• 2014 Champagne sales hit second highest total on record

      Around 308m bottles of Champagne were sold around the world in 2014, according to provisional figures, while the new head of regional body Comite Champagne expects exports to overtake domestic sales this year. If confirmed, the 308m figure would represent a 1% rise in global Champagne sales versus 2013.

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    • France's anti-alcohol lobby forces Rhone wine body to change advert slogan

      Cotes du Rhone winemakers are the latest to fall foul of France's anti-alcohol lobby after being ordered to change the slogan on an advertising campaign, but a court ruled the advert's image could remain. The advert for Cotes du Rhone wines, without the offending slogan. An advert for Rhone wines depicting a man holding a red balloon with the slogan ‘au gout de la vie’ – a ...

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  • Bordeaux 2014: Price cuts demanded by UK merchants ahead of en primeur

    Leading UK wine merchants, including Berry Bros & Rudd, Bordeaux Index and Corney & Barrow, have launched a pre-emptive strike ahead of this year's Bordeaux en primeur campaign by calling on chateaux and negociants to drop prices to revive consumer demand. Consumer demand was weak during the Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign, according to merchants An open letter si ...

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  • Financial pressure forcing vineyard sales in California's Paso Robles

    More than 20 vineyards and wineries in California's Paso Robles region have changed hands in the past two years as 'lifestyle' owners have succumbed to financial pressures and sold up, according to a new report. Paso Robles and its sub-regions. Credit: Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance / Mike Bobbit Estate agency Pacifica said 18 vineyards and five wineries got new owners d ...

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  • Markus Del Monego MW joins judging line-up as DWWA 2015 opens for entries

    Entries have opened for the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards, with thousands of wines set to compete for medals before a star-studded array of judges, including Masters of Wine, sommeliers and other leading critics. The 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 is open for entries Wineries can enter the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (DWWA) online via the DWWA website or by post.

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  • Montalcino winery workers arrested in drugs raid

    Police investigating drug dealing in Tuscany have arrested several winery workers in Montalcino, the town that has given its name to Italy’s famous Brunello di Montalcino wines. Officers raided properties this week in an operation known as ‘Montalcino Express’, according to a statement issued by the Siena branch of Tuscany’s Carabinieri police and posted on the blog of Itali ...

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  • Germany to consume more wine than Italy by 2018, says Vinexpo

    Germany will overtake Italy to become the world's third largest wine consumer within four years, according to a report that also predicts the US will cement its position as the world’s largest wine market and wine consumption in the UK is set to rebound. A view of Germany's Mosel wine region Germans may be better known for frequenting beer halls than for sipping fine wine, ...

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  • Marlborough to be 'fully planted in 5 to 10 years', says NZ wine chief

    Higher consumer demand for New Zealand wines has continued to put pressure on land space and some producers believe Marlborough will be fully planted in as little as five years. Yealands Estate in Marlborough Winemakers and grape growers are running out of space in Marlborough, famous for Sauvignon Blanc and which constitutes around three quarters of New Zealand’s wine production.

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  • Vinexpo Bordeaux: Chief promises 'major change' for 2015 show

    One of the biggest events in the wine trade’s calendar, Vinexpo in Bordeaux, will get a major facelift in 2015, according to its new chief executive, who wants to end perceptions of French bias. Vinexpo Bordeaux 2015 will be more inclusive than previous versions of the bi-annual, trade-only show, Guillaume Deglise (pictured) told Decanter.com in an interview.

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  • Grape rotting fruit fly raises alarm in German vineyards

    German winemakers have become the latest in Europe to raise concerns over an Asian fruit fly that causes grapes to rot in the vineyards. The fly, known as Drosophila Suzukii, was the ‘biggest threat’ to vineyards in Germany’s key winegrowing regions during the 2014 harvest, according to the German wine export association, ‘Mo-Rhe-Na’.

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  • Languedoc wine group files lawsuit against US importer

    French wine group Vignerons de la Mediterranee has filed a lawsuit against its US importer, a subsidiary of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, claiming US$600,000 for breach of contract. The Narbonne-based company alleged that importer Pasternak Wine had conspired to limit sales of Pays d’Oc wines in the US.

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  • Contino 'founding father' Jose Madrazo dies

    Jose Madrazo, one of Rioja's biggest proponents for more than 40 years and co-founder of the Contino winery, has died. Spanish wine group CVNE, or ‘Cune’, and which owns Contino (pictured), announced Jose Madrazo’s death this week. Born in 1935, Jose Madrazo Real de Asua was a captain of merchant ships, and mainly oil tankers, until the end of the 1960s.

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  • Graphic: California leads global vineyard price rises

    Data from estate agency Knight Frank shows that Sonoma in California has seen some of the steepest rises in vineyard prices. See the charts below for more details. Napa Valley might have spearheaded California's emergence on the world wine scene in the past 40 years, but it is neighbouring Sonoma that appears to have seen stronger interest in vineyard acquisitions in the last couple of years.

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  • Mosel Bridge fails to meet EU standards, says expert

    Plans for the controversial Mosel bridge that would carry traffic through Germany's Riesling vineyards don't meet European Union building standards, according to an independent expert. An artist's impression of the Mosel bridge Professor Rafig Azzam, a geology engineer at Aachen University, warned that building work on the Mosel bridge needs to stop until the foundations on ...

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  • New Nomacorc owners plot acquisitions after buyout deal

    The founder of the world's largest producer of synthetic corks, Nomacorc, plans to pursue acquisitions after joining with Bespoke Capital to buy out the group's previous majority owner, Summit Partners. Nomacorc’s founder and chairman, Marc Noel, and Boston-based Bespoke Capital have become the 100% owners of the wine closure firm, they said.

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