A disease that ravaged California’s vines in the early 2000s has been found for the first time in two French olive trees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International demand for New Zealand wine continues to rise, with total export value reaching a record NZ$1.83bn ($1.15 bn).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slovenian winery Radgonske Gorice have released a sparkling wine they say has been made in complete darkness.