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News from around the web

White wines are driving growth for Bordeaux in the UK as it looks to spread its mainstream appeal

The UK became Bordeaux’s biggest European export market as well as the second largest global export market for its white wines last year, importing more than three million bottles in the process, according to new figures released by its leading wine body the Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) In 2016 the UK imported […]

Wine Behind The Label celebrates 14 years with new guide and re-launched website

Wine Behind The Label has revamped its website with a new look and feel to help bring more of the unique and detailed content contained in the overall guide in to smaller, digestible downloadable information for both wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. Wine Behind The Label has just published its 10th guide, covering over 4,000 […]

EU wine bodies rally around vital UK wine market post Brexit

As the UK triggers Article 50 that sets in motion its formal exit from the EU, major European wine bodies have rallied around to show their support for the UK wine industry and insist they will do all they can to ensure it continues to be a key market for major Europe wine producing countries […]

Major global wine producers buying up New Zealand farms for vineyards

New Zealand’s sheep and dairy farms are being snapped up by some of the world’s biggest wine companies and turned into vineyards in order to satisfy growing demand for premium wine from the US and elsewhere. New Zealand wines command the highest prices of any country after France amongst major exporters, according to the International […]

South Africa needs to raise prices and its image for a sustainable future

South Africa needs to change its international image as a country that produces “cheap and cheerful” wine if it is to really push on and help not only its producers’ future but make its industry sustainable in the long term. It is not just an international problem but the price of wines sold in the […]

UK wine and drinks industry braced for four more years of inflationary duty rises

The UK drinks industry needs to brace itself for duty increases on alcohol for the next four years, after last month’s budget in which the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an increase in duty on alcoholic drinks in line with inflation. This is according to the chief executive of the UK’s Wine and Spirits Trade Association […]

China set to replace UK as world’s biggest retail market by 2020

China is set to replace the UK as the second biggest retail market for wine behind the United States by 2020, according to new data released this week by Vinexpo and IWSR. It currently sits fourth in the top 10 biggest global retail markets for value for still and sparkling wines at $15,529m compared to […]

California set for bumper 2018 vintage after heavy rainfalls and floods

California is set to enjoy one of its largest ever vintages in 2018 on the back of what has been two months of heavy rains which may have lead to widespread flooding but have been good news for vineyards and producers and the health of their vines. Californian wine growers usually benefit from rain falls […]

Joe Roberts: what causes red wine headaches?

In the wine business, it’s sometimes joked that the most headaches a wine will ever cause happen long before that wine ever gets sipped, since grape-growing and winemaking can be so stressful – particularly when the grapes are harvested. For some people, however, the headache comes after drinking the wine, and it’s no joke. For those folks, […]

South African wineries start petition to halt sand mines being built in iconic Swartland

South African winemakers in the highly influential and important wine region of Swartland are facing the prospect of two two large sand mines being built in the area of Paardeberg. This follows the decision by the local Municipality to issue two new sand mine licenses. A move that has galvanised support across  both the South African […]

Australian vintage looks like defying bad weather to return a good harvest

The early signs across Australia are good that the regions worst affected by bad recent weather are going to be able to produce a good quality vintage after all. Reports are coming in from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Barossa Valley in South Australia that the harvest is well underway and […]

Q&A with Elias Fernandez winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa

As part of the 10th edition of  Wine Behind The Label we selected 16 highly talented winemakers who have consistently been able to produce five and sometimes, super five star wines for extra recognition. The first of which we profile here, Elias Fernandez, chief winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California.   Where and when were you […]

Steps to protect China’s currency could see a stop to investment in foreign wineries

The number of Chinese wine producers and businesses looking to buy wine properties overseas could be drastically hit by new Chinese laws tightening up the regulations regarding money being taken out of the country. It has been quite a common event for a major Chinese investor or businessman to buy up prime estate property and […]

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 […]

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