Power lists

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.

A new broom at Moët

Jean-Guillaume Prats, previously the CEO at Château Cos d’Estournel, has taken the helm at Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines. He talks to Richard Woodard about the move and about plans for international expansion.

India’s currency woes

Although the number of Indian wine drinkers is going up, Subhash Arora finds that Indian importers aren’t having an easy time of it. Not only has the government imposed a whole new set of regulations, but the rupee’s dramatic devaluation has hit pockets hard.

The big leap into success

When Bob Trinchero discovered that one of his wines had failed to ferment properly, he bottled it anyway and sent it to market. Larry Walker reports on how that decision enabled Trinchero to become one of America’s biggest wine companies.

Who’s Who in Spain

Spanish specialist Jürgen Mathäß sees both continuity and change  for the most important players in the Spanish wine business. In some areas, the economic crisis has also given an impetus to refocus on new priorities.

The revitalization of Hardys

Hardys, one of the world’s best known wine brands, has been through tumultuous times in the past decade. But the family that stands behind the name are looking forward to the next 160 years. Felicity Carter and Robert Joseph report.

The two-speed UK market

The UK market continues to defy easy analysis, says Richard Woodard. On the one hand, consumers are still looking for cheaper wines, which the wine trade is finding unprofitable to supply. On the other hand, the fine wine market is booming.

Wine knowledge spreads in Russia

It’s been a trying time for wine in Russia, says Eleonora Scholes, thanks to a stagnant market and restrictions on what can be written or said about wine. Yet there are bright spots, including a new willingness to experiment and the spread of interest in wine to regional cities.

The flexible wine specialist

UK wine supplier Enotria has not only bypassed the financial problems plaguing former competitors, says Adam Lechmere, but they’re actively looking to grow through acquisition. It’s a wine company that’s found a balance between the corporate and the artisanal approach.

China’s new consumers

China’s wine consumers are frequently portrayed as red wine obsessives preoccupied with status. But as wine becomes more expensive, particularly from France savvy wine drinkers are looking elsewhere for value. Edward Ragg, charts the rise of China’s new consumers.

Bordeaux invades Poland

Wine exporters are turning their attention to Poland, as the market there grows. Panos kakaviatos went to the first ever official tasting of Bordeaux “grand cru” wines in Warsaw, to see how things might develop. Because where Bordeaux goes, others follow.

The Top five US companies

The biggest wine companies in the US are so powerful that their decisions can tilt the international marketplace. Larry Walker looks at the top five.