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Trump administration considers 100 percent tariffs on all European wines

As European vintners struggle to maintain sales in US markets with a 25% tariff in place on many wines, they face a new potential hurdle. The Office of the US Trade Representative has announced that it is considering new, higher tariffs on European foods, including all wines, which would be imposed early next year and […]

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Portugal boosted by recovery of volumes

Several Portuguese wine regions have recovered volumes this year, bringing the country in line with its five year average, but in the new ‘abnormal’ of climate change, things aren’t quite adding up. Portuguese producers have reported a recovery in volumes following low yields in 2018 and an increase in quality levels.

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How Argentina is setting global wine pricing

The spotlight is once again fully back on Argentina as its weakened economy and struggling currency, coupled with a much larger than average 2019 harvest, meant that prices for its bulk wine have plummeted to as far as €0.50 cents per litre for the most in demand generic varieties.

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Total Wine goes to court to overthrow minimum pricing

US retailer Total Wine is taking its lawsuit to overthrow one state’s minimum pricing laws to the highest court in the country. Its chances for success, despite setbacks in two lower courts, may be better than ever. If the court takes the case, there is a decent chance they will strike down minimum pricing, making […]

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New grape sales manager joins Miller Family Wine Company

Family-owned Miller Family Wine Company is welcoming industry veteran, Nick de Luca, to the team as grape sales manager, bringing over 24 years of California wine industry experience to his new role with the Miller Family.

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Drake launches 2008 vintage Champagne priced at $550 a bottle

In January this year, Drake teamed up with Brent Hocking, the founder of DeLeón Tequila, to create a new Champagne range called Mod Sélection. Having unveiled his first Mod Sélection Champagnes at the start of the year, Canadian rapper Drake is ending the year by launching two 2008 vintage expressions priced at US$480 and $550 […]

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Global organic wine consumption to hit one billion bottles by 2023

Almost one billion bottles of organic wine are expected to be consumed around the world by 2023, new research has revealed, more than doubling from the 441 million bottles recorded in 2013. A total of 976 million bottles of organic wine are expected to be consumed in 2023, up 34% from 729 million bottles consumed […]

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What ruins wine in cans

According to a recent report in The Drinks Business, “The majority of canned wines on the market are pale and fizzy”. Apparently, the majority of canned wine starts out as bulk product, which may have something to do with them being pale and fizzy—not much wine on the bulk market can be classified as special […]

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Blog: Climate change is making farmworkers’ dangerous job even worse

In a new report released this week, climate change poses dire threats to farmworkers. While conversations around agriculture and climate change have increasingly focused on the devastating impacts of extreme weather, or ways in which farmers might help fight climate change, the farmworkers that are the backbone of our agricultural system have often been left […]

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South African winegrape harvest set to be good, but below average

According to South African Wine Industry Information & Systems, winegrape producers realised a yield of 1,244 million tonnes in 2019, and the average winegrape crop over the past five years was 1,360 million tonnes.

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Burgundy index prices drop in 2019 after hitting all-time high last year

After soaring to all-time highs last year, outperforming global equities and gold, prices on an index of 150 Burgundy wines have dropped in 2019, while wines from Italy, Champagne, and the Rhone regions gained momentum.

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Georgian wine reached a “tipping point” in the UK as exports surge by over a fifth

According to the National Wine Agency of Georgia 2019 saw record sales, up by 22% year on year, with sales of 106,855 bottles in October 2018. Three major UK agents have also added Georgian producers to their portfolios, including suppliers Hallgarten & Novum.

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English sparkling wine is making an impact on this side of the pond

English sparkling wine is relatively new to most consumers. Its production traces back to the early 1600s, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s when the first designated Champagne grape vines were planted in the UK. Since then, the category has seen its consumption and reputation rise in tandem.

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Californian wineries sue insurers for $19m over smoke taint

Sonoma-based wine group Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) and family-owned winery Kunde have sued their insurers for combined total of US$19 million for refusing to cover them for losses caused by smoke taint. Kunde and Vintage Wine Estates argue that their insurers should cover all losses sustained as a result of smoke taint as part of […]

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Canned English white wine made by students gets Co-Op listing

Photo: The Drinks Business – Students who vinified their own wine as part of a course at the Royal Agricultural University have been rewarded with a listing in one of the UK’s largest co-operative retailers. The Cotswold Hills dry white wine is harvested at the RAU’s vineyard in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, with students involved throughout […]

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The plural drinker

The biggest threat to the wine industry in the next decade may be coming from regular wine drinkers substituting wine for other drinks at certain occasions, such as hard seltzer and cannabis wine. Until recently, wine has managed to navigate both the moderation and diversification trends in the US market quite successfully.

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