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September 14, 2011

It’s all change at popular port Cockburn's. Not only has a new family – the Symingtons – recently taken the helm at the 196-year-old brand, “significant improvements” have also been made to the taste of Cockburn's port. 

It’s all change at popular port Cockburn’s. Not only has a new family – the Symingtons – recently taken the helm at the 196-year-old brand, “significant improvements” have also been made to the taste of Cockburn’s port.

But lovers of the drink need not worry – the new owners of the family business aren’t about to change it entirely. In fact, they’re looking to the past to boost its future.

June 3, 2011

The Madeira-based family-controlled holding company, the Blandy Group, has regained control of the Madeira Wine Company in a move designed to consolidate the family company’s operations after 200 years of continuous business.

The Madeira-based family-controlled holding company, the Blandy Group, has regained control of the Madeira Wine Company in a move designed to consolidate the family company’s operations after 200 years of continuous business.

Michael Blandy, sixth generation chairman of Blandy’s, told CampdenFB that the stake of majority shareholders in MWC – family-owned Symington Family Estates –will be reduced to a small percentage. He wasn’t prepared to elaborate; Symington previously owned 56% in the Madeira Wine Company.

January 5, 2011

Pernod Ricard, the family-managed drinks company, hopes to become the world’s leading spirits manufacturer by expanding its US operations.

Pernod Ricard, the family-managed drinks company, hopes to become the world's leading spirits manufacturer by expanding its US operations.

The Marseilles-based company, the world's second-biggest spirits manufacturer by sales, believes the US has mature and profitable markets that are ripe for growth, according to a report in the Financial Times.

August 27, 2009

When the Trefethen family began their Napa Valley winery 41 years ago there was no need to emphasise the family qualities of their business because almost all vineyards were family run. Now the Trefethen’s display “family” on its wine labels to differentiate it from corporate wine makers and as a mark of quality, as Bryce Hubner discovers

When the Trefethen family began their Napa Valley winery 41 years ago there was no need to emphasise the family qualities of their business because almost all vineyards were family run. Now the Trefethen's display "family" on its wine labels to differentiate it from corporate wine makers and as a mark of quality, as Bryce Hubner discovers

August 27, 2009

Albert Frere, the billionaire founder of Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille, is auctioning part of his private wine cellar next month to raise money for the Charles-Albert Frere foundation.

Albert Frere, the billionaire founder of Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille, is auctioning part of his private wine cellar next month to raise money for the Charles-Albert Frere foundation.
 

May 22, 2009

These are interesting times for many investments but "interesting" isn’t necessarily a euphemism for "worrying". The wine industry is one area where global trends and developments are showing marked promise for the savvy buyer. Wine as a business is an investment that combines a number of unique features, and it has a long-term history of both good returns and greater stability than many asset classes.

These are interesting times for many investments but 'interesting' isn't necessarily a euphemism for 'worrying'. The wine industry is one area where global trends and developments are showing marked promise for the savvy buyer. Wine as a business is an investment that combines a number of unique features, and it has a long-term history of both good returns and greater stability than many asset classes.

December 18, 2008

Campden FB noted the potential of wine as an investment this summer, but it remains a newsworthy topic and worthwhile investment says James Moore.

The credit crunch presents an opportunity not only to stock a cellar but to make what could potentially be a very healthy long-term profit at a time when the prospects for many other investments vary from awkward to awful.

The winemaking community tends to throw its hands up in horror at the thought of people using its product as a vehicle for making money rather than savouring alongside a good meal.

September 1, 2008

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn’t give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn't give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

July 1, 2008

While investors worry whether to reduce their allocation to real estate and commodities, one segment holds no such concerns. Families in Business showcases investments of passion: from art to wine and everything in between...

While investors worry whether to reduce their allocation to real estate and commodities, one segment holds no such concerns. Families in Business showcases investments of passion: from art to wine and everything in between...

Stamp duty 
Collecting stamps and coins has long been seen as a somewhat geeky hobby, but according to Alberto Bolaffi, the third-generation owner of auction house and collection experts Bolaffi, "philately and numismatics truly are at the heart of collecting."

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