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  • Crimean winemakers ask Russia for celebratory banknote

    Crimean Winemakers who welcomed the annexation of Crimea by Russia want the country's central bank to print 'commemorative' money with pictures of the territory's vineyards. A design of the banknote, published by Legends of Crimea. The group of producers known as Legends of Crimea has written to the head of Russia's central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, to ask her to create a 20 ...

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  • Champagne UNESCO hopes 'looking good', says official

    Champagne is believed to have enhanced its chances of joining the UNESCO World Heritage list following a cellar tour by members of the voting committee. France’s ambassador to UNESCO, Franck Lalliot, used the 15th Habits de Lumiere festival in Epernay in the heart of Champagne country as an opportune moment to bring eight of his fellow ambassadors from different countries to the region.

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  • Jura wine 'pope' Jacques Puffeney sells off vineyards

    Jura wine veteran Jacques Puffeney has announced that he has sold the vines from his namesake estate to the d’Angerville family of Volnay, as part of a retirement plan. This year's 'percée du vin jaune' festival in Jura. Image credit: Getty/AFPSebastien Bozon. Second image: Jacques Puffeney. Credit: Jacques Puffeney.

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  • Russia may ban French wine imports in retaliation to sanctions

    Russia's government has raised the possibility of banning imports of French wine in retaliation to economic sanctions, in the same week that officials confiscated 3,000 litres of imported wine because it failed to meet regulations. The lower house of Russia's parliament, the Duma (pictured), is considering imposing a ban on the imports of French wine to Russia.

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  • Former La Riviere owners to buy classified St Emilion estate

    A year since the helicopter crash that killed James Gregoire of Chateau de La Riviere, his family have honoured one of his final wishes by agreeing to acquire Chateau Ripeau in St Emilion. Harvest at Chateau Ripeau. Image credit: Chateau Ripeau The Gregoires have provisionally agreed to buy the 37-hectare, classified estate for an undisclosed fee.

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  • Small Indian wineries face bankruptcy, says winemaker body

    Dozens of Indian wineries weighed down by debt plan to ask for £20m of government money to help them survive. While wine consumption in India is growing at 30% per year, the state of around 40 small wineries largely based in Maharashtra remains a concern for the industry.The All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) has said the survival of these wineries is at risk.

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  • Thieves steal 1,800 bottles of Cote Rotie wine

    A family wine estate in the Cote Rotie appellation of the norhern Rhone has had 1,800 bottles of wine worth tens of thousands of euros stolen from its cellars. Thieves broke into the cellars of Domaine Garon in the early hours of Monday morning (7 December). The Garon family has been making wine in the village of Ampuis since the 15th century, with brothers Kevin and Fabien ...

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  • Chinese hotel group to buy 37ha Bordeaux estate

    One of China's largest hotel companies, New Century Tourism Group, has provisionally agreed to buy Chateau de Birot in the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, as Chinese investors continue to pursue vineyard deals across France. Christie's Real Estate is understood to have brokered the sale of the 37-hectare property, which is owned by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja an ...

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  • 'Biodynamic is the future for Champagne,' says Louis Roederer cellar master

    Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has said he expects more Champagne growers and winemakers to shift to organic and biodynamic methods, because of the benefits in the vineyard and in the glass. The 2014 harvest at Louis Roederer's Champagne vineyards Grapes from biodynamic vineyards help Champagne to express a sense of place, Lecaillon told a masterclass audience at the recent Decant ...

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  • Yealands seeks funds to buy more NZ vineyards

    New Zealand wine firm Yealands has said it may sell shares in its business to raise funds for vineyard purchases, as it seeks to become the country's largest producer. A panoramic view of Yealands land in Marlborough Yealands said it has recruited financial advisers at UBS bank to help it work on options for raising capital.

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  • 'World's largest' white truffle fetches $60,000

    A white truffle from central Italy believed to be the world's largest has sold for more than $60,000 at auction in the US. Sotheby's sold the 1.89kg white truffle (pictured) for $61,250 to a buyer based in Taiwan ahead of its fine wine auction in New York at the weekend. A spokesperson for the auction house declined to give a precise pre-sale estimate, but said it had been ...

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  • Millionaire restaurant owner acquires control of wine merchant OW Loeb

    Marlon Abela, the owner of fine dining restaurants including Michelin-starred The Greenhouse in central London, has bought control of respected UK wine merchant OW Loeb. OW Loeb's chairman, Chris Davey, said Marlon Abela has acquired a majority stake in the merchant, which specialises in wines from Germany, Burgundy and the Rhone.

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  • House of Lords angered by proposed Champagne cuts, committee hears

    It may be an age of austerity, but the quality of Champagne served in the UK House of Lords bar is beyond reproach, according to disclosures made during a Parliamentary hearing. Image credit: House of Lords / UK Parliament Lords were angered at the idea that they should save money by merging their catering facilities with MPs in the UK's lower Parliamentary chamber, the House of Commons.

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  • 'Crazy' Sauternes high speed rail plans will jeopardise noble rot, says winemaker union

    A proposed high speed rail line connecting Bordeaux to Spain threatens the future of winemaking in Sauternes and Barsac, the local producers' union has warned. Chateau d'Yquem in Sauternes. Xavier Planty, co-owner of Chateau Guiraud and president of the local winemakers’ union, said the rail line would destroy the microclimate in Sauternes and Barsac, jeopardising the format ...

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  • Biodynamic winemaker who refused to spray vines sees conviction quashed

    A biodynamic winemaker in Burgundy who refused to spray his vines with pesticide to protect against a deadly vine disease has seen his conviction overturned on appeal. Emmanuel Giboulot (pictured) described his success against the French state at a court in Dijon today (4 December) as a 'victory for citizen power'.

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