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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WSTA announce Britain's wine trade has doubled

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association will announce on Tuesday that Britain’s wine trade has more than doubled in the last decade.

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. 

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

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. 

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.

Vinexpo 2016 set to attract 1,300 exhibitors

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 is set to attract 1,300 wine and spirit exhibitors from more than 35 countries worldwide to the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 May.

New ranking system for Crémant de Bourgogne

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

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.

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.

The Educator

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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’.

David Williams: don’t discount the discounters

It was during my first visit to Prowein in 2000 that I first came across the idea of discounters.

South Africa wine: tipping point

The South African wine industry has reached a crucial moment, according to the chairman of Wines  of South Africa. Christian Davis got a tip off and was there

Diageo sells Argentinian wine interests to Grupo Peñaflor

Diageo has agreed the sale of its wine interests in Argentina to Grupo Peñaflor.

Prosecco harvest report

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

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.

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.

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.

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.