General

The red wines of Veneto

The Italian region of Veneto has struck gold with its Prosecco, which has led to some decline in its red wine production. But, writes Veronika Crecelius, Veneto has always been a trading power and this has brought a wealth of varieties to the region, all of which have their strengths.

Preventing awkward spills

Move over screwcaps, tetra-paks and glass stoppers, there’s a new wine closure in town. It’s the wine condom, designed to stop unwanted spills and stains before they happen. Felicity Carter talks to one of the inventors.

A magical marketing potion

Move over critter wines and mommy tipples, there’s a new blockbuster in town. Larry Walker takes a look at Apothic, a red blend phenomenon that’s sweeping the US market.

In the dress circle

The Yarra Valley, in the Australian state of Victoria, has everything going for it. Verdant, rolling hills dotted with architecturally distinct wineries, along with fine wines, fine dining and proximity to the city of Melbourne, writes Felicity Carter.

An old Spanish business

An Interview with Jorge A. Grosse by Felicity Carter

Sicily’s rapid expansion

As Sicily establishes itself in the international wine trade, quality is rising, indigenous varieties are flourishing, and more people are moving in. But there are challenges to overcome, including the cost of production and logistics, says Michèle Shah. 

Australia takes stock

September saw the first Savour Australia, conceived as a new style of conference to bring together not just wine, but food and tourism, in a concerted effort to show the world what Australia can do. Adam Lechmere reports.

The problem of pesticides

Traces of uregulated chemicals are being found in wine. They may be harmless, or they may be problematic. The problem is, nobody really knows. Sophie Kevany reports. 

Social media pays dividends

Social media offers a low cost way to stay in touch with your customers and build profitable relationships. While tweeting and posting can be fun, it can also be serious business, finds Felicity carter, especially if there is a clear strategy behind it.

Luxembourg looks to the world

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is populated by bankers and other wealthy people, giving wine producers a market on their own doorstep – yet one which isn’t prepared to pay international prices. After looking at the wines, Tom Cannavan considers their export prospects.

Land of vinous diversity

Switzerland is known for chocolate, watches and mountains – but not yet for wine. Chandra Kurt explains why the wines of this small alpine country, better known for its banking industry, are worth discovering. And how is the Swiss wine consumer different from elsewhere?

The Rhône valley goes from strength to strength

The Rhône Valley consistently produces wines that are high in quality and low in quantity, says John Livingstone-Learmonth. Add to that the very successful campaigns run by Inter Rhône and consumers are convinced. But are they soon going to be paying more for the privilege?

Rhône ambassador

An interview with Philippe Guigal by Robert Joseph

Hong Kong’s own winery

Hong Kong is the centre of the wine business in asia. But it is also houses one of only two wineries in the world where wines are made from snap-frozen grapes imported from major regions around the world. stephen Quinn reports from Hong Kong.
 

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.