Andre Lurton sells Chateau Dauzac stake

    One of Bordeaux's largest wine groups, Vignobles Andre Lurton, has sold its 42% stake in Margaux fifth growth Chateau Dauzac. Insurance company MAIF has bought Vignobles Andre Lurton's shareholding to give it 100% ownership of the 120-hectare estate (pictured), which has 45 hectares of vines.

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    Swiss winemaker Giroud convicted of tax fraud

    Swiss winemaker Dominique Giroud has been convicted of tax fraud, but his spokesperson said the verdict 'does not come as a surprise'. Giroud was found guilty by a court in the Swiss canton of Vaud late last week. He was accused of providing false figures on his company, Giroud Vins, to tax authorities between 2005 and 2009.

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    Canada wine directoy planned to boost tourism

    Canada's wineries are backing the creation of an online directory to help raise awareness of their wines and attract more tourists. The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) has signed a deal with BlackSquare Inc wine consultancy to produce an online directory of Canada's 800 wineries before the end of 2014. The directory has been named Wine411.

    14 readers - By Decanter

    Burgundy winemakers trial anti-hail nets

    Burgundy's wine council, the BIVB, is overseeing trials of nets in the region's vineyards as a way of defending vines from hailstorms. Hail in Volnay in late June.

    17 readers - By Decanter

    UK Government sells off top Bordeaux

    The UK government has sold off more mature Bordeaux, including several bottles of Chateau Latour's acclaimed 1961 vintage, to balance the books in its wine cellar. The UK government's wine cellar lies underneath Lancaster House, near Buckingham Palace. Austerity politics continued to seep into in the UK government's wine cellar in the last financial year.

    15 readers - By Decanter

    Champagne council raises 2014 harvest limit

    Champagne's ruling council has said houses and growers can harvest at a yield of up to 10,500kg per hectare in 2014, following a slight upturn in consumer demand. The Comite Champagne said this week that it has brokered a deal between growers and the region's top houses to increase maximum yields for the 2014 harvest to 10,500kg per hectare.

    11 readers - By Decanter

    Domaines Paul Mas plans vineyard on Venetian island

    Languedoc producer Domaines Paul Mas is planning to plant vines in the Venetian island of Sant' Erasmo. Sant' Erasmo. Image credit: Carlo Enrico / Wikipedia Owner Jean-Claude Mas told Decanter.com that he was currently negotiating the purchase of four hectares of land on the island, to produce a 'boutique, vin de garage Venetian wine’.

    14 readers - By Decanter

    Lorry spills 18,000 bottles of Saint Emilion wine into street

    A lorry carrying 18,000 bottles of wine from a Grand Cru Classe estate in Saint Emilion has overturned near Bordeaux, spilling its load across the road. The new winemaking cellar at Chateau La Dominique The lorry, which was carrying Chateau La Dominique's second wine from the 2011 vintage, overturned at a roundabout in Saint Emilion yesterday (16 July).

    8 readers - By Decanter

    Thieves face prison after $650,000 wine heist

    Two men who helped themselves to $650,000-worth of wine from a US warehouse on Thanksgiving Day have pleaded guilty to several counts of theft and burglary. One of the defendants, 35-year-old Samuel Arby Harris, also pleaded guilty to attempted arson during a hearing at King County Superior Court (pictured) in Seattle, Washington State, yesterday (15 July).

    11 readers - By Decanter

    Quinta do Noval adds 2012 to list of 'eccentric' declarations

    Quinta do Noval has fallen out of step with rivals to declare its 2012 Port vintage. Harvest time at Quinta do Noval. Image: Quinta do Noval Quinta do Noval's managing director, Christian Seely, broke the news on his blog, where he explained that the house has a history of 'eccentric' declarations.

    3 readers - By Decanter

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