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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:52

After ten years of work, Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has a new classification.

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. 


Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:46

A combination of Brexit and US tariffs saw stockpiling of French wines and spirits in 2019 - but the outlook for 2020 isn't so rosy.

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. 


Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:16

Winemaker Stuart Bourne has been named Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the Barons of the Barossa.

Stuart Bourne, the winemaker of Soul Growers, has been named the 2020 Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the Barons of Barossa. 


Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:44

ProWine Singapore is the latest wine event to be postponed in southeast Asia, due to fears about the spread of COVID-19.

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.


Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:52

Dr Emilio Pedron, one of the most significant figures in the Italian wine industry, is to step down from Bertanie Domaines. Ettore Nicoletto, CEO of Santa Margherita, will take his place.

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.


Wed, 02/05/2020 - 16:34

Not only are international consumers reaching for New Zealand’s wines, but a new free trade agreement promises to fuel growth further.

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.


Tue, 02/04/2020 - 22:59

The Chengdu wine fair is the latest Chinese wine event to be postponed because of the coronavirus, reports Jim Boyce. Wine profits are already tumbling, as consumers stay home.

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.  


Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:44

The white wine from the Lugana DOC, situated near Lake Garda in Italy, has taken off.

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.


Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:01

Despite recent doom-and-gloom reports about the US market, consumers are still buying plenty of wine. And they're doing it direct, according to a new report. Jason Sych has the story.

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.


Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:07

Hard selzters, a combination of fizzy water, fruit juice and alcohol, are eroding wine's share of the US beverage market. Jason Sych has the details.

Hard seltzers are taking the drinks industry by storm, eroding the market share that once belonged to wine. 


Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:04

The outbreak of coronavirus has already impacted the Chinese economy. Jim Boyce considers its effect on the wine trade.

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.


Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:32

Italian police have uncovered a wine fraud ring, responsible for faking more than a million litres of wine. Barnaby Eales has the story.

Italian police have dismantled a wine fraud organisation, which produced and commercialised more than a million litres of fake wine.


Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:48

French wineries are considering their options as their trade with the US collapses, while other Europeans watch the situation anxiously. Sophie Kevany reports.

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. 


Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:01

In the wake of tumbling sales to the US, the EU has found more money for wine producers, to help them sell their wines. Barnaby Eales reports.

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.


Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:22

Scientists, academics and wine and tourism professionals will come together to hear more about this growing discipline.

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.


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