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François Lurton and the uses of biodynamics

Biodynamics makes economic, as well as environmental, sense according to French wine entrepreneur François Lurton. He talks organic, biodynamic and investing in wine tourism with Felicity Carter.

When wine becomes transformative

A new breed of winemaker wants to do more than make good wine. They want to change the world. L.M. Archer reports.

The sugar question divides Europe

Tensions over chaptalisation have been reignited by a proposal to exclude the use of sugar in wine labelling and erratic weather linked to climate change, reports Barnaby Eales.

Leaping into a new venture

At a time when other would rest on their laurels, Steve Smith one of New Zealand’s most notable wine people, changes direction and launches a new venture. 

Resurrecting Recantina

Stephen Quinn reports on an autochthonous variety pulled out by Napoleon’s troops, which has refused to retreat.

How the modern Champagne bottle was created

There was a time when cellarmasters wore iron masks, to save their faces from exploding glass bottles. And then, an enterprising German changed everything. Barnaby Eales explains.

Wine’s emerging water crisis

As more regions struggle with water shortages, Michelle Bouffard takes a look at one initiative to help conserve this precious resource.

Talking decision making with Jean-Guillaume Prats

Felicity Carter speaks to Jean-Guillaume Prats the CEO of DBR (Lafite), about the challenges of balancing innovation and tradition, and how to make business decisions.

Sangiovese throws a strange quercetin deposit

As Italian regions produce more 100% Sangiovese wines, winemakers find themselves grappling with a new problem. Michaela Morris reports.

A conversation with Paulo Amorim

This January, Portugal’s Paulo Amorim was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole, one of France’s major honours bestowed on people working in agriculture. Felicity Carter caught up with him at ProWein.

Climate change comes for oak

Like other plants, oak trees are being affected by climate change. But, as Jim Clarke reports, good research is hard to find.

Bordeaux's growers get help from their bats

Bats, once seen as undesirable neighbours, are now recognised as a grower's best friend. Bordeaux growers are encouraging them, as part of a raft of sustainability measures.

Ingenious ways to reuse bottles instead of recycling them

To tackle the problem of bottles ending in landfill, many European regions are turning to reuse. Barnaby Eales reports. 

The art of Instagram success

If your wine brand targets Millennials, Instagram is now an essential marketing tool, writes Rebecca Gibb MW.

How to captivate a wine audience

How, exactly, do you tell a good wine story? Felicity Carter speaks to a masterful storyteller.