Features

A taste of rose and honey

French grapes that apparently disappeared after the ravages of Phylloxera were preserved in China. Stephen Quinn visits the Yunnan Red Wine Company.

Macedonia seeks its identity

It’s not just that Macedonia is known for bulk wine – it’s also that their own name is used elsewhere. Dr Caroline Gilby MW looks at what Macedonia needs to do to become known for quality wines.

New wave wine shows

The Australian ‘wine show’ system has helped to mould the Australian wine industry, but questions are being asked about whether it is time to overhaul the system. Peter Forrestal reports.

Champagne reassesses

These are good times for sparkling wine producers – as long as they’re not Champenoise, who are watching as consumers turn to alternatives. Giles Fallowfield reports on what’s happening and how Project 2030 may turn things around.

A snapshot of Portugal

Portugal was rocked by the global financial crisis but responded by reorienting to the global markets, says Dr Luis Antunes. He charts the changes and improvements in quality.

A dry approach to a sweet area

Sales of sweet wine have tumbled across many categories in recent decades. James Lawrence reports on how Sauternes, the world’s most famous sweet-wine-producing region, is finding dry wines can help the bottom line.

Can dry Tokaj elevate sweet?

While Hungary’s Tokaj region is famous for its sweet wines, Mathilde Hulot says the future has to be dry wines, for two good reasons.

Mystic river

The Loire is France’s biggest and arguably best-known quality white wine region but, as Sophie Kevany reports, it has a lot more to offer than many outsiders imagine

Two Chardonnay trends

The wine trade may think buttery Chardonnays are as out of fashion as vinyl records, but Richard Woodard says that some consumers still love them, while others are discovering the new generation wines.