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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A disease that ravaged California’s vines in the early 2000s has been found for the first time in two French olive trees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International demand for New Zealand wine continues
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.
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.
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.