Category: International Wine Industry News

US: New winery wastewater regulations could cost small and midsize wineries thousands every year

The California state water board is working on an update to the winery general order to provide a permitting process with water discharge requirements (WDR) that make sure wineries are in compliance with water quality regulation and allows them a pathway to compliance. The new order will affect over 2,000 wineries that discharge winery waste […]

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2020 DtC wine shipping mid-year report

The COVID-19 pandemic swayed buying channels drastically, shifting traditional retail and on-premise sales over to ecommerce sales. With brick-and-mortar retailers being closed down temporarily, or hours modified, and on-premise locations like bars and restaurants being closed, many consumers have turned to DtC shipping in order to purchase their favourite wines.

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Wines positioned at $20 and up propel growth in retail channels

For the first time since before Covid-19, four-week table wine sales in IRI channels slowed to single-digit volume growth (+8%) for the period ending July 12. Year-to-date table wine volumes still showed impressive gains, amounting to 7.7 million 9-liter cases, up 11.5%.

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Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

The occurrence is rare in a region where agreement is generally the norm – on July 22 Champagne winegrowers and negociants failed to agree on yield levels for the 2020 harvest. The COVID-19 crisis, which has made a significant dent in Champagne sales, is creating tension in Champagne.

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Microbiologists clarify relationship between microbial diversity and soil carbon storage

In what they believe is the first study of its kind, researchers led by postdoctoral researcher Luiz A. Domeignoz-Horta and senior author Kristen DeAngelis at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that shifts in the diversity of soil microbial communities can change the soil’s ability to sequester carbon, where it usually helps to regulate climate.

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Bordeaux marketing board to set aside wines from 2020 to reduce oversupplies

At its AGM on 15 July, the Bordeaux wine marketing council CIVB unanimously approved the introduction of a reserve stock aimed at “reducing the increase in marketable inventories of red Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations”.

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How Italian master pruner Marco Simonit changed viticulture

Now the wine world’s foremost pruning guru and vine whisperer, Marco Simonit’s rise has come from his stunningly simple observation: that severe pruning used in modern, high-density vineyards weakens vines by blocking the flow of their life-giving sap, thereby making them susceptible to disease and premature death.

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New DNA analysis to treat downy mildew less but also better

‘Baas’ for ‘Biology as a solution’ is the name of the Gironde laboratory due to be set up in a few weeks’ time. It will be housed in the same facilities as Inrae and at its helm will be Jérémie Brusini, a molecular biology specialist, and Tovo Rabemanantsoa, a computer scientist. They will be providing […]

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WineAmerica: Wineries’ biggest general worry is ‘how long this will last, and what they will be required to do to cope’

Few periods during the rapid growth of the US wine industry have provided more worry than over the past five months, with COVID-19 mitigation requirements setting up as many business obstacles in California as in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Tasting rooms closed for several months, and only recently started to slowly reopen, with some states now […]

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China’s wine imports decline by over 30%

According to the latest figures, the total amount of alcohol imported into China has fallen by 29.07% in volume and 31.4% in value, with wine imports seeing the greatest reduction, falling by over 30% in both value and volume.

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Sauvignon Blanc has become the go-to wine for Americans during the pandemic

Before the pandemic, wine sales in the US had been shaky, with some speculation that millennials had started to turn away in favour of hard seltzer, craft beer, and low-ABV cocktails. But since the pandemic consumed the world this year, off-premise wine sales have turned around—and Sauvignon Blanc might be leading the way.

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Premium rosé trend gathers pace

World-wide consumption of rosé has long seen a steady increase, growing 40% between 2002 and 2018, with three countries – France, the United States and Germany – accounting for 60% of all volume consumed in 2018. But the category’s value proposition seems to be changing, with consumers increasingly seeking a sense of provenance, expression of […]

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UK: Economics of on-trade supply have “hit a brick wall”

The COVID-19 crisis has stripped bare the precarious economic situation of the on-trade and its supply-side, with a correction in the market necessary to improve profitability. This was one of the stark warnings from the panel at Harpers’ Harnessing the Crisis for Change webinar on 9 July, where it was agreed, in the words of […]

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EU wine producers can now benefit from a temporary relaxation in competition rules

The European wine sector has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics from the European Commission (EC), there has been a 30% reduction in the volume of wine sold and a 50% drop in the value of sales across the EU from mid-March until to end of May 2020, compared to sales […]

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#BlackLivesMatter – Alcohol industry joins the cause

American consumers prompt brands to advocate for social transformation. The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, while in US police custody on 25th May 2020, sparked global protests and highlighted systemic racial inequalities around the world. The alcohol industry, among others, was prompted to get involved. Image: Marcus Baskerville, Co-Founder of Weathered Souls Brewing […]

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Huge wine frauds uncovered in Europe

Authorities in Spain and Italy break open two alleged fake wine conspiracies. Fresh allegations have emerged in a major wine fraud investigation underway at Spain’s top criminal court, the Audencia Nacional. The inquiry centres on the involvement of two of Spain’s biggest wine companies in the fraudulent labelling of young wine as aged Crianza, Reserva […]

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