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Accolade appoints Ade McKeon

Accolade Wines has announced the appointment of Ade McKeon as its new general manager for the UK & Ireland, effective immediately.

Mouton Cadet to be America’s Cup’s official wine

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Bordeaux wine brand Mouton Cadet, unveiled its special  cuvée for the 35th America’s Cup yacht race, which will be held in Bermuda from May.

Rioja launches wine educators programme

The DOCa Rioja Control Board has launched an official Rioja Wine Educators programme worldwide.

Santa Rita partners with COFCO W&W in China

Chilean wine producer, Viña Santa Rita, has announced that it is to partner with COFCO W&W International Co in China.

Wines of Germany announces new Riesling fellows

The generic body for German wines has announced four new Riesling Fellows.

Yealands makes Garforth its new CEO

Yealands Wine Group has announced the appointment of Adrian Garforth MW as its new chief executive officer.

Castel to make sparkling Bordeaux

Castel, the major French wine producer, has announced it is to start making a Crémant de Bordeaux.

Vinexpo launches Explorer initiative

Vinexpo has unveiled a new initiative - Vinexpo Explorer, the purpose of which is to bring wine buyers face-to-face with suppliers in a specific region or country.

Cités des Burgundy initiative gets approved

The BIVB, the generic body that represents Burgundy's wine producers and growers, has approved the approve the network of Cités des Vins de Bourgogne project.

Berry Bros hires Direct Wines' Abi Hirshfeld

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the appointment of Abi Hirshfeld to the position of buying director. 

Boris Becker named Anakena ambassador

Boris Becker, the six-time Grand Slam tennis star, has been named as a brand ambassador for Anakena, the new Chilean wine brand in the UK. 

Viña Santa Rita is Chile’s winery of the year

Wines of Chile, the Chilean wine industry’s official trade organisation has chosen Viña Santa Rita as its 2016 winery of the year.

Independent English wine competition

A new competition for English wine which claims to be England’s first wholly independent wine competition has been launched.

Vinisud goes annual

Vinisud, the French wine trade exhibition that showcases wines from around the Mediterranean, is going to be an annual event.

Marqués de la Concordia launches two new cavas

Marqués de la Concordia Family of Wines is to celebrate its bicentenary birthday with two additions to their range of Cavas, a limited edition Marques de la Concordia Gran Reserva and a Blanc de Blancs.

MPs united in urging more support for the UK wine industry

Cross party MPs agreed the current and potential success of the UK wine industry is far-reaching and urged greater support from government at a debate yesterday.

Conviviality Retail partners with P&H

Conviviality Retail has entered into a supply agreement with Palmer and Harvey McLane, one of the UK’s leading delivered wholesalers.

WSET to open Hong Kong office

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust will open WSET Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, its first international office, in response to high demand for wine and spirit education in China.

English Wine Producers: UK harvest looking good

The English Wine Producers has announced that the harvest is now underway in the UK and growers are optimistic about the vintage.

Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK join forces with SA offering

Chilean and Argentinian wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership in a bid to become the UK’s top specialist importer of premium South American wines. 

Chapel Down to launch in the US

England’s leading winemaker, Chapel Down has announced that it is launch in the US, partnering with luxury wine and spirit company, ABCK Corp.

AdVini buys Ken Forrester

AdVini, the major southern French wine producer, has bought a majority shareholding in Ken Forrester’s Forrester Vineyards in South Africa.

New KWV chief winemaker

KWV, the large South African wine and brandy producer, has announced the appointment of Wim Truter as its new chief winemaker.

Les Grands Chais de France sets sights on low-alcohol sector

Leading French wine supplier Les Grands Chais de France has created a dedicated division in response to the growing demand for alternative beverages and low-alcohol wines. 

Mateus launches its first app

Portuguese wine brand Mateus has launched its first app, Mateus Perfect Serve. 

New Zealand wine exports up 10%

New Zealand’s wine industry is on track to reach its target of $2 billion of exports by 2020, according to chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers, Steve Green.

California moves to allay fears

The California Wine Institute has moved to allay fears that it is withdrawing support from the UK market, following the announcement that it is to close this regional office.

Wine Institute of California’s London office to close

It has been announced that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California in London, is closing.

Australian wine exports grow by 11%

Wine Australia, the generic body for the Australian wine industry, has announced that the value of exports grew by 11%, driven by bottled exports, particularly at higher price points, from July 2015 to June 2016.

Kefraya's founder Michel de Bustros, has died

Michel de Bustros, founder and CEO of Château Kefraya has died. He was 87.

Bring back the imperial pint for champagne

Two leading figures in the UK wine trade are hoping that the UK leaving the European Union could bring back the imperial pint for champagne.

Nearly half Chinese imported wine drinkers purchase online

Almost half of Chinese imported wine drinkers purchase wine online, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

Codorníu Raventós appoints new chief winemaker

The Codorníu Raventós group has made Diego Pinilla its new chief winemaker.

Jackson appoints Warren Adamson

Jackson Family Wines has made Warren Adamson its new sales director Europe.

Baltazar Sánchez made Santa Rita chairman

The board of of leading Chilean wine producer Viña Santa Rita has made Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán its new chairman. Arturo Claro Fernández has been appointed vice chairman.

Austria's wine exports down

Austria's wine export revenues in 2015 declined for the first time in eight years.

Delicato partners with ASC in China

Delicato Family Vineyards, a worldwide exporter of California wines. has announced a partnership with ASC Fine Wines, a leading distributor of imported wines in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

German wine drinkers want to know more

German wine drinkers are becoming more interested in wine, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

Willamette announces 2017 auction date

Dates for the second Willamette: Pinot Noir Barrel Auction have been announced. The event takes place on March 31 and April 1, 2017

Napa secures protection in Korea and Singapore

Napa Valley Vintners, which represents 525 Napa Valley wineries, has added two more countries, Korea and Singapore, to its list of places that have agreed to respect the Napa Valley name related to the sale and production of wine.

Bollinger discovers wines from 1830

Champagne Bollinger has discovered some ‘reserve wines’ that date back to the latter part of the nineteenth century.

South American vintage update

Both side of the Andes have been affected by untimely rain this year producing one of the most ‘oenologically challenging’ vintages in recent times, particularly in Chile, according to Santa Rita Estates’ director of vitiviniculture Eduardo Alemparte.

Wimbledon serves up Bolney Pinot Gris

English wine producer Bolney Wine Estate has been selected to be on the menu at the Wimbledon tennis championships for a second year running.

New Zealand vintage supports exports

The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest has finished, with high quality fruit being picked across the country, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Official launch of single estate cava classification

The regulatory board for Spain’s sparkling wine, cava, has announced a new premium classification for cavas made with grapes from an exceptional estate or terroir.

Distell confirms Qhubeka sponsorship

Major South African drinks producer, Distell, has confirmed a three-year sponsorship of the Africa-based Team Dimension Data Qhubeka cycle racing team.

Nicolas Feuillatte: “We sacrificed in the short term”

Speaking ahead of its new marketing campaign, Enchanting life, Olivier Legrand has told Drinks International the world's third largest champagne brand sacrificed sales in the short term to protect its future.

Levels of consumer confusion 'astonishing', says wine industry expert

There is an astonishing level of consumer confusion in an increasingly proliferated wine industry, according to wine consultant Mike Paul.

Aimé Guibert RIP

Aimé Guibert, the founder and winemaker of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, passed away on Saturday May 14, aged 91.

Zero TCA whole corks launched

Amorim, the world’s leading maker of natural cork stoppers, claims to have achieved a major technological breakthrough.