French wine’s rebound threatened by drought

Wine production in France has been forecasted to rebound this year following the frost-hit 2021 harvest but the ministry of Agriculture and Food has warned that worsening drought could curb volumes.

Portuguese wine producers “on the verge of bankruptcy”

Portugal’s association of wine traders, Anceve, has called on the government for economic support as it warns rising costs have left many small- and medium-sized producers “on the verge of bankruptcy”.

Familia Torres set to self-supply 50% of energy at its Pacs del Penedès winery by 2023

Familia Torres expects to be self-supplying 50% of the energy at its Pacs del Penedès winery by early 2023, due to the renewable energy it will produce at its facilities.

Prosecco DOC gains trademark protection In New Zealand

The European trademark office has reached a bi-lateral agreement with New Zealand which recognises the Prosecco DOC trademark.

Cava D.O. re-elects Javier Pagés as president

Javier Pagés was unanimously re-elected as president of the D.O. Cava Regulatory Council, as the 12 council members met at the D.O’s headquarters in Vilafranca del Penedès.

Bottega Prosecco Bar & Caffé comes to London Stansted Airport

A new Bottega Prosecco Bar & Caffé has come to London Stansted Airport, opening earlier this month and operated by SSP UK, operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations.

Comité Champagne harvest yield decision

Champagne growers and houses met in Epernay within the Comité Champagne to agree on the circumstances of the next harvest and on strategic directions for the sector.

Penfolds launches two inaugural French wines

For the first time in its history, Penfolds annual Collection release in August will comprise three country of origin portfolios, Australian, Californian and the inaugural French release.

Familia Torres acquires new Pontevedra winery

Familia Torres has consolidated its vinicultural project in the Rías Baixas appellation of origin, with the acquisition of a new winery in the province of Pontevedra.

IXSIR winery paving the way amidst Lebanon’s economic crisis

Lebanese winery IXSIR is continuing to produce quality wines with the August to September harvest season approaching, despite challenges brought on by Lebanon’s ongoing economic crisis.

Spier Wine Farm joins Freixenet Copestick’s portfolio

Spier Wine Farm, one of South Africa’s oldest wineries, has joined the Freixenet Copestick portfolio from this month.

Nyetimber announces new CEO Richard Carter

Nyetimber has announced the appointment of Richard Carter as CEO of the company with effect from July this year, as he joins from his role of director of global communications at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Bollinger Group acquires Sancerre estate Hubert Brochard

Bollinger Group, in addition to five other estates in France and the US, has acquired the Sancerre historic estate, Hubert Brochard.

Ferrari Trento announces partnership extension with Formula 1

Ferrari Trento has announced it will be the official toast of Formula 1 until the end of the 2025 season, extending its partnership from three years to five.

Bollinger unveils latest Pinot Noir expression

Champagne Bollinger has unveiled its new PN TX17, the latest edition in the Bollinger PN collection which focuses on Pinot Noir from Tauxières 2017.

Swiss bartender David Pfister wins Graham’s Port competition

Graham’s Port has announced the winner of its inaugural global bartender competition which saw Swiss bartender David Pfister claim first prize.

Paul Symington awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Paul Symington has been awarded a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Yellow Tail tops global wine brand power list

The Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index 2022 has reported that Yellow Tail is again the world’s most powerful wine brand with Casillero del Diablo meaning an unchanged top two.

Three Spirit launches two non-alcoholic wine alternatives

UK-based functional drink brand Three Spirit has announced the launch of a range of non-alcoholic alternative wines, Blurred Vines.

Torres named World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2022

Spanish producer Familia Torres has retained its crown as The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand after topping the list for 2022.

D.O. Cava enjoys record breaking 2021

Following a strong performance in the international market, D.O. Cava has reported a sales growth of 17.3 per cent and 252 million bottles in sales.

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Champagne Telmont

Hollywood star and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has acquired an equity stake in Remy Cointreau’s Champagne Telmont for an undisclosed fee.

Graham’s Port launches 2017 Late Bottled Vintage

Graham’s Port has announced the launch of its 2017 Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) presented in three brightly coloured tubes.

Freixenet Copestick acquires Bolney Wine Estate

Freixenet Copestick has acquired English sparkling wine producer Bolney Wine Estate for an undisclosed fee.

Brands Report 2022: Champagne

There wasn’t a huge amount to celebrate last year, but it doesn’t take much of an occasion for champagne corks to fly in the world’s best bars – almost 90% of our bars stock the French sparkler. Three-quarters have two champers and two-thirds have three or more.

Cava sees significant growth in the first nine months of 2021

Sales in the first nine months of 2021 of sparkling wines made under the protection of the DO Cava have increased by 16.45% on the same period in 2020.

Esporão partners with Hatch Mansfield for UK distribution

Portuguese wine producer, Esporão, has announced its partnership with Hatch Mansfield as their UK distributor.

Treasury Wine Estates to acquire Frank Family Vineyards

Treasury Wine Estates, one of the world’s largest wine companies, has announced an agreement to acquire Frank Family Vineyards including the historic winery, brand and vineyard holdings.

Villa Maria acquired by Indevin

Indevin New Zealand has completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of Villa Maria Estate for an undisclosed fee.

US named 'most attractive' wine market in Global Compass report

The United States has once again topped the list of the most attractive wine markets in the world,  according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Port of Leith Distillery launches white port

The Port of Leith Distillery company has launched a new white port alongside its Portuguese partner Martha’s Wines.

Pernod Ricard UK launches wine brand for dog lovers

Pernod Ricard UK has launched Leaps & Bounds, a new range of Australian wines inspired by dogs.

VSPT Wine Group sales up 11%

VSPT Wine Group has seen an 11% increase in sales for Q2 to maintain its number one spot in the Chilean market.

Chapel Down appoints new CEO

Andrew Carter is set to take over from Frazer Thompson as CEO of Chapel Down winery from September this year.

US wine tariffs threaten UK market shape

The UK’s most popular wines could disappear from supermarket shelves and pubs after the government proposed a 25% tariff on all wine imports from the US.

Trivento named as the world’s best-selling Argentine wine brand

Trivento has been revealed as the world’s best-selling Argentine wine brand in a report by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

Germany calls for aid for flood-devastated wine regions

The German Wine Institute (DWI) is calling for donations for wine producers in the Ahr Valley, devastated by last week’s extreme flooding.

Putin anti-champagne law sparks controversy

A new law in Russia ordering French champagne to be labelled sparkling wine has caused unrest among producers.

Domaine Leroy Musigny goes for record sale

Cult Wines has announced the record sale of 2013 Domaine Leroy Musigny, a rare Grand Cru Burgundy, to a customer in Asia.

South Africa enjoys late and large 2021 wine harvest

The 2021 South African wine harvest has been estimated at 1,461,599 tonnes, 8.9% larger than in 2020.

Rare bottle of 1821 Grand Constance breaks wine auction record

A bottle of 1821 Grand Constance sold for a record-breaking R420,000 (£21,222) at the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction in Stellenbosch.

Pernod says wine business will not meet Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc demand

Pernod Ricard says its New Zealand wine brands Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh will be unable to meet global Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply this year after one of the smallest New Zealand harvests in 10 years.

Pétrus wine aged in space expected to sell for $1million

A bottle of Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station, is to be offered for sale by Christie’s.

Torres launches Secret del Priorat 2018

Familia Torres has expanded its range of red Priorat wines with Secret del Priorat 2018 made from Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

Symington family bottles six vintage ports for 2019

The Symingtons have bottled six Quinta Vintage Ports from 2019 and will release two en primeur – Quinta do Vesúvio and Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira.

Severe frost devastates French vineyards

Vineyards across France have been hit hard by overnight frosts, partially compromising the 2021 harvest.

Bollinger to acquire US-based Ponzi Vineyards

The Bollinger family has announced the acquisition of Oregon-based Ponzi Vineyards which will be its first winery in the US.

US champagne imports down 19% in 2020

According to the Champagne Bureau USA, the exports of champagne to the US fell almost 19% in 2020 year-on-year.

Campo Viejo to launch Winemaker’s Blend in the UK

Campo Viejo has announced the launch of Winemaker’s Blend, a new blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal.

Champagne Lanson enters new US deal with Terlato Wine Group

Terlato Wine Group has announced an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Champagne Lanson to become effective April 1, 2021.