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Italian Harvest Starts Early as Weather Improves(2014-08-20)
The Italian grape harvest is underway with grower organisations promising less quantity but more quality from the 2014 vintage.
Leaked trade deal a threat to Canadian wine(2014-08-19)
The Canadian wine industry could face new restrictions within its own borders if a leaked European Union trade deal turns out to be accurate. Based on the information released in a 521-page document, an impending trade deal between Canada and the EU would restrict Canada’s domestic wine sales by limiting the number of privately run outlets selling solely domestic products.
Aussie wine value rises as volume drops(2014-07-16)
The average value of Australian wine exports has increased, despite volume decreasing by 6% over the past 12 months.
The Turkish wine sector is suffering from marketing restrictions(2014-07-11)
The Turkish wine sector is suffering from marketing restrictions brought about by new alcohol regulations, as the country’s wine makers continue to lose ground against newcomers in the market.
Chilean Winemakers Decry Proposed Tax Hike(2014-07-09)
Wine in Chile is taxed at 15 percent per liter wholesale.
Australian wineries face selling wines at a loss in 2014(2014-07-04)
Australian wineries may have to sell their wines at a loss this year if prices fall below current levels given high costs of grapes and production in 2014, warns top wine broker Murphy Wine Company. Although official figures have not been released, it is anticipated the nation's 2014 harvest will be smaller than last year.
Russian wine: Measuring up to the competition(2014-07-03)
As a newcomer to premium-wine production, how does Russia’s ‘New World’ of wine stack up against its well-established competitors: Chile, Argentina and South Africa?
South African Wines Gaining Traction In U.S.(2014-07-01)
South African wine may still be a relatively small category in the U.S. market - with bottled shipments up 11% to 954,000 cases last year - but its expansion has accelerated lately, and key players are bullish on growth opportunities, especially at the premium end.
E-commerce threatens traditional traders in China's wine market(2014-06-30)
The market for imported wine in China has reached 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) a year but there are still no leading brokers or end retailers emerging, with many blaming the low prices offered by e-commerce firms too low.
Low-alcohol Wines the Way of the Future(2014-06-26)
The days of alcohol-heavy wine might be numbered as new research and market demand point towards lighter wines.
Western Australian wine gears up to double exports(2014-06-25)
The West Australian wine industry plans to double exports to $100 million within three years despite a recent decline in Australian wine exports.
Russia to Raise Minimum Price on Hard Liquor(2014-06-24)
Russia's alcohol market watchdog is planning to raise the minimum retail price of spirits from 37 rubles per liter to 43 rubles per liter ($1.07 to $1.25), according to a draft order published on the government's legislation portal.
Wines From Emerging Countries Pick Up Steam With American Consumers(2014-06-23)
When you think of a good wine, France or California may come to mind but vintners from lesser known areas like Virginia and Croatia are stepping into the market.
NZ wine industry launches WiSE(2014-06-17)
The New Zealand wine industry has launched a sustainability scorecard and “reporting tool” to allow producers to measure their level of sustainability.
Six in 10 bottles of wine sold on promotion in UK(2014-06-13)
Almost six out of every 10 bottles of wine are sold on promotion in the UK, according to figures from Nielsen for the past year.


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