Asia

Guangdong busts US$35.5m worth of smuggled wines

Police in Guangdong province have busted another major smuggling wine case involving wines valued at more than RMB 230 million (US$35.5 million), including about 4,000 bottles of  blue chip wines such as first growth Bordeaux.

Alibaba launches first unstaffed wine shop in China

Alibaba, the world’ biggest e-commerce company, has launched a cashier-less wine storage and retail facility in its home city of Hangzhou, enabling shoppers to purchase wines by the case without paying any cash or interacting with any sales staff.

Milestone Beverages aims to ‘bring sexiness back to Chianti’

Joe Milner, managing director of Milestone Beverages, is hoping to "bring sexiness back to Chianti", with the launch of its latest Chianti wine range called 'Atilius' that has now become available in five key markets across Asia. 

Burgundy exports to Japan could return to peak level in 2018

Exports of Burgundy to Japan, the third biggest export market for the French wine region, could return to peak levels as the new Japan-EU free exchange agreement comes into effect this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has predicted.

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