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  • China entrepreneur buys Bordeaux's Chateau Renon

    Chateau Renon has become the second Bordeaux wine property within two weeks to be sold to a Chinese investor, and its new owner plans to use it as a holiday home and entertainment venue for clients. James Zhou, 54, has bought the Chateau Renon building (pictured) and 5ha of grounds, as well as the 8ha Chateau Renon Ouest vineyard.

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  • Thieves steal $300,000 of DRC and Screaming Eagle from The French Laundry

    Burglars who stole $300,000 worth of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Screaming Eagle wines from one of California's best known restaurants, The French Laundry, will find it hard to sell the bottles on, according to the restaurant's owner. Burglars broke into Michelin-starred The French Laundry (pictured) in Yountville, Napa, on Christmas Day and escaped with 76 bottles of so ...

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  • Adelaide Hills vineyard burns in worst bush fire for decades

    Dozens of firefighters in South Australia have spent the past two days battling a blaze in the Adelaide Hills region that has destroyed at least half of one winery's vineyards. A partially melted wine bottle in the shell of a house destroyed by fire in Adelaide Hills. Image credit: Getty / AFP / Brenton Edwards Flames came to within 20 metres of the winery building at Kersb ...

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  • Jefford on Monday: Lessons the Bottles Taught Me

    Some wines please; others both please and inform. The wines below are some of those which taught me most this year. I've quoted vintage and producer's name, but it's not always the named wine itself which matters so much as what that wine represents. Bush vines in Swartland (Image: Andrew Jefford)1) 2009 Opoka Rebula, Simčič, SloveniaI criss-crossed the Italian/Slovenian bor ...

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  • Chinese hotel owner completes Bordeaux chateau buy

    Estate agency Maxwell Storrie Baynes, which is affiliated to the real estate arm of Christie's, announced that the sale of Beguey-based Chateau de Birot was completed at a signing ceremony on 19 December.The deal marks ongoing Chinese investors' ongoing interest in Bordeaux wine estates. It also underlines many of those buyers' preference for properties outside of the most pr ...

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  • Chart: Chinese-owned chateaux in Bordeaux

    See the charts below to view the number of Bordeaux chateaux bought by Chinese investors to date, as well as where and when the deals were done. China's interest in Bordeaux has come a long way since Peter Kwok bought Chateau Haut-Brisson in 1997. As Kwok himself told in 20 ...

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  • South African winery Swartland sold to Chinese investor

    Chinese businessman William Wu has bought control of Swartland Winery for an undisclosed fee, marking rising interest from China in South African wine. Vines in South Africa's Swartland (Image: Andrew Jefford)Swartland Winery's 70 shareholders agreed to sell a 51% stake in the group to Chinese investor William Wu, who owns one of the China's biggest security firms, according ...

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  • Trial of 'Champagne Jayne' halted for trademark talks

    Champagne’s regional council is to enter talks with the wine critic known as Champagne Jayne over the future use of her name, after the two parties spent three days arguing in court. Image credit: 'Champagne' Jayne PowellJayne Powell stood trial in Melbourne’s Federal Court this week after the Comite Champagne accused her of trademark infringement.

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  • Champagne houses complain to Bordeaux mayor over 'cremant' claims

    Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe may have dented his chances of earning French presidential campaign votes in the Champagne region after reportedly promising to serve more local sparkling wine at official functions. Juppe (pictured, centre), who is tipped to be in the running at France’s next presidential election in 2017, has annoyed several Champagne houses following claims that ...

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  • Cru Bourgeois Medoc chateau sold to Chinese investor

    Chateau Preuillac has become the latest Bordeaux wine property acquired by a Chinese investor, after its owner families decided to sell following two difficult vintages. The investor, who has not been named at this stage, finalised a deal to buy 100% of the 30-hectare estate on 3 December. The purchase comes in the same month that Decanter.

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  • Rudy Kurniawan's private cellar could help to repay victims

    A year since Rudy Kurniawan was convicted for mass wine fraud in the US, experts are preparing to enter his private cellar to see if wines can be sold to compensate victims owed nearly $30m. Labels found in Rudy Kurniawan's home after an FBI raid. He printed labels on his computer. Image source: FBI US officials have asked a team at Chai Consulting, the cellar management an ...

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  • Jackson Family Wines buys South African vineyard

    Jackson Family Wines has expanded its recent buying spree beyond US shores by acquiring vineyards in South Africa's Stellenbosch region. A view of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Jackson Family Wines have bought vines in Banghoek Valley.Jackson Family has bought Fijnbosch farm, which includes eight hectares of vines, from the Engelage family for an undisclosed fee, a spokesper ...

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  • Penfolds owner Treasury set to retire 'non-priority' wine brands

    The chief executive of Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates has said that more than a quarter of the firm's wine brands could be 'retired' or put into joint-ventures with other companies. Of Treasury Wine Estates' 80 wine brands, 25 are 'non-priority, commercial brands', Michael Clarke (pictured) told shareholders at the firm's annual general meeting this week.

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  • Russia's currency fall set to cause wine price spike

    Russia's deteriorating economy is likely to mean significantly higher wine prices for consumers, according to its deputy prime minister. Abrau Durso's Pavel Titov says higher costs for imported equipment will push up prices. A rapid devaluation of Russia’s ruble currency, believed to be partly caused by western sanctions, could cause prices of imported wine to rise by as at ...

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