After ten years of deliberation, Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has a new classification. The wines are now divided into three categories: Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel. The new classification will appear on labels from the 2018 vintage onwards.
Exports of French wine and spirits soared by 5.9% in 2019 – but not because of positive trends. Doom, gloom and uncertainty led to US importers panic buying French wine in 2019, resulting in a record year for French wine exports.
Stuart Bourne, the winemaker of Soul Growers, has been named the 2020 Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the Barons of Barossa.
ProWine Singapore is the latest wine fair to be cancelled due to worries over COVID-19 outbreak. The event was scheduled for 31 March to 3 April 2020 at Singapore Expo, alongside the inaugural FHA-Food & Beverage event.
As of March 1, 2020, Dr. Emilio Pedron will no longer lead the Bertani Domaines group. Retiring from active service, he will be followed by Ettore Nicoletto, CEO of the Santa Margherita group.
New Zealand’s wine exports rocketed ahead in 2019, rising by 8%, with total wine exports now reaching NZ$1.86bn ($1.16bn) in value.
Cancelled classes. Postponed tasting and dinners. Closed bars and shops. The coronavirus crisis is hitting China's wine trade hard. Another blow came on 4 February when top wine show China Food & Drinks Fair in Chengdu, supposed to open in late March, was postponed indefinitely.
Italy’s Lugana DOC increased its sales by a whopping 27% in 2019, selling 22m bottles of wine – and it sees a bright future, as long as the US tariffs on wines from the EU don’t go ahead.
US wineries shipped more than $3.2bn worth of wine to consumers in 2019 – showing that while the US may be slowing down overall, the direct-to-consumer (DtC) segment still has plenty of life in it.
Hard seltzers are taking the drinks industry by storm, eroding the market share that once belonged to wine.
The new coronavirus spreading throughout China, and the world, has resulted in quarantined cities, travel restrictions and delayed returns to work and school from Chinese New Year holidays. Not surprisingly, this has also been bad for the wine trade.
Italian police have dismantled a wine fraud organisation, which produced and commercialised more than a million litres of fake wine.
The 25% tariff imposed by America on various European products, including still wines from France, Germany, Spain and the UK, has collapsed orders for many producers.
The EU has agreed to increase aid for wine promotion activities by 10%, to help boost exports. The additional funding is aimed at supporting EU wine producers hit by the US government’s 25% increase in import duties on some EU still wines, which came into force in October.
The upcoming Culinary and Wine Tourism Conference at Geisenheim University will see 27 scientific experts from 15 countries speaking about the current research work being done on tourism and culinary events.