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France's Senate has backed tougher rules on pesticide spraying following concerns about residues drifting into nearby villages from vineyards, but the house rejected campaigners' calls for mandatory pesticide-free zones.
The owner of Penfolds, under-pressure Treasury Wine Estates, has been seeking to clear space for the new vintage of the brand's luxury wines by offering a promotion on existing stocks. Treasury has this month been offering a cut-price Vintec wine fridge to consumers who buy one six-bottle case of its Penfolds luxury and icon wines.
Lidl will offer around 50 different French wines across its UK stores this autumn, which it hopes will kick off a longer-term strategy to offer regular sales from premium producers. Lidl and its main discounter rival, Aldi, have been stealing market share in the UK's food retail market for several months as canny shoppers seek deals, according to analysts.
A company backed by Chinese investors has agreed to buy Yaldara Winery in Barossa Valley from McGuigan wines producer Australian Vintage for A$15m. The residence at Yaldara: Graeme Churchard / FlickrAustralian Vintage said it has signed a deal to sell the Yaldara winery and brand for A$15.5m to 1847 Winery, which is a subsidiary of Chinese-owned Treasure Valley Wines.
Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has agreed to pay $3m and 'tell everything he knows' to settle a lawsuit with billionaire collector Bill Koch, after his sentencing was again delayed. Rudy Kurniawan at his trial in December 2013.
Debts at bankrupt UK wine merchant En Primeur Ltd are higher than originally thought and there are concerns over apparent gaps in the firm’s stocks. 2013 en primeur wines ready for tasting in Bordeaux. En primeur Ltd's woes began after it failed to secure en primeur wines from the 2008 vintage. En Primeur Ltd's creditors are owed more than £1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.