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Six new grape varieties approved in Bordeaux

Published:  04 March, 2021

The Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) has formally approved the use of four new red and two new white grape varieties for official use in Bordeaux as the region makes strides to future proof itself against the effects of climate change.


New UMVGB president calls for post-Covid preparation

Published:  02 March, 2021

Albéric Bichot, who has been elected president of the Union des Maisons de Vins de Grande Bourgogne (UMVGB) has called for the industry to prepare for the Post-Covid world. 


Provence rosé exports to UK soar

Published:  23 February, 2021

Exports of Vins de Provence rosé wines to the UK soared 51% in both volume and value from 2019 to 2020, according to the latest official figures from French Customs and the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP)


Registration for Hot 50 Bordeaux now open

Published:  22 February, 2021

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has announced that the Hot 50 Bordeaux Wines Selection is now open. 


Boisset completes Moncigale acquisition

Published:  17 February, 2021

Grands Vins JC Boisset has completed the acquisition of rosé specialist Moncigale from Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits. 


Burgundy UK wine exports in double-digit growth

Published:  16 February, 2021

Exports of Burgundy wine to the UK rose 16.1% in volume in the first eleven months of the year compared to the same period last year, with value up 10%, according to the latest Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) data. 


Inter Beaujolais appoints new President and Vice President

Published:  01 February, 2021

Inter Beaujolais has appointed Daniel Bulliat as President and Philippe Bardet as Vice President. 


InterLoire appoints local winemaker as new President

Published:  27 January, 2021

InterLoire, the interprofessional body for Loire Valley Wines, has appointed local winemaker Lionel Gosseaume as its new president. He takes over from Jean-Martin Dutour as of now.


Bordeaux Négoce takes position for 2020 Primeurs campaign

Published:  26 January, 2021

Bordeaux Négoce has said the Bordeaux wine trade is ready for a 2020 Primeurs campaign before the summer.


Bordeaux Index sales top $125m

Published:  12 January, 2021

Fine wine and spirits merchant Bordeaux Index has recorded over $125m in total sales in 2020. 


‘Nouvelle generation’ to drive Beaujolais export potential

Published:  10 December, 2020

With good recent vintages to its name and wines that sit squarely with the modern trend towards fresher, lighter styles, Beaujolais certainly appears to be well placed to capture the attention of a new generation of drinkers. Add in ‘ownership’ of Gamay, a distinctive and easy-to-like variety, and the region also offers a sense of discovery (or re-discovery for older drinkers) in a world awash with international grapes.


First Saint-Émilion Chardonnay releaesd

Published:  30 November, 2020

The first official vintage of Chardonnay wines produced in Saint-Émilion has been released.


Beaujolais Nouveau producers ‘forced’ to make hand sanitiser

Published:  23 November, 2020

Producers of Beaujolais Nouveau have been left with no choice but to turn part of their crop into pure alcohol, it has been reported, after exports of wine from the region fell during the first nine months of the year.


Majestic pinpoints Beaujolais as ‘unexpected hit’ of 2020

Published:  20 November, 2020

Majestic has pinpointed Beaujolais as “one of the unexpected hits” of 2020.


Inter Beaujolais partners with home dining app

Published:  18 November, 2020

Inter Beaujolais is launching a new UK trade campaign to support restaurants which are finding customers in new ways during the coronavirus pandemic.


Bourgogne UK wine exports up 11.6%

Published:  18 November, 2020

Exports of Bourgogne wine to the UK rose 11.9% in volume in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year, with value up 1.3%, according to the latest Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) data. 


Chateau de Berne joins Bibendum

Published:  16 November, 2020

Bibendum Wine has become the exclusive UK distributor for Chateau de Berne, also taking on the other three wines in the Provence-driven MDCV portfolio. 


UK overtakes US as biggest export market for Bordeaux dry whites

Published:  11 November, 2020

The UK has overtaken the US as the biggest export market for Bordeaux dry white wines for the first time after years of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Council) focusing on promoting the region’s whites to Brits.   


Burgundy price growth softening

Published:  09 November, 2020

Despite a continued shift upward in the prices for top wines, Burgundy’s lower tiers are showing signs of stagnation, according to analysis released by Wine Lister as the 2019 en primeur releases begin.


Bordeaux Uncovered online tastings announced

Published:  04 November, 2020

Bordeaux Uncovered, the trade training programme run by L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, will be running a series of online tastings this year.