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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.

Treasury to give calorific values

Treasury Wine Estates has announced that it is to provide calorific values for its wines online.

Ridgeview gets Wine Guild award

Ridgeview Wine Estate’s Roberts family has been awarded the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s highest achievement award.

Wine Vision 2015 to challenge 'old thinking'

Wine Vision 2015 will challenge ‘old thinking’ with its focus on innovation, new routes to market and sustainability with commercial rewards, organisers said. 

ProWine China sees 25% visitor increase

Messe Düsseldorf has announced ProWine China 2015 attracted over 10,000 visitors, a 25% increase on last year.

Frizzenti extends still wines in keg range

Sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti has announced it will add nine new reds, whites and rosés to its range of still wines in keg. 

Chapel Down launches first orange wine

Chapel Down has announced the release of ‘England’s first orange wine’, Chapel Down Orange Bacchus 2014.

Domaine Zind Humbrecht moves to Gonzalez Byass UK

Domaine Zind Humbrecht has announced a change in its UK distribution by appointing Gonzalez Byass UK. 

Rhône Valley experiences 'one of the best harvests in recent years'

The Rhône Valley has experienced “one of the best harvests in recent years” and the “red wines are showing an incredible level of potential”, according to Côtes du Rhône Wines. 

Champagne tourist figures up 15% following UNESCO listing

Tourist figures in Champagne are up 15% on last year as a result of the ‘UNESCO World Heritage effect’, according to the president of the Associations Paysages du Champagne. 

Diageo sells its US wine brands and Percy Fox to Treasury

Diageo has sold its major US wine interests, plus Percy Fox in the UK, to Treasury Wine Estates.

Chapel Down sales up a third

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down Group saw sales climb 33% to £3.25m, with gross profit up 31% to £1.17m.

New sherry website

The Consejo Regulador of the Denominación de Origen Jerez- Xeres-Sherry, the regulatory body for sherry, has marked its 80th anniversary by launching a new website.

Armand de Brignac makes Bernadette Knight its CMO

Armand de Brignac Champagne has announced that Bernadette Knight is its new chief marketing officer.

Prosecco harvest report

Follador, the major premium prosecco producer, is predicting an incredibly satisfying 2015 harvest.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015

Champagne Roederer’s Cristal Rosé 2004 is the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships’ 2015 Supreme World Champion.

Burgundy harvest is under way

The Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne reports the harvest is under way and its winemakers are smiling.

Austrian wine harvest: growers relieved

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board reports that the quality of grapes for the 2015 vintage is high but yields will be average.

German journalist is Great Wine Capitals’ best blogger

Gisela Kirschstein, a journalist based in Mainz, Germany was the winner of the third annual Great Wine Capitals Guest Bloggers’ competition.

Baltics’ best sommelier is Latvia’s Raimonds Tomsons

The title of the best sommelier in the Baltic States was won last week by Raimonds Tomsons, the head sommelier Vincents restaurant in Latvia.

McKinley Vintners is UK Agent for Champagne Janisson

McKinley Vintners has become UK Agent for Champagne Janisson et Fils.

Krug – once in a lifetime experience

The champagne house Krug has announced a two-day tasting experience– including one rare bottle of Krug Private Cuvée 1915 – to be auctioned as one lot at Sotheby’s New York on September 25.

Ramón Bilbao buys high Riojan vineyard

Rioja producer Ramón Bilbao has bought what it describes as a “dream parcel” of vines in the region, and the winery’s highest altitude owned vineyard to date.

US now largest export market for New Zealand wine

The US has overtaken Australia to become New Zealand wine’s largest export market by value, according to the 2015 annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

Champagne versus English sparkling wine - at cricket

Champagne Pol Roger has arranged a cricket match between Champagne and  English sparkling wine.

Mully steps up at Liberty

Specialist wine supplier,  Liberty Wines has added tio its management team with the appointment of Alan Mully as head of operations.

AVL appoints Lockwood as business manager Europe

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has appointed Tim Lockwood for the newly created role of business manager Europe.

WSET reports record number of candidates completed its qualifications

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced record year for the number of candidates completing its course qualifications, for the 13th year running.

Brown Bros appoints Fells

John E Fells has announced that Brown Brothers, one of Australia’s leading family owned wine companies has appointed Fells as its exclusive UK distributor from September 1.

National Champagne Week

National Champagne Week in the UK returns this October, with events planned across London, Birmingham and Bath.

Social media campaign for Cape Wine 2015

Wines of South Africa has launched a new social media campaign in the run up to its Cape Wine 2015 show.

Jacquart appoints new UK business development manager

Champagne Jacquart has appointed Diane Gonzalez as its new UK business development manager.

Nicolas Feuillatte maintains domestic edge

Nicolas Feuillatte has been named the no.1 Champagne brand in France and 3rd in the world by volume, according to the latest Impact report.

IWC’s great value supermarket wines

Five out of six IWC great value Champions went to supermarket own-brand wines.

IWC superstar winemakers

The International Wine Challenge announced its wine trade superstars at its awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel, on London’s Park Lane last night (July 16)

IWC champion wines

The 32nd International Wine Challenge announced its champion wines for 2015 last night (July 16) in London.

UNESCO recognises Champagne

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on its world heritage list.

Chapel Down makes Mark Harvey md

Chapel Down plc has announced that Mark Harvey, a former LVMH business development director, is its new managing director, wines.

Yealands is taken over

Marlborough Lines has agreed to invest NZ$89 million to purchase an 80% shareholding in New Zealand wine producer, Yealands.

Gisborne to host Chardonnay and sparkling wine symposium

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced that Gisborne will host New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and sparkling wine symposium early next year.

Wosa UK launches new sector-specific tasting

Wines of South Africa UK is launching a new event with a trade tasting targeting independent merchants and on-trade buyers.

Accolade Wines to spend £4m on Hardys

Accolade Wines has announced a £4 million above the line campaign for its leading Australian wine brand Hardys, to coincide with its sponsorship of the English and Australian  cricket teams ahead of the Ashes test matches with Australia.