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Grace Vineyard organised a 20th anniversary wine dinner at the winery earlier this month in Shanxi province, where the winery is based.

One of China’s leading family-owned wineries, Grace Vineyard, celebrated its 20th anniversary this month, as its CEO Judy Chan says its biggest achievement was, “making something impossible possible”.

Chan said that "the winery had come a long way and what an achievement it had been to build one of the best wineries in China from scratch."

Ruckus Estate in Wrattonbully in South Australia, a relatively new wine region.

I’m reading a wonderful book at the moment, An Unlikely Vineyard by Deirdre Heekin. Her property is located in the wilds of upstate Vermont, USA, and the resulting wine, La Garagista, is made in tiny quantities. The book tracks Heekin’s journey from sommelier to enthusiastic gardener to fully fledged winemaker.

Josh Jensen spent decades establishing Pinot Noir at his remote California winery.

Founder Josh Jensen steps back from the Mount Harlan winery he established in the 1970s.

Napa Valley–based Merlot specialist Duckhorn Wine Company has purchased Calera, one of the Central Coast’s best-known Pinot Noir producers, from founder Josh Jensen. The deal includes the winery, its tasting room and 85 acres of estate vineyards planted in the Mount Harlan appellation. The sale price was not disclosed.

Dennis Martin was known for his winemaking skills and his friendly demeanor. Photo: George Rose

A laid-back California native with a formidable palate, Martin mentored numerous winemakers and other industry members.

Dennis Martin, whose career at California's Fetzer Vineyards spanned 30 years and whose humble demeanor belied his formidable skills as a taster and winemaker, died Aug. 13 after battling prostate cancer. He was 69.

Barbara Banke toured English vineyards with a view to possibly buying land in the south of the country during her most recent visit.

The head of the Californian-headquartered wine giant Jackson Family Wines has expressed a serious interest in England for the group’s next vineyard investment.

Owner of the company, Barbara Banke – wife of the late Jess Jackson who she built up the wine business with – came to the UK in June with five winemakers from Oregon to promote the Jackson family’s newly-expanded presence in the State through two masterclasses in London (one for trade and press and a further event for Masters of Wine and MW students).