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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  14 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Most Read: Rioja and the demands of the breakaway Alava group was a hot topic this week, with the consejo expected to make a decision about single vineyard and labelling changes likely to announced this autumn.

Meanwhile, spirits and wine continued to drive growth for LVMH amid slowing growth in the luxury market and Treasury Wine Estates hit back at allegations made by Stag's Leap winery.

Harvest Time: As France's winegrowers and pickers continued their efforts in the vineyards, news of the quality and quantity of 2016's grapes began to circulate.

Burgundy reported good quality grapes despite record-breaking frost and hailstorms in April. Wineries were coming up with ways to counteract reduced yields, including in Chablis where reserve grapes from last year's harvest are being used.

Analysis and Insights: Branding and the strength of Britan's image around the world to sell home-grown beers, wines and spirits was a big topic this week. We asked the trade how important 'Brand Britain' is in a post-Brexit environment and how this will change.

Continuing the theme of branding, Morrisons wine buyer Andrew Ingham and the driving force behind its successful Asado Club challenged suppliers to work more collaboratively with buyers on new product development.

People and Opinion: We spoke to 'Mr Chenin' himself, Ken Forrester, owner of Forrester Wines about South Africa's evolution over the past 20 years - and what his plans are now after selling a significant stake in his business to French group AdVini.

Over in Portugal, The Douro Boys were driving whites and reds to new heights and the Wine Society's Ewan Murray talked about his decade with cooperative retailer The Wine Society.