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Austria’s Thermenregion

Although the Romans identified it as a prime viticultural area more than 2,000 years ago, Thermenregion remains something of a secret. But, as Mathilde Hulot discovers, the need to export means it’s unlikely to remain unknown for much longer.

The green white wine

Thanks to a new approach to viticulture coupled with strong marketing, Austria’s Grüner Veltliner as taken the world by storm. Richard Woodard looks at the evolution of this popular variety.

The wines of Marche

Marche is an ancient Italian wine region, famed for its white Verdicchio. Yet for decades it’s had a reputation as a source of cheap bulk wine. Michele Shah says as the need to export becomes more urgent, replanting and premiumisation is underway.

Chile finds its groove

Chile may be pulling ahead in world markets, but it has struggled to communicate its value, largely because it’s too formal and unapproachable. Now, says Eduardo Brethauer, there are moves afoot to shake things up.

The French empire

Bordeaux-based Castel Group, a wine empire whose interests span the globe, work to a simple principle: if consumers want something, then provide it. Sophie Kevany reports.

Russia’s wine game

Russian winemakers have a lot to deal with, from unfair laws to foreign competition. And now, says Sophie Kevany reporting from a recent Russian wine conference, they are worried about new competition from Crimea.

Fine wine that’s a steal

When Melissa King was sent to prison for defrauding a pension fund, the US Marshals were charged with selling her ill-gotten gains, to try and recoup some money for her victims. Leslie Gevirtz reports on what happened to the wine.

Who’s Who in the UK

The UK remains one of the world‘s most important import markets, and a showcase for the world. Richard Woodard identifies who the movers and shakers are.

The clubhouse

Noted importer and distributor ASC Fine Wines have created a haven for wine lovers in the heart of Shanghai. Felicity Carter gets a tour.