Power lists

Who’s Who in South Africa

In the past year or so, South Africa has become the darling of wine critics, who are enthusiastic about its new wave wines. Michael Fridjhon gives a snapshot of the industry.

Sustainable Sweden

Organic wines are booming in Sweden. Dr Gergely Szolnoki and Johannes Borchert from Geisenheim University set out to discover why.

Canada’s power sommeliers

Local writer Treve Ring has identified the top sommeliers in Canada, one of the world’s most important import markets.

Inside Africa

Africa is a continent made up of 54 separate countries, a number of which either have an emerging middle class or strong tourist industries, or both. James Lawrence sheds some light on the dark continent.

Tasting day in Sweden

With 431 stores throughout Sweden, the Swedish monopoly Systembolaget is the biggest wine buyer in the world. Felicity Carter discovers how the wines are chosen.

A Hong Kong institution

As Hong Kong’s wine consumers become more sophisticated, Watson’s Wine banks on reinforcing storefront trust. By Panos Kakaviatos and Robert Joseph. 

On the block

A look into the window of one of the US’s most notable wine bars reveals a new business model. Scott Saunders pays The Butcher Shop a visit.

Spain’s fine wine merchant

Anyone who wants to understand Spain’s on-trade needs to understand Vila Viniteca. Jürgen Mathäß pays the company a visit.

Argentina’s wine embassy

Gaucho, an international steakhouse chain, has single-handedly raised the profile of Argentinian wines in the UK and other markets. Adam Lechmere pays a visit.

Norway’s tastemakers

In the last 25 years, Norway’s growth in wine expertise has been some of the most impressive in the world, with Norwegian sommeliers showing well internationally. Mai Tjemsland MW reports.

Revolution in Denmark

The gastronomy bombshell known as Noma has influenced a whole generation of restaurateurs and sommeliers, leading to an extraordinary burst of creativity, finds Elsebeth Lohfert.

Sweden’s top sommeliers

Sweden has a knowledgeable wine market, and it’s normal for good restaurants to have sommeliers, says Elke Jung. Not surprisingly, Sweden has produced some superstar sommeliers.

East Coast trends

The eastern seaboard of the US includes Boston, New York and Washington DC, the country’s financial and government centres. Scott Saunders looks at what people in this dynamic part of the country are drinking.

The business of private label

As the US market becomes more competitive, big retailers and restaurant chains are turning to private label. Jeff Siegel maps out the process of creating private label wines.

Going their own way

Luigi Cecchi was a man who had sharp instincts for where the wine industry was heading. His decisions laid a good foundation for the current business, finds Felicity Carter.