Demonstrations across France

Seven town centres across France will be invaded today by winemakers protesting the handling of the French wine crisis - this morning thousands of people have already taken over the…

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The French government is ‘demonising’ wine with a ‘quasi-scientific’ and alarmist advertising campaign, France’s top wine professionals claim.

French winemakers plan day of action

French winemakers are planning a national ‘day of action’ which will see them stage demonstrations across France on 8 December.

Obituary: Jim Barry

Jim Barry, the pioneering Clare Valley winemaker and producer of the legendary Armagh Shiraz, has died aged 79.

Cru bourgeois listing ‘not impartial’

The procedure of classifying the Médoc cru bourgeois was ‘not impartial’ and ‘tainted with illegality’ according to a French government representative at a Bordeaux tribunal this week.

Evin law set to change

French deputies have voted to amend the controversial Evin law by a massive majority.

Wines with WWII evacuation numbers (Sotheby's)

Over 450 lots of old and rare wines from the Imperial Russian cellars are to be auctioned this December at Sotheby’s in London.

Biggest ever harvest for Champagne?

The Champagne harvest this year is set to be the biggest in history as the French government gives the green light to increasing the maximum yield.

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First the UK Women’s Institute went naked, then the New York fire department and British prison officers, and now the winemakers of the Côtes de Bourg are releasing a nude…

Clinic through a glass

Owners of vintage Penfolds will be able to have their wine checked by the chief winemaker and his team at the first Penfolds red wine re-corking clinic in London next…

Bordeaux red harvest begins

The harvesting of red grapes in Bordeaux has begun with the top châteaux unfazed by worries of over production.

Magrez acquires cru bourgeois château

Bernard Magrez, head of Bordeaux-based négociant William Pitters, has acquired a new Cru Bourgeois to add to the growing list of châteaux under his name.

Haut-Brion white harvest

The Bordeaux harvest began yesterday with workers at first growth Château Haut-Brion starting to pick the Sauvignon Blanc for the estate’s white wines.

Mondavi Corporation to split

Top Californian wine company the Robert Mondavi Corporation is undergoing structural changes that insiders say could herald its sale.

French Harvest begins

The first grapes of the French harvest were picked yesterday in the Côtes de Provence region of southern France.

Revolution in Beaujolais

Sweeping changes in Beaujolais could see the creation of a Vin de Pays as well as Premier Cru wines to prevent the ‘disappearance of the region’.

Australian wine boom over?

The boom time of Australian wine exports could be over according to government figures published today.