Styles & Regions

Style and Regions

Revolution in Rioja

Small bodegas are changing the image of Rioja, often focusing on traditional techniques and specific regions rather than blends.

David Schwarzwälder reports.

Teething troubles for English Wine

The vibrant young English wine industry has been hit by Post-Brexit and Covid costs, labour shortages and severe export hurdles. A rise in domestic sales has helped soften the blow. Barnaby Eales has the story.

Prosecco or Prošek? Italy and Croatia at loggerheads in the EU

Italy's wine authorities are in a frenzy over Croatia's efforts to gain official recognition for the name of its traditional sweet wine.

Future wine land

Some of the world’s most prestigious winemakers list five top regions for making wine in the future.

L.M. Archer has the details.

Pinot Noir migrates north

Winegrowers are feeling the effects of climate change particularly keenly. In just decades – or even as soon as a few years – certain grape varieties will no longer be able to be cultivated in many regions. The heat-sensitive Pinot Noir is one of them. 
James Lawrence searches for the Pinot Noir regions of the future.

Pinot Grigio Rosé is being researched

International study aims to help produce high-quality rosé.

Ambiguity remains

Frantic work on the Ahr continues after the flood disaster.

Pleasure without remorse: The best non-alcoholic wines

Non-alcoholic beverages are in vogue. Wine without alcohol is becoming increasingly important in this growth segment. More and more de-alcoholised wines are coming onto the market. The quality of the products is steadily increasing. Germany's renowned wine trade magazine WEINWIRTSCHAFT has tested more than 160 non-alcoholic wines in the largest tasting to date. 

Don’t call it rosé

Rosé wine is a veritable megatrend in the wine world. Growth can be seen in almost all markets. Clarete with its rosy guise, fits perfectly into this development. But beware: Clarete is its own style of wine. Darren Smith says we will be hearing a lot more about it.

Cool Breizh

Producers turn to Brittany, on the Atlantic edge of Europe, to make fresh, lighter styles of organic wine. If quality wine can be made in Britain, it can be made further south in Brittany, say wine producers in France.

Barnaby Eales reports about an emerging region.

Vino Nobile makes strong gains

The Consortium presents positive figures and new single vineyard classifications.

Bordeaux's grape revolution

Climate change is causing profound changes - also and especially in the world of wine. Sooner or later, heat and drought will likely affect every region, no matter how prestigious it may be. In Bordeaux, the topic has long been on everyone's lips. One solution: adapt the variety mix.

James Lawrence has asked around in Bordeaux.

Chianti Classico returns to its roots

The traditional Tuscan region of Chianti Classico is on the move. Many producers are focusing more on Sangiovese than on international varieties. The Consorzio is even toying with the idea of limiting the still-young Gran Selezione classification to 100 percent Sangiovese. 

James Lawrence has the story.

New Zealand’s 2021 vintage will be about quality, not quantity

Smaller-than-expected harvest to intensify existing export demand.

Cava’s new direction

Cava’s growing export ratio has shown resilience during the pandemic as new regulatory steps aim to increase the value of sales and strengthen the Cava image.

Barnaby Eales gives an up-to-date overview.