More Women, Exploration, Technology. This Is Not Your Grandfather's Fine Wine World

If you want to understand what’s happening at the top end of wine, there’s no better expert to call on than Jamie Ritchie, the Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Wines & Spirits, based in New York. Felicity Carter caught up with him to ask about the extraordinary prices being achieved for fine wine in the secondary market and whether the trend can continue.

Reading time: 6m 45s

ARENI Sees Trouble Coming for Fine Wine—and Wants To Fix It

ARENI Global, based in London, calls itself a ‘think tank’—a place where people can come and ask questions about the future of fine wine. Robert Joseph catches up with CEO Pauline Vicard.

Reading time: 8m 30s

Interview: Denys Hornabrook of VINEX on the Australian Wine Crisis

Denys Hornabrook launched VINEX as a global B2B trading platform for bulk wine in 2015. Four years later, bottled wines were added to the mix. While the business is international in its focus, Hornabrook's own experience in Australia where he was educated and worked for BRL Hardy and Kingston Estate, gives him unique insight into the current plight of that nation's wine industry in the wake of Chinese sanctions.

Reading time: 5m

The Robert Nicholson Interview: US Investment in Bordeaux. More to Come?

Robert Nicholson, principal of International Wine Associates, advises on merger & acquisition in the wine industry. Most recently, he was involved in the purchase of Château Lascombes by the Lawrence Family. In this exclusive interview Nicholson frankly considers the likelihood of other US buyers buying French wine businesses.

Reading time: 7m 45s

Interview: Matthew Horkey Making a Living as a YouTuber

In a rare interview, Matthew Horkey tells us what skills you need to be successful, how he engages with the platform and why wine is the next big thing on YouTube.

Reading time: 16m

Making Wine in Wartime: Giorgi Iukuridze of Shabo, Ukraine

In this exclusive interview, Giorgi Iukuridze, co-founder of Shabo, Ukraine's leading winery, shares his experience of the last seven months, since the invasion of his country by Russia

Reading time: 7m 10s

Pix – What Went Wrong? What Went Right? The Paul Mabray Interview

In the middle of 2021, US wine professionals learned of the launch of a new digital platform to stand alongside Vivino, WineSearcher and CellarTracker. A year after its launch, following the failure to raise a third round of funding, after the earlier investment of $7m, despite recurring revenue of $600,000 that apparently exceeded initial projections, the Drop has effectively closed and Mabray is looking for partners to enable his business to achieve its objectives.

In this exclusive, lengthy interview, he answers some tough questions.

Reading time: 12m 38s

State of the Cape: Interview with Rico Basson and Maryna Calow

The South African wine industry had an especially tough time during the pandemic, with challenges including restrictions on exports as well as domestic sales. Rico Basson, managing director of Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents close to 2,600 South African wine producers, and Maryna Calow head of communications at Wines of South Africa, speak frankly about the industry today.

Reading time: 9m 50s

"Great Desire for Trade Shows"

Interview with Michael Degen, Executive Director Trade Fairs of Messe Düsseldorf

MEININGER'S has spoken with Degen about risks for a trade fair in times of a global pandemic, if size matters and if he is afraid of competition. And of course, we discussed the upcoming ProWein, its international focus and digitization issues as well as its biggest challenges.

Reading time: 11m 30s