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.

Eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine launches

Publisher Mitchell Beazley has announced that the Eighth Edition of The World Atlas of Wine, will be published in October. price: £45.

UK wine domestic sales and exports up 50%

Latest figures from the UK wine industry revealed a record-breaking harvest for 2018 and a 50% increase in sales both domestic and international, with more land under vine than ever before.

Cult Wines appoints new investment director

Wine asset manager Cult Wines has appointed Olivier Staub investment director based in the company’s head office in London.

Torres and Jackson wineries to launch global climate change group

Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines have announced intentions to create a working group of global wineries to reduce CO2 emissions.

WSET launches 'roadshow' for new wine diploma format

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, has announced that it will be running a ‘roadshow’ for the Level 4 Diploma in Wines across key markets before the new qualification goes live on 1 August 2019.

Hocking launches Californian wine agency

James Hocking, who was until recently wine director at The Vineyard Cellars, has set up a new Californian-focused wine agency.

Six new masters of wine announced

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

South American wine overtakes Italy in UK off trade sales

The latest Nielsen sales figures show that the combined growth of Chile (+4.1%) and Argentina (+11.2%) have seen South America overtake Italy in value sales of still wine.

Champagne Palmer unveils new winery

Champagne Palmer & Co has unveiled its new winery located close to the House’s Grand and Premier Crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims.

WBWE Asia to present global harvests

The harvests of major world producers will be represented during the first bulk wine fair in Asia. 

Barefoot prepares for double-digit growth in 2019

Barefoot wine brand is preparing for continued success in the UK wine market with double-digit growth predicted for 2019.

IWC China open for entries

The International Wine Challenge China (IWC China) – the newly-launched sibling to the International Wine Challenge competition– is now open for entries.

Crédit Agricole to sell two Bordeaux estates

Crédit Agricole has decided to sell Bordeaux estates Château Blaignan (Médoc) and Château La Tour de Mons (Margaux) to focus on three others.

Pol Roger crowned World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand 2019

Drinks International has named Pol Roger as the World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand in 2019, a magazine which ranks champagne brands from 1-30 based on the votes of the world's top wine experts.

Gerard Basset dies

Well known master sommelier and master of wine, Gerard Basset died last week of oesophagael cancer after a two-year battle.

Distell launches Libertas Vineyards and Estates in SA

Distell, Africa’s leading wines and spirits producer and marketer is launching Libertas Vineyards and Estates as a new stand-alone company with ownership of all the premium wine brands.

Bolney Wine Estate merges with Pookchurch

Bolney Wine Estate has announced a merger with neighbouring vineyard Pookchurch to form a 104 acre estate dedicated to increasing the production of premium still English wines.

Babydoll wines positioned for UK growth

Babydoll wines from New Zealand will make its debut at the UK annual trade tasting “Flavours of New Zealand” this week, ready to increase its presence in the UK in 2019 in the premium New Zealand sector across all trade channels.

Prowein geared up for 25th edition

Around 6,800 exhibitors from around the world are expected to take part in the 25th edition of Prowein in Düsseldorf this year.

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.

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.