Former rock group manager, Washington State winemaker Charles Smith released his first vintage – of just 330 cases - in 2001. Over the next 13 years, he was named Winemaker of the Year by three publications, including the Wine Enthusiast, and his eye-catchingly labeled and full-flavoured wines had become pat of the US wine landscape. In 2016, he sold five of his brands to Constellation for $120m. WEINWIRTSCHAFT asked him a few questions.
Because fewer glass containers are being recycled, entrepreneurs re-examine an old idea – reusable glass bottles – to increase wine industry sustainability. Roger Morris looks for the genie in the bottle.
The French wine industry has been hit hard in recent months. Climate change is exacerbating the situation. The structure of the cooperatives is sustainable, but the call for reforms is growing. Iris Trenkner-Panwitz reports.
The Ahr Valley is hardly recognizable after the flood. Residents and winegrowers are cleaning up with the support of many volunteers and looking ahead. Solidarity and support also come from the trade. Simon Werner was on site.
Non-alcoholic beverages are in vogue. Wine without alcohol is becoming increasingly important in this growth segment. More and more de-alcoholised wines are coming onto the market. The quality of the products is steadily increasing. Germany's renowned wine trade magazine WEINWIRTSCHAFT has tested more than 160 non-alcoholic wines in the largest tasting to date.
Constellation Brands is the second-largest wine company in the world and has been consistently focused on the "super-premium" segment for some time. Where is the US wine giant headed? An interview with the responsible key managers.
Finally, in-person trade fairs are returning! Messe Düsseldorf is in the starting phase of gearing up for the upcoming presence events. Successful trade fairs in Asia have helped the Rhinelanders and, after two years, ProWein will also be back in the race at the end of March 2022.
Bastian Mingers is the experienced trade fair professional at the helm of ProWein and he has a competent trade fair team behind him. We wanted to find out first-hand how ProWein is approaching the new start and what exhibitors and visitors can expect.