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How to Build a Best Selling No Alcohol Wine Brand

In 2013, former TV presenter Amanda Thomson launched a successful zero-sugar wine brand called Thomson & Scott. Six years later, she went on to create Noughty, a zero-alcohol sparkling wine that has become a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.

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U.S. Consolidation Means Fewer Opportunities for Wineries

As distributors get bigger, they require brands with bigger volumes to service their markets. This will reduce opportunities for small-to-medium-sized wine producers. Liza B. Zimmerman reports.

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Seven Wine Trends to Watch

Some trends, like the ever-growing popularity of sparkling wine, are easy to spot. But there are other, deeper trends which aren’t as easy to see. Felicity Carter outlines seven of them.

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Obituary: Donald Hess, Wine Pioneer and Patron of the Arts

Donald M. Hess, passed away at the age of 86 on January 30th, 2023 in Bern, Switzerland. He will be particularly remembered for pioneering winemaking in California and Argentina and for his love of the arts.

AI: Wine Recommendation 3.0

The Italian Wine Crypto Bank (IWCB) has developed a digital sommelier. The system that has been dubbed ‘Personal GPT Sommelier’ will be used in the ‘hybrid wine bar’ BG3.0 Winebank in Bergamo from March on. 

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Piccini: More Than Just Chianti

With an annual production of 16-18m bottles and a turnover of around €100m, this family company is one of the heavyweights of the Italian wine industry. Clemens Gerke takes a look behind the label.

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Cost Increases are the Biggest Challenge for the Wine Industry in a Tricky 2023

Energy costs, supply chain issues and the economic crisis - these are the topics that are of the greatest concern to the wine industry in 2022 and 2023. This is the conclusion of the ProWein Business Report, for which Geisenheim University surveyed a total of 2,500 industry representatives from 47 countries in November 2022.

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The Romance and Sparkle of Austrian Sekt

The story of Austrian sparkling wine begins with a great love affair between a Champagne cellar master and a young Viennese woman. It has continued with many innovations over the years. Today, Sekt Austria (PDO) belongs among the exciting high-quality trends that will be sparkling in wine glasses this holiday season.

2022 Vintage Preview in Austria

Apart from late harvest and sweet wine specialties, the Austrian grape harvest is near completion. Austrian winegrowers faced challenges in terms of climate and production costs in the year 2022. The course of the weather required attentive care, but the resulting quality looks very good, and particularly good for red wines. The strong demand for Austrian wine at home and abroad should help absorb increased costs for energy and packaging materials.

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris on Track for Growth

From 13 to 15 February 2023, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris will once again open its doors as the first major wine and spirits fair of the year. While the exhibition is dominated by French exhibitors and visitors, international participation is growing. Iris Trenkner-Panwitz reports.

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How Do You Sell Wine Succesfully?

Most wineries make every mistake when they sell their wine. With a new generation of consumers now quickly moving on to spirits and cocktails, the world of wine better solve the problem soon, or it will be left far behind. Paul Wagner wrote a book about it.

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The Rhône Valley Bets Big on White Wine

The Rhône Valley is preparing for the challenges of climate change by testing hybrid grapes, among other measures. Iris Trenkner-Panwitz reports.

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All About Sparkling Wine Consumption in Germany

Hochschule Geisenheim University and the Association of German Sparkling Wine Producers studied Germany’s sparkling wine market. How much is consumed and when—and who’s drinking it? A report by Professor Dr Gergely Szolnoki, Christoph Kiefer and  Dr Alexander Tacer.

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