The Australian wine industry has undergone some spring cleaning, merging industry bodies to create the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Richard Woodard reports on the role of the new slimlined organisation charged with helping Australia recapture its export sales.
As the EU and Russia talk tough on economic sanctions, producers in many sectors are seeing their livelihoods threatened. But for wine and grape producers in Russia, the geopolitical tensions might create a bonanza. Eugene Gerden reports.
Consumers and judges in the United States appear to continue to prefer high alcohols in their wines, if recent Wine Spectator ratings are anything to go by. Some parts of the rest of the world are reacting against perceived higher levels of alcohol, perhaps because of health concerns related to consumption of alcohol. How do Australian winemakers feel about alcohol levels, and are they moderating their winemaking techniques to account for any new global trend towards lower levels?
The 34th London Wine Fair, held at London’s Kensington Olympia from 2 to 4 June, changed tack this year. Traditionally it has had an international appeal. This year organisers decided strategically to focus on the UK market. Stephen Quinn asked participants from four major wine-producing nations why they attended the fair, given the change of focus. Organisers said this year about 670 producers and importers showcased more than 12,500 wines.
Argentina, one of South America’s biggest economies, has had to grapple with reduced currency reserves and a current account deficit, which has had an impact throughout the economy. Daniel López Roca explains how it has affected the wine industry.
In February, Vinisud, the trade fair for Mediterranean wines, reconvened in Montpellier. Adam Lechmere took the opportunity to ask south of France producers about their experiences on the export markets. Their thoughtful insights are applicable to exporters everywhere.