Power lists

The promising markets of Africa

The end to civil wars plus tremendous mineral wealth has the potential to turn countries like Angola into major economies. As they grow, they’re consuming more wine. Dr Stephen Quinn reports.

Australia’s major wine buyers

With its strong currency, culture of wine drinking, and a population oriented internationally thanks to a strong travel culture, Australia has become a lucrative destination for international wines. Jeni Port seeks out the buyers you need to know.

The view from Canada

Canadians are increasingly reaching for wine, says Tony Aspler, which means Canada is becoming one of the world’s most important import markets. Its own wine industry is advancing as well, attracting international investment action.

Which niche in Poland?

The growth of the Polish wine market has not been as fast as expected, and some sales predictions have been too optimistic, with Polish consumers still opting for wines under €5.00. But, says Panos Kakaviatos, professionals in their 30s and 40s offer hope.

New roads to China

While much of the wine world is beating a path to China’s door, finding appropriate distribution is a stumbling block for many. Jim Boyce looks at three businesses that have decided to approach China in a different way.

The quiet achiever

Not many people in wine trade could name Val d’Orbieu and its products, but that doesn’t mean that France’s largest co-operative isn’t a force to be reckoned with. Adam Lechmere reports.

Who’s Who in France

It may be suffering from economic turmoil, and wines from specific regions may fall in and out of fashion, but France remains the world of wine’s benchmark. Sophie Kevany names some of the country’s most influential people.

Slow and steady approach to business

Justerini & Brooks has been a fixture of the London wine trade for more than 250 years. Adam Lechmere talks to chairman Hew Blair about taking the long-term approach and what’s next for the fine wine market.

The Power Buyers of the UK

In this, the first Power List series of 2014, Richard Woodard identifies who the key wine buyers are in the UK and what makes them so formidable. If you’re heading to the UK, these are the people you need to know.

Looking outside London

It’s easy to believe that ‘London’ is synonymous with ‘UK wine trade’ but in fact, says Richard Woodard, other parts of the United Kingdom have pockets of vibrancy that are worth knowing about.

Pipeline to China

The new-found Chinese interest in wine, coupled with a surplus of Australian production, has created a market in instant branding, reports Jeni Port. Could this damage Australia’s export prospects in the future?

Hedonism plunges into luxury

The inhabitants of Mayfair in London, where Arab oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs congregate, are no strangers to luxury. But, reports Adam Lechmere, even the wealthiest patrons are blown away by the wines on offer at Hedonism.

Inside the network

The global wine trade only exists because it’s backed by international logistics expertise. It’s the people who get the wine from one part of the globe to another in a timely fashion who are the real heroes of wine. Felicity Carter speaks to one such expert, Bernd Jordan of German logistics company JF Hillebrand.

Spain’s Top Five

Despite the economic downturn that has Spain in its grip, Patricia Langton discovers that Spain’s biggest wine companies are international players that are continuing to expand.

Blending at all levels

Blends is a global business that combines an international outlook with the philosophy of terroir. Richard Woodard takes a look at a global company that’s in the middle of an expansion effort.