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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.

Australian wine industry shrinks

The latest annual Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) shows that the number of wine producers have decreased and vineyard has shrunk.

MP wines unveils Lez Nez range

MP Wines has launched Lez Nez, three ranges from two old and new world wineries that ‘challenge traditional wine expectations.’

Accolade announces Mud House sponsorship of British & Irish Lions

Accolade Wines has announced that its recently acquired Mud House New Zeland wine brand is the official sponsor of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Penfolds crowned World's Most Admired Wine Brand

Treasury Wine Estates' Penfolds has been voted The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand, usurping two-time winner Torres. 

Krug voted World's Most Admired Champagne Brand

Krug has been named the World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand. 

Gallo announces UK plans

E&J Gallo, the world’s largest wine producer, has unveiled its plans for supporting its major brands in the UK.

Casillero del Diablo renews Sky Movies

Concha y Toro has announced the renewal of the Casillero del Diablo sponsorship of Sky Movies.

Sogrape appoints new MD for UK

The Sogrape Group has announced the appointment of Gonçalo Sousa Machado as its new Sogrape UK managing director.

Conviviality sales up despite restructuring

Conviviality has announced revenues were up 38% to £252m for the half-year ending November 1, despite a company restructuing following the acquisition of Matthew Clark.

Sherry Wines announces Hines retirement

The Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, has announced the retirement of its Sherry Wines UK director, Graham Hines.

Unearth Wines Unearthed

Organisers of the Wines Unearthed initiative is calling for participants at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Cape Wine Auction: lots of lots

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction organisers say there are 40 extraordinary once-off lots, the selling of which will benefit youth education in the South African winelands.

Cape Wine Auction dates

The organisers of the Cape Wine Auction, described as South Africa’s most successful charity fundraiser, has announced that it will take place on February 12 and 13 at Klein Constantia.

New Zealand wine exports reach record $1.5 billion high

New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Brand Australia posts exports jump

Wine Australia has announced that its exports have jumped 14% to AUS$2.1 billion in 2015, the highest growth in value since October 2007.

Napa wineries drop port

Three winery members of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) have announced that they are giving up voluntarily the use of port on their fortified dessert wine labels.

BVIB goes for sustainable growth

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has approved unanimously its Plan Bourgogne 2020 for managing sustainably the wine region’s production potential.

Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine Symposium

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced that Gisborne will play host to New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine Symposium next month.

WSET Educator of the Year

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Educator of the Year is Chris Powell of the Local Wine School network of 23 wine schools dotted around the UK.

Napa announces exclusive online auction

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced that 25 of the lots featured in this year's Premiere Napa Valley Barrel tasting and futures auction will be offered exclusively online.

Jascots' off-line, on-trade plan boosts sales

Jascots Wine Merchants saw calendar-year turnover rise 8.5% in 2015, after closing its online consumer operation to focus on the UK on-trade.

Hambledon announces expansion

Managing director of English sparkling wine vineyard, Hambledon, Ian Kellett has announced plans to expand the estate’s facilities in response to growing demand.

Craft is not yet taking share from US Millennial wine drinkers

There is no clear evidence that craft beer and spirits are taking share from US Millennial wine drinkers, according to Christian Miller of Full Glass Research.

Producers to shape ‘untapped’ fruit wine category

The fruit wine category is a virtually untapped opportunity and producers have a hand in shaping the industry from the ground up, a winemaker tells Wine Vision 2015. 

Wine industry needs to pool knowledge to reach potential

The potential that is pent up in the wine industry can be released in the pooling of knowledge and resources between competitors, according to Adrian Bridge of Fladgate Partnership.

Wine needs to learn the language of Millennials

Targeting Millennials and speaking their language is an essential, long overdue strategy for the wine industry, according to a senior drinks analyst at Wine Vision 2015.

Champagne stirring but not yet awake to threat

Champagne is waking from its slumber in the vineyards of complacency but more needs to be done to claw back sales from other sparkling wines, according to Spiros Malandrakis of Euromonitor International. 

Kumala sponsors Botham’s charity walk in South Africa

Kumala, the leading South African wine brand is the official wine sponsor of Sir Ian Botham’s eight day charity walk across South Africa, dubbed ‘Beefy Walking the Rainbow Nation’.

Cava is optimistic about Christmas

The Consejor Regulador DO Cava, the regulatory board for Spain’s famous sparkling wine, says worldwide sales were up a 1.7% to more than 158 million in the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 2014.

Napa Valley wins certification mark– the first of its kind in U.S.

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has announced that it has obtained a Certification Mark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the name ’Napa Valley’.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2016 opens for entries

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is now officially open for 2016 entries.

Accolade unveils Anakena

Accolade Wines launched its new Chilean wine brand, Anakena, at the British Tennis Champions Tournament at the Royal Albert Hall on December 4.