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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brittany’s new wave of wines

Published:  10 March, 2023

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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