Category: International

Imported wine surges in China, but US category faces challenges

China’s imported wine market soared last year, with shipments up 18% to $2.8 billion on a volume increase of 17% to almost 83 million cases, according to Impact Databank. French wines dominate the market, increasing by roughly 14% to 24 million cases last year. But second-ranked Australia is also rapidly expanding its presence, with volume up […]

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Loire visionary Jo Pithon sells his wine estate

Jo Pithon, a trailblazing vintner in the Loire Valley’s Anjou appellation, has sold his Pithon-Paillé wine company, including 22 acres of vineyards and a négociant business, to French businessman Ivan Massonnat. Included in the deal, slated to close August 30, is the jewel of Pithon’s holdings, the nearly seven acre Coteau des Treilles vineyard. The purchase price […]

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Grape harvest season kicks off on North Coast

Harvest kicked off early Wednesday in Sonoma and Napa counties, where workers fanned out in the cool, pre-dawn darkness to begin retrieving the region’s prized grape crop and transform it into some of the most coveted wines in the world. Source, The Press Democrat

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Woods woos budding wine buffs with wine school

Woods, who has been writing, talking and consulting about wine for 30 years, including a stint at the FT and as editor at Which Wine Guide, told Harpers that he sees this move as a natural development, building upon the increasing amount of communicating about wine that he has been doing in recent years. Source, […]

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Canned wine sales up 43% in America

Sales of canned wine are soaring in the US, with year-on-year sales currently up 43% as consumers become more open-minded to alternative packaging for wine. As reported by Forbes, boxed wine is also enjoying its moment in the sun in the US, with sales up 7% on last year, while the overall wine sales at […]

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UK wine buyers bullish on South African wine prospects

UK wine buyers are bullish about prospects for South African wine sales, despite smaller yields this year and the possibility of rising prices. The country’s 2018 crop is around 15% down on the previous year, according to industry body Vinpro, with Bibendum’s Paul Meihuizen calling it “the most challenging I have ever known”. Source, VINEX Market […]

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News site dedicated to London’s best wine lists launched

Wine List Confidential – a unique platform that ranks London restaurants based on the quality of their wine lists alone – has launched a brand new website, packed with restaurant reviews, the top 100 wine lists in London, interviews and the latest on-trade news. Source, Drinks Business

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Wine on the rocks: a Chinese chateau in Gobi Desert

Old stone buildings with tiled roofs, ancient sculptures, ceilings made of dumped cork, and a stone table made of a century-old cart wheel, the Yuanshi Chinese chateau at the eastern foot of Helan Mountain in northwest China is unlike anything you will find in Europe. Source, Xinhua Net

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In changing market landscape, Spain’s Navarra region seeks global wine sales opportunities

With sales of its wine on the rise in China, Spain’s Denominacion de Origen Navarra seeks to continue that momentum while increasing its global wine sales. The region just released final tallies for 2017, which show that it was the best year Navarra had in the last decade. Much of the increase is thanks to the rise […]

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Vintner’s dream: oil additive could aid in wine production

Historically, winemakers relied on naturally occurring yeasts to convert grape sugars into alcohol; modern vintners typically buy one of just a few laboratory-grown strains. Now, to set their products apart, some of the best winemakers are revisiting nature’s lesser-used microbial engineers. Not all these strains can withstand industrial production processes and retain their efficacy—but a […]

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Wine still has fewer takers in India than most other categories

With its aspirational quotient, sales of wine in India should have risen sharply over the past decade in line with the nation’s growing affluent population constantly seeking new experiences. But most Indians, even the well-heeled ones, just haven’t taken to the grape-based alcoholic beverage. Source, Live Mint

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Rioja continues to grow in popularity

Interest in Spain’s Rioja region continues to grow as we have noted in past columns. In 2017, Rioja wines enjoyed a worldwide four percent growth rate with almost a six percent increase in sales in the US. Reasonable prices, a tilt to less oak, and more fruit driven, clean, well-made wines are fuelling this merited […]

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Accolade turns spotlight on Kumala with biggest investment in ten years

Accolade Wines has turned the spotlight on its South African Kumala wine brand with a £1 million campaign. Running across September and October, the push will be centred around a ‘Keep it Kolourful’ strapline and will include digital, on-pack, in-store and outdoor advertising. Source, Harpers.co.uk

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Vineyards worry about guest worker shortage

Late summer marks the start of a critical time period for the 40% of Americans who enjoy wine: harvest season. Between August and October, about four million tonnes of grapes nationwide are processed on their way to the bottle.  In the US that job is mostly done by foreign workers. Source, CBS News

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Andrew Jefford: wine and money

The biggest wine contaminant (far worse than sulphur) is money.  I don’t know how to put it any other way.  The contamination is growing worse all the time.  The better the wine, tragically, the more money it contains.  Fine wines are now brimful of money. Source, Decanter

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Illahe Vineyards in Dallas goes canoe for Pinot Noir delivery

Brad Ford and his team at Illahe Vineyards – which includes a pair of draft horses – take the “old school” approach to winegrowing, but for the next three days they next will rely on mules, canoes and manpower rather than horsepower to make a delivery of Pinot Noir to Portland. Source, Great Northwest Wine

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