Features

Argentina’s wine industry takes a beating

Capital controls imposed by the government are putting winemakers into a vise, reports Daniel Lopez Roca. On the one hand, earnings are devalued as soon as they hit the bank. On the other, equipment, inputs and wages are spiraling out of control.

Build an online audience

When wine blogs began, the mainstream media ridiculed them as the work of amateurs. Today, some wine bloggers have achieved star status and wineries vie for their attention. But, asks Felicity Carter, why aren’t wine businesses creating their own blogs? 

Bordeaux invades Poland

Wine exporters are turning their attention to Poland, as the market there grows. Panos kakaviatos went to the first ever official tasting of Bordeaux “grand cru” wines in Warsaw, to see how things might develop. Because where Bordeaux goes, others follow.

An old winery embraces new tools

Etienne Hugel from Hugel & Fils in Alsace has been building his company from the airport lounge, finds Robert Joseph. His secret weapon? His ability with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The Top five US companies

The biggest wine companies in the US are so powerful that their decisions can tilt the international marketplace. Larry Walker looks at the top five.
 

Treasure in the soil

Rutherglen is a small town in northeast Victoria which has been through everything from a gold rush to a boom to a wine industry collapse in its time. Felicity Carter finds that it’s hung on to its wine treasures though good times and bad.