Russia to invest â¬250m in Crimean wine industry

    The Russian government plans to invest up to €250m in the expansion and growth of the Crimean wine industry to include a 60% increase in vineyard plantings. Massandra Vineyard, Crimea; credit: Auzine As part of state plans, by 2025, the total area covered by Crimean vineyards will have grown from 37,300ha to 100,000ha, with the industry expecting to generate at least 15% of ...

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    English winemakers hail 'exquisite' 2014 vintage

    English wine producers are hailing 2014 as a year to remember after a warm, dry September produced one of the earliest harvests in recent times. Gusbourne Estate's Butness Pinot Noir vines before harvest, credit: @gusbourne / Twitter Some vineyards faced a race against time to complete picking as heavy rain moved across the country earlier this week, but most say 2014 is a 'grea ...

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    Christie's set for largest auction of DWWA wines for Wateraid

    The record number of bottles entered into this year's DWWA will see more than 400 cases of wine auctioned by Christie's to raise money for the WaterAid charity. Decanter publishing director Sarah Kemp during a WaterAid visit to Zambia Due to the increase 2014 awards entries, Christie’s will this year split the auction into two parts offering bidders the chance to buy wine live n ...

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    Penfolds releases Grange 2010 and Penfolds Collection

    Penfolds Grange 2010 was officially launched in London yesterday as part of the new Penfolds Collection, in a move designed to consolidated the brand's portfolio into one annual release. The new release is the third Grange release in eighteen months following on from the 2008 in 2012 and the 2009 Grange earlier this year.

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    Ludivine Griveau named new Hospices de Beaune winemaker

    Ludivine Griveau has been named as the new winemaker of the Hospices de Beaune, becoming the first female to be appointed to the role. Griveau will be taking over from current winemaker Roland Masse who is set to retire at the end of the year, after overseeing the 2014 vintage, his 15th in the role, and this year’s 154th Hospices de Beaune auction taking place in November.

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    Hospices de Beaune 2014: Hail damage sees new white wine added to auction

    A new cuvee of white wine from Beaune has been added to the auction list at the upcoming Hospices de Beaune auction to compensate from low production volumes in 2014. The addition of the new premier cru white wine comes after extensive hail damage in June decimated vineyards reducing the crops of several vineyards from Beaune, Pommard, Volnay and Meursault by half or more.

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    Nervous wait for vineyards as frost hits Barossa again

    Frost enveloped young buds in Barossa's vineyards this week, almost a year to the day since heavy frosts caused serious damage to vines in the region. Several Barossa winemakers have been anxiously checking their vines for frost damage after a cold spell hit the region overnight on Monday.It follows a spate of unsettled weather in parts of South Australia.

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    Global wine production set to drop by up to 4% in 2014, report warns

    Global wine production is expected to fall by as much as 4% in 2014, despite a rebound in France following last year’s small crop, says a new report from Rabobank. Chile, Italy, Argentina and Australia are all expected to record significant production declines, while harvests in the US and Spain will almost certainly diminish after bumper crops in 2013.

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    Bordeaux launches ad campaign to stem fall in exports

    Bordeaux wine officials hope that a new international advertising campaign will help the region to stem falling exports to its key markets. Bordeaux’s regional wine body, the CIVB, said this week that it would promote the area’s wines simultaneously in the most important export markets.Exports of Bordeaux from August 2013 to August 2014 fell by 8% in volume and 18% in value, new figures show.

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    Tesco wine chief asked to 'step aside' amid investigation, say reports

    Tesco wine boss Dan Jago is one of three senior executives reportedly asked to step aside today as the retail giant continued a probe into a £250m profit overstatement, according to media reports. Tesco declined to name the individuals concerned, but media sources including the Daily Telegraph yesterday named them as Dan Jago, global head of wine, beer and spirits; William Linna ...

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    D'Arenberg to build giant 'Rubik's cube' visitor centre

    Australia's d'Arenberg winery is planning to build a AUS$11m, multi-storey tasting room and restaurant complex in the heart of its vineyards, modelled on the design of a Rubik's cube. d'Arenberg's plans include a multi-storey tasting roomD'Arenberg winemaker Chester Osborn told Decanter.com this week that he hopes to begin building the futuristic, cube-shaped facility in spring next year.

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    Bulgarian wine to see surge of foreign investment

    Up to 11 new wineries will be established in Bulgaria by foreign investors over the new few years the country's official agency on winegrowing and winemaking has revealed. Vineyard near Biberna peak, near Kableshkovo, credit: Uroboros According to Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Bulgarian State Agency on Winegrowing and Winemaking (BSAWW), the proposed new ...

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    Champagne 2014: Organic growers survive tense summer

    Organic growers in Champagne believe they have 'proven themselves' in 2014 after a wet August increased tension with their non-organic counterparts over the use of sprays. The 2014 harvest at Louis Roederer (Image: @Louis_Roederer_) In the year that the Comite Champagne approved a new environmental directive, many growers are understood to have pushed the legally allowed sprays ...

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    Bordeaux 2014: Rain hits end of the harvest

    Sudden and heavy rainfall across Bordeaux is forcing winemakers who have not yet harvested their reds to speed up picking or risk waiting longer for conditions to clear. After the driest September in Bordeaux for 60 years, the return of the rain after a wet August is affecting picking schedules across the region, and is thought to mainly affect this year’s Cabernet Sauvignon and ...

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    Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

    Chicago's Hart Davis Hart will hold its first Bordeaux-only auction at the end of this month, in what could prove a key test for signs of improved buyer confidence in 2014. 97 lots of Petrus 1982 are being auctioned Hart Davis Hart (HDH) said it expected to sell up to $5.5m of top Bordeaux wines from around 100 chateaux at the auction, to be held over 31 October and 1 November.

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