Rieussec rings the changes in Sauternes

The beautiful poor relation of the red Crus Classés of Bordeaux, Sauternes is desperately in need of imagination and inspiration. The owners of Châteaux Lafite and Rieussec are facing up to the challenge. Robert Joseph wonders whether others will follow their example.

Who's Who in South Africa

The wine industry of the Cape has had an even more turbulent time during the pandemic than most of its counterparts elsewhere. James Lawrence reports on how it is fighting back, and key players in its industry.

The exploding costs of wine production

Worldwide, the costs of wine production increase. In Germany, too, the producer complaints are getting louder and louder. We analysed Germany's wine production cost structure.

Who’s more rational? The Swiss or the Australians?

On his return from a trip to Switzerland, Robert Joseph draws some parallels between attitudes to watches and wine, and corks and screwcaps. 

How to make the best use of government subsidies

Across the global wine industry, the availability of grants and subsidies varies widely, but as US expert, Toni Scott explains, the way in which wineries go about applying for this helps can be very important.

Things are looking up for Sicily

Despite its long history of wine production, until the late 20th century, Sicily lagged behind other Italian wine regions. Since then quality has improved enormously and considerable investment gone into vineyards and wineries. We round up some of the latest developments.  

Rising Stars of Rioja

Last week, Spanish wine expert David Schwarzwälder described the revolution that is happening in the vineyards and bodegas of Rioja. Here, in Part 2, he picks out some of the most exciting new wave producers and wines,

What James Bond could teach the wine industry

Should Provence Rosé be pale? Should English fizz be made in the same way as Champagne? And should the next Bond be a woman? Robert Joseph sees some connections between these questions

WBWE: the only International Face-to-Face Trade Fair for Wine in 2021

The international trade show for the wine industry returns with the goal of reactivating and boosting the winegrowing industry globally. The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will be held on the coming 22nd and 23rd of November 2021 at RAI Amsterdam.