Murviedro launches Vallejo Avenas Chardonnay 2018

Spanish winery Murviedro has released Vallejo Avenas Chardonnay 2018, made from grapes of a single plot in the municipality of Venta del Moro, with D.O. Utiel Requena.

Yealands appoints new CEO

Leading New Zealand wine producer, Yealands Wine Group, has announced the appointment of Tiffani Graydon as CEO.

Neil McGuigan: Australian wine has its mojo back

Brand Australia has got its mojo back, so says Neil McGuigan, the mercurial CEO of Australian Vintage, which owns McGuigan Wines.

PIWOSA founder: South Africa wine 'coming back'

After a few tough years due to drought, South Africa is coming back, according to the founder and chairman of the Premium Independent Wines of South Africa.

Taylor's launches Historic Limited Edition tawny blend

Taylor’s has launched a new Historic Limited Edition across the UK market in the run up to Christmas.

Trapiche becomes Argentina's most awarded winery

Wine brand Trapiche has been named Argentina’s Most Awarded Winery by World Ranking Wines & Spirits.

Taylor's launches campaign to extend port 'season'

Taylor’s port has launched a new digital campaign to promote the “conviviality and versatility” of port in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Prosecco DOCG first harvest report under UNESCO approval

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. has announced a high quality harvest for 2019 - the first under its new recognition from UNESCO.

Rioja harvest report 2019

The 2019 harvest in the Rioja DOCa saw approximately 385m kg of grapes harvested, of which 342m kg were red.

Les Grands Chais buys Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils

Major French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has bought Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils near Chablis.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger steps down

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger will step down from the family business and allow his daughter Vitalie Taittinger to become president of Taittinger Champagne from 31 December 2019.

Crus Bourgeois lists final Official Selection before new format

President of the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, Olivier Cuvelier, was in London this September at a selected tasting of the new Official Selection of Crus Bourgeois wines from the 2017 vintage.

Laurent Fresnet to join G.H. Mumm

Pernod Ricard has announced that Laurent Fresnet, currently head winemaker at Champagne Henriot, will be G.H. Mumm’s new chef de cave.

Obituary: Ian Symington

It is with deep regret that the Symington family announces the death of Ian Symington, a leading figure in the Port trade for nearly 50 years.

WSET launches 50th anniversary with Guinness World Record

The Wine & Spirits Education Trust marked its 50th anniversary this week with the first ever global WSET Wine Education Week.

Black Chalk gains £1.5m funding for expansion

English Sparkling Wine brand Black Chalk has secured investment from two new backers alongside additional investment from the current directors and an EU fund.

Institute announces eight new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced eight new masters of wine, from five countries.

New Zealand Winegrowers joins WSET as Bronze Corporate Patron

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced that New Zealand Winegrowers, has become a bronze corporate patron.

WSET reports record annual candidate figures in 50th year

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has reported its highest ever annual candidate figures for the last academic year.

Majestic Wine to be bought by Fortress

US investment firm Fortress has confirmed the planned purchase of the UK wine retailer Majestic Wine including the company’s stores, website, headquarters, on-trade and French divisions.

Symington family achieves B Corp status

The Symington family has announced that their business has become a B Corp based on its social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.

Mariotti to take over from Demarville at Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot has announced that Didier Mariotti, former G.H. Mumm head winemaker who left the Pernod Ricard house in September last year, has been lined up to take over from Dominique Demarville.

Veuve Clicquot appoints new cellar master

Veuve Clicquot has appointed Didier Mariotti as its new cellar master, effective from August 26.

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.

New Escudo Rojo range targets more specific terroir

The new Escudo Rojo range launched by Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile at Vinexpo Bordeaux earlier this year has targeted more specific Chilean terroir, according to managing director Emmanuel Riffaud.

Bottega: Prosecco set for next level of premiumisation

Bottega Spa owner Sandro Bottega believes that prosecco is set to enter a new era of premiumisation.

Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte acquires Henri Abelé

The Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) has announced the acquisition of champagne house Henri Abelé, which has been part of the Freixenet Group since 1985.

Majestic Wines set for summer sale

The sale of Majestic Wines is at an “advanced stage” and is expected to be completed over the summer months.

Taittinger expands its English vineyard

Champagne Taittinger has announced that two years after the first plantings at Domaine Evremond’s vineyard site in Kent, a further 8.5 hectares of vines were planted last month.

London Wine Fair organisers surprised by visitor increase

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have expressed surprise at the attendance figures for the 39th edition of the show held earlier this week.

Distell appoints Andrea Freeborough head winemaker

Distell has announced Andrea Freeborough as head winemaker having been promoted from the role of cellar master at Paarl winery.

Santa Rita 120 Arsenal Experience enjoys great success

The Santa Rita 120 Arsenal Experience took place at the Emirates Stadium on Friday 10 May to celebrate a “key element” of the brand’s global marketing strategy.

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.

Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool returns with new sommelier competition

Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool is set to host its second edition this May with a new Bordeaux sommelier competition.

Côtes du Rhône launches new global marketing campaign

The Côtes du Rhône appellation has re-shaped its marketing strategy with the intention to create a consistent and memorable global message that will maintain its international reputation.

Crown Cellars launches 2019/20 wine portfolio

This May the wine division of Carlsberg UK, Crown Cellars, will launch its 2019/20 portfolio of more than 500 wines.

Grupo Peñaflor shows record exports in 2018

Grupo Peñaflor, Argentina’s leading wine producer and exporter, broke its bottled wine exports record in 2018 reaching 68m bottles, equalling 51m liters for a total value of US$174m.

Organic wine set for rapid growth says IWSR

New research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis shows a rapid increase in organic wine in the coming years as consumer sentiment for sustainability and organic products grows.

Symington family declares 2017 vintage year

The Symington family has announced 2017 as a vintage port year, making this the first ever back-to-back general declaration in th winemaker's history.

California wine exports down 4.8% in value

US wine exports reached $1.47bn in winery revenues and 375m liters (41.7 million cases) in 2018, with more than 90% coming from California.

David Parkinson steps down as WineGB CEO

WineGB has announced that David Parkinson will be stepping down from the role of CEO due to health reasons.

Denbies Wine Estate to quadruple production this year

Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest single estate vineyard, is predicted to quadruple its production by the end of the calendar year.

Christchurch hosts Pinot Noir NZ 2021

New Zealand Wine Growers has announced that its Pinot Noir NZ 2021 three-day celebration is to be held, or the first time. in Christchurch, on South Island.

Côtes du Rhône revamps Cellier des Dauphins

French wine giant, the Union des Vignerons des Côtes du Rhône, the most dominant wine producer in the Rhône Valley, is rejuvenating and expanding its Cellier des Dauphins brand.

Marqués de Cáceres Group launches new winery

The Marqués de Cáceres Group has opened Bodegas Finca La Capilla, a winery in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain as part of its international production and distribution strategy.

Global wine consumption to grow 40m cases despite China "blip"

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis has revealed that global wine consumption is expected to grow by 37.8m cases by 2022 despite a “blip” in Chinese imports.

Vinexpo to announce new CEO before Bordeaux show

Vinexpo has announced that it will have appointed a new CEO before its flagship Bordeaux show takes place on its new date in May. 

Penfolds named The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2019

Australian wine producer Penfolds has risen two places to be named The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2019.

Plumpton Wine Division's Chris Foss to retire

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, will retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

Drinks Marketing & Wine Design Awards 2019: The results

In January, the judges assembled in West London to judge this year’s Drinks Marketing & Wine Design Awards. Here are the results.