Power lists

Slow and steady approach to business

Justerini & Brooks has been a fixture of the London wine trade for more than 250 years. Adam Lechmere talks to chairman Hew Blair about taking the long-term approach and what’s next for the fine wine market.

The Power Buyers of the UK

In this, the first Power List series of 2014, Richard Woodard identifies who the key wine buyers are in the UK and what makes them so formidable. If you’re heading to the UK, these are the people you need to know.

Looking outside London

It’s easy to believe that ‘London’ is synonymous with ‘UK wine trade’ but in fact, says Richard Woodard, other parts of the United Kingdom have pockets of vibrancy that are worth knowing about.

Pipeline to China

The new-found Chinese interest in wine, coupled with a surplus of Australian production, has created a market in instant branding, reports Jeni Port. Could this damage Australia’s export prospects in the future?

Hedonism plunges into luxury

The inhabitants of Mayfair in London, where Arab oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs congregate, are no strangers to luxury. But, reports Adam Lechmere, even the wealthiest patrons are blown away by the wines on offer at Hedonism.

Inside the network

The global wine trade only exists because it’s backed by international logistics expertise. It’s the people who get the wine from one part of the globe to another in a timely fashion who are the real heroes of wine. Felicity Carter speaks to one such expert, Bernd Jordan of German logistics company JF Hillebrand.

Spain’s Top Five

Despite the economic downturn that has Spain in its grip, Patricia Langton discovers that Spain’s biggest wine companies are international players that are continuing to expand.

Blending at all levels

Blends is a global business that combines an international outlook with the philosophy of terroir. Richard Woodard takes a look at a global company that’s in the middle of an expansion effort.

A new broom at Moët

Jean-Guillaume Prats, previously the CEO at Château Cos d’Estournel, has taken the helm at Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines. He talks to Richard Woodard about the move and about plans for international expansion.

India’s currency woes

Although the number of Indian wine drinkers is going up, Subhash Arora finds that Indian importers aren’t having an easy time of it. Not only has the government imposed a whole new set of regulations, but the rupee’s dramatic devaluation has hit pockets hard.

The big leap into success

When Bob Trinchero discovered that one of his wines had failed to ferment properly, he bottled it anyway and sent it to market. Larry Walker reports on how that decision enabled Trinchero to become one of America’s biggest wine companies.

Who’s Who in Spain

Spanish specialist Jürgen Mathäß sees both continuity and change  for the most important players in the Spanish wine business. In some areas, the economic crisis has also given an impetus to refocus on new priorities.

The revitalization of Hardys

Hardys, one of the world’s best known wine brands, has been through tumultuous times in the past decade. But the family that stands behind the name are looking forward to the next 160 years. Felicity Carter and Robert Joseph report.

The two-speed UK market

The UK market continues to defy easy analysis, says Richard Woodard. On the one hand, consumers are still looking for cheaper wines, which the wine trade is finding unprofitable to supply. On the other hand, the fine wine market is booming.

Wine knowledge spreads in Russia

It’s been a trying time for wine in Russia, says Eleonora Scholes, thanks to a stagnant market and restrictions on what can be written or said about wine. Yet there are bright spots, including a new willingness to experiment and the spread of interest in wine to regional cities.