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Indies’ focus on esoteric Italy leaves supermarkets in the shade

Published:  12 December, 2019

Italy in the off-trade seems to be a game of two halves at the moment with supermarkets sticking to classics and bankers while independent merchants push the envelope with more esoteric wines and attempt to shape consumer habits.

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Palmento Costanzo releases 2016 Prefillossera

Published:  05 December, 2019

Etna producer Palmento Costanzo has released a limited production wine made from a small parcel of pre-phylloxera vines.

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Piedmont declares 2019 a ‘classic and traditional’ vintage

Published:  19 November, 2019

Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato has declared 2019 a “classic and traditional” vintage with the quality of Piedmont grapes “impressive”, leading to a double digit drop in yields.

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Soave launches project to tackle soil erosion

Published:  19 November, 2019

The Consorzio of Soave has embarked on a pioneering project to study the impact of soil erosion in its vineyards and to help producers develop and maintain techniques to protect their soil.

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Enotria director receives knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy

Published:  12 November, 2019

Enotria & Coe’s director of buying for Italy, Sergio De Luca, has received the decoration of the Order of the Star of Italy (OSI) on behalf of the president of Italy.

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Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC appoints new director

Published:  05 November, 2019

The Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC has appointed a new director as part if its strategy to develop a ‘fresher and more competitive approach’.

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Freixenet back on TV

Published:  29 October, 2019

Freixenet is on the campaign trail with its first TV campaign across prime-time TV in years.

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Prosecco reports 2019 yields down but ‘exceptional quality’

Published:  29 October, 2019

Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG has declared the 2019 harvest of “exceptional quality”, but said yields were down between 3% to 5%.

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Italian wine poised for big growth on Liv-Ex

Published:  26 September, 2019

The price of Italian wine on the secondary market still lags behind its critical reputation, according to a new report from fine-wine trading platform Liv-Ex. But that could be changing.

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Consorzio Doc delle Venezie reports ‘marked declining’ but ’well-balanced’ vintage

Published:  18 September, 2019

Consorzio Doc delle Venezie has reported a good start to the 2019 harvest with a well-balanced, but reduced, crop of grapes on the Pinot Grigio vines.

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Bibendum adds host of wines

Published:  17 September, 2019

Bibendum has expanded its on-trade portfolio with a selection of wines from England, New Zealand, Italy, Greece and Uruguay.

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Bellavita reveals ‘bigger and better’ show

Published:  11 September, 2019

Bellavita Expo has announced a “massively” expanded show for this year with the November event poised to showcase more exhibitors from across the wider Mediterranean region.

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Soave anticipates reduced but high quality vintage

Published:  05 September, 2019

Soave Consorzio has announed it is expecting to produce a reduced but “pristine harvest of classically balanced top quality wines” on the back of 2019’s long moderate growing season.

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Trading places: Swapping the UK trade for winemaking

Published:  21 August, 2019

“I think it’s inevitable if you’re in the wine trade that you think you can make wine better than anybody else,” says solicitor turned wine importer turned winemaker Robin Baum. “So I thought I’d give it a go.”

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Consorzio Doc delle Venezie introduces three-year suspension of new vineyards

Published:  30 July, 2019

Consorzio Doc delle Venezie has introduced a three-year suspension of new vineyards in a bid to achieve an “even higher quality and balanced market growth”.

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Winetraders appoints Simon Chant as commercial associate

Published:  15 July, 2019

Winetraders has appointed Simon Chant in a newly created role of commercial associate to help develop sales across both the on and off-trade.

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Former Diageo executive launches botanic wine

Published:  20 June, 2019

A new English sparkling botanic wine created with therapeutic herbs has been launched in the UK.

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Can premium Prosecco put the sparkle back into sales?

Published:  17 June, 2019

Sandro Bottega, owner and managing director of Bottega Spa, has refuted suggestions the UK has reached ‘peak Prosecco’ and insisted a “new era of Prosecco premiumisation” is on the way.

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La Dolce Vita

Published:  12 June, 2019

A broadening interest in Italy means the country’s indigenous grape varieties are now packing a punch at the top, writes Jo Gilbert

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Conegliano Valdobbiadene bans glyphosate in its vineyards

Published:  11 June, 2019

The Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG has forbidden the use of glyphosate in its vineyards.

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