Foster's EMEA has launched two wines exclusively for the on-trade under its Rosemount label.
The Australian wine producer is pitching its new Rosemount Signature Collection at the house wine market.
"Research shows consumers are price-sensitive when drinking out of home and turning to house-style wines for price and quality," said UK and Ireland Foster's commercial director Neil Barker.
"We developed Rosemount Signature Collection to compete on price, but it also offers consumers the quality and brand guarantees not associated with house wines." [...more]
Two South African winery bosses have teamed up with the founder of restaurant Vivat Bacchus to open a wine restaurant in London's City.
Gary and Kathy Jordan from Stellenbosch-based Jordan Wine Estate have teamed up with ex Vivat Bacchus owner Neleen Strauss to open High Timber, a 70 cover restaurant and 40,000 bottle wine cellar near St Paul's cathedral.
Although wine from the Jordan Estate will feature on the list, including Cobblers Hill, Nine Yards and Mellifera NLH from the Reserve range, Gary said the restaurant is to offer a global variety, not just wine from South Africa. [...more]
UK: Australian wine Wolf Blass is investing over £2 million in its largest ever sport-based campaign. The rugby-themed campaign launches this month and will run throughout 2010.
The campaign coincides with rugby's RBS Six Nations Championship and will encompass national television advertising, national print, outdoor posters, online and in-store activity. Wolf Blass expects to reach over three million consumers and build on its association with major sporting events.
Wolf Blass is to take over roadside advertising sites on major roads into London and is to have a presence within Twickenham rugby ground, including pitch side advertising and sampling.
Additionally the campaign will dominate all advertising sites within Waterloo station. Wolf Blass will feature on all ticket barriers, digital LED sites and hanging banners positioned within the main concourse and on each platform. [...more]
Miguel Torres Jr of the Torres family in Spain has been appointed executive president of the company's Chilean subsidiary, based in Curicó.
He recently moved to the region, where his key objectives will be to increase sales in export markets including the UK, implement organic viticulture and develop new wines from Empedrado, a new winemaking region south of Concepción.
Torres, a fifth generation winemaker, said: "My family and I are delighted to move to Chile and embark upon a new personal and professional chapter in Curicó. We are lucky to have a great team behind us at Viña Miguel Torres which undoubtedly still have a lot of potential for growth, particularly in export markets". [...more]
New Zealand's Seidelberg Wine Estate are pleased to be able to announce that they have been able to secure the services of Alicia Rechner as head winemaker who will join them on December 1st. [...more]
Constellation Brands,announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Gaymer Cider Company business to C&C Group PLC of Dublin Ireland for 45 million pounds Sterling, or approximately $70 million, subject to closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close by mid-January 2010. [...more]
A short but affectionate tribute to Ernest Gallo - the co-founder of Gallo Wines who are one of the worlds most popular Wine makers. Along with his brother Julio he helped to create the worldwide demand for Californian Wines. [...more]
Winemaker Australian Vintage Ltd (ASX:AVG) is still in talks with US-based Constellation Brands Inc about the possibility of combining part of their operations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Australian Vintage chairman Ian Ferrier told the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday it was too early to say if the talks would lead to a transaction. [...more]
Sekt is the German term for sparkling wine. The majority of Sekt produced (around 95%) is made by the Charmat method with the remaining premium Sekt being made according to the méthode traditionnelle. [...more]
Patrick Ouart has been appointed as Advisor to the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of luxury products group LVMH.
Mr. Ouart will become a member of the Executive Committee and will resume the role he had when worked for the group between 2004 and 2007. Mr Ouart, 50, is a graduate of the Ecole nationale de la magistrature. Prior to this, he was Advisor to the President of the French Republic.
A short introduction to the Drinks Industry's Professional & Social Network - InDrinks.
To join InDrinks you need to be a member of LinkedIn. You can join the group here: [...more]
Kosta Browne, a small Sebastopol winery that has become one of the state's most coveted producers of high-end pinot noir, has struck a deal estimated at almost $40 million to sell a controlling interest to a high-powered Sonoma investment group.
The winery, whose owners got their start while pooling tip money from their restaurant jobs, completed the deal Friday with the Vincraft Group.
The agreement will allow some of the winery's original investors, mostly friends and families, a chance to cash out their investments, said Dan Kosta, who is partners with Michael Browne and Chris Costello. Business management and operations won't change [...more]