Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:44

The white wine from the Lugana DOC, situated near Lake Garda in Italy, has taken off.

Italy’s Lugana DOC increased its sales by a whopping 27% in 2019, selling 22m bottles of wine – and it sees a bright future, as long as the US tariffs on wines from the EU don’t go ahead.

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:01

Despite recent doom-and-gloom reports about the US market, consumers are still buying plenty of wine. And they're doing it direct, according to a new report. Jason Sych has the story.

US wineries shipped more than $3.2bn worth of wine to consumers in 2019 – showing that while the US may be slowing down overall, the direct-to-consumer (DtC) segment still has plenty of life in it.

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:07

Hard selzters, a combination of fizzy water, fruit juice and alcohol, are eroding wine's share of the US beverage market. Jason Sych has the details.

Hard seltzers are taking the drinks industry by storm, eroding the market share that once belonged to wine. 

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:04

The outbreak of coronavirus has already impacted the Chinese economy. Jim Boyce considers its effect on the wine trade.

The new coronavirus spreading throughout China, and the world, has resulted in quarantined cities, travel restrictions and delayed returns to work and school from Chinese New Year holidays. Not surprisingly, this has also been bad for the wine trade.

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:32

Italian police have uncovered a wine fraud ring, responsible for faking more than a million litres of wine. Barnaby Eales has the story.

Italian police have dismantled a wine fraud organisation, which produced and commercialised more than a million litres of fake wine.

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:48

French wineries are considering their options as their trade with the US collapses, while other Europeans watch the situation anxiously. Sophie Kevany reports.

The 25% tariff imposed by America on various European products, including still wines from France, Germany, Spain and the UK, has collapsed orders for many producers. 

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:01

In the wake of tumbling sales to the US, the EU has found more money for wine producers, to help them sell their wines. Barnaby Eales reports.

The EU has agreed to increase aid for wine promotion activities by 10%, to help boost exports. The additional funding is aimed at supporting EU wine producers hit by the US government’s 25% increase in import duties on some EU still wines, which came into force in October.

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:22

Scientists, academics and wine and tourism professionals will come together to hear more about this growing discipline.

The upcoming Culinary and Wine Tourism Conference at Geisenheim University will see 27 scientific experts from 15 countries speaking about the current research work being done on tourism and culinary events.

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:21

Christie's auction house has a new international head of wine and spirits.

Edwin Vos has been appointed the International Head of Wine and Spirits at Christie’s. Vos joined Christie’s in 2012 a head of the Amsterdam wine department.

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:04

The wine trade is breathing a sigh of relief today after news broke that the proposed 100% tariffs on French wine have been postponed. Jason Sych reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have apparently called a ceasefire in their trade hostilities, with the US agreeing to hold off on proposed tariffs on luxury French goods until the end of the year. One of those proposed tariffs was a 100% tariff on wine. 

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 17:04

A new report from Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates shows that although the US wine market grew in 2019, the overall trend is slower.


The total growth for the US wine market rose by just over one percent in 2019, slowing from a historic yearly growth of between three and four percent, reports California's Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates (GF&A) in their annual wine market report.

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:23

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board enters 2020 with a new managing director and a new division.

As of this year, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board has both a new managing director and a new wine marketing division, signalling a new strategic direction.

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:12

Wine organisations representing both Californian and EU producers are calling on their respective governments to drop any talk of wine tariffs. Jason Sych reports.

The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins and the Wine Institute of California have issued a joint statement calling on the US and EU governments not to impose tariffs on wine products, now or in the future.

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 16:47

Australia's raging mega-fires have destroyed homes, forests and wildlife. The wine industry has not been spared, with up to a third of grape production wiped out in the premier Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia. Jeni Port has the story.

One-third of grape production in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia’s leading wine regions, has been lost or damaged in catastrophic Christmas bushfires, and the damage bill is set to exceed A$100m ($69m).

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:24

All the articles from Issue 6, 2019 of Meininger's Wine Business International are now available on this website. Read on to find out how to unlock them.

Issue 6, 2019 has landed! Inside you will find news, views and in-depth features about the international wine industry. All the articles can be found gathered together here.