Category: International Wine Industry News

Poland: a growing wine market

The Global Compass ranks Poland as the fifth most attractive wine market in the world, up from 14th place in 2019. It also places Poland as one of seven ‘growth’ markets in the world, along with South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Romania, Brazil and Mexico.

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EU wine, whiskey duties seen making US sellers ‘punching bag’

Wine and spirits distributors and importers, many of them small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, are pressing the Trump administration to lift tariffs on European goods, saying the levies hurt Americans most.

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Vintage Wine Estates smoke-taint insurance lawsuit scheduled for trial could set precedent

After nine months of legal jousting and pandemic delays, the Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) smoke-taint lawsuit against its insurance company is scheduled for a jury trial sometime in early 2022 in the San Francisco US District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Maxine M. Chesney has set jury selection for Feb. 14, 2022, […]

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North Bay wildfires cloud winegrape harvest as total losses could approach $500 million

Images of destruction from the Glass fire around the northern Napa Valley vividly depicted the peril in some of the nation’s premier vineyards. In all, more than a dozen wineries in the valley, where grape-planted land sells for as much as $1 million an acre, sustained property damage and singed grapevines as of Friday.

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To avoid tariffs, winemakers are producing stronger wines

Tom Gearing noticed a curious occurrence as he evaluated wine after wine during virtual tastings this summer: all of the alcohol by volumes were coming in higher than typical. “This was interesting to me,” says Gearing, CEO and co-founder of Cult Wines, a wine investment firm in the United Kingdom. “It’s a bit of a […]

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Blog: Don’t waste the moment or the trend – stick better wine in cans

Wine in cans is becoming increasingly popular and could be a significant segment of the future wine market – both off-trade and on trade – so long as we don’t throw away the opportunity, argues Mike Turner. Overcoming prejudice amongst wine drinkers will not happen, though, unless we start putting better wine in cans and […]

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Vinexpo Shanghai 2020 goes digital

The second Vinexpo Shanghai, taking place from 21 to 23 October, is being transformed into a 100% digital event. The current situation has made it impossible to hold a ‘brick and mortar’ event. Vinexposium is therefore seizing the opportunity to launch its new digital platform Vinexposium.Connect at Vinexpo Shanghai.

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Organic growth a ‘global phenomenon’, helping reboot depressed wine market

Against a backdrop of globally dampened wine market, organic wine sales are predicted to rise from a 2.8% share of world wine sales to 4% by 2024, potentially representing an increasingly important driver of recovery.

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Sustainability of wine packaging alternatives: What are consumers’ perceptions?

Glass is the most commonly used packaging for wine worldwide. However, one of the main causes of environmental impacts of the wine life cycle is the production of glass bottles due to the high incidence of its weight and the consequent huge consumption of energy for its production.

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Wine imports are drying up in China

Despite successfully containing the coronavirus spread within mainland China, China’s wine consumption has yet to bounce back to pre-COVID level, with imports still sliding in both volume and value for the first seven months of the year.

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In California’s wine country, undocumented grape pickers forced to work in fire evacuation zones

Grape growers in Sonoma County are getting exemptions to send in farmworkers who have few alternatives or options for support. For the workers, their hands were forced by a combination of circumstances as toxic as the ash that falls over the region’s famous vineyards: the economic drive to keep the wine industry going; the lack […]

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Cork Supply claims to have eliminated TCA

Calling it a major breakthrough, Portugal-based Cork Supply has introduced a two-step extraction process that guarantees all of its natural cork stoppers are 99.85 percent TCA-free with no off-aromas, a figure the company says has not been achieved “anywhere else in the world.” All cork stoppers are put through both technological processes at no extra […]

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US: some wineries not taking grapes without lab tests amid testing backlog

While harvest is underway and a prolonged period of excessive heat is expected, California growers are reporting that some wineries are saying they will not be accepting grapes they contracted for until lab results show the grapes aren’t adversely affected by smoke exposure as the result of wildfires that broke out in California two weeks […]

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How much has the pandemic hurt the wine business?

It’s a running joke among those of us who pay attention to the wine business that almost all the sales figures you read here and elsewhere are unreliable; the best numbers are educated guesses that have been fine-tuned based on the data that is available. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that […]

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China doubles down on Australian wine dispute

Chinese authorities have launched a second probe into Australian wine, claiming government subsidies could infringe on current trade rules. As reported by Vino Joy News, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce posted a statement on its website announcing the launch of an anti-subsidy investigation into Australian wine exports in two litres or less. The investigation, like […]

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Wineries need to prep to sustain rise in online sales beyond the coronavirus pandemic

In April and May, as the state was tossed into shutdown mode triggered by the coronavirus, the mandate may have provided a turning point, if not a wakeup call, for the wine industry when it comes to direct-to-consumer sales, according to the CEO of a Napa-based leader in selling wine online.

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