Finland alcohol sales remain steady during pandemic

Alcoholic beverage sales have remained steady in Finland during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new stats from monopoly retailer Alko.

Jura Red Wine Cask Finish unveiled in time for World Whisky Day

Scotch whisky producer Jura has kicked off a new series of cask editions by releasing a whisky finished in red wine barriques.

India allows liquor stores to reopen during new phase of coronavirus lockdown

Liquor stores across India reopened this morning after the country moved into a new phase of its coronavirus lockdown.

South African wine producers can start exporting again

South African wine producers have been cleared to resume exports after the country’s coronavirus lockdown was eased.

Thailand urged to end alcohol sales ban

Thailand’s beer, wine and spirits industry has implored the government to lift a ban on alcohol sales during the national state of emergency.

Lebanon wine sector responds to Covid-19 crisis with typical resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on the global drinks industry presenting business owners with a formidable set of challenges. Yet for winemakers in Lebanon it represents just another obstacle in a long list of trials and tribulations they have overcome in recent times.

Zamora Company explains how brand owners can help the on-trade recover

Spanish producer Zamora Company has reported that wine and spirits sales in China have recovered as the country emerges from a sweeping coronavirus lockdown.

South African wine producers cleared to resume exports

South African producers have received permission to export their wine around the world after intensive lobbying efforts over the past week.

Daou Vineyards bids to put Paso Robles on the global fine wine map

Iconic Californian producer Daou Vineyards is ramping up its focus on exports in a bid to put Paso Robles on the international wine map.

Laithwaite's works hard to meet high demand among self-isolating wine lovers

Leading online wine retailer Laithwaite’s has assured customers that it will continue to keep them well stocked after demand shot up amid the coronavirus lockdown.

California wineries continue to operate as "essential businesses" while retail sales soar

The Wine Institute of California has argued that wineries are an “essential business” and should be allowed to maintain operations during a lockdown.

KWV launches South African Carménère

South African drinks giant, KWV, has unveiled what is probably the Rainbow Nation’s first wine made from what is regarded as a Chilean grape variety, Carménère.

Concha y Toro launches GTR range of wines

Leading South American wine producer Viña Concha y Toro has launched a range of wines, specific to the global travel retail channel.

Nederburg becomes Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

The historic Nederburg Auction is to become the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction and with it comes changes in location, selection and format.

Eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine launches

Publisher Mitchell Beazley has announced that the Eighth Edition of The World Atlas of Wine, will be published in October. price: £45.

Christies’ auctioneer warns Asia will buy all quality wine

Simon Tam, head of wine at auction house, Christie’s Hong Kong, has warned that buyers in the US and Europe will not be able to compete with Asia when it comes to buying top quality wines in the future.

Raise profitability or die

That was the somber message from Wines of South Africa’s chairwoman at the opening of Cape 2018 in Cape Town today (September 12).

Prosecco: The sweet spot

Prosecco producers are looking for ways to beat the ravages of climate change in the vineyards. Shay Waterworth reports from Italy

Champagne: Pick of the sparklers

With the term ‘sparkling’ gaining credence in wines from England, Canada and Spain, champagne can’t afford to rest on its laurels. Jamie Goode reports

Benchmark launches Ian Botham wines

Benchmark Drinks has unveiled a range of wines named after one of England’s greatest cricketers, Ian Botham.

The International Wine Challenge launches in China

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is to be launched in China, owners William Reed has announced.

Eisberg supports responsible cycling

Eisberg, the alcohol-free wine, is expanding its involvement in cycling by sponsoring this summer’s Tour Of Britain and sponsoring two pro cycling teams, Storey Racing and Canyon Eisberg.

Uitkyk sale to create more focus for Distell’s wine business

Distell, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of leading fine wines, ciders, spirits and RTDs, has sold its Uitkyk wine farm in Stellenbosch to Warwick Wine Estate

China hands US wines 15% tarrifs

Just three days ago, a trade group representing California’s vintners issued a report showing China was among the top importers of the Golden State’s wine, bringing in almost $79 million worth of U.S. wine last year.

New MD for Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s branded wines

Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has announced the appointment of Véronique Hombroekx as managing director of its branded wines division.

The no-low science bit

Low and no-alcohol wines were once horrible parodies of the real thing. not any more, writes Jamie Goode.

New shoots

Finally getting its own craft segment, vodka is taking cues from wine and championing the terroir of its base as a flavour provider. Shay Waterworth grows the theory.

Austrian wine harvest up +36%

The Austrian wine harvest is estimated to be coming in at 2.6m hectoliters, a staggering +36% up on 2016 and +23% above the five-year average.

LVMH buys into Colgin Cellars

Ann Colgin, founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have sold a 60% stake in the Napa Valley winery.

Distell announces new head winemaker

Distell, the leading South African wine producer, has appointed a new head winemaker who is also a marketing specialist.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

Small New Zealand wine vintage

The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Australian wine turns focus to China

The Australian wine industry wants to exploit the Chinese market after its imports to the US were valued less than that of New Zealand.

UK set to plant 1m vines in 2017

The UK’s wine industry will plant one million vines this year with popularity forcing the industry to launch a new competition in recognition.

Graham Norton wine gets Tesco deal

Graham Norton’s wine brand GN Sauvignon Blanc has been made available in Tesco supermarkets in the UK and Kroger stores in the US.

Accolade Wines CEO Michael East retires

Accolade Wines CEO Michael East has retired following a decision to withdraw the company from an initial public offering process.

Willamette Valley wine auction raises $500,000

Nearly $500,000 was raised at the Pinot Noir Barrel Auction, a trade-only showcase of rare wines hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA).

Casella Family Brands takes over Shaw Family Vintners

Casella Family Brands has bought the vineyards, winery, current stock and trademark from Shaw Family Vintners.

WSET Week USA set for May launch

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust will host the first WSET Week USA from May 1-7, 2017.

Torres: The World's Most Admired Wine

Torres has returned to the number one slot in Drinks International’s ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ survey.

IBWSS comes to London in 2018

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show will return to London in February 2018 for trade professionals to source private and commercial suppliers.

VINEXPO to host Brexit plans in France

VINEXPO will address the key Brexit issues facing the wine and spirits industry at its 2017 wine show in France on June 20.

Future growth lies with the Americas and Asia Pacific

Forecasts for future growth in wine and spirits consumption to 2020 show the Americas and Asia Pacific are the countries to concentrate on, according to recent IWSR research.

Fires in Chile engulf vineyards

Chilean Authorities have confirmed that fires in heavily forested regions of the south of the country have extended to vineyard sites.

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.

Advini buys Lapalu family estates

Antoine Moueix Properties, a subsidiary of the major French wine producer Advini, has announced the purchase of approximately 400 hectares of vineyards on both the right and left banks of Bordeaux.

Vinisud goes annual

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

Codorníu Raventós appoints new chief winemaker

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

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.