Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:35

Xyella fastidiosa, a bacteria known in the USA as Pierce's Disease, has been discovered in France. Sophie Kevany looks at whether it can affect viticulture in Europe or not.

A disease that ravaged California’s vines in the early 2000s has been found for the first time in two French olive trees.

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:16

The harvest has begun in Champagne and, after a wild year, yields look to be down.

The harvest, which began in Champagne this week, looks to be lower than in previous years. The vines of Champagne saw everything this year, from cold and rain, to drought and heat, with the previous record for sunshine hours broken in February. 

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:44

The latest figures from Agreste show that wine regions across France have been affected by frost, heat and damp.

Spring frosts, summer heatwaves and hailstorms have combined to lower France’s 2019 wine harvest by an expected 12% compared to 2018 – with that year already 4% lower than the five-year average. Worst hit this year was the Jura, estimated to have lost about 63% of its production to frost. 

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:23

The Australian Wine Research Institute has won A$11.1m in grant money to study metabolites.

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) in Adelaide has secured major funding to the tune of A$11.1m ($7.47m) to invest in metabolomics, the study of chemical processes involving metabolites.

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:44

Willi Kligner, the head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, will become managing director of Austria's Wein & Co in January 2020. The appointment highlights the company's internationalisation strategy.

Willi Klinger, the ebullient head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has been appointed managing director of Wein & Co, Austria’s largest chain of wine stores and bars. He will assume the position on 1 January 2020, after he steps down from the AWMB.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 17:26

The latest figures from New Zealand Winegrowers show that the world is still reaching for Kiwi wine.

International demand for New Zealand wine continues to rise, with total export value reaching a record NZ$1.83bn ($1.15 bn).

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 17:15

A new crop of MWs has been announced, drawn from five different countries, including China.

The Institute of Masters of Wine now has eight new members, drawn from five different countries, including China. This brings the total to 390 MWs, from 30 countries.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 16:56

Grape growers in Catalonia have agreed to strike action in September, to protest a dramatic fall in prices for Cava grapes.

Growers in Catalonia are to launch strike action in September over a dramatic fall in Cava grape prices.

Grower union, Unió de Pagesos (UP) said the prices large Cava companies pay for grapes had plunged by as much as 28% this year.

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 15:38

Dr Tony Jordan, an influential Australian winemaker, who spearheaded LVMH's quest for fine wine in the Himalayas, has died. Robert Joseph pays tribute to a pioneer.

Dr Tony Jordan, a pioneering member of the Australian wine industry, began his career in 1974 as a lecturer in science at what is now Charles Sturt University. He developed the winemaking course there and later founded the Oenotech consulting group with Brian Croser.

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 17:36

The WSET Diploma of Wine syllabus now includes information on orange, or amber, wines, signalling mainstream acceptance of the ancient style.

The Wine & Spirits Education Trust has added orange wine to its syllabus, signalling mainstream acceptance of the style. For the first time, the Diploma in Wines will now include information about the style and category.

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 17:13

AXA Millésimes, the wine arm of AXA Insurance, has acquired Quinta do Passadouro in Portugal.

AXA Millésimes has acquired Quinta do Passadouro. It’s the second Douro Valley estate in the AXA Millésimes portfolio, the other being Quinta do Noval.

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 16:39

US wine sales are rising, driven by a renewed interested in domestic wines.

US wine sales rose 3% in July, driven by an increased thirst for domestic table wines. The overall market has risen to more than $73 billion in sales in the 12 months to 31 July.

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:18

The next issue of Meininger's Wine Business International will be out shortly. Here's a sneak preview of what's in the magazine - plus an opportunity to see your product featured.

Issue 4 of Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine is rolling off the printing press and will be available next week, both online and in print.

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:02

New rules for a pictogram that warns pregnant women against drinking alcohol are being debated out in France. Sophie Kevany reports.

Agreement on new rules for a pictogram that warns pregnant women against drinking alcohol could be reached when France’s wine sector and health minister meet after the harvest, in late September, early October.

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 16:48

A sparkling wine made in complete darknes?  A Slovenien winery says they have done it.

Slovenian winery Radgonske Gorice have released a sparkling wine they say has been made in complete darkness.