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New president for Franciacorta Consorzio

Published:  22 December, 2015

Franciacorta Consorzio, the governing body of the Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine region, has elected Vittorio Moretti, owner of Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi, as its president.


Italy Supplement: Baffling but never boring

Published:  04 December, 2015

For those who really 'get Italy', like plenty in the trade, that riotous mix of individual producers, regional styles and native grapes is a big part of what makes Italian wine so special. Italophiles would have it no other way - this is a land to get lost in and never escape from. But in high-tax Britain on the High Street that complexity is a bit of an issue.


Borsa Vini Italiani tastings revealed for London and Manchester 2016

Published:  02 December, 2015

The Italian Trade Commission has announced the dates of its trade-only Borsa Vini Italiani tastings in January 2016.


Tim Atkin MW: Has Alberto Antonini opted to lead rather than follow the market?

Published:  30 October, 2015

Tim Atkin asks whether Alberto Antonini has decided to break away from more traditional styles of wine defined by the likes of Michel Rolland and to forge his own path.


Armit launches #LoveLeVolte Week

Published:  23 October, 2015

Fine-wine merchant Armit Wines is launching its inaugural "Love Le Volte" promotion next week.


Justin Keay: Could Puglia be the new Tuscany?

Published:  23 October, 2015

Justin Keay takes a deep look at the Puglia wine region and investigates whether it should be considered the 'new' Tuscany.


Insights: Australian wines move away from French varietals

Published:  20 October, 2015

Australian winemakers have long been moving away from hefty, high alcohol wines towards less oaked, cooler climate wines, with the growth of Pinot Grigio from Mornington Peninsular a prime example. However, the trend to also move away from the once overwhelming focus on French varietals seems to be growing.


James Lawrence: Does Chianti have an image problem in the premium wine category?

Published:  16 October, 2015

James Lawrence examines the background to Chianti's continuing struggle for recognition in the premium wine category.


Italy overtakes France again as world's leading wine producer

Published:  12 October, 2015

Italy has regained its position as the world's largest wine producer this year, according to figures submitted to the European Union.


Matthew Clark beefs up premium Italian and Spanish wine ranges as top-end sales surge

Published:  02 October, 2015

Matthew Clark has added 35 premium wines from Italy and Spain to its portfolio in response to a surge in demand from the top-end on-trade.


Italian producer Piccini launches sparkling wine as a competitive alternative to Prosecco

Published:  16 September, 2015

Chianti producer Piccini has launched a sparkling wine made with grapes from Prosecco territory.


Insights: Italian wines by the glass can shine in the on-trade

Published:  11 August, 2015

At this year's Bellavita Expo last month, Raul Diaz hosted a masterclass focusing on how the on-trade could make the most of Italian wines by the glass.


Waitrose sees mini bottles of wine surge in sales to 82% ahead of a year ago

Published:  24 July, 2015

Waitrose says sales of mini bottles of wine have soared in recent weeks as the trend for single serve sizes accelerates.


MMD adds to Italian range with Tuscans from Mazzei-owned estates

Published:  18 June, 2015

Importer Maisons Marques & Domaines has strengthened its links with Italy's Mazzei family by taking on two of its Tuscan estates.


Italian producers sign up for UK distribution with Boutinot

Published:  17 June, 2015

Leading agency supplier Boutinot is beefing up its Italian wine portfolio with the addition of wineries from Sicily and Campania.


Martini looks to its roots for premium vermouth launch

Published:  12 June, 2015

Martini is trying to take the famous vermouth upmarket with the launch of two products under the Riserva Speciale name.


Campari disposes of Enrico Serafino Italian wine operation

Published:  11 June, 2015

Italian drinks giant Gruppo Campari has sold off its Piedmont-based Enrico Serafino wine operation.


Insights: Independents Italian outlets are gaining traction through education and experimentation

Published:  09 June, 2015

Independent Italian outlets are upping the appeal of lesser-known, over-£10 wines by educating consumers and letting them experiment.


Prosecco DOC Consortium says 'there will not be a shortage' of Prosecco this year

Published:  09 June, 2015

The Prosecco DOC Consortium has responded to recent reports of the potential shortage of Prosecco saying "that there will not be a shortage of Prosecco in the coming months."


Analysis: Italian indigenous varietals set to boom

Published:  08 June, 2015

Italy has some of the largest choice of indigenous varietals that produce a dizzying range of wine styles and consumers are increasingly embracing them.