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Spain: Time for a Rethink in Rioja?

The Rioja classification system has tradition and determines marketing. Ever cheaper Reservas, however, are causing criticism and fueling doubts about the traditional model. David Schwarzwälder reports.

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Penfolds goes French, following in some Illustrious Footsteps

Will Penfolds decision to launch super-premium French, Californian and French-Australian and California-Australia blends under its own label inspire others to follow its example? Robert Joseph reports. 

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40 mill. Bottles Counterfeited in Catalonia

In October 2021, the Catalan group "Reserva de la Tierra" was suspected of putting wines with fake DO seals into circulation. According to current media reports, 40 million bottles worth about 14.2 million euro are affected by the fraud - significantly more than previously assumed. The insolvent company has been bought by the private equity firm Sherpa Capital.

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Harvest Starts Early in Italy

This year‘s harvest has begun, it started one day earlier than in 2021, although a later start of the harvest had been expected.

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The Casalobos Winery is Put up to Public Auction for 1.7 Million Euros

Fully equipped to return to business immediately — a building of 5,000 square meters, the transfer of 35 hectares of vineyards of four varieties and machinery.

Organized by Escrapalia, the sale will be divided in two phases:

  • submission of bids until July 12, and
  • online auction until July 20.

Casa Sartori 1898: Traditions for Today’s Tastes

Family Sartori has an indissoluble bond to the rich traditions and wine culture of the Veneto region, and they pair this with an acute ear for the demands of modern consumers.

Wines of Romania

Romania, a country with a long and established wine culture, at ProWein.

Touring Austrian Wine Country

Sighting abundant wildlife while hiking undulating vineyard slopes, bicycling past castles alongside sparkling waters, festivals for young and old, and above all, the famous Austrian “Gemütlichkeit” (cosy hospitality) are just a few of the perks to enjoy while touring Austrian wine country.

ISW July Tasting 2022

The winners from the categories Whisk(e)y, Rum, Vodka, Korn and Aquavit at the July Tasting 2022.

Georgia: Caucasus Blues

Georgia has so far been able to preserve an independent wine culture. The Soviet legacy is still visible, but it is crumbling as the cards are reshuffled. Simon Werner reports.

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Tuscany: New UGAs for an Individual Identity

The new site designations for Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are drawing a lot of attention to the regions and filling a gap. Veronika Crecelius reports.

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Sparkling Wine in Austria: It's a Matter of Taste

Origin is often touted as an important quality feature for sparkling wine. Whether Austrian consumers also see it that way was investigated in a study at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland. Bettina König, Christian Pfeiffer and Marcus Wieschhoff report.

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