The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's the round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

We've had a reminder this month of the high levels of investment being ploughed into the renaissance of Irish whiskey by emerging players.

William Grant & Sons has opened a new EUR35m (US$45m) distillery for its Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey brand. 

Accolade Wines has separated its European division from the UK & Ireland operations, setting up a new HQ in Poland.

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was a speech by Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain, or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With the country taking to the polls, Ian Buxton takes one final look at what the result of the vote will mean for the Scotch whisky industry.

Burgundy growers suffered a 12% slump in export volumes in the first seven months of this year, latest figures show.