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“We have become aware of a number of copycat operators that are taking illegal and unfair advantage of the success of iconic brands such as Penfolds,” said TWE chief executive officer, Michael Clarke.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed legal action against “copycat” producer Rush Rich in Australia over trademark infringements that it claims “exploit TWE’s iconic Penfolds brand”, as well as its Chinese transliteration of Ben Fu.

Agnès Buzyn said that wine was an alcohol “like any other”.

French winemakers are on the warpath after the country’s health minister said that wine was bad for people’s health.

Agnès Buzyn caused anger in Bordeaux, Burgundy and other vineyard regions by denouncing as fallacious claims that wine could be beneficial and increase longevity.

Brian Smith, co-founder and chief wine officer of Winc, said the company has been able to make a product tied to members’ tastes. Photo: Winc

A tech-savvy startup may have figured out how to make e-commerce vino work. They make it themselves.

In 2012, a startup named Club W set out to help millennials find and buy decent wine on the internet. With bottles from a few boutique vintners, a slick web platform and a simple recommendation algorithm, the Los Angeles-based company had a propitious plan.

Data published jointly by Vinexpo and IWSR shows that Australia exports the most still wine to the UK, by volume. Photo: Decanter

Australia tops the list but Chile is one of the only major producer nations expected to increase shipments in the next few years, as the UK overall cuts its wine consumption in favour of less but better, says new forecast.

WineGB was formed by the merger last September of two industry bodies, the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP).

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has unveiled branding to support the UK wine industry's new name and identity, which will be at the forefront of this year's promotional activities.