Analysis

Still opportunity in Asia

When Vinexpo Asia-Pacific opened its doors in Hong Kong, there were questions over whether it would be affected by the Chinese slowdown. Robert Joseph was there to take the temperature.

Wine investment funds founder

Wine funds would appear to be in trouble, after a dip in Bordeaux prices and a string of high-profile closures. Defenders say much depends on the fund. Sophie Kevany reports.

MW stands for network

Panos Kakaviatos attended the recent Master of Wine symposium in Florence and discovered that the MW qualification is becoming more international. 

Bordeaux hits the wall

Column - Robert Joseph

Perspectives

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.

Politics and wine are a bad mix

An impending agreement with the EU is intended to push Ukrainian producers towards higher-quality production. But Eugene Gerden finds that the local wine industry is worried that they are going to be subject to competitive conditions they are not equipped to meet.

A greater threat than Phylloxera?

Phylloxera wiped out vineyards around the world at the end of the nineteenth century. International vineyard consultant Dr Richard Smart says vineyards are now seeing a much worse threat emerge – but one which is being ignored. He sounds the alarm on grapevine trunk diseases.

An en primeur to remember

If Bordeaux 2013 had not existed, says Sophie Kevany, critics of the system, and those who believe it will weed out the weakest links, might have been tempted to invent it.

The commodity reality

Column - Robert Joseph 

Ukrainian wine producers protest EU association

An impending agreement with the EU is intended to push Ukrainian producers towards higher quality production. But Eugene Gerden finds that the local wine industry is worried that they are going to be subject to competitive conditions they are not equipped to meet.

California’s property market churns

The property market for wineries and vineyards in California is buoyant, reports James Lawrence. Not only have some high profile wineries been sold, but investors are looking further afield, to states such as Oregon. What’s driving this churn in wine property?

Problems in bulk

During apartheid, South Africa sold wine in bulk as a way of bypassing sanctions. But a history of being too comfortable with selling wine in bulk has come back to bite South Africa. Michael Fridjhon reports.

Is your wine a GRABABA?

Column - Robert Joseph

Rush to Oregon

A slew of new acquisitions by major players is cementing Oregon’s reputation as an important US wine region, says Erica Landin. Not only are Americans themselves showing interest, but there have been important moves by French companies as well.

Is time running out for the beneficio?

A system set up nearly a century ago to regulate Port production is now skewing the economics of grape growing in the Douro, finds Richard Woodard. But what will it take to make changes?