Obituary: James Symington 1934 – 2020

Third generation port winemaker James Symington has passed after more than 40 years working in the trade.

Prosecco rosé gets international go-ahead

Prosecco DOC producers are now legally allowed to export Prosecco DOC rosé after it gained approval in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Key Australian wine export markets see value increase in 2020

All of Australia’s top five export markets experienced value growth in the 12 months to September 2020 reaching a total value of almost $3bn, according to Wine Australia’s latest Export Report.

D.O. Cava launches new website

D.O. Cava has launched a new website which gives the Spanish Designation of Origin a new look with more digestible content.

Wine GB appoints Simon Thorpe as CEO

Wines of Great Britain has appointed Simon Thorpe MW as its new CEO, starting Monday 26 October.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits to offload Moncigale wine brand

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has agreed to sell 100% of its shares in wine brand Moncigale to parent company Grands vins JC Boisset.

Milano Wine Week aims to kickstart global wine network

Milano Wine Week 2020 will take place from 3-11 October with both face-to-face and remote options.

Catena Zapata releases 2017 vintages

Catena Zapata has released its 2017 vintage of Nicolás Catena Zapata and Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae which will be distributed with La Place de Bordeaux in Europe and Asia.

Majestic launches wine industry diversity scholarship

UK retailer Majestic Wine has launched a new initiative called ‘Majestic Diversity In Wine Scholarship’ to help strengthen the wine industry's inclusivity.

English and Welsh wine sales up 70% in 2019

Wines of Great Britain has announced strong positive growth in sales with an estimated 5.5m bottles of English and Welsh wines sold in 2019, up 70% on the previous year.

England's Hattingley Valley launches still Pinot Noir

English winery Hattingley Valley has launched its first still red wine, a 2016 Pinot Noir, since being established in 2008.

Ramón Bilbao begins organic conversion

Zamora Company’s Spanish wine producer Ramón Bilbao has begun organic conversion for vineyard plots in Rioja and Rueda.

Quintessential acquires Accolade Wines US portfolio

Quintessential has acquired all US wines within the Accolade Wines portfolio including the production, global sales and marketing of four labels: Geyser Peak, Atlas Peak, Outlot and XYZin.

Sogevinus buys Quinta da Boavista in Douro region

Grupo Sogevinus has added two brands to its portfolio through the acquisition of Quinta da Boavista, an 80 ha property that was part of the first delimitation of the Douro region.

The World's Most Admired Wine Brands 2020: Catena Zapata named best winery

Argentina’s Catena Zapata is now recognised as the best winery in the world having topped The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands, conducted in association with market research specialists at Wine Intelligence.

Taylor's announces third consecutive Classic Vintage

Taylor’s port has declared a ‘Classic Vintage’ for the third year in a row having experienced “exceptional” conditions in the Douro Superior region.

Rare wine sales increase in China

Sales of rare wines and spirits to Chinese buyers has led to a 25% jump in Asia sales during March according to global merchant BI Fine Wine & Spirits.

Ramón Bilbao takes Spanish Wine Academy online

Ramón Bilbao has launched its Spanish Wine Academy online in light of the necessary postponement of its international events calendar this spring.

Domaine de la Commaraine invests in Côte de Nuits

Domaine de la Commaraine has announced the purchase of 5,8 ac of vineyards in the Côte de Nuits to supplement the 9,3 ac of its Clos in Pommard Premier Cru.

Cramele Recas donates ventilators for emergency hospitals

Romania’s largest wine exporter, Cramele Recas, has purchasing a further three ventilators and medical equipment for the emergency hospital in Timisoara, Western Romania.

Unexpected snow causes minimal damage in Bordeaux

Snowy conditions have caused minimal vine damage in Bordeaux according to a report released by the Counseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux.

Catena Zapata tops The World's Most Admired Wine Brands 2020

Argentina’s Catena Zapata has topped this year’s list of The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands, conducted in association with market research specialists at Wine Intelligence.

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.

Seven new Masters of Wine announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced seven new Masters of Wine, from five countries. The total number of MWs in the world is now 396 in 30 countries. 

Louis Roederer crowned World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand 2020

Drinks International has named Louis Roederer as the World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand in 2020, a magazine which ranks champagne brands from 1-30 based on the votes of the world's top wine experts.

Crus Bourgeois du Médoc updates classification

Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has unveiled a new three-tier classification for its wines which have been introduced to add clarity for consumers.

Villa Maria to launch film on Amazon Prime

Villa Maria premiered a feature length documentary called Vintage in London this week ahead of its Amazon Prime launch later this month.

Ridgeview Wine Estate celebrates 25 years

Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex, England is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the opening of a new winery at the estate. 

Brands Report 2020: Champagne

Champagne is a category in which brand reputation has a key role. Its expense clearly plays a part in consumers' brand loyalty - creating a reluctance to experiment with lesser-known brands as they might in the craft-spun worlds of beer and gin, for example.

Brands Report 2020: Sherry

That 90% of our sample of the world’s best bars say they stock sherry goes some way to explain the renewed importance of this Spanish fortified in the modern cocktail bar.

Brands Report 2020: Vermouth

Manhattan, Martini, Martinez... the list of reasons to reach into the fridge for vermouth are many, and never has the bartender had such a choice.

Bollinger extends England Rugby deal

England Rugby has extended its partnership with Champagne Bollinger as their official champagne supplier for a further five-years. 

Symington family launches Impact Fund to support Douro

Symington Family Estates will celebrate its 200th anniversary of Graham’s Port and the 350th anniversary of Warre’s Port.

Ramón Bilbao exceeds sustainable goals

Spanish wine brand Ramón Bilbao has exceeded its targets on sustainability in both its winery and vineyards.

Georges Duboeuf: Obituary of the Beaujolais legend

A page has turned in Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf has passed.

Saphir Capital takes majority share in Wine Source Group

Wine Source Group has announced the increase of private equity firm Saphir Capital's shareholding to a new majority stake of 51% in the business.

Georgian wine sees record exports to UK

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has claimed 2019 as a “tipping point” for Georgian wine exports to the UK, with record sales and new distribution agreements nationwide.

Kingsland Drinks brings Indian bulk wine to the UK

A joint venture between Kingsland Drinks and Indian wine producer Soul Tree has brought the first shipment of bulk wine from India to the UK.

Champagne faces crippling US tarrifs

A GlobalData representative has claimed the threat of 100% US tariffs on champagne could be critical to the exports of powerful champagne houses.

Prosecco Consorzio celebrates 10 years of success

The Consortium for the Protection of the Prosecco Denomination of Origin (Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC) is celebrating 10 years of success.

Javier Pagés: Cava targets middle ground

The Cava DO is seeking to redefine itself to claw back the middle ground in sparkling wine, between champagne at the top end and prosecco at entry level.

Cramele Recas set for record harvest

Romanian wine producer Cramele Recas has predicted a record harvest for 2019 with almost 30,000 tonnes of grapes.

WSET partners with The Wine Show

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced a three-year deal with The Wine Show to be its official wine education partner.

Co-op and Taylor's fund reforestation project

Co-op and Taylor’s have joined forces to fund a reforestation project in the Douro Valley through the sales of port this Christmas.

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.