Laithwaites buys Bordeaux vineyard

Wine merchant Laithwaites Wine has concluded the purchase of Chateau du Bois, a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, France.

Altia post 7.6% net sales growth

Altia, the wine and spirits group that focuses on the Nordic countries, has announced a 7.6% net sales increase to €524.8 million for the year January to December 2011.

Beam rolls out Skinnygirl wine and flavoured vodka

US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.

Australian Wine

Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter

Patrón Spirits takes XO Café to China

Patrón Spirits International will introduce its XO Café variant to China following an agreement with the Shanghai-based Telford Wine & Spirits.

Austrian wine exports set a record

Exports of Austrian wine by value have exceeded estimates as a result of higher prices and a decline in bulk wine.

Pernod Ricard and Southern strike Washington deal

Pernod Ricard USA has announced the appointment of Southern Wine & Spirits of America as its spirits and wine distributor in the state of Washington.

Michel Roux launches wine

London chef Michel Roux Jr has joined forces with French wine maker Michel Chapoutier to create wines named after Roux’s restaurant Le Gavroche.

Seismic shift in South American wines

There has been a seismic shift in the Chilean and Argentinian wine industries, according to some leading experts.

Australian Vintage recruits major UK multiple buyer

Australian Vintage has recruited the senior buyer of one of the UK’s major multiple retailers.

French wine is the ideal

French wine is the favourite of regular wine drinkers in the UK and China and the second preference in Germany, says Wine Intelligence.

No German ice wine this year

There is unlikely to be any ice wine from Germany this year because of the mild winter north west Europe is experiencing.

Sparkling sparkles in US

US consumption of imported sparkling wine will reach new heights in 2012 due to the increased penetration of prosecco and cava, says Wine Intelligence. 

Glenmorangie Artein added to Private Edition range

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the global launch of Artein, the third release of the Glenmorangie Private Edition range.

Fine wine prices drop 15% in 2011

Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.

Findlater to distribute Stolichnaya in Ireland

The SPI Group has announced a new distribution agreement with Findlater Wine and Spirit Group to distribute the Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in Ireland.

Direct Wines reshapes its buying and merchandising team

Direct Wines, the world's largest independent wine merchant with a turnover of £350 million, has announced major changes to its buying and merchandising teams.

Boisset buys Skalli winery

Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins has purchased the Skalli winery and brands in the Languedoc and Rhône Valley. The financial details were not disclosed. 

Accolade sets its stall out

Accolade Wines has set its stall out, 10 months after Constellation Brands sold off its international wine division to an Australian private equity group.

Penfolds launches Bin 620 in Shanghai

Penfolds has launched Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz to global markets, the first release of the ‘special bin’ since 1966.

ProWein to be bigger

ProWein organisers Messe Düsseldorf, has announced that next year’s show will be bigger with the opening of an additional hall.

Asia-Pacific to become the fastest-growing alcoholic drinks region over the next five years

International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) says that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for the alcoholic beverage markets over the next five years.

China falls in love with Italian wine, claims Vinitaly organiser

Veronafiere, organisers of the Vinitaly exhibition, claims China has fallen in love with its Italian wines which were in show at the recent Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (HKIWSF).

Screw-cap acceptance in the UK has doubled in eight years, says new report

Acceptance of screw-cap closures on wine bottles sold in the UK has risen to 85% of the regular wine-drinking population, according to a report on wine stoppers from Wine Intelligence.

Best Baltic Sommelier named at Tallinn Grand Prix

The Best Baltic Sommelier has been crowned following the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix 2011 in Tartu, Estonia.

Sogrape acquires Stevens Garnier

International wine producer Sogrape has acquired 100% of UK wine agency Stevens Garnier. The company previously owned 38% of Stevens Garnier and financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Comedian has Joly good time in Bordeaux

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has teamed up with comedian Dom Joly to produce a series of videos.

Nick Hyde is the new WSTA chairman

The Wine and Spirit Trade Assoication (WSTA) has announced that Nick Hyde, managing director of Diageo Wines Europe, is its new chairman.

World’s Most Admired Wine Brands is published online

Drinksint.com is now home to the World’s Most Admired Wine Brands magazine supplement, a comprehensive industry poll of the world's best regarded wine. 

English wines have come of age

English wines have come of age – Georg Riedel has chosen suitable stemware for their wines.

Has Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene gained a strong consumer franchise?

The head of the consortium that protects Prosecco sparkling Italian wine from Conegliano Valdobbiadene is to address delegates at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS), which takes place at Denbies wine estate in the UK on November 1-2.

DIVA to distribute SA wines

French distributor DIVA (Distribution Internationale de Vins et Alcools) has created DIVA South Africa to market some of the country’s ‘premium’ wines to an international audience.

Nomacorc announces software to match closure to wine type

Nomacorc, the leading alternative wine closure producer, has announced the introduction of NomaSelector, which is software that recommends a closure tailored for a specific wine.

Constellation acquires Ruffino wine brand

Constellation Brands has purchased the remaining 50.1% of Italian wine brand Ruffino from MPF International. 

Effect of deep discounting is on the wane in the UK

Deep discounting on wine by UK retailers may be having less impact on consumer behaviour, according to a new report

CIVB appoints marketing director

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) or Bordeaux Wine Council, which represents Bordeaux vine growers and négociants, has announced the appointment of François Jumeau as its new marketing director.

International Wine Challenge awards are announced

The International Wine Challenge announced its winners last night at the Hilton hotel in London

Eleven new masters of wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 11 new masters of wine.

Accolade launches low alcohol wine

Accolade Wines has launched a low alcohol wine under the Stowells brand. Stowells Light is 5.5% abv and a 125ml glass contains one unit of alcohol and 56 calories.

DI’s Hamish Smith trundles around Murcia to determine whether spirits have ‘terroir’

Consider terroir. I have. It’s a rather haughty unit of French vernacular (which is a haughty way of saying ‘word’) that describes the characteristics geography, soil and climate can bestow upon crops – usually vines. Of course, the word has reach and relevance beyond wine... 

South Korean boost for wine importers

The emerging South Korean market could boost the fortunes of wine importers, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

£75K Château d’Yquem breaks record

A bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem has been sold for £75,000, setting a Guinness world record.

EPI completes Piper-Heidsieck purchase

Rémy Cointreau has completed the sale of all the shares in Piper-Heidsieck-Compagnie Champenoise to the EPI Group (Européenne de Participations Industrielles).

Pernod sells Georgian company

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard Europe, of its shares in Georgian Wine and Spirits LLC to JSC Marussia (Georgia).

Laithwaites releases Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel

Laithwaites, the international wine mail-order company, has released Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from California.

Labels key to success for selling wine in China

Wine producers looking to export to China for the first time need to get to grips with demands for high-quality packaging and culturally-sensitive labels, according to Wine Intelligence.

How to crack the US market

Entrants aiming to crack the US market need to take a bold approach, according to a wine importer.

New World leads Old in battle of the wine brands

New World brands continue to dominate the global wine sector and now constitute 13 of the top 15 wine brands, according to a recent study.

Bordeaux wine-students to train in London

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.