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News from around the web

South Africa takes steps to make bottled and not bulk wine its biggest sector by 2025

The South African wine industry is looking to make bottled wine its biggest player again, as the  volumes  of bulk wine now being exported from the country is putting locals out of work in key manufacturing jobs linked to making bottled wine. This is according to new figures revealed by the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise, a […]

Languedoc hopeful Pic Saint Loup will get AOC status for 2017 vintage

The Languedoc could soon have a new AOP for the 2017 vintage if plans to award new accreditation to the Pic Saint Loup area goes ahead. It rests on getting final approval from the Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO). Currently classified as a AOC Languedoc-Pic Saint Loup, the region was approved […]

Jascots shines light on which countries and varieties are selling most on London wine lists

It can often be hard to really know what wine is selling in the UK premium on-trade as there is not much data or independent research on the sector. Step forward Jascots Wine Merchants which has for the second year carried out an independent assessment of 240 wine lists in London and analysed the countries, grape […]

Australia’s strategy to push more premium wines is working in the UK and Europe

Australia’s strategy to drive a more premium offer in the UK and Europe appears to be working with the latest set of export figures showing bottled wine is increasing whilst bulk is in decline. Whilst 80% of the wine shipped to the UK from Australia comes in bulk that share declined by 14% in 2016 […]

US wine industry hopes to attract more millennials to make most of a bigger 2017 vintage

California is on course to beat the 2016 vintage with a bigger crop buoyed by bigger supplies of a wider choice of grape varieties, according to the Silicon Valley Bank. But there are significant changes taking place around which consumer groups are drinking wine. It predicts the 2017 grape harvest will be 7% bigger than […]

Spain is king when it comes to global bulk wine trades

When it comes to bulk wine then Spain stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the world of wine, accounting for half of the top 10 bulk wine trading routes around the world. That is according to the latest figures released by the American Association of Wine Economists.  The figures have raised some eyebrows in Europe […]

New Zealand recovers from earthquake and is set for average 2017 vintage

Despite suffering major earthquake damage in the country’s key wine producing regions of its South Island, New Zealand is on course for an average 2017 vintage, according to Phil Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers.   Speaking to Wine Behind the Label this week he said the country was coming out of what was […]

Christmas wine sales a big boost to UK retailers

It seems when it comes to buying our festive wine then it is the major supermarkets where we are still quite happy to turn to. Despite a year of troubled sales most of the major UK chains reported strong Christmas and New Year sales with wine and alcohol overall a key traffic driver. For the […]

Major South African wineries caught up in wild fires in Somerset West

South Africa’s winelands have been hit again by a series of wildfires that has caused damage to major wineries including Vergelegen, Morgenster, Lourensford and Waterkloof. The fires have already caused some serious damage to vines, but the full consequences won’t be known until they have had a full assessment from viticulture experts. The fire broke […]

Tempranillo on course to be Spain’s most widely planted grape variety

Plantings of Tempranillo in Spain are becoming so prevalent that they are closing in on Airen as the country’s biggest grape variety, according to the American Association of Wine Economics. It shows that over the course of 2000 to 201 plantings of Tempranillo went up by around 12,000 hectares, compared to a fall of nearly 14,000 […]

Argentina and New Zealand enjoy record breaking year of sales in the UK

Argentina and New Zealand were the two stand out performing countries in the UK in terms of wines sales growth in 2016, according to new figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Its latest Market Report shows that UK drinkers bought over 20 million litres of Argentinian wine, almost 27 million bottles, in the […]

Côtes du Rhône Villages agrees to add three new appellations

Steps have been made to increase the Côtes du Rhône Villages with three new appellations added that will be able to market their status in 2017. The three new appellations added include:  Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte-Cecile; Côtes du Rhône Villages Suze-la-Rousse; and Côtes du Rhône Villages Vaison la Romain. They have all been approved bythe National […]

Analysis: key things to know about Chinese wine market

The Chinese wine market has experienced impressive growth in the past ten years, but few would doubt that it remains anything over than an emerging market, according to Rabobank, which has just produced a report into China’s wine market: However, it is a market that is evolving, from one that was over-reliant on business and […]

Spain’s Navarra region has enjoyed an “excellent” 2016 vintage

Spain’s Navarra 2016 vintage is said to be “excellent” according to the manager of the region’s Consejo Regulador.   In total around 83 million kilos of grapes were harvested – slightly down on last year  – with Ribera Alta accounting for 39% of the total harvest, Ribera Baja 28%, the Lower Mountains 17%, and Tierra Estella […]

European Union wine subsidies favour the bigger wine producing countries

New research has revealed that when it comes to handing out subsidies and support it it some of Europe’s wealthiest and most established wine countries that get more better than countries you might think are more in demand. A new study published in the Journal of Wine Economics, shows its the EU’s riches countries that receive […]

Consumer demand sees China’s wine imports up by nearly 20%

A further sign that China’s middle classes are opening up to wine is that the latest wine import figures that showed there was an impressive near 20%  jump to US$1.77 billion in the first nine months of this year, according to latest figures from the China Association for Imports and Exports of Wines and Spirits. The […]

Australian wineries count cost of storm that tops A$100m in insurance claims

The bill for damage caused by the recent storm that hit parts of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia has exceeded $100m, and is expected to climb even higher. Latest figures from the Insurance Council of Australiahave revealed that the storm has so far generated around 20,000 insurance claims, with insurance losses so far […]

Wine Behind The Label’s 10th edition includes record number of wine producers and wines

The 10th edition of Wine Behind the Label is published early next month with its most comprehensive analysis to date of wine producers, their vineyards and their wines. The guide remains unique in that it features not only the most up to date profiles of individual wineries from all the main producing countries of the […]

Rioja celebrates a “superb” vintage with great weather for quality grapes

Unusually good weather, exceptional condition of the grapes and staggered picking has resulted in a “superb” Rioja harvest. In total, 442.4m kg of grapes were picked, which was turned into 318.5m litres of wine according to the DOCa Rioja.   Both the quantity and quality of this year’s crop have been described as “highly satisfactory”, […]

New Zealand producers count the cost of latest earthquake to hit the South Island

New Zealand is still counting the cost of what was potentially a devastating earthquake of 7.5 magnitude that hit the country’s South Island on Sunday night. However, early signs are the wine community has had a narrow escape other than a wine spillages, lost tanks and barrels. The quake could not have come at a […]

Wine producers face devastating losses following floods in South Australia

Grape producers in South Australia’s Riverland were left counting the cost after stormy weather tore through the state at the end of last week, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Some producers lost their entire crops, as severe rain, hail and 100 kph winds lashed the region on Friday, damaging fruit, flooding crops […]

French wine producers in most regions hit by poor 2016 vintage

French wine producers are reeling from the full impact of what has been a devastating 2016 vintage in many parts of the country with some having no grapes to sell or facing losses that fear could bankrupt them. Whilst the overall picture, according to the OIV, will see the total French wine harvest down by 12%, […]

Piedmont celebrates bumper 2016 harvest and a good year for Barolos

Wine producers in Piedmont in north west Italy are celebrating what they say is going to be a good, strong harvest, with grapes for their Barolo wines looking particularly healthy. Wine growers  across the region have been largely happy with the outcome of the harvest, reporting a bumper crop in some places and overall good high […]

Chile and Argentina enjoy flying sales in UK off-trade

South American wines from Chile and Argentina were the two stand out performers in the UK off-trade in the last year, according to the latest figures from IRI. Chile’s performance saw enter the top five best selling countries in the UK for the first time with sales up 4.5% by value to £441 million in […]

Bordeaux on course for a “great vintage” after ideal growing conditions

The 2016 Bordeaux harvest has been described as “a great vintage in the making” by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). Several factors conspired to create the ideal growing conditions, including uniform flowering, a dry sunny summer, evenly occurring veraison and the Indian summer which led to optimal ripeness in each plot and grape variety. And […]

World wine volumes down to four year low as bad weather hits vintages around the globe

The overall global wine production for 2016 is going to be 5% smaller after adverse weather conditions have hit most parts of the southern hemisphere. The situation has been seen as further evidence of climate change, with South American countries, including Chile and Argentina particularly badly hit. The estimates have been made by the International Organisation […]

Beaujolais leads new French export drive in to the UK and reports strong 2016 vintage

It seems the UK wine drinkers are falling back in love with French wine, which will a mixture of comfort and frustration to producers reeling from the worst vintage in the country since 2012. Latest wine export figures from Business France show Beaujolais was up 18% in volume and 20% in value between 2014 and […]

Wine in the UK could go up by 29p a bottle because of sterling’s fall

The cost of a bottle of wine made in the EU in the UK could go up by 29p on average, according to the latest figures released by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. It calculates that the average bottle of wine coming from the EU could go up by 29p and by 22p for […]

Huge demand for Spanish wine exports driven by bulk wine

The huge demand for Spanish wine, driven by an average value of only €1.10 a litre, has seen an enormous increase its exports during 2015. New export figures show that Spanish wine exports were up on 2014 by 168 million litres in volume. A large proportion (58%) of this was shipped in bulk. The average […]

Chablis 2016 vintage expected to be 50% down on average

As the full picture from the 2016 harvest becomes clearer, Chablis, the key white wine producing area of Burgundy has announced its harvest is going to be down by 50%. But what is being picked will make good quality wines, according to the BIVB Chablis. The harvest is so down after a near calamitious 2016 […]

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