Perspectives - Argentina

Argentina is the world’s biggest Spanish-speaking nation and the eighth largest in mass. Its recent economic history has been tumultuous, but recent political events appear to be stabilizing the country. It has a population of 43.8m people, many of whom are wine drinkers, thanks to the strong domestic wine industry. How is it as an import market? James Lawrence asks the experts.

Brussels sprouts wine lovers

Belgium may be known for its beer, but Belgians are also partial to wine. Hans Kraak looks at what the Belgians drink and where they buy it from.

How to Sweden

Sweden may be a monopoly market, but there are opportunities for wine producers apart from Systembolaget. Felicity Carter explains.

The price of prestige

The cost of land in some of the world’s most prestigious regions has now separated from the value of the grapes produced. L.M. Archer analyses the situation

True to form

Every wine that’s created has to have its vintage, sugar, alcohol and more recorded. Felicity Carter looks at a new system that promises to streamline the administration.

The Dutch trade up

Long known as a market where low prices rule, there are signs that the Dutch are moving to drink more premium wine. Hans Kraak reports.

Chile’s pioneer

An interview with Aurelio Montes by Felicity Carter

The bottom line

In one short year, the financial officer of Vinventions has shaken up the balance sheets — no easy undertaking, as he explains to Felicity Carter.

Perspectives - Japan

Japan, a country with a population of 127m people, is the second biggest wine-importing country in Asia. According to the International Wine and Spirit Record (IWSR), as quoted by Wine Australia, 39.5m cases of wine were sold in Japan in 2016, compared with 157m cases in China. Japan’s population is ageing rapidly and living costs are rising, leading to a flat wine consumption market. On the bright side, the Japanese appear to be widening their fine wine repertoire. While they once limited their choices to the classic regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, (Super) Tuscany and California, Japanese consumers are now prepared to explore wines from elsewhere. James Lawrence interviews experts familiar with the market.