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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.

Atkin rates 2015 Bordeaux

Master of wine Tim Atkin believes the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is the best since 2010 but says it is nevertheless mixed.

Champagne Academy celebrates 60 years

The Champagne Academy has celebrated its 60th anniversary and launched the 2016 programme of its annual trip to Champagne next month (June).

English Wine Industry reports second largest harvest

English Wine production in 2015 was still the second highest volume recorded despite cool conditions and smaller grapes, according to latest Wine Standards Branch figures. 

Kingsland launches sweet-shop fusion wines

Kingsland Drinks is launching a sweet-shop inspired range of fusion wines to capitalise on the demand for fusion drinks.

McGuigan announces new wines

Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan has joined forces with Hunter Valley-born TV presenter and chef John Torode to create a Pinot Noir Rosé.

Denbies Wine Estate to exhibit at London Wine Fair 2016

Denbies Wine Estate will be exhibiting at the London Wine Fair 2016 for the first time. 

Nyetimber to launch second Tillington vintage

English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber has announced the launch of its second Tillington Single Vineyard vintage. 

Esporao and Save Tua launch Last Days of Tua" campaign

The Esporão and Save Tua Platform launched the “Last Days of Tua” campaign in March this year in order to raise the public’s awareness towards the end of The Foz Tua dam  - which will lead to coastal erosion - and the effect on the region’s wine production.

Lifting the bar in South Africa

Only about 8% of wine farms in South Africa make money, according to a leading winemaker from the Rainbow Nation

Exton Park launches 100% Pinot Meunier Rose

Exton Park has announced the launch of a 100% Pinot Meunier Rose, which, the producer claims is the first of its kind in England.

London Wine Fair 2016 will feature over 400 grape varieties

Organisers from London Wine Fair 2016 have announced there will be over 400 grape varieties showcased at the event.

Kingsland Drinks to showcase new portfolio at London Wines Fair 2016

Kingsland Drinks will showcase a new portfolio at London Wine Fair 2016 this month after completing its strategic integration of two businesses. 

Badet Clément celebrates 20th anniversary with new winery

Badet Clément is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an introduction of a 50,000HL winery. 

Côtes du Rhône Wines announce rising export figures

Côtes du Rhône Wines exports have increased worldwide due to rising consumer confidence in the quality of the wines, according to the latest figures.

Cloudy Bay to have fourth Chelsea Flower Show garden

New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay is returning for a fourth year to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

United Kingdom Vineyards Association appoints first CEO

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association has named Barry Lewis as its first chief executive officer.

Simpsons Wine prepares second vineyard site

The Simpsons Wine Estate is starting on ‘phase two’ of its sparkling wine development by preparing its second vineyard site for plantation in mid May. 

Wosa launches Intrepid South Africa

Wines of South Africa has launched a new UK generic tasting for the trade only, called ‘Intrepid South Africa’.

Kingsland Drinks unveils sparkling new line

Kingsland Drinks has this week unveiled its carbonation line, making it the ‘first UK bottler company to sparkle wine’.

New ranking system for Crémant de Bourgogne

Burgundy producers have approved a new ranking system for sparkling wine Crémant de Bourgogne.

P&S Commercial unveils first branded range from Chile’s Viña Santa Irene

P&S Commercial Group has launched a brand of wines from Chile in partnership with Viña Santa Irene.

Wine Design & Marketing Awards winners announced

In the April edition of the magazine Drinks International published the results of its Wine Design and Wine Marketing Awards, Christian Davis reports.

US overtakes UK as Champagne’s most valuable market

Total champagne shipments in 2015 are up 1.7% on 2014, to 312,531,444, bottles, the highest volume figure recorded since 2011, according to the CIVC (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne).

González Byass buys Rías Baixas winery

González Byass has announced that it has bought the Rías Baixas winery, Pazos de Lusco.

Adelaide, a great wine capital

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has become the ninth Great Wine Capital.

Casella announces plans to establish Europe base

Casella Family Brands has announced plans to establish a base in England to better manage its Yellow Tail brand in the UK with a long-term aim to  extend into other European markets.