuve Clicquot has appointed Didier Mariotti as its new cellar master, effective from August 26.

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.

The new Escudo Rojo range launched by Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile at Vinexpo Bordeaux earlier this year has targeted more specific Chilean terroir, according to managing director Emmanuel Riffaud.

Bottega Spa owner Sandro Bottega believes that prosecco is set to enter a new era of premiumisation.

The Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) has announced the acquisition of champagne house Henri Abelé, which has been part of the Freixenet Group since 1985.

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.

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