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Following an awards ceremony yesterday afternoon at The Ivy in London, The Drinks Business can now state that California is source of the most certified sustainable wine production of any wine region in the world; that Chile is a pioneer in the promotion of biodiversity in vineyards, and England is home to this year's most environmentally-friendly wine business, while a distillery in Finland is 2018's Green Company of the Year.


The winner will be decided by a panel of judges led by WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, including Richard Bampfield MW, Laura Jewell MW of Wine Australia and Matt Knight of Riedel UK. The judges will be looking for the educator that has demonstrated clear dedication and growth in delivering WSET's courses as well as innovation in wine and spirits education.


The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has recently indicated that the 2018-vintage global wine production is "back to normal" in size (Global wine harvest bounces back). However, a year ago the OIV reported that the 2017 global wine production had fallen to its lowest level since the beginning of the 1960s. This decrease was the result of the inclement weather that extensively damaged vineyards in the world's largest production area, western Europe (containing the world's three biggest producers: Italy, France and Spain).


Andes Wines launched theLuxury Wine Tour of Ancient Vineyards, with the objective of showcasing the oldest vineyards in Chile while enjoying wine-themed hotels in several wine valleys


In recent years, Chile and South Africa have started projects to rescue old vineyards, creating interesting synergies between rural areas and consumers. The new genre of wines has gained international attention among importers, traders and wine critics.


More than 120 varieties have been identified growing in Bío Bío, and 26 of them are not recorded anywhere else in the world. "We've found varieties that are naturally well adapted to climate change and different soil salinities, and have probably survived over 300 years as dry-farmed varieties in Bío Bío ... We believe the genetic diversity found here is a base for sustainable viticulture for the future"


The founder of Fruition Sciences, a company that applies Information Technology (IT) systems in different types of crops, will travel to Chile for the Vintage Report conference, which will include the participation of Sebastián Vargas, Viticulture & Enology Research Scientist of the CRI.


If you are Canadian, Spanish, Dutch, Georgian or Uruguayan, you can consume recreational cannabis; so can people in nine US states and in Washington DC.


The 2018 harvests in Europe are winding down and crush estimates are ratcheting up: now at 46.7 million hectolitres for France, 48-plus million hectolitres for Spain, while northern Italy's crush is also expected to be big. With Spain and Italy vying to be most competitive on generics, prices across the board are trending downward. The picture on quality is more complicated, with spring mildew, intense midsummer heat and lower than normal late season temperatures inhibiting alcohol levels and, on the reds, color.


One winery facing competition from real estate development is Cousiño Macul. While most its vineyards are located in the Macul and Buin areas of the Maipo Valley, it was forced to remove some of its vineyards in Peñanolen area in order to make room for housing complexes and a shopping center to meet the needs of the growing population. On the other hand, one of Chile's great strengths that has not been taken advantage of is the fact that the Cabernet Sauvignon's 100-year old ungrafted and pre-phylloxera genetic material is distributed throughout other valleys such as Maule and Bío Bío


Argentina's white wine production is undergoing a 'revolution' as the country rescues ancient vineyards and trials new varieties in cooler climates, according to some of the country's top winemakers.


The appointment of Edwin Olivieri as Business Development Executive reinforces this producer's commitment to providing further impetus to the success in their largest export market ...


A US federal judge has ordered a Chilean wine producer and distributor to pay nearly $29 million to a US-based investor, enforcing an arbitration award reached in Chile after the investment went sour, according to court filings. The judgment was appealed Monday


Uco Valley based winery Tapiz saw 32% growth in the U.S. market in 2017, landing at 34,400 cases shipped under importer Vino Del Sol. This growth is largely driven by their Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, a high elevation single vineyard wine that grew 135% as a single sku in 2017.



Aurelio Montes Sr, founder of Chile's famed Montes winery, has revealed what he calls, "the most ambitious project" to date, making wines in one of the most southerly wine regions in the world on a tiny island in Chiloé, south of Patagonia.


August Wine Group today announced an exclusive U.S. import partnership with Grupo Peñaflor, South America's largest wine company, to import Navarro Correas, the iconic Argentine estate known for its Malbec and other premium offerings. In recent years, the Mendoza-based Navarro Correas brand reached volumes exceeding 80,000 cases in the United States.


An Argentine winery has become the first to offer a new wine-based asset-backed cryptocurrency, selling blockchain tokens that are only exchangeable for bottles of its 2018 vintage in an effort to become the world's first "open-source" winery.


Understandably associated with Malbec, it's in white wine that Argentina is really making strides, with winemakers across the country now producing a broad variety of fascinating and fruit driven styles. Andy Howard MW is impressed on a recent visit...


A wine producer in Argentina is selling their entire 2018 vintage as a wine-backed crypto asset and has said it will open its books to become an 'open source' winery.

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