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Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:14

EPI Wine & Champagne Division has bought a majority stake in Napa Valley’s Folio Fine Wine Partners.

EPI Group, one of France’s major luxury companies, has bought a majority stake in Napa importer Folio Fine Wine Partners.


Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:17

In an historic move, Philipponnat has announced that it is creating an online sales portal. Other Champagne houses are also creating direct-to-consumer sites. James Lawrence reports.
 

Leading Champagne brand Philipponnat has unveiled plans to create an online sales portal.


Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:04

Château Fonplegade joins a growing number of top Bordeaux chateaux that are turning to biodynamic farming. 

Château Fonplegade is the latest Bordeaux chateau to become certified biodynamic. The Right Bank property has been organic since 2013, and as of this year can display the Biodyvin label.


Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:43

As sales collapse in London, leading artisanal wine company Les Caves de Pyrene is forging ahead with plans to launch a new export arm. Barnaby Eales reports.

Les Caves de Pyrene, the London-based distributor, importer and retailer, has launched a new export arm to tap into new growth markets for natural and organic wines.


Fri, 06/19/2020 - 11:22

Organising a major wine competition isn’t easy in the middle of a pandemic. But the results show how the world of Riesling is evolving.
 

The results of the world’s biggest Riesling competition are out – and show that less well-known regions are now producing award-winning wines.


Tue, 06/16/2020 - 14:30

Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine doesn’t just cover the globe, it also offers practical advice.


Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:01

The University of Tasmania has just launched its Climate Atlas, to help the Australian wine industry understand how climate change will affect the wine industry this century.
 

Australian winemakers and viticulturists now have a new resource for tackling climate change – a graphics heavy Climate Atlas, that shows how climate change will change their region. The goal of the atlas is to give the wine industry the information it needs to plan.


Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:21

Henkell Freixenet, the world’s largest sparkling wine company, had a windfall year in 2019. Can this growth in the sparkling market continue in 2020? CEO Dr Andreas Brokemper talks to Felicity Carter.
 

Henkell Frexienet, the world’s biggest sparkling wine company, hit a turnover of more than €1bn ($1.12bn) in 2019, thanks in part by the unstoppable growth of Prosecco. 


Tue, 06/02/2020 - 15:46

When the on trade shuttered, observers expected Chinese wine consumption to drop. A new report reveals that the lockdown may instead have brought a whole new group to wine. 
 

The pandemic has inspired more Chinese consumers to not only drink more wine, but spend more on it, according to a recent report from Wine Intelligence.


Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:34

Is the pandemic pushing Spanish wineries in new directions? James Lawrence looks at the new initiative from Spanish icon winemaker Alvaro Palacios.
 

Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios has launched an online sales platform, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:17

The Italian investment bank Mediobanca has released its annual survey of Italian wine companies and the mood is gloomy.

The 2020 edition of Mediobanca’s annual wine industry survey reveals that more than 60% of the Italian wine companies surveyed expect their sales to fall this year. Their overall outlook is more pessimistic than it was in 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis.


Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:56

The international trade fair for the bar and beverage industry is going digital.

Bar Convent Berlin 2020, the international trade fair for the bar and beverage industry, now breaks new ground in the corona crisis, to bring the drinks community together at Pouring Digital, a new initiative.


Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:42

Grape yields for Cava production are to fall by double digit numbers, to limit production. Barnaby Eales has the story.

Grape yields for Cava production in Spain are to be cut by almost 17% this year, the Cava DO regulatory body has announced. Maximum yields will be reduced from 12,00 kilos per hectare to 10,000 kilos per hectare for the 2020 vintage, the Cava DO said.


Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:37

For a while, the rich, ripe style of Chardonnay from Australia’s inland regions was an unfashionable as shoulder pads and big hair. But the fashion wheel has turned again, says James Lawrence.
 

The popularity of Australian Chardonnay is in resurgence, buoyed by rising global demand and last year’s small harvest. Yet the grape has been ripped out of Australian soils since 2016.


Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:00

A new category of wine is about to hit the shelves – Prosecco DOC Rosé. 

Prosecco is about to turn pink, which the Prosecco DOC Consorzio hopes can help the industry at a particularly tough time.


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