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Eisberg supports responsible cycling

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.

Uitkyk sale to create more focus for Distell’s wine business

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

Seven Kent wineries join forces to launch the Wine Garden of England

Seven Kentish wineries, Biddenden Vineyards, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond, Gusbourne, Hush Heath Estate, Simpsons Wine Estate and Squerryes, have joined forces to form The Wine Garden of England.

Castelnau releases second prestige cuvée

Champagne Castelnau has launched Hors Catégorie CCF 2067, the second prestige cuvée to be released as part of its premium Hors Catégorie collection.

Advini acquires major stake in Stellenbosch Vineyards

Wine company Advini, owner of L'Avenir, Le Bonheur and majority shareholder in Ken Forrester Vineyards, has acquired a majority share in South African wine brand, Stellenbosch Vineyards for an undisclosed fee.

Croft and Taylor’s announce 2016 vintage

The three port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership; Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s, have each announced 2016 as a vintage year.

Australian wine exports booming in China

Australian wine exports to China (including
 Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 51% for the year to March 2018, totalling $1.04bn – a first for exports to a single country – according to data released by Wine Australia.

Japan champagne exports booming

Japan has overtaken Germany in export volumes of champagne for the first time in history, according to data provided by Comité Champagne.

Rioja launches new global brand identity

Rioja’s DO (The Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa) has launched its new brand identity.

Riffaud: Chile needs premium wine boost

Chilean wine must move for the premium sector in order to retain its growing reputation, according to Emmanuel Riffaud, general manager at Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Maipo Chile.

CA Grands Crus hopeful despite frosts

CA Grands Crus has reported “pockets of real excellence” despite Bordeaux receiving “one of the most dramatic frosts since 1991”.

Symington declares 2016 vintage port year

The Symington family has declared 2016 as a vintage port year, its fourth since 2000.

Accolade take over targets China middle class

Finance experts believe that The Caryle Group’s recent acquisition of Accolade Wines will allow them to capatalise on China’s middle class market.

Charles Sichel: Bordeaux quality greatest ever

Charles Sichel, export director at Maison Sichel believes that the development of world wines has driven the quality of Bordeaux to its greatest quality level in history.

Camel Valley gets a Royal Warrant

Camel Valley, the Cornish wine producer, has been awarded a royal warrant, by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. The warrant has been granted for its English sparkling wines.

Aymeric Pollenne wins Young Sommelier of the Year GB

Aymeric Pollenne has been crowned Young Sommelier of the Year for Great Britain by Chaîne de Rotisseurs at its awards ceremony at the Dorchester, London on 23 March.

China hands US wines 15% tarrifs

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.

New MD for Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s branded wines

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

Rioja releases staggering growth figures

The Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja has announced growth in its foreign markets across 130 countries.

China to overtake UK wine market

China is expected to overtake the UK to become the second most valuable wine market in the world, according to data released by IWSR.

Austrian wine harvest up +36%

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.

Romanian wine sees opportunity in global shortage

Romanian wineries are preparing for a big 2018 due to the lower global production forecast for the year.

Cramele Recas to launch wines at Prowein 2018

Cramele Recas, Romania’s largest winery, will launch a variety of new products at ProWein International Trade Fair, 18-20 March, Düsseldorf, Germany.

VSPT CEO joins Wines of Chile board

The CEO of the VSPT Wine Group, Pedro Herane, has become a new board member for Wines of Chile, the trade association which represents viticultural producers in Chile.

Chris Hancock joins Wine Intelligence

Wine Intelligence has announced the appointment of Chris Hancock as its chairman, following David Scotland’s retirement.

Chinese distiller buys stake in VSPT

Chinese distiller, the Yanghe Distillery Company, has bought a 12.5% stake in the VSPT Wine Group, Chile’s second largest wine producer and exporter.

Henkell on brink of acquiring Cava brand Freixenet

A near 51% share in Catalan sparkling wine brand Freixenet has been offered to German counterpart Henkell.

Draft wine delivery brand launches in UK

The first draft wine delivery company, LoveWineOnTap.com has launched in the UK to serve on-trade outlets.

The rise of white port wine

Port wine has held a consistent stance within the drinks industry for years thanks to its associations with cheese pairing, but now experts within the category want to bring change – starting with the exposure of white port.

Sustainable wine merchants opens in UK

New wine merchant Wanderlust Wine has launched in the UK, aiming to supply sustainable wines sourced from small, artisan producers around the world.

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines adds 32 wines to portfolio

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio from seven new producers - bringing the total number of Burgundian producers up to 22.

LVMH buys into Colgin Cellars

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

18 new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards ceremony in London.

Pierlot steps up at Pommery

Champagne Pommery has a new wine maker to oversee its September harvest this year. Clément Pierlot, follows in the footsteps of Thierry Gasco, who is now directing Pommery’s new sparkling wine adventures in California, England and the South of France.

Torres joins IMW international supporter community

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has announced that Torres, the leading Spanish wine producer has joined its international supporter community.

Stocked launches wine into digital era

A new software has been developed for wine professionals to track the production process in real time, increasing the efficiency of large producers.

Distell announces new head winemaker

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

Mouton Cadet is official wine of the Ryder Cup

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owners of the Mouton Cadet wine brand has announced that the leading Bordeaux AOC wine, is the official wine of the famous golf tournament, the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Napa Valley wild fires report

Napa Valley, California’s premium wine growing region has, along with neighbouring Sonoma, been severely hit by wildfires, fuelled by high winds last Sunday.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

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).

Port Wine day 2017 with Vieira de Sousa

Port Wine day 2017 took place in September and Drinks International was invited to the Douro wine region in Portugal to stay with Vieira de Sousa, a small producer known locally for its white ports.

Cru Bourgeois judging to become every five years

The vice president of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc believes it is a positive and fair move to extend their examinations to once every five years.

IBWSS announces list of guest speakers

Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine aditor, Andrew Catchpole is amongst the guest speakers at the first-ever International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) in February 2018.

China climate benefits from vineyard planting

Vineyards in Ningxia Hui in north east China have helped the local environment, according to the School of Agriculture, Ningxia University.

Oregon wineries WVWA and OPC to merge

Oregon wine trade organisations The Willamette Valley Wineries Association and Oregon Pinot Camp will merge to create a single trade entity for the region’s wine industry.

New Zealand wine exports reaches record value

The export value of New Zealand wine has reached a record high according to the 2017 annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

Rhône Valley begins harvest two weeks early

The Rhône Valley wine region has begun this year’s harvest two weeks early due to the current levels of ripe grapes.

Rioja recognises smaller geographical units

The Consejo Regulador de la DOCa Rioja has submitted to pressure and brought in new designations for smaller producers and individual vineyard owners.

UK supermarket appoints 'sommeasier'

UK supermarket chain Asda has appointed a ‘sommeasier’ to simplify the language on wine labels making it easier for consumer to choose a wine.

Most Admired Champagne Brands 2018 launches

Drinks International's Most Admired Champagne Brands 2018 has launched in digital form.