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Australia wine heading back to China

Australia has seen a sudden increase in sales of wine to China after the punitive tariffs used to punish Australian wine were removed in March.
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English Wine Week boosts wine tourism

English Wine Week is upon us, from 15th to 23rd June, with visits up 55% in the last two years since Covid.
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Decanter Awards announced

Decanter Wine Awards were released this week with some surprising high marks for smaller European regions.
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English vineyards face a wet decade ahead

England's vineyards need to prepare for a very wet decade, as moulds, mildew and flooding will become more widespread.

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Bordeaux En Primeur a damp squib

Bordeaux En Primeur campaign is lacklustre with average prices down 22% vs 2022 and quality lower.


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Swedish alcohol monopoly to change

Sweden's Systembolaget monopoly to allow winemakers to sell alcoholic beverages.

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Australian Vintage shares suspended

Australian Vintage shares are suspended as it struggles under a mountain of grapes and debt.
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Wine and cheese help reduce dementia risk

Study finds daily glass of red wine and eating cheese can help reduce the risk of dementia.
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Short measures for UK drinkers

UK drinkers coming up short when ordering wine from pubs and bars
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Aldi launch 300g glass bottle

Aldi first in UK to launch wine in super lightweight 300g glass bottle
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Judgement of London tasting

Judgement of London pits top European wines vs the rest of the world and the winner is...
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IWC announce award-winning wines

The International Wine Challenge has released its results for 2024.
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Read the fine print it could be worth wine!

UK company offered a free bottle of Pomerol to the first person who found the offer in the small print of privacy policy statement.
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Accolade eye up sale of assets

Australia's second largest producer looks to sell off assets to return to profitability
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OIV announces world's biggest wine producers for 2023

OIV announces world's biggest wine producers and drinkers in 2023
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Report shows mixed picture for UK drinks outlets

The latest UK Hospitality Market Monitor report shows a mixed picture for UK drinks outlets.
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2022 a vintage year for Port

2022 is declared a Vintage year by leading Port producers.
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British Columbia devastated by frost

British Columbia devastated by frost, leads producers to import grapes from Washington.
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UK Deposit Return scheme delayed to 2027

UK Deposit Return scheme delayed again, moving to a 2027 date
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Moët & Chandon using spraying robots

Moët & Chandon employs autonomous spraying robot
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Bordeaux En Primeur price drop

Bordeaux En Primeur campaign underway with a big drop in prices for the early releases.
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Wine guy's marathon blind tasting

Tom Gilbey tastes 25 glasses of wine while competing in this years London Marathon
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Drought leads to furlough for Freixenet workers

Continuing drought means Freixenet is to furlough 80% of workers in Catalonia
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Denbies becomes first UK Net Zero Wineyard

Denbies has announced that it has become the first UK net zero winery after a bumper harvest in 2023 resulted in a net carbon balance of -96 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
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Research to improve aroma quality of canned wines

Research suggests new simple way to improve the aromas in canned wines.
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£1.5 million set aside to fund UK winemakers training

Minister forgets to announce £1.5 million of funding for training wine producers in the UK.
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GB wine production dwarfs sales in 2023

Wine GB conference announced production and sales for 2023 that will take years to sell through
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Wine retailer Majestic purchases Vagabond Wines

Wine retailer Majestic purchases wine bar chain Vagabond.
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New visa rules for overseas somms

Overseas sommeliers will have trouble getting UK visas under new minimum wage requirements.
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Pinot Noir Top Tips

Drinks Business Pinot Master reveals some interesting trends for Pinot Noir lovers.
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Cava and Catalonia suffer worst drought in 1200 years

Cava and Catalonia experiencing the worst drought in 1200 years, leading to radical changes in the Cava DO.
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Majestic in talks to buy wine bar chain Vagabond

Wine retailer Majestic in talks to buy self-pour wine bar chain Vagabond
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Chinese wine tariffs on Australia finally removed

China has removed tariffs of over 200% on Australian wine imports.
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Learning about wine re-wires your brain in a good way

New research shows learning about wine re-wires your brain by linking language and taste.

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Naked Wines call in debt advisors

Naked Wines call in debt advisors to restructure their debts.
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Albarino doing surprisingly well in the UK

Spanish grape variety Albarino has been planted in the UK for over 15 years, but recently plantings and sales have been increasing with Balfour Winery releasing its first wine this year.
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ProWein sees launch of Iron Maiden's Darkest Red

Heavy metal band Iron Maiden's first foray into wine, with a Douro red known as “Darkest Red”
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Global oversupply affecting all wine regions & markets

China demand for Australian wine fell off a cliff edge in 2020 but the UK has seen Australian exports fall by 20 million litres and the US down by 13 million litres, according to ABARES. The French government is also supporting growers to grub up vines.
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China tariffs lifted on Aussie wine

China set to remove punitive tariffs on Australian wines, but it is too late for many as vines are being grubbed up
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Is Rioja going the same way as Cava?

Concerns the region's governing body is focused only on large industrial producers has similarities to Cava who saw an exit of quality sparkling wine producers over the last decade.
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Julia Trustram Eve leaving WineGB

Julia Trustram Eve leaves WineGB after 30 years advocating for English and Welsh wine producers.
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UK Alcohol duty frozen

UK Government leaves alcohol duty unchanged after a massive increase earlier in the year hurt government coffers.
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Wine for those with a foot fetish

Emilie Rae, an OnlyFans content creator, launches a wine for followers with foot fetishes.
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Sainsbury tightens security for top wines

Sainsbury's supermarkets are trialling a new system to keep expensive wines safe from shoplifting as Britain undergoes a shoplifting epidemic
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Tesco the biggest supermarket for wine

British supermarkets saw wine sales leap forward, but who sells the most wine?
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Deliveroo backers invest in canned wine company

English canned wine company The Uncommon receives investment from Deliveroo backers
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UK Government duty revenues fall

UK Government sees revenue duty fall after big rises.
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Brits Banqueting Out on Beaujolais

Sales of Beaujolais have exploded in British restaurants and high end hotels with sales of its Gamay grape up 35% since 2019.
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French wine & spirits exports fall by 10%

French wine & spirit exports drop, driven by the US which saw 22% volume decline according a new report by FEVS (French Association of Wine and Spirits Exporters).
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White wines are more popular than reds

Demand for sparkling wine has meant that white wines have overtaken red wines as the preferred tipple over red wines.
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