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A woman sniffs a glass of wine during a tasting event in Beijing. Reuters


Chinese buying is underpinning a nascent recovery in Bordeaux wine-estate prices, boosting demand for mid-level vineyards while top properties have rebounded to levels last seen in 2000, according to broker Michael Baynes.


Chinese businessman William Wu has bought control of Swartland Winery for an undisclosed fee, marking rising interest from China in South African wine.


With more younger consumers rejecting the alcoholic drink of their ancestors, sake sales have steadily tanked in Japan, another victim of globalization. Forty years ago, Japan had 4,000 sake breweries, but only 1,500 remain.


The Cal-China Wine Cultural Exchange (CCWCE), a new, nonprofit organization based in Napa, is to begin making a smooth exchange of information on tourism, trade and technical wine-related issues easier.


Dozens of Indian wineries weighed down by debt plan to ask for £20m of government money to help them survive.


Indians who like alcohol usually choose whiskey as their drink. But, slowly, wine is growing more popular in the country. India's first vineyard, a farm where grapes used to make wine are grown, is named Sula. It began operations 15 years ago.


The Global and Chinese Sparkling Wine Industry Report 2014 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global sparkling wine industry with a focus on the Chinese situation.


A next-day service delivering top wine brands across China and beyond could be a reality within a year.


A pioneering generation of sommeliers is trying to build the profession in the growing Chinese wine market


North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has taken to necking copious bottles of snake wine in a bid to get his wife pregnant.


Soon after China and Australia sign their free trade agreement, Australian wine, which will get preferential treatment and potentially even zero tariffs from China, will likely see explosive growth and may even replace France as the top exporter of wine importer to China, the Shanghai-based China Business News reports, citing Cong Riguang, general manager of the Shenzhen Wine Association.


ProWein's 2014 China trade fair, the world's leading international trade fair for wine and spirits in Shanghai, welcomed a record number of visitors to its three-day event last week.


Agreement also opens China's services sector to Australian businesses, but fails to reduce tariffs on other agricultural commodities including rice, wheat, cotton, sugar and oilseeds


The association's steering committee includes six members: wine writer Denis Gastin, Thailand winemaker Visooth Lohitnavy, I.B. Rai Budarsa of Bali's Hatten Wines, Cecilia Oldne from India's Sula Vineyards, Japanese winery Chateau Mercian's Fujino Katsuhisa and Jim Sun of China Wine Online.


The Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency's Wine Registration programme has been officially launched.


Over 1,000 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions will showcase at the seventh edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair from 6-8 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government, will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony (6 Nov) of the fair, which is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).


Invest Hong Kong announced November 4 that its 2014 StartmeupHK Venture Forum will feature a wealth of speakers and judges with deep experience of founding and investing in successful start-up ventures.


Canadian wines have a chance to capitalise on its strong links with Asia, as the realisation of its wine industry's growing quality spreads.


One of Japan's largest wine producers has announced plans to almost double its vineyard area to meet growing domestic demand for this small scale industry.

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