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  • Austria introduces new sparkling wine quality tiers

    Austria has created a three-tier quality pyramid for its emergent sparkling wine sector to improve its reputation and help consumers to better understand the category. The new system (pictured above) underlines the growing importance of sparkling wine to Austrian producers. It was launched this month by the Austrian Sparkling Wine Committee and the Austrian Wine Marketing B ...

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  • France to regain crown as world's biggest wine producer

    France is on course to overtake Italy as the largest wine producing nation, according to new figures from the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV). Click on the image to see a larger version. (Image: Annabelle Sing) Hail may have returned to decimate vineyards in pockets of Burgundy and Languedoc-Rousillon this year, but France as a whole is set to produce 46 ...

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  • Pontet-Canet second wine loses AOC status

    The second wine of Chateau Pontet Canet, Les Hauts de Pontet, has for the first time failed to gain its appellation status for its 2012 vintage. Pontet-Canet owner Alfred Tesseron has adopted biodynamic farming methods at the estateThe news means that Les Hauts de Pontet 2012 must be labelled as a Vin de France.

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  • Christie's sees strong bidding at DWWA auction for WaterAid

    A special charity auction of wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards held by Christie's in London has fetched more than £40,000. David Elswood of Christie's leads the DWWA auction in London. Bidders in Christie's' King Street salesroom vied with online buyers from Ireland and China for hundreds of cases split into 65 lots.

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  • Philippe Sereys de Rothschild succeeds Baroness as Mouton chairman

    Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, eldest son of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her first husband Jacques Sereys has been officially named as successor to his mother as chairman of the supervisory board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. The appointment, which was widely expected following the death of Baroness Philippine on 22 August, was announced by the company on 18 October.

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  • Abolish the term 'second wine', says Ornellaia winemaker

    The winemaker for Bolgheri estate Ornellaia has said the term 'second wine' should be phased out to convince consumers that they are not just second best. Axel Heinz made his comments at a seven-wine vertical tasting of Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove in London this week. ‘Serre Nuove is a true second wine at Ornellaia in that it is not second-rate version of the flagship wine,’ ...

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  • Jacob's Creek plans more whisky barrel wines

    Jacob's Creek winemakers are keen to produce more wine styles part-aged in barrels previously used for Scotch and Irish whiskies. Jacob's Creek owner Pernod Ricard launched its 'double barrel' Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in Australia in July this year, priced at $25-a-bottle. After spending between 12 and 18 months in French and American oak hogsheads, the Cabernet and Sh ...

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  • 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 ...

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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 l ...

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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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