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Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:16

Gonzalez Byass, one of Spain's most significant wine companies, has acquired the Fournier winery in Ribera del Duero.

Gonzalez Byass, Jerez


Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:06

Christchurch, still reeling from a terrorist attack in March, has had some good news - it's been chosen to host the next Pinot Noir NZ, one of the most exuberant wine events in the world.

Pinot Noir New Zealand, the four-yearly celebration of all things Pinot, heads to Christchurch for the first time, in 2021.


Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:03

Constellation Brands, the 11th largest alcohol company in the world, has divested itself of approximately 30 brands, including its bestselling Black Box. The brands, along with six winemaking facilities, have been sold to E. & J. Gallo Winery for $1.7bn,. subject to regulatory approval.

Constellation Brands, the 11th largest alcohol company in the world, has divested itself of approximately 30 brands, including its bestselling Black Box. The brands, along with six winemaking facilities in California, New York and Washington, have been sold to E. & J.


Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:14

The growth in sparkling wine consumption shows no sign of abating, delivering double digit returns to Henkell Freixenet, the world's largest sparkling wine company.

The growth in the sparkling wine category shows no signs of slowing, turbocharging the profitability of the newly-formed Henkell Freixenet. Just-released figures reveal that revenue increased by more than 56% in 2018, to revenue of €823.7m ($925.97m).


Sat, 03/30/2019 - 14:23

It's increasingly clear that selling wine at the bottom end of the market is not only unprofitable, but an expensive business. Felicity Carter hears how a French regional body convinced its growers to stop supplying that segment.

Getting out of the unprofitable bottom end of the market is a priority for many wine producers, whether they are major producers like Constellation—who have said this is “urgent” for their business—or small European winegrowers.


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:36

The majority of wine drinkers in Germany are now female, according to research from Geisenheim University. Professor Gergely Szolnoki presented this and other wine market insights at the Meininger's International Conference, held the day before ProWein.

More women than men now buy wine in Germany, according to research presented at the Meininger’s International Wine Conference, held the day before ProWein.


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:35

The recent Helsinki Natural Wine festival had to cope with media scepticism about natural wines before it had even opened. But, reports Ilkka Sirén, the Finns voted with their feet.

The natural wine movement has found a home in Helsinki. Wine lovers from near and far gathered at the first edition of Helsinki Natural Wine festival on 22 and 23 of March at the Korjaamo Culture Factory.


Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:42

A team of hopeful German vintners are training hard, getting ready to take on the Vatican soccer team. What are their chances against a team of players who have God on their side?

WEINELF, the German soccer team for vintners, have been chosen to play against the national soccer team of the Vatican in June 2019.

This is a very unusual opportunity.


Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:49

The wine industry isn't doing enough to grow its consumer base, according to a recent Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates review. Liza B, Zimmerman reports.

A less robust wine market. Growing sales of premium wines. Concerns about millennial engagement with wine.

These were the top three trends identified by Jon Moramarco, a partner in Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates noted in his annual review, released in early March. 


Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:54

Casella Family Brands, the company behind [yellow tail] brought their new Magic Box collection to ProWein.

Casella Family Brands, the company behind blockbuster wine [yellow tail], launched their new brand, The Magic Box Wine Collection, at ProWein this week.


Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:40

Christof Queisser, Rotkäppchen-Mumm, is Wine Entrepreneur of the Year.

The 15th Meininger Awards – Excellence in Wine and Spirits were awarded at a ceremonial event the evening before the ProWein trade fair. The 2019 wine awards went to Christof Queisser (Rotkäppchen-Mumm), François Schenk (Schenk Holding), Banfi, Osborne, Roman Niewodniczanski (Van Volxem) and Dr.


Sun, 03/17/2019 - 13:57

Italy's Lugana is rapidly emerging as a blockbuster white. Ettore Nicoletto, CEO of Santa Margherita Wine Group, has been named president of the Lugana DOC with the goal of taking Lugana to the world.

Ettore Nicoletto, CEO of Italy’s Santa Margherita Wine Group, has been named the new President of the Producers’ Consortium for the Lugana DOC.


Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:12

Podcasts are exploding in popularity, with millions of new listeners downloading them each year. One such podcast is the Italian Wine Podcast, which turns two this month. Felicity Carter reports.

The Italian Wine Podcast, launched in March 2017, is celebrating its second anniversary—and contemplating how to take advantage of the ongoing growth of podcasts.


Thu, 03/14/2019 - 15:16

Meininger’s Weinwelt magazine, Germany’s top wine consumer publication, turns 20 this year. Editor-in-chief Ilka Lindeman has seen a dramatic change in the world of wine over that time. She speaks to Felicity Carter.

Back in 1999, the Germans who read wine publications had one thing in common: they were all men.


Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:45

Willi Klinger, the irrepressible head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (ÖWM), has announced that he will step down as Managing Director at the end of 2019.


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