Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:44

Vinexpo Hong Kong will now take place in February 2021, replacing the show that was scheduled for July 2020.

Vinexpo Hong Kong will now take place in February 2021, replacing the show that was scheduled for July 2020. The show will be part of Vinexpo Tour, a package of global trade events scheduled  from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 15:17

The Chianti Classico consortium has used the lockdown period to create a digital gateway to the region. 

The Chianti Classico consortium has launched a digital platform on behalf of its members, creating a portal where consumers can find information about individual estates and, in many cases, buy their wines.

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 14:29

Ampelographers have discovered that some Australian Petit Manseng is actually Gros Manseng. 

The results of a DNA test, released by Wine Australia last week, are making trouble for 20 or so Australian wine estates.

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 11:07

The latest issue of Meininger’s Wine Business International is now available online to subscribers. If you’re not a subscriber, sign up for a 14-day free trial to unlock the content. 

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Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:20

After the wine industry lobbied South Africa’s government, it agreed – once again – to allow exports.

The South African government has agreed to let wine exports resume. The decision follows a tense time for the local industry, as the ban on wine exports had left it questioning its survival.

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 11:17

As elsewhere, Brazilians are drinking wine during lockdown. But more of them are turning to WhatsApp for their supply. Felicity Carter reports.

Brazilian wine drinkers are reporting that their home wine consumption skyrocketed in late April, in response to lockdowns and on-trade closures. Not only that, but informal sales channels, such as WhatsApp, have grown in importance.

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 11:47

The ever-controversial Naked Wines has announced it will buy wine from struggling winemakers. Not everybody is convinced., the largest online wine business in the US has announced it will launch a $5 million fund to support independent winemakers who have been hit by the coronavirus disruptions.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:07

This week, the Organisation for Vine and Wine livestreamed its annual press conference from Paris. The news was sombre. Felicity Carter reports.

The spread of the novel coronavirus has led to the “radical disappearance of the HoReCa channel” that could result in a more than 50% loss of wine sales in Europe alone, said Pau Roca, director-general of the Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV).

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 15:26

The South African government has banned domestic wine sales and shut down wine exports, leaving the industry haemorrhaging money. Felicity Carter reports.

Wine producers in the Cape are reeling after the South African government announced a ban on transporting alcohol that has effectively shut down wine exports. The wine industry is already suffering a steep fall in income, as alcohol sales are prohibited during the lockdown.

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:07

Wine producers in the South of France are feeling the bite of lost orders and falling revenue. Jason Sych speaks to two estates about how they’re coping.

Coronavirus and lockdowns have brought hardship to wine growers in the South of France, as it has to those elsewhere. Income has fallen sharply from cancelled orders as restaurants around the world are shuttered.

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:02

Australian wineries have been hit by bushfires, extreme weather and coronavirus restrictions, all in quick succession.

Australia could lose up to 780 of its wineries as a result of restaurants and wine tourism shutdowns, according to ABC News, Australia’s national broadcaster.

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 14:45

A new initiative from the Italian Wine Podcast takes viewers directly into the homes of top Italian wine personalities.

While lockdowns and quarantine have been a disaster for the international economy, they have been a boon for online wine retailers and home cooks everywhere, as people turn to food and drink to cheer themselves up.

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:04

Queues round the block and astonishing sales spikes – American consumers are buying wine at a furious rate. But how long will this continue?

US alcohol retailers have seen dramatic spikes in sales since March, with bottles flying out the door at rates that are triple those of the year before. The demand is so great, that some local officials have had to backtrack on decisions to close down alcohol stores.

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:59

Familia Torres has joined a local initiative to get personal protection equipment to health facilities.

Familia Torres, the Spanish wine company noted for its commitment to combating climate change, is now using its 3D printers in the battle against coronavirus. The family-owned company has joined a local initiative that's making protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:52

Coronavirus has brought Austria soaring unemployment but taken its seasonal workers. Jason Sych reports on a program aimed at solving the problem.

Asparagus left in the ground, strawberries unpicked and vineyards without workers – the novel coronavirus has closed borders in Europe, making the passage of seasonal agricultural workers nearly impossible. This means a shortage of hands available to do the work.