Styles & Regions

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.

Benvenuto, Brunello 2016!

The expectations for Brunello di Montalcino 2016 are high. It is supposed to be even a tad better than the vintage of the century, 2015. The market is reacting accordingly.

Veronika Crecelius tasted the new vintage.

Corpinnat sails on despite fall in sales

Corpinnat reports a19 percent decline but stays optimistic.

From healthy vineyards to happy people

In the first part of "Sustainability around the globe", we discovered the New World’s sustainability concepts. In the second part of our travel through the world of sustainability, we have a deeper look at the Old World – plus the new approaches that dive deeper into the idea of corporate responsibility.

Alexandra Wrann has the details.

Sustainability around the globe

Sustainability is a much-used term worldwide. Cultivating countries set different priorities – and the social responsibility of producers is increasingly coming into focus. 

Alexandra Wrann explores the world of sustainability.

A tour through Washington State viticulture

Washington State is unique in many ways: on one hand, you have the climate that characterises the Pacific coast of the North American continent; on the other, you have the geology, which lacks nothing in drama.

As far as wine is concerned, there is a dynamic producer scene eager to experiment, quality-conscious, enterprising.

Hermann Pilz knows the region.

Valpolicella market analysis presented at Annual Conference

The "Valpolicella Annual Conference" was held digitally  and was a complete success. The export business remained stable, but the domestic market dropped. Veronika Crecelius reports.

What they’re drinking in Norway

The pandemic has started an interesting development in Norway: Travel restrictions made it impossible to shop for alcohol in neighbouring countries with lower taxes.

Now the country with its state-owned-and-governed monopoly on alcoholic beverages can monitor precisely what the Norwegians were buying and drinking.

Liora Levi has the full story.

Ribera re-thinks its approach

James Lawrence said that while the Ribera del Duero region has some outstanding wineries, it needs to reconsider its export strategy.

Can Pinot Noir yields be increased?

Does quality have to suffer when you increase quantity? New Zealand Pinot Noir makers are questioning received wisdom, finds Rebecca Gibb MW.