Category: International

Proposal for six-month suspension of EU and US wine and spirits tariffs

EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis has put forward a proposal which would see the suspension of all mutual tariffs for six months. Dombrowski said it would create a “necessary breathing space for industries and workers on both sides of the Atlantic”. Source: The Drinks Business

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‘Third of French wine production lost’ due to cold snap

At least a third of French wine production this year, representing almost €2 billion in sales, will be lost due to a bout of unusually cold early spring weather, according to National Federation of Agricultural Holders’ Unions (FNSEA) secretary general Jérôme Despey. Source: The Local fr

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Italy in luck: The damage caused by the late frosts seems to be less than initially feared

In Italy, the initial outcry about the frost damage was probably greater than the actual loss. The Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmont are said to be mainly affected. However, the extent of the damage is just being researched. Source: Meininger’s Wine Business International

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Industry slams reported plans for mandatory on-trade BWS calorie labelling

UK Hospitality (UKH) and the Portman Group has voiced serious concern in relation to reported plans for licensed premises to label calorie count on beers, wine and spirits (BWS), with the Department of Health considering a consultation on plans to mandate any business with 250 or more employees to display calorie labels. Source: Harpers

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Gallo plans bottling plant in South Carolina

E.&J. Gallo Winery plans to build a South Carolina bottling plant, a major expansion for the Modesto-based company. The plant would employ about 500 people but not affect any jobs in Gallo’s hometown, the industry giant said. Source: The Modesto Bee

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Naked Wines announces new chair

Naked Wines has announced that Darryl Rawlings will join the Board with immediate effect as an independent non-executive director. In addition, Naked Wines said Rawlings will also succeed Ian Harding as chairman at the forthcoming annual general meeting in August 2021, following Harding’s previously announced intentions to retire this summer after serving on the Board […]

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Germany buys the most bulk wine

Germany remains the world’s largest importer of bulk wine. Figures from the Bulk Wine Club, an organisation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, show that imports in 2020 fell by over eight percent compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, Germany still imported 7.94 million hectolitres of wine in bulk. Source: Meininger’s Wine Business International

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Rioja unveils strategic five-year plan

The Consejo Regulador DOCa of Rioja has unveiled an ambitious five-year strategic plan aimed at boosting the region’s sustainability credentials, driving wine tourism and increasing exports. Source: Harpers

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Burgundy embraces new varieties to combat climate change

After the earliest harvest in years, Burgundy growers are pursuing massal selection or replanting with cuttings from existing vines and old vineyards to identify established Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones that are best suited for the current environment. In addition, growers are being urged to look at alternative rootstocks that can delay ripening. Source: Wine […]

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US grapegrowers tackle fire recovery, drought

Too much fire and not enough water have made winegrape-growing efforts more challenging than usual for North Coast farmers. After losing crops to severe wildfires and accompanying smoke last year, farmers monitor bud break in their vineyards amid concerns about drought and the potential for more fires in 2021. Source: AgAlert

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Southern Glazer’s and Wine Spectator help pandemic-impacted restaurant workers

With a star-studded live auction featuring chef Guy Fieri, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy and others, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Spectator’s Conscious Collection Auction raised more than $1.6 million for restaurant and bar workers who have been impacted by the pandemic. Source: Wine Spectator

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France lifts caps on farm compensation after frost threatens harvest

France will immediately lift a cap on disaster compensation for farmers after several nights of exceptional frost, which has threatened crops around the country, Prime Minister Jean Castex said. Source: Politico

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“Frost even in Sardinia.”

As Italian wine grape growers assess the damage from last week’s late spring freeze, when temperatures from Tuscany northward dipped below 20° F., the prospects of a bountiful 2021 harvest grow even more dim, with even Sardinia hit by the cold snap. Source: Do Bianchi

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Champagne’s loss on the US market

Champagne exports to the United States dropped by almost a fifth in 2020 according to numbers released by the Champagne Bureau, USA. In 2020, 20,838,248 bottles of Champagne were shipped to the United States, an 18.8 percent decrease year-over-year in the adjusted final annual figures. The decline is due in large part to the economic […]

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Standard digital camera and AI to monitor soil moisture for affordable smart irrigation

The United Nations predicts that by 2050 many areas of the planet may not have enough fresh water to meet the demands of agriculture if we continue our current patterns of use. One solution to this global dilemma is the development of more efficient irrigation, central to which is precision monitoring of soil moisture, allowing […]

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