Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:52

After French wine groups heard a rumour that the French Minister for Health intended to introduce Dry January to France, they were swift to react. Sophie Kevany reports.

France’s wine sector is once again battling alcohol reduction suggestions from the country’s health ministry. This time, eight French wine bodies have aligned to protest against the idea of a nationally backed ‘dry January’. 

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 21:40

Château La Tour de Mons has been sold to the Perrodo family, in the largest Bordeaux vineyard sale of the year. Sophie Kevany reports.

The Perrodo family, owners of London-based oil and gas company Perenco, have paid an estimated €60m ($67m) for their third Bordeaux châteaux, local paper

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:18

The Australian wine industry is booming once again, with exports hitting record highs.

Australian exports are on the up, according to the latest figures from Wine Australia, with value continuing to grow.

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:48

Wines from the 2019 Prosecco vintage will be the first made in line with new production regulations.

The harvest in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore has just come to an end, with yields down between 3% to 5% on last year. Wines from this vintage will be the first to be made in line with new production regulations that allow for a drier style of wine.

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:42

Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg has had a glittering career. And he is now an ambassador for the wines of Saint-Émilion.

The Jurade of Saint-Émilion, a seven decades old wine fraternity, now has a new member: Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg. He was inducted into the Jurade on Tuesday, 22 October, during a surprise ceremony.

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 11:29

Under cover of night, two wineries had their tanks opened, releasing 40,000 hectolitres of wine and must.

Two cooperatives in Puglia have been the targets of sabotage.

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 10:25

On 18 October, the US goverment imposed tariffs of 25% on French, German, Spanish and UK wines under 14% abv. Leslie Gevirtz discovers that wine producers and US wine importers won't raise their prices until after the New Year.

Weingut Egon Müller’s owner and winemaker was more concerned about the harvest that was underway than he was about the 25% tariffs that the US imposed on the vast majority of wines from Germany, France, and Spain earlier this month.

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 08:00

Weather conditions were tricky and yields were down, but the Rioja Consejo says the wines are going to be exceptional

Yields were down in Rioja in 2019 because of less vigour in the vineyard, which the Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa says “guarantee maximum quality”.

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:33

Civil unrest is gripping Chile and travellers are advised that there are transport delays.

Chile’s tourism authorities have issued an advisory saying that most of the country’s tourism facilities are unaffected by the civil unrest gripping parts of the country, but to be prepared for transport delays.

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:16

Tired of seeing their Sauvignon Blanc blended into other wines, a group of Marlborough producers created Appellation Marlborough Wine. Now it's been trademarked.

Appellation Marlborough Wine, established in 2018, has recently been trademarked in key global wine markets.

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 12:00

Alcohol is piling up in warehouses across the US, says Jeff Siegel. Does this mean wine isn’t selling – or is something else going on?

US wholesale alcohol inventories are at an all-time high, according to figures from the US Census Bureau.

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:19

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Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:37

Les Grands Chais de France, one of France's biggest wine companies, has bought a Burgundy negociant.

French powerhouse Les Grands Chais de France (GCDF) has purchased Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils near Chablis. According to the company, the September acquisition “will increase the Group’s scale and capacity in the appellation, as well as help to stabilise supply in challenging vintages”.

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:00

While there is an urgent environmental need to reduce pesticides, not every vigneron can go organic. Olivier Thery looks at the HVE alternative.

The market for organic wine is booming. But while demand keeps rising, the supply side seems to be lagging. France is still going strong: 12% of its vineyards are now farmed organically, an increase of one-fifth in 2018, according to the French Agence Bio.

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:48

Event organiser Pancho Campo found himself in a sticky situation on a recent visit to South Africa. He told his story to Felicity Carter.

Spanish businessman Pancho Campo was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint outside Cape Town on Saturday, October 12th.