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New Prosecco brand launches in the UK by supporting London Fashion Week

Published:  11 September, 2013


Italian producer Fulvio Luca Bressan in hot water over online racist storm

Published:  30 August, 2013

Italian wine producer Fulvio Luca Bressan of Bressan Mastri Vinai has found himself in very hot water after making what have been seen as racially offensive comments last Friday on his Facebook page regarding the Italian integration minister Cécile Kyenge ? Italy's first African-Italian minister and the recent implementation of new policies affecting undocumented immigrants in the country.


Tesco exclusive for Jamie Oliver wine range

Published:  29 July, 2013

Tesco has teamed up with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to be the exclusive retailer for three wines from the Jamie's Italian restaurant group.


Mark Fiddes: The Prosecco Ultimatum

Published:  25 July, 2013

"The name's Battistella...Andrea Battistella. Licensed to Chill. Special mission to track down fake Prosecco...


Masi Agricola's rosé with a twist

Published:  19 July, 2013

Italy's Masi Agricola is releasing a rosé with a twist, to the UK market called Rosa dei Masi. The notes are classically rosé with fruity aromas of strawberries and wild cherries, and some nice acidity to balance the wine.


Frizzenti taps into Prosecco popularity

Published:  10 July, 2013

Sparkling wine brand Frizzenti is capitalising on the growing popularity of Prosecco with its on-tap solution for the on-trade.


Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly agree future trade dates

Published:  26 June, 2013

Unions des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly have signed an agreement coordinating the calendars of their industry events for the next four years to avoid any trade clashes. Text

Unions des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly have signed an agreement coordinating the calendars of their industry events for the next four years to avoid any trade clashes. 


Semaine des Primeurs in Bordeaux will be held between March 31 to April 5, 2014, March 30 to April 3 2015, April 4-8, 2016, and between April 3-7, 2017. 


VinItaly in Verona will be held April 6-9. 2014, March 22-25, 2015, April 10-13, 2016, and March 26-29, 2017.


Italian producers look to international growth to escape domestic economy

Published:  10 April, 2013

Italian wine producers are increasingly looking to international markets to escape their own crippled domestic economy.


Pre-orders for Naked Wines' ProWein discovery sold in 24 hours

Published:  09 April, 2013

Online wine retailer Naked Wines pre-sold over £37,000 worth of Italian wine in just 24 hours after its maker was discovered by its customer buying team at ProWein.


Piccini introduces rosata to Memoro Vino d'Italia range

Published:  05 April, 2013

The family-owned Italian wine producer Piccini has introduced a third wine, a rosata, to its Memoro Vino d'Italia range.


Italy breaks out from Pinot Grigio's shadow

Published:  15 March, 2013

As a challenging harvest across Italy 'rocks the Pinot Grigio boat', now is the time to look towards the myriad indigenous alternatives, says Anne Krebiehl


Douglas Blyde discusses the world of Prosecco with winemaker Primo Franco of producer Nino Franco

Published:  05 March, 2013

Primo Franco, of Prosecco producer, Nino Franco, marked 30 years since he produced his first vintage by hosting a lunch at Hawksmoor restaurant, Air Street, Mayfair. Franco mentions that his choice of restaurant - the latest in the clubby Hawksmoor quartet, and first to offer dishes devised by celebrity fisherman, Mitch Tonks alongside signature steak - happens to lie close to the recently-refurbished five star, Café Royal. It was in those kitchens during the early 1970s, explains Franco with a wry smile, that he toiled as a kitchen porter. After his first shift, during which he confronted "an endless seeming conveyor of dishes", the disorientated, young navvy found himself spending the bulk of his earnings on the taxi home to Acton.


Exclusive research: indies look to Old World for growth

Published:  15 February, 2013

European wines made from indigenous varieties are providing independent wine merchants with much more scope for growth compared with the New World's offering.


Country reports: Italy

Published:  18 January, 2013

How many consumers have really embraced Italian diversity? And for those that haven't, is it because they find it too complex or....


PLB launches second regional roadshow

Published:  18 January, 2013

PLB is to launch its second UK Regional Roadshow tour with its specialist portfolio and has further announced it will join forces with Hatch Mansfield for the Scottish leg of the tour.


Avignonesi Winery acquires third vineyard in 18 months

Published:  19 December, 2012

The Italian-based biodynamic producer Avignonesi Winery has acquired its third vineyard in 18 months, making it one of the region's largest producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.


Tour de Belfort opens Manchester wine and cookery school

Published:  18 December, 2012

French winemaker Muriel Lismonde, owner of Tour de Belfort, has opened wine and cookery school Le Vin La Table in Hale, which aims to offer variety of wine tastings, cookery classes and workshops.


Trade events November

Published:  26 November, 2012

Wednesday, November 28

Goedhuis & Co annual press and trade portfolio tasting and Rhone 2011 En Primeur tasting



Sprizzato - a splash of Italian sunshine

Published:  21 November, 2012

In defiance of the winter weather the new light drink Sprizzatois aiming to bring some Italian sunshine to the UK market.


Sustainable irrigation system aids TWP harvest

Published:  15 November, 2012

A sustainable irrigation system linked to a reservoir, has made a significant difference in this year's harvest, according to winemaker Stefano Girelli.


Girelli whose company The Wine People TWP, operates in several regions across Italy, says its Sicilian estate, Feudo di Santa Tresa in Vittoria, saw just a 5% drop in harvest, which he says given the current figures due to drought, he is "very happy".



"The vines suffered a little from the heat, but not too much and the quality of the grapes was very good. They had higher alcohol levels than usual, however this was well balanced by the acidity and ph - the quality of the white wines is outstanding and the reds are very good, particularly elegant. The conditions were perfect for organic viticulture (Santa Tresa has been certified organic since 2009), very little intervention of any kind needed."



He added its Miopasso Nero d'Avola which is made with a proportion of dried (Amarone-style) grapes and conditions for the appasimento were excellent - "we're looking forward to a really stunning vintage of this wine," he says.



For Sicily in general Girelli's main observation is the slightly higher alcohol levels. In the West - the Trapani area - he says the whites are "stunning - full bodied, with great balancing acidity and low ph - Grillo in particular is fantastic." For the reds, he says the eastern areas of the island look the best - Agrigento and Gela.



In Italy, he says the quality in Puglia, is "incredible". But he adds there are some issues with excessive alcohol, which they are bringing under control, due to vine dehydration.


From an economic perspective the short vintage in Tuscany, will put pressure on Chianti prices, he adds.