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Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:09

Thorvald, a robot equipped with ultraviolet lamps, is slaying fungus wherever it goes. James Lawrence says this could be a game-changer for viticulture.
 

An international consortium of scientists and manufacturers have pioneered a revolutionary treatment for fungal diseases common to agriculture.


Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:07

A four-day trip to Hungary is up for grabs, thanks to the 2020 Hungarian WebWineWriting award, now open for entries. If you’re a wine writer, read on for details of how to enter.
 

Hungarianwines.eu, an independent online publication about Hungarian wines, has launched the third edition of its popular online wine writing contest.


Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:39

The US market has seen sales of canned wines exploding, as consumers can’t get enough of them. This has led to a slowdown in the supply of the cans. Jeff Siegel reports.
 

Drink Bev, a California canned wine producer, has seen its volume increase eight-fold over the past several years. Which should be a good thing, right?


Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:14

EPI Wine & Champagne Division has bought a majority stake in Napa Valley’s Folio Fine Wine Partners.

EPI Group, one of France’s major luxury companies, has bought a majority stake in Napa importer Folio Fine Wine Partners.


Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:17

In an historic move, Philipponnat has announced that it is creating an online sales portal. Other Champagne houses are also creating direct-to-consumer sites. James Lawrence reports.
 

Leading Champagne brand Philipponnat has unveiled plans to create an online sales portal.


Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:04

Château Fonplegade joins a growing number of top Bordeaux chateaux that are turning to biodynamic farming. 

Château Fonplegade is the latest Bordeaux chateau to become certified biodynamic. The Right Bank property has been organic since 2013, and as of this year can display the Biodyvin label.


Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:43

As sales collapse in London, leading artisanal wine company Les Caves de Pyrene is forging ahead with plans to launch a new export arm. Barnaby Eales reports.

Les Caves de Pyrene, the London-based distributor, importer and retailer, has launched a new export arm to tap into new growth markets for natural and organic wines.


Fri, 06/19/2020 - 11:22

Organising a major wine competition isn’t easy in the middle of a pandemic. But the results show how the world of Riesling is evolving.
 

The results of the world’s biggest Riesling competition are out – and show that less well-known regions are now producing award-winning wines.


Tue, 06/16/2020 - 14:30

Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine doesn’t just cover the globe, it also offers practical advice.


Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:01

The University of Tasmania has just launched its Climate Atlas, to help the Australian wine industry understand how climate change will affect the wine industry this century.
 

Australian winemakers and viticulturists now have a new resource for tackling climate change – a graphics heavy Climate Atlas, that shows how climate change will change their region. The goal of the atlas is to give the wine industry the information it needs to plan.


Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:21

Henkell Freixenet, the world’s largest sparkling wine company, had a windfall year in 2019. Can this growth in the sparkling market continue in 2020? CEO Dr Andreas Brokemper talks to Felicity Carter.
 

Henkell Frexienet, the world’s biggest sparkling wine company, hit a turnover of more than €1bn ($1.12bn) in 2019, thanks in part by the unstoppable growth of Prosecco. 


Tue, 06/02/2020 - 15:46

When the on trade shuttered, observers expected Chinese wine consumption to drop. A new report reveals that the lockdown may instead have brought a whole new group to wine. 
 

The pandemic has inspired more Chinese consumers to not only drink more wine, but spend more on it, according to a recent report from Wine Intelligence.


Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:34

Is the pandemic pushing Spanish wineries in new directions? James Lawrence looks at the new initiative from Spanish icon winemaker Alvaro Palacios.
 

Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios has launched an online sales platform, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:17

The Italian investment bank Mediobanca has released its annual survey of Italian wine companies and the mood is gloomy.

The 2020 edition of Mediobanca’s annual wine industry survey reveals that more than 60% of the Italian wine companies surveyed expect their sales to fall this year. Their overall outlook is more pessimistic than it was in 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis.


Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:56

The international trade fair for the bar and beverage industry is going digital.

Bar Convent Berlin 2020, the international trade fair for the bar and beverage industry, now breaks new ground in the corona crisis, to bring the drinks community together at Pouring Digital, a new initiative.


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