No World Heritage site for Burgundy

Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne, a lobby organisation for the Burgundy region of France has failed to get the world famous wine-producing vineyards of the region listed by UNESCO as one of its World Heritage sites.

Get Carter for the LIWF

Brintex, organisers of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF), have announced  the appointment of Ross Carter as exhibition director, replacing James Murray who resigned after 10 years in the role.

Sichel results

Bordeaux-based producer and négociant, Maison Sichel has reported that 2012 was the company’s second best year since it was established in 1883.

Cobevco introduces bag-in-box capability

Specialist bottler, Cobevco will be offering ‘bag-in-box’ as part of its beverage filling capabilities from the end of May.

RJ Botha joins Kleine Zalze

Stellenbosch winery, Kleine Zalze, has announced the appointment of Nitida Wines’ RJ Botha, to its winemaking team.

Jacob’s Creek vintage is underway

Orlando Wyndham has announced that the harvesting of the 2013 vintage in Australia for its global wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, is underway.

South Africa’s wine exports hit new heights

South Africa’s 2012 exports reached 417 million litres, the largest amount that the country has exported to date and 10 million litres more than the previous record, according to Wines of South Africa (Wosa) the generic body for the South African wine industry.

Wine Tourism Awards results announced

Wine Country Ontario won Best Generic Wine Body at the Wine Tourism Awards 2013.

South Africa: Riots may not involve wine

Wines of South Africa has said that riots in the Western Cape don't appear to be connected to the wine industry.

Tuscany

With classic regions and the famous Super-Tuscan wines, exports are Tuscany’s life blood. Christian Davis reports

New Zealand Winegrowers appoints marketing manager

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the appointment of Chris Stroud as its new marketing manager – Europe.

Calls for entries to the International Gamay competition

Inter Beaujolais calling for entries for this year’s International Gamay competition, now in its third year.

McGuigan joins forces with chef John Torode

McGuigan Wines has teamed up with TV chef John Torode to work on a new wine and food matching project that will be announced in the New Year.

In-country representation key to wine success in Asia

Attracting younger wine drinkers and in-country representation is key to success in Asia, says research commissioned by Messe Düsseldorf, the company behind ProWein.

Le Clos announces winner of the ‘Bordeaux Big Eight’

Le Clos, Dubai International's fine wines and luxury spirits duty free outlet,  has announced the winner of the Bordeaux Big Eight promotion which marked the fourth anniversary of the first store opening in Dubai.

Wine tourism is the way forward for the Western Cape

Tourism, not agriculture, is the future for the Western Cape, according to Charles Back, whose Fairview farm is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.

The best Albariños in the world

The best Albariños in the world are: La Val Crianza sobre Lias from Galician producer Bodegas La Val, Abadía San Campio from Cordorniu’s Terras Gauda and Vinha Antiga from Portuguese co-operative Provam.

One direction for LIWF

Brintex, the organiser of the London International Wine Fair, has announced new initiatives to reinvigorate the 2013 show.

Accolade calls for unity

Accolade Wines has called for unity across the drinks trade in a bid to encourage the UK government to re-think the alcohol duty escalator. The company's WineNation 2012 report claimed tax is having “a crippling effect” across the industry.

Barbera d’Asti Lequilibrio Montalbera 2009

Barbera d’Asti Lequilibrio Montalbera 2009

Rabobank identifies new wine markets

Rabobank, the Dutch bank which focuses on the wine trade, has identified Mexico, Brazil, Poland and Nigeria as future growth markets for wine consumption.

Prix Raisin award to be increased

Bordeaux wine consultant Olivier Dauga has announced that his Prix Raisin award will be increased to include marketing and financial services for the winner in 2013.

Sparkling wine

Susanne Stauß takes a closer look at the global sparkling wine market

Focus on: The Brazilian wine market

Paul Medder, Wine Intelligence's country manager for Brazil, offers the latest on plans to introduce protectionism in the burgeoning Brazilian wine market.

Nordics represent main European opportunities fo growth

Wine producers looking for growth opportunities in Europe should be thinking about Finland, Norway and Sweden, according to a report from Wine Intelligence.

Cape Winemakers’ Guild auction records sales

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers’ Guild Auction recorded the highest turnover ever of R5,739,000*, excluding VAT, with a sellout of all the wines.

New Zealand wine: A vintage vintage

The 2012 vintage is down more than 20% in places, but the Kiwis are happy to try to strike a balance between demand and supply. Christian Davis reports

Cape 2012

You have to hand it to Wines of South Africa. They know how to organise an event. To say Cape 2012 is just another trade show, would be a great injustice and understatement.

Eastern promise

With ProWein 2013 in mind, Thomas Brandl finds out how winemakers in central and south-eastern Europe have made efforts to modernise and become more competitive.

International Wine Challenge results

The International Wine Challenge held is annual bash at the Hilton on London’s Park Lane last night at which all its trophy winners were announced.

Ethical seals to debut at Cape 2012

Wines of South Africa has announced that the first wines to carry South Africa’s new, fully traceable, ethical seal will be showcased at Cape Wine 2012, later this month.

Jubilee celebrations lift gin and sparking sales

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says gin and sparkling wine sales increased in the UK during the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Austrian Leithaberg aims to put its wines on the map

Leithaberg, one of Austria’s newest DACs, wants to be the Burgundy of Austria.

Blossom Hill gets largest ever advertising spend

Blossom Hill, one of the UK’s most popular wine brands, is receiving its largest ever advertising support, including £2.2m on media alone.

Distell reports 15% revenue growth and 9% sales increase

Distell, South Africa’s leading wine and spirits producer, has reported a 15% growth in revenue for the year to June 2012 and a 9.9% increase in sales volumes across its portfolio of wines, spirits and RTDs in both domestic and international markets.

Accolade to launch Hardys in the Ukraine

Accolade Wines has announced that it is to launch its leading Australian wine brand, Hardys into Ukraine.

Chilean wine

Despite a strong peso, consumers are prepared to pay the price for quality Chilean wine. Christian Davis reports

UK consumers open to untraditional wine packaging

UK consumers' openness to new forms of wine packaging could mean the traditional glass bottle’s stranglehold on the market is relaxed, says Wine Intelligence.

Accolade Wines revamps Echo Falls

Accolade Wines has unveiled a new look for its Echo Falls Californian wine brand in key European markets, including the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

Treasury and Accolade pack for each other

Treasury Wine Estates and Accolade Wines has announced that TWE will pack wine for Accolade in Australia with Accolade will pack wine for TWE in the UK.

Michael Cox is new Vintners' master

Michael Cox has been installed as the 518th Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners for the forthcoming year.

Wine economist to speak at Nederburg Auction

The organiser of South Africa’s famous Nederburg Auction, has announced that US economics professor and ‘wine economist’, Mike Veseth, will make a keynote speech on Saturday September 29 at Nederburg in Paarl.

Domecq is new Sherry Institute president

The Sherry Institute of Spain has appointed Beltrán Domecq as its new president.

Chinese open to modern wine labels

Chinese wine consumers prefer traditional wine labels but are open to some contemporary designs, according to Wine Intelligence.

International varietals could be the future for Portuguese wine

CEO of Sogrape Vinhos, Francisco Ferreira, has ventured that the planting of further international varietals could help to attract more consumers to Portuguese wine.

The OIV to define dealcoholised wines

The International Orgisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is to provide definitions for for beverages obtained by dealcoholisation of wine and beverages obtained by partial dealcoholisation of wine.

Lillet Rosé makes UK bow

Maison Lillet has released Lillet Rosé to the UK, its first apéritif launch in the market for 50 years.

South Africa’s flagship wine producer unveils new wine

Vergelegen, one of South Africa’s best wine producers, has unveiled a new wine, DNA.

An evening with André van Rensburg

One of South Africa’s best and certainly most controversial winemakers, André van Rensburg, was in London yesterday for the unveiling of his new wine, DNA.

UK: Holly Valance to be the face of Gallo Moscato

Gallo Family Vineyards has partnered with Australian celebrity, Holly Valance, to publicise its newly launched Moscato wine in the UK.