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Austrian wine’s Willi Klinger to retire

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced that its mercurial managing director, Wili Klinger, will be leaving at the end of next year.

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Organic wine to double in UK by 2022

Organic wine consumption is expected to increase by more than 50% in the UK by 2022, according to research carried out by IWSR.

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Henkell and Freixenet come together

Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei and Freixenet SA has unveiled a new name and a logo for the holding company, the former Henkell & Co. Group.

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International Bulk Wine Competition awards five grand golds

The International Bulk Wine Competition, the only competition that recognises the quality of bulk wines from around the world, has awarded five grand gold medals in 2018.

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Prime UK wine locations revealed

Research from the University of East Anglia has identified the prime areas of the UK for producing quality wine.

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Vinexpo to launch Shanghai show in 2019

The first Vinexpo Shanghai will take place on 23-25 October 2019 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC).

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115-year-old port sets new auction record

A Guinness World Record for the most expensive port wine sold at auction was set last week with the sale of the first Niepoort in Lalique 1863 decanter.

Berry Bros. & Rudd brings Israeli wines to UK

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added Israeli winery Recanati to its producer portfolio.

Cult Wines opens Singapore office

Cult Wines, global wine investment advisor, has announced the opening of a new Singapore office as it continues to increase investment among local and regional-based clients.

World’s Most Admired Wine Brands Awards at Prowein 2019

Drinks International’s The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands survey will be hosting the inaugural Awards party during the week of Prowein in Dusseldorf.

WineGB announces 'harvest of the century' for English wine

According to WineGB, wine producers across the UK are hailing 2018 ‘the harvest of the century’ following a record-breaking summer due to unusually hot climates.

Bottle of Romanee-Conti breaks wine auction record

A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine has set a new record after selling for US$558,000 at auction at Sotheby's in New York. Picture credit Sotherby's.

The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands awards ceremony to launch in 2019

Drinks International has announced the inaugural World’s Most Admired Wine Brands awards ceremony, which will take place during Prowein 2019.

Capewine 2018 attracts record numbers

Capewine 2018 attracted a record 2,414 visitors from 66 different countries, which is 27% more visitors than the previous event held in 2015.

Piper Heidsieck appoints 30 year old cellar master

Piper-Heidsieck has the appointed 30-year-old Émilien Boutillat as the new cellar master of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.

Raise profitability or die

That was the somber message from Wines of South Africa’s chairwoman at the opening of Cape 2018 in Cape Town today (September 12).

Christies’ auctioneer warns Asia will buy all quality wine

Simon Tam, head of wine at auction house, Christie’s Hong Kong, has warned that buyers in the US and Europe will not be able to compete with Asia when it comes to buying top quality wines in the future.

WOSA chair says SA wine profits are "huge challenge"

Wines of South Africa non-executive chair, Carina Gous (pictured) told a packed auditorium at Cape 2018's opening seminar that profitability was a “huge, huge challenge” with many farmers giving up growing vines.

North Rhône Valley vineyards harvested earlier than south

The harvest of the northern sector of the Rhône Valley has occurred prior to the southern sector due to favourable weather.

Prosecco DOC expects strong production after 2018 harvest

Tutelary Consortium for Prosecco DOC is anticipating strong productions for the Italian sparkling wine after near to perfect conditions continue.

Hubert de Billy made president of Primum Familiae Vini

Hubert de Billy of Champagne Pol Roger has been appointed as the new president of Primum Familiae Vini.

Earliest ever Federweisser harvest takes place

The official start of the harvest for Federweisser, a partially fermented, yeasty wine, in Lörzweiler, Germany begun on 6 August, the earliest start date on record.

Accolade gives kolour to Kumala

Accolade Wines has announced it will be investing more than £1m in South African wine brand Kumala with a new brand creative entitled ‘Keep it Kolourful’.

Benchmark launches Ian Botham wines

Benchmark Drinks has unveiled a range of wines named after one of England’s greatest cricketers, Ian Botham.

AXA Millésimes buys Outpost Wines

AXA Millésimes and the Dotzler family have announced the purchase by AXA Millésimes of Outpost Wines, based near Angwin, on the higher slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.

Olivier Dauga unveils sustainable French wine projects

Olivier Dauga was in London on 16 July to present new examples of his projects with wine producers in Bordeaux which focus on organic conversion and sustainability.

Matt Deller joins Tor Wines

Matt Deller MW has joined Tor Wines in Napa Valley as chief operating officer, responsible for supporting owner Tor Kenward in all areas of the business.

Rathfinny Wine Estate expands to Hong Kong

Rathfinny Wine Estate, located in Southern England has appointed Jebsen Fine Wines as its distributor in Hong Kong, where it is set to launch its sparkling wines in September 2018.

Champagne Castelnau launches Tour de France-inspired bottles

Champagne Castelnau has launched a 2018 special edition design for its Brut Réserve NV and Brut Réserve Rosé NV bottles to celebrate the start of the Tour de France.

The Symingtons report high vintage port demand

The Symingtons have reported high demand for their 2016 vintage ports anticipating a premature sellout.

Champagne Castelnau to open visitor center in 2020

Champagne Castelnau has bought a villa property in Reims, France to act as a new visitor and events center to open in spring 2020.

Dom Perignon launches 2008 vintage as Richard Geoffroy announces retirement

The much vaunted 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon was launched earlier this month at a spectacular event in Hautvillers, appropriately close by the cellar in the vineyard – ‘Cave Thomas’ -- where Dom Pérignon himself made his wines.

First Pinotage vineyard in the UK

The owner of a large estate in southern England has planted what is believed to be the first commercial Pinotage vineyard in the UK.

Champagne Palmer TRU to US

Champagne Palmer has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership in the US with TRU Estates and Vineyards, the fine wine division of Constellation Brands.

WSET chief exec Ian Harris gets MBE

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s chief executive, Ian Harris, received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this week.

The International Wine Challenge launches in China

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is to be launched in China, owners William Reed has announced.

The Uncommon: Canned English sparkling wine

The Uncommon is the name of a new English sparkling wine, made from Bacchus grapes, produced in Surrey, about 20 miles from London, which comes in 25cl can.

Eisberg supports responsible cycling

Eisberg, the alcohol-free wine, is expanding its involvement in cycling by sponsoring this summer’s Tour Of Britain and sponsoring two pro cycling teams, Storey Racing and Canyon Eisberg.

Seven Kent wineries join forces to launch the Wine Garden of England

Seven Kentish wineries, Biddenden Vineyards, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond, Gusbourne, Hush Heath Estate, Simpsons Wine Estate and Squerryes, have joined forces to form The Wine Garden of England.

Uitkyk sale to create more focus for Distell’s wine business

Distell, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of leading fine wines, ciders, spirits and RTDs, has sold its Uitkyk wine farm in Stellenbosch to Warwick Wine Estate

Castelnau releases second prestige cuvée

Champagne Castelnau has launched Hors Catégorie CCF 2067, the second prestige cuvée to be released as part of its premium Hors Catégorie collection.

Advini acquires major stake in Stellenbosch Vineyards

Wine company Advini, owner of L'Avenir, Le Bonheur and majority shareholder in Ken Forrester Vineyards, has acquired a majority share in South African wine brand, Stellenbosch Vineyards for an undisclosed fee.

Australian wine exports booming in China

Australian wine exports to China (including
 Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 51% for the year to March 2018, totalling $1.04bn – a first for exports to a single country – according to data released by Wine Australia.

Croft and Taylor’s announce 2016 vintage

The three port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership; Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s, have each announced 2016 as a vintage year.

Japan champagne exports booming

Japan has overtaken Germany in export volumes of champagne for the first time in history, according to data provided by Comité Champagne.

Rioja launches new global brand identity

Rioja’s DO (The Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa) has launched its new brand identity.

Symington declares 2016 vintage port year

The Symington family has declared 2016 as a vintage port year, its fourth since 2000.

CA Grands Crus hopeful despite frosts

CA Grands Crus has reported “pockets of real excellence” despite Bordeaux receiving “one of the most dramatic frosts since 1991”.

Accolade take over targets China middle class

Finance experts believe that The Caryle Group’s recent acquisition of Accolade Wines will allow them to capatalise on China’s middle class market.

Charles Sichel: Bordeaux quality greatest ever

Charles Sichel, export director at Maison Sichel believes that the development of world wines has driven the quality of Bordeaux to its greatest quality level in history.