France set to tighten law on vineyard pesticide spraying

    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.

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    Penfolds owner offers cut-price fridges to shift stock

    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.

    19 readers - By Decanter

    Lidl targets middle class with Bordeaux Grand Cru push

    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.

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    Chinese investors buy A$15m Barossa winery

    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.

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    Bankrupt En Primeur Ltd owes creditors £1.8m

    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.

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    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.

    19 readers - By Decanter

    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.

    13 readers - By Decanter

    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

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