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War over planting rights erupts in Champagne

Published:  16 January, 2018

A war over planting rights is being waged in France, where Champagne growers want to severely limit new plantings of vines by rival growers in areas surrounding Champagne’s production zone.

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Chinese investor Peter Kwok buys seventh Bordeaux vineyard

Published:  08 January, 2018

Chinese investor Peter Kwok has acquired his seventh vineyard in Bordeaux with the purchase of Château Bellefont-Belcier - a Grand Cru Classé estate in Saint-Emilion.

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Tenerife poised to launch new PDO

Published:  14 December, 2017

A surge of interest in distinctive terroir-driven wines has spurred on Tenerife winemakers in the sub-tropical Canary Islands to launch a new Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme.

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Major alleged fake Bordeaux investigation causes stir in Bordeaux

Published:  13 December, 2017

French customs authorities have opened a major investigation into the alleged sale of more than half a million bottles of fake Bordeaux to key international wine distributors.

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New reference point for English wine with first EU cross-border appellation approval

Published:  28 November, 2017

Wines of England may be known for their sparkling production, but their still wines now have a new cool climate reference point to compare with.

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Robinson to join Fattorini and sit in judgement on The Wine Show

Published:  24 November, 2017

Veteran wine critic Jancis Robinson is to make an appearance as a presenter in the second series of The Wine Show, which will be broadcast on ITV in January 2018.

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Extremadura Cava producers challenge Catalonia in fight for further planting rights

Published:  22 November, 2017

Cava producers in Extremadura, South West Spain, are fighting a move from the Spanish government to ban further plantings of Cava grapes until beyond 2020.

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UKs first Cognac Show launched by Whisky Exchange

Published:  22 November, 2017

The UK’s first ever Cognac Show tasting will take place next April 2018, Harpers can reveal.

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Vindependents sets date for spirits launch

Published:  16 November, 2017

Vindependents has confirmed it will start importing spirits to the UK for the first time from January 2018.

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Small Cognac producers raise the spirit to a new audience

Published:  16 November, 2017

A new generation of Cognac producers has raised the double-distilled spirit to a new audience in the UK, providing the on-trade and independent wine merchants with a fresh alternative to the handful of big brands that dominate the buoyant global cognac market.

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Investment firm acquires share in top cava producer ahead of UK push

Published:  14 November, 2017

Scranton Enterprises plans to boost premium Cava exports to the UK following its acquisition of shares in leading Cava producer Juvé & Camps, the capital investment company’s CEO has told Harpers. “We believe the UK is a high potential market for Juvé & Camps, as premium Cava offers the same quality experience of champagne at a slightly lower price point,” said Luca Tassan, CEO of Scranton Enterprises. Speaking exclusively to Harpers, Tassan said: “We have made an investment in Juvé & Camps to support some of the family members on their plans to continue to grow the Premium Cava sector and expand internationally,” he said. “The strategy for the cava estate will be to build on the organic attributes of the Reserva (minimum 30 months ageing) and grow in the US, UK and northern European countries,” he said.

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Ridgeview heralds non-vintage move as it appoints youngest winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2017

Ridgeview Wine Estate has appointed its youngest winemaker to date, Rory Loftus aged 23, as assistant head winemaker amid a key transitional change of its vintage wines to non-vintage.

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KWV repositions itself towards independents and the on-trade

Published:  09 November, 2017

South African wine and spirits giant, KWV, has embarked on a new transition towards selling premium wines in Britain.

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Major fall in Bordeaux 2017 production not expected to raise prices

Published:  18 October, 2017

Bordeaux officials have played down a potential impact on wine prices resulting from the dramatic fall in Bordeaux’s production volumes in 2017.

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Plumpton College boosts wine team with new experts

Published:  18 October, 2017

Plumpton College, in East Sussex, has strengthened its wine business and production teaching team with the appointment of two international wine experts.

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Rías Baixas hit by wildfires

Published:  17 October, 2017

Galicia’s Rías Baixas wine board is assessing the extent of damage to vineyards caused by wildfires, which have raged in Portugal and Spain since the weekend, killing more than 30 people.

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Codorníu reveals plans to move HQ from Catalonia to Rioja

Published:  17 October, 2017

Spanish wine and cava giant Codorníu has announced it is moving its holding company’s headquarters from Catalonia to Rioja over the "uncertainty" surrounding the political conflict between Spain and Catalonia.  

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Andalucia latest focal point of Spain's new wave wines scene

Published:  06 October, 2017

Andalucia is best known for its sherries, but the region has now become the latest focal point of Spain’s burgeoning new wave wines scene.

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Catalan grape variety Sumoll gains traction in the UK

Published:  03 October, 2017

They’re making noise in New York and now wines made from the recovered Catalan grape variety Sumoll, known as the Pinot Noir of the Mediterranean, are starting to make a splash in Britain.

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Rathfinny first to gain ‘Sussex’ wine approval as it seals distribution deal with Gonzalez Byass

Published:  11 September, 2017

A still white wine has become the first ‘Sussex’ wine to win approval under the new Sussex Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme.

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