Cognac falls prey to ‘vultures’
Wine growers in the Charentes area have been airing vociferous concerns about a practice that may jeopardise their future. Since January 2016, legal changes have allowed vineyards in struggling wine regions to be purchased, then uprooted after just a year and planting permission to ...
Targeting both barrel fermentation and ageing®
Winemaking is a hotbed of creativity aimed at improving quality but this particular technique adds roundness and oakiness to the wines. The usual method When you admire the impeccable rows of barrels lining beautiful wine cellars, you are merely witnessing the final phase of ...
Crowdfunding and wine – a winning blend?
Crowdfunding generally involves funding a project by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. Arising from the development of the internet, the practice has spilled over into the world of wine over the last few years. The question is, what can ...
A producer in Dogliani, new president of Barolo Consorzio
A producer in Dogliani, new president of Barolo Consorzio Even though Barolo is king and Barbaresco queen in the Langhe area of Piedmont region, this amazing landscape Human Heritage protected by UNESCO encloses other grape varieties and appellations. Few days after Vinitaly, Pietro Ratti ...
A new generation of winemakers in China
Jie Ma and Qian Yu are a young couple of Chinese winemakers. After studying in Europe and gaining work experience abroad, they returned to the Ningxia region in China. Jie Ma is technical director of Jade Vineyard where he manages the vineyards and winery. Qian Yu is technical director at Yunkou ...
Records Broken at the 155th Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction
President’s Piece 480,000€ and Total 11,357,609€ The Hospices de Beaune celebrates 2015 with the Climats of Burgundy elevated to the UNESCO World Heritage List, elevated quality from a perfect growing season with 33 cuvées made by the new winemaker Ludivine Griveau, and ...
‘Memo’ of the main wine producer countries
The traditional French grape varieties – Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay – are exported across the globe, particularly to the New World countries. France also boasts the largest number of appellations and designations. Italian wine growing dates ...
Unesco welcomes Champagne and Burgundy as heritage sites
On Saturday July 4, Unesco listed the ‘Hillsides, houses and cellars of Champagne’ and the ‘Climats, terroirs of Burgundy’ as world heritage sites. France now boasts 41 sites on the world heritage list. The application filed in 2012 with Unesco by the Paysages du ...
China blows hot and cold on the drinks market
Since 2005, demand for wines and spirits in the Chinese market, particularly from France, has soared, most notably at the luxury end. In fact, such was the strength of demand that China could well have destabilized the French wine market which became mesmerised by it. Ever since President Xi ...
Africa: The wine industry’s hotbed for future growth
Africa is a booming market for wines and spirits. In its search for new growth markets, the industry has for the past few years been casting an envious glance at the African continent, where the economy has become increasing stable. Spirits already have a firm footing there and have been ...
Vineyard prices: Prestigious appellations push average prices up
According to the latest survey by Agreste for the Ministry of Agriculture, the average price of vineyard land suitable for producing appellation wines (PDO) was €60,000/hectare in 2013 (excluding Champagne). A breakdown of this average reveals a much more chequered picture however, ...
Bordeaux 2014: Prices are stable or slightly up
Generally speaking, the 2014 vintage will not lead to a drop in prices. The best example of this is Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac 1st great classified growth), the first of the firsts to show its hand with a 12% increase (282 euros excl. VAT retail price) on the 2013 vintage. In ...
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