Stories from Wine Business

Viticulture Briefs

Fountaingrove forms its own wine association Grape growers in the new Fountaingrove District American Viticultural Area (AVA) have formed the Fountaingrove District Winegrowers Association to help market their wines.

Sonoma County Vintners’ role examined after director’s departure

Some local winery officials said the unexpected resignation of Carolyn Stark should trigger a fresh look at the role the trade group plays within the wine industry as well as the community.

Head of Sonoma County Vintners resigns unexpectedly

Carolyn Stark cited personal reasons for her departure as executive director of the main advocacy and promotional trade group for wineries in Sonoma County.

Peju winery buys Acacia Vineyard

The Acacia property is located on a 100-acre estate in the Carneros region of Napa Valley with 50 planted acres of pinot noir grapes. Peju will market the wine from the area under a different name.

Details of Super Bowl sponsorship a guarded secret

Undisclosed contracts spell out how much Sonoma County tourism and wine groups contributed to the Super Bowl organizing committee and what they got in return.

Viticulture briefs

Three Napa vintners give up “port” name on their wines Three Napa Valley wineries have given up the use of the name “port” in their fortified wines as part of a bid to advance a global movement for protection of regional labeling in the wine industry.

County's big bet on Super Bowl boost to tourism

In an ambitious bid to draw more visitors to Sonoma County and sell more wine, the county’s wine and tourism industries have teamed up to become official partners of the Super Bowl organizing committee. Will it pay off?

Healdsburg again considers limiting tasting rooms in town

There is a segment of the community that wants to limit them in the interests of providing more economic diversity, or catering less to tourists and more to locals.

U.S. wine sales up 2% in 2015

The increase continued a 20-year growth trend for domestic wine shipments. But sales of budget wines are declining and importers are taking a bigger share of the market.

Truett-Hurst sells stake in Wine Spies

Disappointing results forced the Healdsburg wine company to reevaluate its Internet strategy and sell its 50 percent stake in The Wine Spies, a flash sales website.

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