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The Robert Nicholson Interview: US Investment in Bordeaux. More to Come?

Robert Nicholson, principal of International Wine Associates, advises on merger & acquisition in the wine industry. Most recently, he was involved in the purchase of Château Lascombes by the Lawrence Family. In this exclusive interview Nicholson frankly considers the likelihood of other US buyers buying French wine businesses.

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US Joins EU in Move to Nutritional Labelling for Wine

As European legislators have moved to require ingredient and nutritional information on wine labels (or via a QR code), US consumer groups have fought to achieve the same objective. After nearly 20 years, it looks as though they have one their fight.

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Fine Wine Power 100: Burgundy Overtakes Bordeaux, Ch. Margaux Loses Top 10 Place

London-based wine exchange Liv-ex has released its latest Power 100 list of the strongest fine wine brands or producers. The list is based on the period from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022. Bordeaux is ousted from the top 10, the list is now dominated by Burgundy. 

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Vintage 2022: Average Volumes

World wine production in 2022 is again expected to be slightly below average, with differences between the individual winegrowing zones and countries. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) forecasts global production of between 257.5 and 262.3m. hl of wine and must in 2022. There will be regional differences in harvest volumes, but the market surplus will remain (see HERE). Vincent Messmer reports.

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Harvest 2022: Still Too Much Wine

As 2022 draws to a close, most grapes have been harvested, except for a few late-maturing exceptions. Despite below-average quantities overall, the surplus remains a problem.

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Southeast Europe: Volumes Less Affected by Drought Than Expected

Hungary drops slightly, Romania and Bulgaria gain. Greek volumes remain to be confirmed.

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USA: Drought, Fire and Low Volumes

 USA expects slight losses. 

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Austria: Large Regional Differences

Already at the beginning of the harvest, the President of the Austrian Winegrowers' Association, Johannes Schmuckenschlager, had forecast a promising vintage with a slightly below-average harvest quantity.

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Germany: Happy Endings

Winegrowers satisfied with quantity and quality: According to the latest estimates of 24 October, about 9m hl of wine and must were harvested in the Germany in 2022, about 2% more than the 10-year average and 6% more than in the previous year.

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France: Back to Normal

The latest harvest estimates on 1 October confirmed production of 44.6m hl. Compared to the very small 2021 crop, this means an increase of 18% - close to the 5-year average.

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Spain: Spared by the Rain

Spain seems to have got off lightly once again. The rainfall at the beginning of mid-September spared most appellations, particularly in the north. At the beginning of September, forecasts were still predicting a historically small harvest.

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SIMEI and WBWE Wrap Up a Very Different Year of Wine Fairs

After two years of pandemic, 2022 will be remembered as the year when, like other sectors, the wine industry had to come to terms with a very different world.

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Italy: Surprisingly Large Harvest - Despite 'Drought of the Century'

A production of 50.27 mill. hl of wine expected in 2022 - Italy finishes 2022 with a slightly above-average yield.

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Will Climate Change Make Wine Healthier - or Less Healthy?

Becca Yeamans-Irwin takes a scientific look at the credibility of health claims that are made about wine, and the possible impact of a changing climate.

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Will the LVMH Group Soon Run Out of Luxury Champagne?

LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton is facing problems of availability for its top brands, the Guardian reported, citing a television interview by LVMH CEO Philippe Schaus with Bloomberg Television.

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