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Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:33

Civil unrest is gripping Chile and travellers are advised that there are transport delays.

Chile’s tourism authorities have issued an advisory saying that most of the country’s tourism facilities are unaffected by the civil unrest gripping parts of the country, but to be prepared for transport delays.


Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:16

Tired of seeing their Sauvignon Blanc blended into other wines, a group of Marlborough producers created Appellation Marlborough Wine. Now it's been trademarked.

Appellation Marlborough Wine, established in 2018, has recently been trademarked in key global wine markets.


Tue, 10/22/2019 - 12:00

Alcohol is piling up in warehouses across the US, says Jeff Siegel. Does this mean wine isn’t selling – or is something else going on?

US wholesale alcohol inventories are at an all-time high, according to figures from the US Census Bureau.


Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:19

Issue 5, 2019 is out and is available both in print and online.

In this issue, you'll find unique wine business content that can be found nowhere else.


Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:37

Les Grands Chais de France, one of France's biggest wine companies, has bought a Burgundy negociant.

French powerhouse Les Grands Chais de France (GCDF) has purchased Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils near Chablis. According to the company, the September acquisition “will increase the Group’s scale and capacity in the appellation, as well as help to stabilise supply in challenging vintages”.


Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:00

While there is an urgent environmental need to reduce pesticides, not every vigneron can go organic. Olivier Thery looks at the HVE alternative.

The market for organic wine is booming. But while demand keeps rising, the supply side seems to be lagging. France is still going strong: 12% of its vineyards are now farmed organically, an increase of one-fifth in 2018, according to the French Agence Bio.


Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:48

Event organiser Pancho Campo found himself in a sticky situation on a recent visit to South Africa. He told his story to Felicity Carter.

Spanish businessman Pancho Campo was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint outside Cape Town on Saturday, October 12th.


Mon, 10/21/2019 - 09:50

Michael Clarke shocked the Australian stock market on Monday when he announced his retirement from Treasury Wine Estates, wiping more than $1 billion off the value of the company.

Michael Clarke, CEO of Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has announced that he will be retiring in 2021, a shock announcement that wiped AUD$1.5 billion ($1.01 bn) from the company’s market value on Monday.

The announcement was made by webcast.


Fri, 10/18/2019 - 19:36

Ettore Nicoletto, the well-respected CEO of Italy's Santa Margherita Group, has resigned. Michèle Shah reports.

Ettore Nicoletto, Group CEO of the Santa Margherita Wine Group, the Italian wine giant owned by the third generation of the Marzotto family, will be stepping down in April 2020.


Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:39

This week, a Parisian chef launched a social media campaign to stop people putting ice cubes in their wine. He spoke to Jeff Siegel.

Alexandre Callet's quest to keep ice cubes out of wine glasses may seem quaint in these days of wine trade wars, declining demand, and the rise of the neo-Prohibitionists.

But then again, maybe Callet understands something about wine that the rest of the world takes for granted.


Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:33

Another luxury hotel now boasts a Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine. Is this a new route to consumers?

The Lexington Hotel in New York City has become the latest venue to install a Moët & Chandon vending machine. Since the first Champagne vending machine debuted in London in time for Christmas 2013, the machines have gradually popped up in luxury destinations worldwide.


Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:06

Natural wine has hit the mainstream, with books, articles, bars and fairs popping up everywhere. And now comes a natural wine auction. Felicity Carter asks what it all means.

A collection of 1,3000 bottles of natural wine is up for auction on iDealwine.com.


Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:30

Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby's global wine business, says the price of Bordeaux is too low relative to other prestige regions. He spoke with Roger Morris.

As global wine director for the auction house, Sotheby’s, Jamie Ritchie knows a thing or two about wine prices and where the bargains are.


Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:19

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who brought the eponymous Champagne House back into the family, has passed the company on to the next generation.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has stepped down as president of Taittinger Champagne, effective 31 December 2019.The new president is his daughter, Vitalie Taittinger.


Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:19

A new survey by GlobalData shows the wine topics that grabbed people on Twitter in the third quarter of 2019.

If you’ve ever wandered into the wine section of Twitter, you could be forgiven for thinking it was nothing but an endless debate about the merits of commercial wines versus artisanal wines. But it turns out that people use Twitter to talk about wine styles and specific wines.


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