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The focus for year one will be home grown sparkling, as well as natural organic and bio-dynamic wines.

ENGLISH sparkling, Organic and Bio-Dynamic wines will take centre stage at the first ever Dorset Wine Festival.

The event is to be hosted at the prestigious 10 Castle Street in Cranborne from 11am to 5pm Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24.

Winemaking in Sicily has some seriously deep-running roots, with production on the island remaining steady for over 3,000 years.

What’s large, in-charge, and home to some of the greatest wines in southern Europe? Welcome to Sicily, home of orange trees, olive groves, and more vineyards than you could possibly imagine. While we might think of Sicily as being small, it’s actually the largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea, giving way to a serious array of grape-growing opportunities. With various terrains, topographical diversity, and that little old volcano on the eastern end of the island, there’s really no doubt about it; when it comes to wine, Sicily can do it all.

Wine In Lisbon describes wineries, wine bars and wine stores within and around the city. Photo: Ricardo Bernardo/adegga

In the introduction to her new book Wine In Lisbon, 29-year old author Ana Cristina Marques thanks Bacchus for inventing wine sold by the glass. Not only does this allow for a variety of economical tastings but, ‘…is the perfect excuse to take colleagues, friends and family to yet another wine bar,’ she writes.

Stephen Wong MW, one of the local hosts for the two ‘Sommits’.

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship, welcoming sommeliers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Singapore to a series of ‘Sommits’.

First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia in 2015, the scholarship is now a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Europe set to compete for the prize in 2018.

The partnership was formed after Vinitaly International welcomed delegates from Ningxia Wine Bureau at its headquarters Wine2Digital in Verona, Italy.

Vinitaly International and Ningxia Wine Bureau, the official wine body in China’s northwestern premium wine region, have agreed to join forces to promote high quality Italian wines in China and to roll out educational courses on Italian wine.

The partnership was formed after Vinitaly International welcomed delegates from Ningxia Wine Bureau at its headquarters Wine2Digital in Verona, Italy and facilitated meetings with VeronaFiere and various wineries around the area earlier in June.