The organisers of Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, which claims to be the region’s largest international wine and spirits exhibition, is claiming a 40% increase in visitors to the show which closed yesterday (May 27).
Held at the the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), approximately 12,000 people are said to have visited over the three days.
Occupying more than 8,500 square metres of the HKCEC, there were more than 880 exhibitors from 32 countries around the world, including China, Australia, US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, Romania, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Chile and Greece. A number of countries were making their first appearance at exhibition that is in its fourth year. [...more]
Concha y Toro, South America’s leading wine producer, has become the official wine partner of Manchester United Football Club.
The company says the agreement aims to raise awareness of Concha y Toro and its brands worldwide, with particular focus on the key markets of Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Northern Europe.
The partnership gives Concha y Toro the opportunity to align itself globally with probably the best known football team in the world.
Among the benefits for Concha y Toro will be digital board advertising at Old Trafford stadium during home games which are televised around the world, advertising space in the club’s own communications media and co-branded marketing communications. The alliance also allows Concha y Toro to have presence with its wines in the stadium’s lounges, boxes, bars as well as the possibility to invite its VIP customers to team games. [...more]
Two English wines were awarded gold medals at the International Wine Challenge (IWC).
Camel Valley’s 2008 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut (£24.95) and Nyetimber’s 2001 Blanc de Blancs (£28.99) both scooped gold medals.
With 46 countries entering the competition, there was a 15% increase in the number of wines judged.
But the top three gold-winning countries remained the same as 2009 with France in first place with 75 gold medals, then Australia with 65 and Portugal with 35. [...more]
The Wemyss family has launched a small batch gin called Darnley’s View. Darnley’s View celebrates the meeting of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley at the Wemyss family home, Wemyss Castle in Fife, in 1565.
Darnley’s View sits alongside the family’s spirits portfolio, centred around their range of malt whiskies, called Wemyss Malts.
The gin is distilled five times and contains six botanicals, including elderflower. [...more]
Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is to launch a sparkling rosé wine at the London International Wine Fair.
The launch is initially UK-focused and Wolf Blass Yellow Label sparkling rosé aims to capitalise on the growing popularity of sparkling and rosé wines.
The wine will retail for £9.99 and will partner Wolf Blass Yellow Label sparkling brut, which is already available.
Neil Barker, UK commercial director for Foster's EMEA said: "We have crafted Wolf Blass sparkling rosé to meet all the current consumer trends to ensure that it drives sales and profitability across all retail channels. Branded sparkling wine is now a must stock for all retailers but especially during the key summer sales period." [...more]
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Berrys' Fine Wine Reserve forms part of the exclusive range of services at the Hong Kong home of Alfred Dunhill.
Nicholas Pegna, managing director of BBR in Hong Kong, said he had been looking to open a second store and this collaboration offered the perfect opportunity.
Berrys' Fine Wine Reserve presents a selection of the world's most revered wines for sale as well as hosting a tasting area and 32 individual wine bins which will be offered to customers by invitation only.
Berrys' will also provide range of wine related services including: fine wine investment advice; corporate wine tastings; fine wine sourcing; en primeur; a fine wine brokerage service; cellar plans; wedding lists and vineyard visits. [...more]
The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) has urged the Obama Administration to mark Alcohol Awareness Month by passing new alcohol labelling requirements to include basic dietary information on the labels of all beverage alcohol products.
Public health and consumer groups - including the Consumer Federation of America, the American Medical Women's Association, and the National Consumers League - have been calling for the Federal Government's Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to require a standardised serving facts label on all beer, wine and distilled spirits products that lists the serving size, calories per serving, alcohol content per serving, and the definition of a "standard drink." [...more]
Sales of New Zealand wine in the UK off-trade have now overtaken Germany when expressed as a 'country of origin' percentage share.
In the latest Nielsen data (MAT end March 2010) New Zealand now has a 3.3% share of the UK off-trade market and has overtaken Germany for the first time. The value share of New Zealand continues to grow - the latest MAT growth registered 4.6% country of origin share; a growth of over one percentage point since December 2009.
In addition, New Zealand is now the fastest growing country of origin showing volume gains of +57% and this has been accomplished whilst having the highest average retail price at £6.05 per bottle. [...more]
Foster's has appointed a former police officer to its board of directors.
Christine Nixon joined Foster's Group as a non-executive director at the beginning of April.
Foster's Chairman, David Crawford said: "On behalf of shareholders I am very pleased to welcome Christine to the Foster's Board.
"Christine's leadership, management experience and her strong community focus will be an asset at the Foster's Board table."
After a career in the NSW and Victorian Police force, Nixon became Victoria's first female chief commissioner, leading a team of 14,000 staff and managing a $1.7 billion budget for eight years before her retirement in February 2009. [...more]
Angela Mount is to be announced as the new head of Gondola Wine, the new online wine retail site from Dragon's Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
Mount, former head wine buyer at Somerfield, has been working with Jones and the Gondola team for a number of months initially on the development and concept of the site, through to its launch and beyond.
Harpers.co.uk understands that Mount has now been asked by Jones to head up the operation as it looks to fast track its development and build up more contacts with suppliers and expand its range.
The site was devised as the first pure branded wine website offering exclusive deals for many supermarket best selling wines. Although recieved with some scepticism by many in the trade it is building strong support from branded wine companies faced with shrinking ranges within the supermarkets.
The site is reported to be taking between 800 and 1,000 orders a day thanks to its innovative [...more]
The South African wine industry claims to have launched the world's first sustainability seal that guarantees eco-friendly production and bottle provenance.
Intended for bottled wines only, the seal which is issued by the Wine and Spirit Board has a tracking system that can now trace bottle contents back to source at every stage of the supply chain.
The seal is a continuation of the local wine industry's pioneering approach to sustainable wine growing and winemaking and further aims to confirm the integrity of production by giving each seal a unique number, through which the wine's provenance can be tracked from vine to bottle.
The seal is the result of collaboration between the Wine & Spirits Board, IPW, as well as the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA) with the generic marketing body responsible for the worldwide launch of the concept as part of its Brand South Africa campaign.
Effective from 2010, the voluntary system is available to those wineries to have passed the accreditation of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) set of sustainable principles, at farm, winery and bottling levels. [...more]