Wed, 10/02/2019 - 08:00

Delegates at the two-day Wine Industry IMPACT conference, held in Australia this September, heard about practical steps they could take to become more profitable - and take back control from distributors and retail chains. Felicity Carter reports.

The balance of power has changed in Australian wine, according to a speaker at the recent Wine Industry IMPACT Conference. Australian producers now have an unprecedented opportunity to “claw margin back” and take control of their own financial future.

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 15:32

The 1st October 2019 marks 70 years of Communist party rule in China, and the whole country is celebrating - including wineries and the wine trade. Jim Boyce looks at what's happening.

The People’s Republic of China’s celebrates its 70th anniversary today, on 1 October 2019. It’s a major milestone that’s inspired responses from across the wine world.

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 15:03

Yesterday, the latest edition of the World Atlas of Wine was launched. Robert Joseph says it's a book that can take you places - and his own journey proves it.

Yesterday, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW launched the eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine. Listening to these two giants of wine communication, I realised that it is largely thanks to them that I am where I am today.

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:46

Unrest among Catalonia's Cava producers has seen the Spanish government take the unusual step of transferring decisions about new vine plantings to the Cava DO. Barnaby Eales reports.

The Spanish government has transferred all decision making about new vine plantings to the regulatory council of the Cava Denominación de Origen.

This historic move, adopted on September 20th, has been seen in Spain as an attempt to quell growing tensions over the Cava crisis.

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 10:56

Numerous reports from the USA claim that Trump's tariffs are doing damage to America's wine prospects in China. Jim Boyce, who is based in China, disagrees. He explains why.

Coverage of China’s extra tariffs on US wine during the current trade war reveals a gap between reality and the claims being made by both media and trade bodies. Here are examples of three such claims.

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 15:36

After seeing the devastation caused by plastic, Mickael Alborghetti launched France's first carbon neutral, eco-wine wholesaler. Sophie Kevany reports on a radical initiative.

Standing on a plastic-infested beach in Bali this spring, Mickael Alborghetti was shocked into a decision: He would quit his job in the Cahors wine business and found France’s first carbon neutral, eco-wine wholesaler. And that is exactly what he did. 

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:35

Xyella fastidiosa, a bacteria known in the USA as Pierce's Disease, has been discovered in France. Sophie Kevany looks at whether it can affect viticulture in Europe or not.

A disease that ravaged California’s vines in the early 2000s has been found for the first time in two French olive trees.

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:16

The harvest has begun in Champagne and, after a wild year, yields look to be down.

The harvest, which began in Champagne this week, looks to be lower than in previous years. The vines of Champagne saw everything this year, from cold and rain, to drought and heat, with the previous record for sunshine hours broken in February. 

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:44

The latest figures from Agreste show that wine regions across France have been affected by frost, heat and damp.

Spring frosts, summer heatwaves and hailstorms have combined to lower France’s 2019 wine harvest by an expected 12% compared to 2018 – with that year already 4% lower than the five-year average. Worst hit this year was the Jura, estimated to have lost about 63% of its production to frost. 

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:23

The Australian Wine Research Institute has won A$11.1m in grant money to study metabolites.

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) in Adelaide has secured major funding to the tune of A$11.1m ($7.47m) to invest in metabolomics, the study of chemical processes involving metabolites.

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:44

Willi Kligner, the head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, will become managing director of Austria's Wein & Co in January 2020. The appointment highlights the company's internationalisation strategy.

Willi Klinger, the ebullient head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has been appointed managing director of Wein & Co, Austria’s largest chain of wine stores and bars. He will assume the position on 1 January 2020, after he steps down from the AWMB.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 17:26

The latest figures from New Zealand Winegrowers show that the world is still reaching for Kiwi wine.

International demand for New Zealand wine continues

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 17:15

A new crop of MWs has been announced, drawn from five different countries, including China.

The Institute of Masters of Wine now has eight new members, drawn from five different countries, including China. This brings the total to 390 MWs, from 30 countries.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 16:56

Grape growers in Catalonia have agreed to strike action in September, to protest a dramatic fall in prices for Cava grapes.

Growers in Catalonia are to launch strike action in September over a dramatic fall in Cava grape prices.

Grower union, Unió de Pagesos (UP) said the prices large Cava companies pay for grapes had plunged by as much as 28% this year.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 15:38

Dr Tony Jordan, an influential Australian winemaker, who spearheaded LVMH's quest for fine wine in the Himalayas, has died. Robert Joseph pays tribute to a pioneer.

Dr Tony Jordan, a pioneering member of the Australian wine industry, began his career in 1974 as a lecturer in science at what is now Charles Sturt University. He developed the winemaking course there and later founded the Oenotech consulting group with Brian Croser.