WSET Honours Winners and Graduates at Annual Awards

Over 500 of the most influential wine and spirits professionals in the world gathered on the evening of Monday 23 January at the historic Guildhall, City of London, to celebrate the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards and Graduation. Read more

Sonoma County and Wine World Applaud Wine Vision 2016

Robert Joseph, Editor at Large of Meininger’s Wine Business International has described Wine Vision 2016 as “an agenda-setting event for the international wine industry” and applauded its host location, Sonoma County, California, for its “stunning hospitality and the top quality welcome” it gave to 200 wine industry leaders from 20 countries and five continents. Read more

Coverage from Wine Vision 2016: Wine industry still bullish on China

Cautious enthusiasm for the Chinese wine market. More men in supermarkets. Opening a bottle of wine with your shoe. Those were some of the takeaways at Wine Vision, an annual forum for the industry hosted last month by Sonoma County in California. Read more

Wine Business Solutions: The Wine Paper

What just happened? It’s a question most of us ask as another 12 months of our life gets peeled off, seemingly faster than the last. Did we take every opportunity? Did we give it our absolute best shot? Did we learn? Did we grow? Are we better? Read more

Gallo: Consumers don’t view wine as an elitist drink

The lead marketer for America’s largest winery said Tuesday that vintners should strive to democratize the wine marketplace rather than solely focusing on premium brands derived from North Coast vineyards. Read more

Sonoma County Welcomes the World: Delegates from Five Continents Arrive for Wine Vision 2016

Almost 200 wine industry leaders from 20 countries and five continents are arriving in Sonoma County, California in readiness for Wine Vision 2016 – the premier international wine industry event – which opens this Monday, 5 December. This is the first time an American wine region is hosting Wine Vision. Read more

Wine Vision 2016: Golden Opportunity

WINE VISION IS going to the New World for 2016 with Sonoma County Winegrowers hosting the three-day event. Sonoma County claims to be the birthplace of California wine with the first commercial, bonded winery in the state, Buena Vista, dating back to 1857. Read more

All eyes on Sonoma

Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) has long been advocating for the county’s winegrape growers, while educating the community on the importance of protecting and preserving Sonoma County as a winegrowing region. Read more

The Wine Vision 2016 onsite programme is here!

The Wine Vision 2016 advance programme PDF, with all the highlights and information you need in one easy file, is ready to download. Download now.

SPONSOR NEWS: Cork reinforces its positioning as the best stopper for quality wines

The preference for natural cork to seal quality wines has been underlined over recent months as several winemakers who have experimented with alternative closures have returned to cork. Read more.

How can wine take sustainability to the next level? Six tips from Sonoma County Winegrowers

Sonoma County Winegrowers is working to become America’s first 100% certified sustainable wine growing region by 2019, an ambition that has progressed rapidly since set in 2014. So what can other wine growing regions learn from Sonoma County’s experience to date? Read more >

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SPONSOR NEWS: NDtech – the world’s best wine stopper just got better

The combination of ancestral knowledge with the latest technological innovations is a hallmark of modern wine production. The same principle drives the cork industry, applying state-of-the-art techniques to one of the world’s most amazing natural products… Read more


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Global Wine Vision 2016 conference coming to Santa Rosa in December

Sonoma County has been selected as the first U.S. site to host a global wine business conference late this year, wine officials announced Wednesday. The three-day Wine Vision conference has in past years featured such chief executives as…read more >

NEWS RELEASE: Wine Vision ventures to the New World – Sonoma County, California to be host destination for 2016

The host location for this year’s Wine Vision will be Sonoma County, one of North America’s most progressive wine producing areas with a two-hundred year history of viniculture and a commitment to sustainability.  To see the full media release please click here >

NEWS RELEASE: Wine Vision looks beyond Europe in 2016

The organisers of Wine Vision are now looking beyond Europe for future host locations. Following resounding success in Bilbao in December 2015, there are several locations vying to host the next Wine Vision events – with four continents represented in the potential bids. To see the full media release please click here >


Photos from Wine Vision 2015 in Bilbao

The Wine Paper – by Peter McAtamney

I recently attended the world’s premier wine future strategy event – ‘Wine Vision’ – held in Bilbao, Spain. I thought that perhaps the best thing that I could do would be to take the essence of the presentations, try and add some value to them so that you, in turn, can  take these ideas to your team… read more >

Meininger’s – Port CEO calls on wine industry to put aside rivalry and cooperate

Adrian Bridge, CEO of the Fladgate Partnership, has called on the wine industry to put aside rivalry and cooperate, in the interests of advancing the overall sector. “Many of the significant challenges that are faced by the wine business…continue reading >

Drinks International – Champagne stirring but not yet awake to threat

Champagne is waking from its slumber in the vineyards of complacency but more needs to be done to claw back sales from other sparkling wines, according to Spiros Malandraki of Euromonitor International. Read more >

Drinks International – Craft is not yet taking share from US Millennial wine drinkers

Speaking at the third annual Wine Vision in Bilbao, the consultant for design analysis said nearly two thirds of US Millennials who say they are drinking more beer say they are drinking more wine and there is not a straightforward trade off. Read more >

Drinks International – Producers to shape ‘untapped’ fruit wine category

Speaking in Bilbao on the future of fruit wines, Dominic Rivard of Wine Planet Consulting said the category has gained in popularity so much that it has become mainstream in certain markets, and if not quite mainstream then in some of these main markets it will achieve this in the near future. Read more >

Drinks International – Wine industry needs to pool knowledge to reach potential

The potential that is pent up in the wine industry can be released in the pooling of knowledge and resources between competitors, according to Adrian Bridge of Fladgate Partnership. Read more >

Meininger’sWine and the rise of craft beer

An interview with Christian Miller, Proprietor, Full Glass Research. Read the interview here >

Doug Frost’s Blog

Finishing touches are being applied to the Wine Vision 2015 programme. I’ll be there from December 9th through the 11th. If you’ll be in the area, I hope you’ll join us. Below is a little more info. Hope to see you all there! Read more >

Meininger’sIn conversation with Adrian Bridge

An interview with Adrian Bridge, Managing Director Taylor’s Port. Read the interview here >

Drinks International – Wine Vision 2015 to challenge ‘old thinking’

Wine Vision 2015 will challenge ‘old thinking’ with its focus on innovation, new routes to market and sustainability with commercial rewards, organisers said.  The third Wine Vision, held in Bilbao from December 9…read more >

Harpers Magazine – Basque-ing in wine

Wine Vision returns in December and this year it takes place at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Andrew Catchpole previews a world-class event. Click here or the image to read the full article article.

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Wine Vision 2015 travels to Bilbao – gateway to Rioja Alavesa, the ‘land of a 1,000 wines’

Held in London for the past two years, Wine Vision has come to be recognised as a ‘must attend’ event for business leaders across the global wine industry. From 2015 onwards it will take those wine industry leaders to the heart of the world’s most prestigious wine regions, bringing debate about the wine industry’s future to its centres of production and creating a showcase for innovation and ingenuity. Each year Wine Vision will be held in a different world class wine hot spot and, in December 2015, Wine Vision’s first host wine region will be the Basque Country, Spain.

“Our decision to take this global event ‘around the globe’ has been prompted by feedback from Wine Vision delegates, who tell us they’re keen to investigate and be inspired by the success of great wine regions up close,” explains Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine Vision at William Reed Business Media. “We’ve been in negotiation with the wine producers and government of the Basque Country for some months now and are delighted to announce that they have opened their door to us in 2015.”

The Basque Country’s support is also allowing Wine Vision to extend an open invitation to the world’s wine industry leaders, up to 150 of whom will be able to attend Wine Vision’s three-day programme at no cost, as the guests of the Basque Country, Wine Vision and its partners.

“We believe this will secure an even broader audience for Wine Vision,” says Reed. “Having adopted this approach it will become our modus operandi as we take Wine Vision to different wine producing centres around the world, every year.”

Wine Vision will also provide an opportunity for delegates to experience first-hand the rich gastronomic, artistic and architectural heritage of the Basque Country. Ten percent of restaurants recognised in the current World’s Best 50 Restaurants list are located in the Basque Country. On the opening night, the Basque Country, in partnership with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants programme, will host a reception in the world famous Guggenheim Bilbao. The event will include an ‘after hours’ private tour of the Guggenheim’s collection, while some of the Basque Country’s many Michelin Star chefs will showcase local pintxos (tapas), paired with premium local wine.

The Wine Vision dinner, held on the following evening, will take place in the three Michelin Star restaurant, Azurmendi. Also listed as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Azurmendi is perched on a hillside just outside Bilbao with stunning views of the Basque countryside. Chef Eneko Atxa is recognised as a pioneer in cutting edge gastronomic techniques and inventive use of ecologically produced ingredients. “His cooking will surely inspire innovation among our audience,” comments Andrew Reed.

In addition, Rioja Alavesa’s wine producers are planning optional vineyard tours for Wine Vision delegates who want to get ‘hands on’ before and at the close of the event.

“We’re thrilled to be taking Wine Vision to Bilbao and to be planning a future for this event that will take our enthusiastic audience to the world’s greatest wine regions,” concludes Andrew Reed. The search is already underway for future Wine Vision host venues.

To download the full media release please click here >

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ARAEX Magazine – Inspirando el cambio para crear un sector vinícola global sostenible

Expertos in múltiples campos, como branding, etiuqedado, venta minorista multicanal, comunicaciones digitales o mercados emergentes alimentan el debatesobre cómo puede la industria vinícola innoar y prepararse mejor para el futuro. Click the link to download the full ARAEX Magazine article.


Corriere Vinicolo – L’emozione prima del pensiero (e lo smartphone incollato alla mano)

Tra gli spunti più interessanti del seminario B2B, quelli dedicati a focalizzare le nuove modalità di scelta, interazione, socializzazione digitale. All’insegna del “tutto può essere catalogato”, anche le esperienze. Ma oltre alla virtualità, attenzione a non perdersi i fenomeni reali. Click the link to download the full Corriere Vinicolo article.

Wine Vision 2014 sets the industry agenda

Three South African young guns were awarded the Harper’s grant to attend Wine Vision in London – a conference for global wine industry CEOs. Supported by VinPro, Thys Louw (Diemersdal), Petrus Bosman (Bosman Family Vineyards) and JD Pretorius (Steenberg) joined Edo Heyns to hear and debate expert views on…click here to read the full article

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moët-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO

Jean-Guillaume Prats, says he believes great wine produced in California’s Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years…click here to watch the interview

‘Beer, spirits have stolen our playbook: We need to build brand wine!’

Troy Christensen, CEO of Enotria Wine Cellars, warns the wine industry that spirits and beer have stolen its play book and says the industry needs to build ‘brand wine’ more effectively to attract consumers…click here to read the full article

Swedish drinks monopoly Systembolaget ‘not about maximising sales’

“We’re in this not for maximising sales but eliminating the harmful effects of alcohol. Is this possible? I think so.” These words come from Sara Norrel, head of buying at Systembolaget…click here to read the full article

Wine trade needs to wake up to online sales, warns e-commerce expert

The wine trade needs to reconcile the “inexorable shift” in wine sales online and the products overall route to market, warns wine e-commerce expert Matthew Protti. Click here to read the full article

Wine trade faces an ‘assault on pleasure’

Wine producers and consumers are facing an “assault on pleasure”, according to Barry Clark of the Future Foundation. Speaking at the first day of Wine Vision conference, Clark warned the wine trade that a number of forces are acting to…click here to continue reading

‘The wine world is under attack, ant it needs to up its game’, Wine Economist Mike Veseth

Eminent wine writer and economist Mike Veseth warns that the wine world needs to combat the threat of ‘new age prohibitionists’ and authentic, interesting and affordable spirits and beers. Click here to watch the interview

Wine businesses slow to change and connect with customers, says business guru

Speaking at this week’s Wine Vision conference in London, Greene, chairman of and HT Drinks, as well as former TV Secret Millionaire, said: “If customers are changing and will change, maybe we should change.” Click here to read more

Supermarkets and suppliers relations at a “crossroads” warns Pernod Ricard UK chief

Relationships between major supermarkets and their suppliers are now at a “crossroads” according to Denis O’Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and… click here to read the full article

‘Bringing movie magic to the wine world will win new drinkers’ Direct Wines CEO

Direct Wines CEO Simon McMurtrie insists that bringing ‘some of the magic’ associated with movie and perfume launches to the wine world will entice a new generation of wine drinkers. Click here to watch the interview

Wine industry should take initiative on calorie labelling, says WSTA chief

The wine industry needs to prepare itself for adding calorie lables to wine bottles, as the battle agains obesity continues, warned Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief Miles Beale. Click here to read the full article

‘People should stop thinking about their own brands and just market wine!’ Wine Riot founder

The brains behind the successful Wine Riot events in the US, Tyler Balliet, believes that winemakers should forget… click here to watch the interview

Harpers Chief of the Week: Tyler Balliet and Wine Riot

Now fast talking young American dudes are not totally original when it comes to breaking through in the wine trade but this week’s Wine Vision unveiled a new US wine hipster – well to European audiences at least… Click here to read more

The Week That Was: Wine Vision recap, top news, Q&As and opinion on

In case you missed some of the headlines this week…click here to read more

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world – including the likes of Moët Hennessy Estates and Wines President and CEO Jean-Guillaume Prats to discuss issues including the future of premium wines… click here for the full article

Sobriety trend to harm wine sales

A trend towards sobriety among younger drinkers and increased regulatory pressure could reduce wine sales in the future…click here to read the full article

Going global not always the answer

International expansion is not necessary for wine businesses to develop. In a talk that addressed when and how a business should expand internationally….click here to read the full article

Millenials misunderstood

The Millennial consumer group represents a misunderstood and largely untapped market, according to Tyler Balliet…click here to read the full article

Nice wine, no corkscrew? Mirabeau en Provence solution strikes YouTube gold with 8 million+ views

Mirabeau en Provence owner Stephen Cronk says the desire for a direct consumer connection inspired him to record a 50 second YouTube video that’s won…click here to listen to the podcast

Fine wine investment requires ‘visionary eye’, says Moet chief at Wine Vision

Speaking at the Wine Vision conference earlier today, Prats told delegates that if creating a vineyard in a certain location….click here for the full article

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Wine has to talk more to young consumers says Wine Riot chief… click here for the full article

Wine brands need to get on top of Facebook, warns… click here for the full article

I Heart wine has chance to become a global wine brand… click here for the full article

Wine designs fail if don’t stand for something… click here for the full article

Wine must engage all the senses, say professors… click here for the full article

Consumers are now “risk averse” says Future Foundation… click here for the full article

Simon McMurtrie opens event with clarion call to industry…click here for the full article

Wine must engage all the senses, say professors

Winemakers beware it’s “not enough just to get the liquid right”- the emotional connection, background music and lighting also dramatically affect the taste say top professors. Speaking at the opening…. Click here to read the full article

Prof Charles Spence set to kick off Wine Vision next week

Monday evening marks the beginning of Wine Vision with Spence sharing some expertise around the perceptions of wine and how other senses such as light and sound may alter people’s perception of wine. Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision, Tescogate and Shifting Wine Market Power

Wine inevitably enters the Tescogate story because Tesco is the world’s largest retailer of wine and, although the wine program is not at the center of the investigateion, the scandal has prompted many in the trade to give voice to long-held conerns. Click here to read the full article

Chiefs of the week: Harpers Rising Stars for Wine Vision

Over the last couple of months we have given people from any part of the trade the chance to apply and make their case why they should be selected for a special Harpers Rising Star Grant. Our eight chosen candidates come from right across the industry stretching from Sri Lanka, South Africa, Portugal to the UK. Click here to read the full article

Michel Rolland and Tesco’s Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rolland, and Tesco’s Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month…Click here to read the full article

Strong UK delegation of senior executives to appear at global Wine Vision conference

Robin Copestick of Copestick Murray, Troy Christensen of Enotria and Simon McMurtrie of Direct Wines are part of a strong UK line up of major executives that have signed up….click here to read the full article

Wine Vision and the future of wine: Will less turn out to be more?

What is the future of the wine industry? Less or more? Or less and more? I’m thinking about this question…Click here to read the full article

Rising stars of the wine world, share your Wine Vision!

Nominate a rising star of the wine world, and they could gain half price access to Wine Vision 2014… Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision probes risks and rewards of new wine markets

Wine Vision organiser Andrew Reed says the 2014 conference will explore how to attract new customers to wine and tap emerging market growth. Speaking ahead of the prestigious conference that attracts CEO, MD, owners and directors worldwide….Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision 2014: il vino e i consumatori del futuro

A novembre Londra ospiterà l’evento organizzato da William Reed Business Media. Parteciperanno alcune tra le più autorevoli voci del business mondiale del vino e si parlerà di mercati emergenti, consumi, strategie d’investimento, marketing e comunicazione…Click here to read the full article

Emerging talent across the wine industry can win grants to attend Wine Vision

Harpers is giving talented, rising stars in the global wine industry the chance to take part in this November’s Wine Vision conference by applying for a special Harpers grant. Click here to read the full article

A riot of way to connect with Millenials

Tyler Baillet is co-founder of Wine Riot, a type of wine event that mixes up classic tasting formats with new media. Wine Riots are lively events where participants get important information in short, entertaining bursts, and use social media to…Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision 2014 Announces Program Focused on the Wine and the Consumer of the Future

The program for Wine Vision 2014 has been released with an international showcase of speakers focused on the future of wine…Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision 2014 turns spotlight onto the wine and consumers of the future

The future of wine, from emerging markets to evolving consumers, will be up for debate at this year’s second Wine Vision event which takes place in November. Click here to read the full article

Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers’ publishers, William Reed Business Media. Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision inspires Thussock Jumper – wine brand finally arrives in UK thanks to Amazon

Gert-Jan Van Arkel, co-founder of the brand believes the firm can reach sales of 10 million bottles internationally by the end of 2015. Van Arkel said: “I was present at Wine Vision last November and heard Amazon talk about their plans for wine,” which inspired him to become a partner. Click here to read the full article

Most wine industry’s challenges are no different to other sectors, says economist Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth, the celebrated US wine economist and blogger, has dismissed the idea that the dynamics of the wine industry are different to the challenges faced by other business sectors. Click here to read the full article

Leadership changes will shake up South African wine industry

A lack of visionary and legitimate leadership has long been a thorn in the side of the South African wine industry. Click here to read the opinion piece by Wine Vision 2014 speaker Mike Ratcliffe.

‘People don’t throw chairs and break windows’: Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

Dubbed the ‘Prince of Boston’s Wine Revolution’, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tell us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine Vision this November. Click here to listen to the podcast

Wine Vision 2014: Focus on the Future of the Global Wine Business

The preliminary agenda for Wine Vision 2014 has been announced and I am excited to be included in the list of presenters. Click here to read the full article

‘This most traditional of industries must transform!’ Wine Vision MD

Wine Vision organizer Andrew Reed insists a heritage-rich wine world must transform to tap the ‘radically different demands’ of millennials, ahead of the 2014 event where the president of Moët Hennessy will speak. Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision to focus on brands’ relationships with consumers and threat of spirits and beer

Wine Vision’s return to London in November will examine key issues affecting growth in the industry as relationships between wine brands and consumers change and competition from spirits and beer intensifies. Click here to read the full article

Wine Vision 2014 attracts international line up of key trade speakers

An international line up of major global wine players is being built up for the second Wine Vision event, being run in association with Harpers, in London between November 17 and 19. Click here to read the full article

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