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France managed to export wine and spirits valued at €16.2bn in 2023, marking a decrease of one billion. Wine experienced negative growth across all categories.

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The champagne house Vranken-Pommery Monopole increased its turnover by 1.2%.

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A major Rioja producer, once among the highest-grossing in the region, is forced to sell all assets due to bankruptcy. Accusations of wrongdoing are being made.

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To mark their 180th anniversary, the Australians are launching a new champagne in collaboration with Champagne Thiénot. They are aiming to strengthen their existing luxury distribution and consolidate their French ties.

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The American family-owned company E. & J. Gallo is undergoing a rebranding to strengthen its perception as a leading brand in the wine and spirits sector.

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Current developments on the bulk wine markets: News from France, Italy and Spain.

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In February 2021, Uber paid $1.1bn for a young start-up called Drizly. Now that business is to close.

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Farmers in Germany face fluctuating earnings, making subsidies an important part of their income. In 2023, their earnings were high — but there are huge differences in the sector. 

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A court has ruled that Angelina Jolie did not have the right to 50% of the shares in the winery. However, the legal proceedings appear to be ongoing.

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The farmers' protests in France bear rich fruits – yet bureaucratic processes remain unchanged.

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Sopexa's Wine Trade Monitor identifies sustainability as an important sales criterion for wine, which is understood very differently depending on the country.

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Chinese wine imports are now just over 60% of what they were in 2012. The latest figures show a steady decline.

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Among the proposals for the DOCGs is the introduction of an obligatory in-region bottling rule and the approval of vineyards on north-facing slopes.

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At the Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant La Tour d'Argent, an inventory check reportedly revealed the absence of more than 80 wine bottles valued at over €1.5m.

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The Rheingau wine icon Robert Weil exclusively handles the distribution of "Monte Nostrum" through the Bordeaux network.

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