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Ornellaia raises €202.700 for the art foundation Beyeler

Owners of Ornellaia, the Super Tuscan Italian wine brand, has raised €202,700 for the Foundation Beyeler art museum in Basel.

Napa copes with Californian drought

The state of California is suffering its fourth year of severe drought. The governor has recently imposed the state's first mandatory water restrictions, affecting nearly 40 million people. Farmers, business owners, and residents will be forced to cut their usage by 25%.

Torres: The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand

Drinks International editor, Christian Davis, is pictured presenting DI’s The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand award plaque to Torres general manager, Miguel Torres Maczassek.

The WSET wins Queen’s Award

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in international trade.

New Nicolas Feuillatte team targets brand image

The new management team at Nicolas Feuillatte has targeted the improvement of the brand’s reputation as a "prestige" Champagne, despite it now selling in record volumes.

Wine Marketing Awards winners revealed

Marketing took centre stage at the third Drinks International wine awards in as many months, Holly Motion reports on the Wine Marketing Awards.

Wine Design Awards: The Results

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

Question mark over massive Brazilian market

The Brazilian market offers massive potential for domestic and overseas wine producers  – but economic and political pressures could blow growth off course, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

Crowd funding for kiwi wine shop

The New Zealand Cellar, the online wine company, is launching a crowd funding project to raise £35,000 for its first retail shop.

Ribera del Duero and Rueda come together

The two Spanish wine regions have come together to raise awareness of their wines in the all-important US market.

Casillero's Reserva is UK number one Cab Sauv

Casillero del Diablo, the global Chilean wine brand, has announced that its Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is the best selling Cabernet Sauvignon in the UK off trade*.

Provence produces 1.38m hectoliters

The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence or Vins de Provence has announced the 2014 vintage as 1,385,500 hectolitres across the Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence appellations.

Prosecco leads Dutch wine drinkers out of the gloom

The Netherlands is emerging from a long economic hiatus, and is slowly dragging the wine market back into positive territory, thanks in no small part to Prosecco.

Deutz to sponsor Court of Master Sommeliers

Champagne Deutz is the sponsor of the Court of Master Sommeliers for the next three years.

Skin Côntact LIVE! raised £10,000 for charity

The Skin Côntact concert last Monday (March 9) at Vinopolis in London raised more than £10,000 for charity, the organisers have estimated.

ProWein: The Preview

Drinks International brings you a complete 11-page guide to ProWein 2015, which runs 15-17 March.

Wines Unearthed

Wines Unearthed is a new feature at this year’s London Wine Fair. It is dedicated to global wine producers seeking UK representation.

Portuguese wine growing in popularity and sales says Esporão CEO

Portuguese wines are starting to grow as the country shows signs of recovery, according to Esporão CEO João Roquette. 

The Queen to name ship with English fizz

The Queen will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia in Southampton, on Tuesday (March 10) with English sparkling wine from Wiston Estate.

LWF to "lead education" globally

The London Wine Fair 2015 will “lead” the wine show world for education and content, according to its organiser.

Champagne sales edge ahead

Champagne shipments edged 0.7% ahead on last year, after exports to the UK and US counteracted a decline in France, according to Comite Champagne.

Torres named World's Most Admired Wine Brand

Torres has retained its title of the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand for 2015.

Anivin announces approved wines

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has announced that 112 wines have been selected as its ambassador wines for 2015.

Anivan announces approved wines

Anivan de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has announced that 112 wines have been selected as its ambassador wines for 2015.

Parker gives up en primeurs

Robert Parker, probably the world’s most influential wine critic, has announced that he is giving up tasting and judging Bordeaux en primeur wines.

Sparkling wine drinking is growing in the US

Sparkling wine consumption in the US is growing, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Cono Sur is the official wine of the UK Tour de France

Vina Cono Sur, the major Chilean wine brand part of the Concha y Toro stable of brands, is the official wine of the Tour de France in the UK in 2015 and for the following two years.

Management changes at Yalumba

The Australian wine producer Yalumba, which claims to be Australia’s oldest family owned winery established in 1849, has announced senior management changes.

Chapel Down expands

Chapel Down Group plc has announced that it has completed two long term land leases increasing the total under lease by 181 acres to 326 acres (73/131 hectares). 

Wine sales to grow 3.7% from 2014-2018

The global wine market is predicted to grow by 3.7% by 2018, according to research by the IWSR, commissioned by Vinexpo.

Prowein: space the final frontier

The move to new halls will allow fresh ideas and innovation in the wine sector, according to the Prowein organisers.

José Madrazo Real de Asúa dies

José Madrazo, a driving force in Rioja and co-founder of the Conino winery, has died.

Treasury’s Dan Townsend as new Benevolent chairman

Dan Townsend of Treasury Wine Estates is the new chairman of the Benevolent. 

Accolade wines unveils alcohol-free Echo Falls

Accolade wines has teamed up with Two Dogs founder Dave Pahl to unveil a non-alcohol Tisane-infused sparkling drink. 

Brands Report 2015: Champagne

A spirits portfolio is not complete without a champagne brand.  

Chateau Preuillac sold to Chinese buyer

The Mau and Dirkzwager families have sold Chateau Preuillac in Bordeaux's Medoc to an anonymous Chinese buyer.

Casella completes Peter Lehmann acquisition

Casella Family Brands (CFB), producers of the Australian wine brand Yellow Tail, has announced that it has acquired full ownership of Peter Lehmann Wines (PLW).

Over-65s most likely to spend less on wine for a party, says new report

New research from Wine Intelligence suggests over-65s are most likely to spend less than £5 a bottle on wine for a celebration. 

AfrAsia Cape Wine auction announces 2015 lots

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the fundraising initiative that raised R7 million (€500,000)  for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event, has announced the 34 auction lots for the 2015 event.

Chapel Down launches most expensive bottle of English sparkling wine

The Chapel Down Nebuchadnezzar is now on sale at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. 

UK wine sector splits

A two-class wine market is emerging in the UK as some wine drinkers splash out and others are increasingly drawn to hard discounters, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

Tescos's Jewell takes Wine Australia role

Master of wine Laura Jewell is leaving Tesco to become Wine Australia’s regional director for Europe including the UK following the untimely death of Yvonne May.

Cape 2015 to be sponsored by DHL

Wines of South Africa’s major trade show, Cape 2015 is to be sponsored for the first time by express logistics company, DHL Express.

Wine Vision: Sobriety trend to harm wine sales

A trend towards sobriety among younger drinkers and increased regulatory pressure could reduce wine sales of the future, according to Barry Clark of Future Foundation.

Wine Vision: Millennials misunderstood

The Millennial consumer group represents a misunderstood and largely untapped market, according to Tyler Balliet, a speaker at Wine Vision 2014.

Wine Vision: Going global not always the answer

International expansion is not necessary for wine businesses to develop, according to speakers at Wine Vision 2014.

Yellow Tail owner to buy Peter Lehmann

Casella Family Brands, producers of the major Australian wine brand Yellow Tail, is set to buy Peter Lehmann Wines.

Spanish wine comes of age

The Spanish wine industry is finally coming of age, according to an experienced observer and operator.

Les Dauphins and BBC Children in Need

Rhône wine brand Les Dauphins is running a social media campaign in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need charity appeal.

Great Wine Capitals’ winners

The Great Wine Capitals' has announced the winners of its 'International Best Of Wine Tourism' awards.