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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014

Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.


Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Simon Doyle, Concha y Toro UK

Published:  31 December, 2013

Simon Doyle, general manager of Concha y Toro UK helps see the new year in with his 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 and his 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014.


Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Laurie Webster, Las Bodegas

Published:  26 December, 2013

Laurie Webster, of Argentinian wine importer, Las Bodegas, is the latest member of the trade to give their good and bad memories of 2013 and their hopes and fears for 2014.


Q&A: Sebastian Zuccardi, head winemaker, Familia Zuccardi wines, Mendoza.

Published:  17 December, 2013

James Lawrence is more than convinced by the charm of Argentina on a trip to Mendoza

Published:  16 December, 2013

James Lawrence travels to the vineyards of Mendoza, on a mission to debunk the "one trick pony" cliché forever.


Santa Rita Estates to host wine education workshops in London in January

Published:  28 November, 2013

Chilean wine producer, Santa Rita Estates, is to once again hold its South American Wine workshops in London in January as part of its three year educational programme.


Wines of Argentina wins national events award for breakthrough Cambalache initiative

Published:  26 November, 2013

Wines of Argentina's breakthrough Cambalache consumer event, that helped celebrate the best wine, food, music and art that the country has to offer, has come top in an industry award for brand experience. It has also been announced that Cambalache will return in 2014 with events planned for both London and New York.


Anne Krebiehl: How Doña Paula is making white wine in Argentina's Andean desert

Published:  31 October, 2013

The location is Doña Paula's Alluvia vineyard in Gualtallary, Tunpungato, Argentina. The altitude is 1350m (4429ft) above sea level. Annual rainfall is just 280mm which, technically, makes it a desert.


Q&A: Nicolas Audebert, winemaker at Cheval Des Andes

Published:  29 October, 2013

Nicolas Audebert, Montpellier graduate and winemaker at Cheval des Andes, Cheval Blanc's Argentinian winery in Mendoza, spent the initial two years of the project working with Pierre Lurton in 1999 and has held his current position for seven years, after an interval as winemaker for Krug Champagne.


Wines of Argentina launches Instagram campaign

Published:  21 October, 2013

Wines of Argentina has launched a new Instagram campaign, The Wine Caption, calling on consumers to post any images that capture the spirit of Argentina, with the winning photo becoming the centrepiece of a global ad campaign in 2014 and the photographer sent on a five-day all-expenses-paid trip to Argentina.


Big, bold, but Beautiful?

Published:  11 October, 2013

The Beautiful South Tasting challenged the concept of generic wine tastings. Erin Smith analyses what worked and lessons for the future


Robinsons broadens horizons with Argentinia's Casarena

Published:  08 October, 2013

Robinsons Brewery has become the exclusive UK supplier for Casarena Bodega Y Viñedos on the back of double-digit growth in the Argentinian category.


Beautiful South Tasting to return in 2014

Published:  19 September, 2013

Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have said visitor numbers for the Beautiful South Tasting exceeded expectations and it will take place again next year. Additional events under the Beautiful South banner will also take place at other wine events.


Beautiful South tasting to return in 2014 after exceeding its 2013 targets

Published:  18 September, 2013

Organisers of the first Beautiful South tasting last week at London's Olympia, that brought together wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa, claim the event surpassed its target figures and that the combined tasting will go ahead again next year.


Mike Paul: was The Beautiful South the way forward for generic wine tastings?

Published:  16 September, 2013

I have always been a firm supporter of generic marketing. I've chaired importer committees and worked on developing regional strategies. I know how difficult it is to secure an appropriate level of agreement, across the producer and distributor base, to plans with real cut through, and I know how powerful a well coordinated generic effort can be. I also appreciate that coming up with innovative plans is particularly difficult currently when budgets are severely constrained. Given all this and given that generic marketers have no direct control over the producers and wines they represent, I tend to believe that they have one of the most difficult roles in our industry. All this  makes me loth to criticise any generic activity.


Las Bodegas looks to grow its specialist Argentinian wine business with bigger team

Published:  13 September, 2013

Specialist Argentinian wine agency, Las Bodegas, is looking to expand its sales team so that it can better service its growing number of independent wine merchant and on-trade customers.


Zuccardi comes out top in Gaucho's Argentine Winemaker awards

Published:  13 September, 2013

The Gaucho Group of premium Argentinian steak restaurants celebrated the very best in Argentinian wine making with their own wine awards ceremony earlier this week.


Gaucho buys first restaurant in Argentina

Published:  06 September, 2013

Gaucho Group, the UK based Argentinian specialist restaurant group, has made its first entrance in to the South American restaurant scene with the purchase of Sucre restaurant and bar in Buenos Aires.