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La Rioja Alta reaches new heights

Published:  15 February, 2024

La Rioja Alta, a leading Rioja wine producer, is to plant new vineyards at high altitude in the mountains of the Rioja Alavesa sub-region, company chairman Guillermo de Aranzabal has revealed.


Basques to build major Drinks & Wine Campus

Published:  04 December, 2023

Their culinary prowess is widely known, but now the Basques are looking to boost their wine credentials with the creation of a €15 million wine and drinks university campus.


English bumper crop highlights capacity conundrum

Published:  27 October, 2023

A bumper crop has led to winemakers turning down grapes from growers, highlighting English wine’s capacity conundrum: there’s an insufficient number of wineries to produce wine from the exponential growth of vineyards.


French vignerons loot Spanish Cava and red wine

Published:  20 October, 2023

French vignerons yesterday (19 October) looted Spanish wine trucks during a road blockade, smashing cases of Freixenet Cava and spilling red wine onto the A9 motorway, south of Perpignan.


Green light for Vranken-Pommery's Pinglestone winery

Published:  03 May, 2023

Winchester City Council has granted Vranken-Pommery Monopole (VPM) planning permission for the construction of a winery at its Pinglestone estate in Alresford, Hampshire, where about 200,000 bottles of English sparkling wine will be made each year.


Brittany’s new wave of wines

Published:  10 March, 2023

Barnaby Eales uncovers some exceptional contemporary wines in an unexpected corner of France.


New limits on Etna to control invasive investment

Published:  02 December, 2022

New moves to limit Etna DOC (PDO) wine production volumes have been designed to maintain and control average grape prices, as a way of preserving the Sicilian mountain’s wine economy, its environment and viticultural heritage, the Etna DOC wine board has said.


Green light for Vineyards of Alava appellation in Rioja Alavesa

Published:  19 October, 2022

The Basque government has authorised the Vineyards of Alava appellation (PDO) for wine producers in Rioja Alavesa, the Rioja sub-region which forms part of the Basque Country in Northern Spain.


Vranken-Pommery tests the waters of vine density in English ‘trials’

Published:  07 October, 2022

Vranken-Pommery’s English wine ‘trials’ at its Pinglestone Estate in Hampshire could prompt viticulture changes in Champagne, the house has said, with Pinglestone being used as a ‘laboratory’ where findings on lowering vine density could be taken across the Channel.


Portuguese President pays homage to Antonio Guedes, who helped transform recognition of Vinho Verde region

Published:  12 September, 2022

Portugal’s President has paid homage to the late António Guedes, a former chairman of Quinta da Avelada, the biggest Vinho Verde producer and exporter, who transformed viticultural practices in the northern Portuguese region from the 1960s onwards.


Sandridge Barton pushes for Dart Valley appellation

Published:  30 May, 2022

Its ageworthy Pinot Noir and outstanding new experimental releases have put Devon on the map of English wine. But now, Sandridge Barton, a still wine specialist, has a wider goal: the creation of a Dart Valley appellation.


Greek wines edge towards greater representation

Published:  20 May, 2022

Prices for top Santorini wines have dramatically risen to the same heights as Chablis says Mary Pateras, director of Eclectic Wines, a specialist wholesaler established 20 years ago, and which now imports about half of the Greek wines sold in Britain.


Producer Q&A: Talking flora and fauna

Published:  19 April, 2022

Quinta da Boeira’s Helena Teixeira talks to Barnaby Eales about microbiology, minimum intervention and shaking up Port classifications.


Arribaes: The New frontier of Iberian fine wines

Published:  08 April, 2022

It is known as Arribes del Duero in Spanish, and Arribas Do Douro in Portuguese, but now Iberian producers in this cross-frontier wine region have joined forces to create Arribaes, a new brand of low-intervention fine wines.


Russian buyers blocked from Barcelona

Published:  09 March, 2022

Twelve Russian wine buyers have been banned from attending the forthcoming Spanish wine fair, Barcelona Wine Week (BWW).


Friday read: English Chardonnay hits its stride

Published:  19 June, 2020

With a raft of new releases in the run-up to English Wine Week, producers are championing the potential of cool-climate Chardonnay, writes Barnaby Eales.


Grupo Rioja calls for more support as ‘Basque Wine’ shored up

Published:  10 June, 2020

Rioja wine producers have lashed out at the ‘insufficient measures’ adopted by the Spanish government yesterday to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 on Spain’s wine sector.


WSTA and CEEV call for regulatory alignment post-Brexit

Published:  27 March, 2020

Wine trade bodies, the WSTA and CEEV have jointly urged the British government to maintain regulatory alignment on wine post-Brexit.


WSTA in pan UK-EU talks to ensure GIs protected post Brexit

Published:  13 March, 2020

By January 2021, when Brexit comes into force, WSTA, the UK’s drinks lobby group, will no longer be a member of the pan-European wine trade body, CEEV. But ahead of further UK-EU trade talks, the two bodies are uniting once more to lobby for the continued smooth trade of wine across the English Channel.


Emporda obtains White Carignan recognition

Published:  04 March, 2020

Spain has authorised DO (PDO) status for the White Carignan grape variety in the Empordà appellation of Catalonia.