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Marisco Vineyards appoints new winemaker

Published:  03 January, 2013

New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards has appointed a new winemaker for 2013 and announced it will now bottle a range of its wines in screen-printed glass.


New wine shop goes online

Published:  12 December, 2012

Having opened the doors to New Street Wine Shop in September, D&D London is taking the store's wine offering online.


'Hidden gem' countries present opportunities for wine firms

Published:  23 November, 2012

Wine companies who were late off the mark in investing in China and South Korea could get a head start on competitors by edging into "hidden gem" markets.



Barriques d'Or auction breaks record for second year

Published:  22 November, 2012

The 11th Barriques d'Or auction, organised by Plaimont Producteurs and Cave de Crouseilles, has broken its highest barrel sale record for the second year in a row.


Australia's leading family wineries focus on China

Published:  21 November, 2012

Australia's top family wineries have turned their attention to the Chinese wine market.


United Wineries looks to Russia, China and USA for growth

Published:  15 October, 2012

Spanish firm United Wineries has restructured its senior team as it turns its focus away from the UK and other mature markets and on to the faster-growing economies of Russia, China and the USA.


Geoffrey Dean blog: tasting highlights from Cape Wine

Published:  28 September, 2012

After a four rather than customary two-year gap on account of the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the Cape Wine trade fair returned to Cape Town this week. A huge number of interesting and high quality South African wines were available for tasting, in the presence of a phalanx of winemakers at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Harpers sampled scores of the wines, and here are some of the highlights, all of which should be available in the UK.



Bristol wins southern heat of Brugal cocktail competition

Published:  26 September, 2012

A five-strong team from Bristol have won the southern heat and first leg of the Great Brugal Rumble cocktail competition at London's Boutique Bar Show.


Nelson Mandela's family unveil Fairtrade range

Published:  25 September, 2012

The daughter and grandaughter of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, are introducing a new Fairltrade wine range to the UK from South Africa.


International Grenache Day celebrations kick off

Published:  21 September, 2012

Organisers of today's third annual International Grenache Day are hoping to better last year's event when more than 23,000 producers, wine merchants, restaurateurs and consumers from over 30 countries took part.


D & D London launches New Street Wine Shop

Published:  07 September, 2012

Sommelier Nicolas Clerc, is to head up D & D London's newest venture; its New Street Wine Shop, alongside the drinks offering at Old Bengal Warehouse's four other new spaces.


James Busby Travel confirms Australia 'trip of a lifetime' names

Published:  03 September, 2012

The list of overseas visitors has been confirmed for the third James Busby Travel "trip of a lifetime" to Australia.


Douglas Blyde: living the high life with Yvonne Cheung, sommelier, Café Gray Deluxe, Hong Kong

Published:  03 September, 2012

"I get nervous if I see a client with no beverage in front of them," says sharp, chic sommelier, Yvonne Cheung, as she rectifies abstinence with Cédric Bouchard's 'Inflorescence'. The clean Champagne represents "a single variety (Pinot Noir), single area (Côte de Val Vilaine, Aube), and single year ('08)," she says.


LIWF aims to increase on-trade and independent participation with date change

Published:  30 August, 2012

In a bid to attract more on-trade and independents to the London International Wine Fair, organiser Brintex has changed next year's show dates to start on a Monday.


Mediterranean wines have 'enormous potential' in China

Published:  22 August, 2012

Vinisud Asia has revealed Mediterranean wines have an increasing role to play in a maturing Chinese market and the industry should position itself for trade with "enormous potential".



Published:  22 August, 2012

Vinisud Asia says Mediterranean wines have an increasing role to play in a maturing Chinese market, with French wines in pole position, holding a 52% market share of 2011, according to figures from Ubifrance/Chinese Customs.



Its research shows as China become the world's 6th biggest wine consumer it has seen "spectacular" rise in its wine imports - between 2010 and 2011, the share by value of French wines imported into China rose by 94%, while the share of Spanish wines rose by 97% and that of Italian wines by 82%.



The news comes ahead of its trade fair in Shanghai February 2013, where Vinisud says the trade should position itself for a market with "enormous potential".




Upholding the research is a survey conducted by Wine Intelligence for Adhesion Group and Adhesion Asia among industry professionals where 1,000 Chinese consumers reveal that wines from the Mediterranean area clearly have their role to play in an ever more mature Chinese market.



It says Chinese wine drinkers are ever better informed, aside from top brands and classic wines, the trend is towards diversification with the focus shifting from top-of-the-range to mid-range wines and now cite wines from every price range, seeking out different wines and new alternatives.



The survey suggests to do business, it is crucial to build relationships on the ground and adopt a brand creation/development approach. Also it is essential to raise profiles among professionals and boots business reputation among consumers through marketing campaigns and collective initiatives.



Vinisud Asia New International Expo Center, Shanghai, in mainland China (26th, 27th & 28th February 2013)


Wine Intelligence's report on wine labelling in China

Published:  10 July, 2012

Wine exporters wanting to break into the Chinese market should provide labelling that helps give consumer "reassurance",  according to research by Wine Intelligence.


China Tang's Lazareth wins Absolut cocktail competition

Published:  30 May, 2012

Yoann Lazareth from China Tang has been crowned the winner of the Absolut Elyx Cocktail Competition, which coincides with the launch of the super-premium vodka.


Number of wine importers to China skyrockets

Published:  29 May, 2012

Vinexpo Asia-Pacific to is to give centre stage to the Chinese wine market after a Rabobank report revealed the number of importers has grown by around 73% in one year.


China to exhibit at LIWF

Published:  02 May, 2012

Brintex, organiser of the LIWF and Distil, has announced that China will exhibit for the first time this year at its annual trade fair in May.