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Henri Giraud MV19 tasting reveals hidden depths in Champagne

Published:  18 July, 2024

The trade was introduced to the newest vintage release of Henri Giraud this week, with the Aÿ Grand Cru Fût de Chêne MV19 becoming the latest cuvee to be added to the cannon of this little known, yet widely prized, Champagne house.


Pernod Ricard wines to join Accolade at Holdco

Published:  17 July, 2024

Pernod Ricard has confirmed the signing of the much anticipated agreement to sell a majority of its wine brands to Australian Wine Holdco (AWL), the consortium which owns Accolade.


Denbies attains B Corp status

Published:  16 July, 2024

Denbies Wine Estate has achieved B Corp certification, being scored highest for its sector in the UK.


Carbon enrichment project maps impact of CO2 increases by 2050

Published:  15 July, 2024

The results of a fascinating carbon enrichment project have been revealed in the Rheingau area of Germany, where vineyards are being tested with levels of CO2 which are 20% higher than the current global average – and mimic where global atmospheric concentration will be by the middle of the century.


New Vinho Verde project sharpens Alvarinho focus

Published:  15 July, 2024

Portuguese winemaker Luis Cerdeira has left his family’s renowned Soalheiro wine company to establish a new Vinho Verde wine project with his son Manuel, a Plumpton College graduate.


Viña Undurraga acquires VFC Wines, expanding global presence

Published:  08 July, 2024

Chile’s Viña Undurraga has announced the acquisition of VFC Wines, the company that controls both Viña Bouchon and Viña Bisquertt. The move further strengthens Viña Undurraga’s position in the global market and diversifies its portfolio of premium wines.


Penfolds awards AU$200,000 in inaugural Evermore Grant Programme

Published:  08 July, 2024

Penfolds has announced the recipients of the inaugural Penfolds Evermore Grant Programme. Four recipients in Australia have been selected for their projects contributing to community and culture and will share in AU$200,000 of funding. 


Founders of Mischief and Mayhem winery to depart after 20 Years

Published:  02 July, 2024

The founders of the boutique winery Mischief and Mayhem are set to depart after two decades to pursue new projects in Burgundy, Champagne and California. Michael L. Ragg and Fiona Traill-Stevenson established the winery from scratch, working through 20 vintages from 2004 to 2023. The first eight years were spent as a négociant, followed by twelve years as a domaine. Notable milestones include the completion of a new winery in Aloxe-Corton in 2022 and the record-breaking 2023 vintage, Traill-Stevenson’s final one for the company.


VineView launches precision GPS for vineyard management

Published:  01 July, 2024

VineView has introduced the PinPoint RTK, a GPS receiver designed to provide vineyard operators with highly accurate data collection capabilities. The PinPoint RTK uses Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) technology to offer accuracy within 2-5cm, significantly more precise than traditional GPS receivers, which typically have an accuracy of 2-4 metres.


Old Vine Registry announces ‘vine hunt’ on first anniversary

Published:  27 June, 2024

One year on from its official launch, Old Vine Registry is upping its efforts to catalogue and protect the world’s heritage vineyards via a new incentivised search.


Abruzzo wine implements ‘Abruzzo Model’

Published:  24 June, 2024

The Abruzzo wine region is undergoing a significant transformation with the introduction of the ‘Abruzzo Model’. 


Caution advised on over-hyping the English wine ‘boom’

Published:  19 June, 2024

The UK wine industry has to be “Careful about spreading the message too much that English wine is booming” experts have said, as the industry enters into a potential period of oversupply and overinvestment.


Appellation Marlborough Wine tightens certification standards

Published:  18 June, 2024

Since its inception in 2018, Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) has sought to preserve and enhance the quality reputation of Marlborough wines. In that time, the organisation has established stringent quality criteria for certification, advocating for tighter industry regulations at both local and national levels, and introducing the Wine Map of Marlborough, an essential tool for understanding the region’s diversity.


English Wine Week kicks off with new WineGB manifesto

Published:  17 June, 2024

Ahead of the General Election and also English Wine Week, WineGB has launched its Manifesto for Growth which identifies the three main areas which require support from the new government.


Berry Bros. and Tuscan producer Bibi Graetz announce exclusive partnership

Published:  12 June, 2024

Fine wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has become the exclusive UK agent for Tuscan based producer Bibi Graetz and his winery in Fiesole overlooking Florence.


Gorgona prison project celebrates 12th vintage milestone

Published:  10 June, 2024

The Gorgona project, a unique collaboration between Marchesi Frescobaldi and the Gorgona island prison, has marked a significant milestone with the release of its 12th vintage. Launched in 2012, the initiative offers inmates nearing the end of their sentences a chance to learn viticulture skills, earn a wage and prepare for reintegration into society.


Viña Santa Rita appoints Javier Bitar Hirmas as new CEO

Published:  31 May, 2024

Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita has named Javier Bitar Hirmas its new CEO, effective 1 August. This announcement, made by the chairman of the board, Baltazar Sánchez, marks a significant transition in leadership for the company.


Australian Vintage seeks emergency capital raise as Accolade deal falls through

Published:  29 May, 2024

The crisis in the Australian wine industry has deepened now that buyout negotiations between Australian Vintage and its larger rival Accolades Wines have collapsed. The former has requested a suspension of its shares on the Australian stock exchange as it grapples with a grape glut and mounting debt.


Félix Solís expands global footprint with 2024 Chilean vintage

Published:  28 May, 2024

Félix Solís Avantis’s new Chilean facility in the Cachapoal Valley is starting to bear fruit after barrel samples of its 2024 Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay were unveiled at last week's London Wine Fair. 


Languedoc report aims to conquer “lazy stereotypes”

Published:  20 May, 2024

“Moving away from lazy stereotypes,” is at the heart of a new endeavour to highlight the potential of the Languedoc and its myriad appellations, wine styles and terroirs to a broad range of consumers.