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Italian spirits company Gruppo Campari has agreed to sell the Lapostelle wine business in Chile to a management team led by its founder Alexandra Marnier Laspostelle.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has highlighted a dramatic fall in fortified wine sales in recent years and urged Brits to “save Santa’s sherry, keep passing the port and value vermouth”.

A trading update from Waitrose has highlighted wine and Champagne as a star performer for the group last week.

The Californian Wine Institute is reporting “a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state” from the 2016 harvest.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association chairman Dan Jago has pledged that the organisation will meet “head on” the challenges posed to the industry by Brexit.

Wine producer Bodega Argento is sponsoring the Argentine Film Festival in London for the third year running.

Portuguese wine specialist Sogrape UK is putting its faith in the Douro’s still wines to grow the country’s sales in the UK.

Champagne Lanson has signed up for a 39th year as a sponsor of the Wimbledon tennis tournament which starts on June 27.

Bibendum PLB has has been appointed to distribute wines from Rhone Valley-based Cellier des Princes in all UK trade channels.

Burgundy producer Louis Jadot has released the first vintage from its vineyard in Oregon.

English wine producer Chapel Down is to release a range of single vineyard wines under the Kit’s Coty name on St George’s Day.

The UK has chalked up 20 years as the biggest export market for Champagne, new figures have revealed.

California wine producer Gallo is to launch two new Barefoot wines in a stream of innovation for 2016.

Gallo is embarking on a sampling campaign for its Dark Horse California wine brand.

Majestic has launched its first ever own-label range under the name Definition.

Manchester-based drinks importer Morgenrot has launched a range of sherries from Bodegas Baron. 

Almost 500 supermarket own-brands have won medals at the 2015 International Wine Challenge.

Sales of Trivento Argentinian wines helped boost UK sales figures for the UK arm of Chile-based wine producer Concha y Toro last year.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has retained value in 2012, despite a 6% slide in volume.

Online retailer Naked Wines has invested $150,000 to launch two wines with Randall Grahm.

West Sussex-based winery Nyetimber has launched a Blanc de Blancs 2007. 

PLB has added premium Ribera del Duero producer Protos to its Spanish portfolio, giving the company its first UK-wide distribution agreement.  

Marisco rings the changes

03 January, 2013

New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards has overhauled its business by appointing a new winemaker and deciding to bottle a range of wines in screen-printed glass.

Moët & Chandon is releasing a limited-edition gift pack called Declare Your Love to capitalise on the Valentine’s Day market.

A leading distributor has tipped Brazil as a future powerhouse in the winemaking world.

Echo Falls is launching three new limited-edition bottles with a fashionable twist to mark its partnership with the Clothes Show Live.

Troy Christensen, the chief executive of Accolade Wines, has left the business with immediate effect.

Moët & Chandon has snapped up tennis legend Roger Federer as the Champagne House’s new brand ambassador.

Accolade Wines’ general manager called for a tax break on wines bottled at around 8% abv so the industry can drive a socially responsible product that does not compromise on taste.

The directors at PLB have reacted with joy to the news that three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013.