Wine in kegs has been the hottest trend in the US recently, but the spread of ‘kegging’ in Europe has been stymied by logistical challenges. Anne Krebiehl MW reports on a Dutch solution that could be a game-changer.
Once known for their basic, mostly white ‘vin de ski’ or ‘vin de raclette’, Savoie’s winemakers have spent the last decade cutting yields and boosting quality, writes Sophie Kevany. And now they have a shortage.
Paul Molleman is European director of the California Wine Institute. Based in The Hague in the Netherlands, he opened the office 20 years ago this year. In conversation with Felicity Carter, he discusses how California’s relationship with Europe has grown and changed.
The largest volcanic eruption in history not only created the Greek tourist paradise of Santorini, but also a soil type that’s perfect for wine grapes. Yiannis Karakasis and Grigoris Michailos report on the tug of war over the island’s future.
The ‘savalanch’ of 2008, when Marlborough produced an oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc, created fundamental changes in this premium New Zealand region. Bob Campbell MW reports on the aftermath and recovery.
Although the Romans identified it as a prime viticultural area more than 2,000 years ago, Thermenregion remains something of a secret. But, as Mathilde Hulot discovers, the need to export means it’s unlikely to remain unknown for much longer.
Marche is an ancient Italian wine region, famed for its white Verdicchio. Yet for decades it’s had a reputation as a source of cheap bulk wine. Michele Shah says as the need to export becomes more urgent, replanting and premiumisation is underway.