International News Archive

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.
Chilean Winemakers Decry Proposed Tax Hike(2014-07-09)
Wine in Chile is taxed at 15 percent per liter wholesale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wine imports to China continue to drop, despite late surge(2014-08-25)
Imports of wine into China continued to drop in the first six month of 2014, despite a moderate recovery in the second quarter, according to customs statistics.
Strong Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley, Shakes San Francisco Bay Region(2014-08-26)
It is expected that insured losses for this event could range from $500 million to $1 billion, however, it should be noted that there is a fair amount of uncertainty associated with this given the unknown extent of interruptions and contents losses, which are still being fully understood.
France Looking Forward to Bigger and Better Wine Harvest(2014-08-27)
The French wine industry is expecting a better harvest this year, despite drought and hail damage to some vineyards.
The Department of Agriculture has revised upwards its forecast for the 2014 harvest, estimating the potential of wine production to nearly 47 million hectoliters, with the summer rains promoting growth.
Drop in Western Australian exports to China(2014-08-28)
The Western Australian wine industry is being forced to reassess the extent of its reliance on China after seeing a sharp fall in sales and volume.
According to the ABC, new export figures reveal wine exports from WA to China in the 12 months to July 2014 were down 25% by volume and 20% in sales
South African wines gain momentum in UK market(2014-09-16)
The hard work put into growing the UK market by South African producers is beginning to pay off, but the country still needs to bring prices in line with market, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Speaking at last week's Beautiful South Tasting in London, Jo Wehring, WOSA UK market manager, said this year has been exciting for South African producers. "It's gathered enough momentum and we're now getting recognition for our top end wines that we weren't getting seven, eight or nine years ago," she said.
Germany weighs up climate change impact(2014-09-17)
German producers have largely welcomed the impact of global warming as helping them to compete in the modern marketplace, despite evidence that rising temperatures have brought an increased risk of storm damage.
Wine-shipping mess still around (2014-10-08)
Inside the industry, the interstate shipping issue that was hard to discuss a decade ago is now even more of a mess than it was, leading some insiders to pray for another court case that resolves the remaining knotty issues.
Wine industry 'crushed', according to WFA figures (2014-10-09)
The Australian wine industry's long, dry spell continues with new figures from the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) showing 94 per cent of inland production was unprofitable in 2014. As reported by Sunraysia Daily, the figures weren't much better on a national scale with 84 per cent of production unprofitable, while another 6 per cent only managed to break even.
Mixed fortunes for Italy's harvest (2014-10-10)
Italian winemakers have been vexed this year by one of the wettest and most "bizarre" vintages in recent memory, as one producer put it. Across the country an extremely mild winter accelerated the growing cycle, causing a premature onset of ripening. An unusually cool summer slowed it down but the lower temperatures also brought overly abundant rainfall throughout Italy, which hampered ripening and led to widespread vine disease.
EU breakthrough for NZ organic wine(2014-10-14)
The European Commission has agreed to recognise New Zealand's organic wine production methods as equivalent to its own.
5 ways millennials are changing the wine world(2014-10-31)
• Millennials, whose budgets are more limited than boomers’, don’t show off by bringing the most expensive bottle of wine to a party. • Millennials prefer wines with less tannin and more sugar and are developing a taste for sparkling sweet wines. • Thanks to the Internet, wine lovers no longer have to take a costly trip to California or France to learn how wine is made. They can simply watch a YouTube video or connect with a winemaker on Twitter. • Millennials also love to share information, which makes them an even more appealing demographic. • Millennials are adventurous. They’re more likely to rely on the opinion of a friend or peer rather than a critic they’ve never met.
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.
Spain: Sparkling wine consumption shoots up in 2014(2014-06-12)
Sparkling wine sales are doing better than the rest of beverages, with a growth of 7.9% in the first three months, followed by beers with a 3% upturn.
New Zealand's 2014 wine vintage to support export growth(2014-06-11)
The 2014 New Zealand grape harvest has been completed with high quality grapes picked across the country. According to the 2014 Vintage Survey 445,000 tonnes of grapes were harvested.
UK online wine sales buck offline decline(2014-06-06)
While the volume of wine sold in bricks and mortar retailers suffers a sustained decline, UK online wine sales are enjoying long-term increases.
Entry level Spanish producers ‘sweating bullets’ as prices fall(2014-06-05)
Spanish producers at the bottom end of the market are “sweating bullets” as they still have wine in their cellars and the next harvest is looming, according to one prominent Master of Wine.
UK: Alcohol spending in bars and pubs falls 9.8%(2014-06-04)
Household spending on alcoholic drinks in the UK increased by 1.3% from 2009 to 2013, while the amount spent on drinking outside the home dropped by 9.8% over the same period.
South Africa reviews ‘stressful’ 2014 vintage(2014-06-03)
South Africa’s 2014 wines are “really going to sort the sheep from the goats”, according to producers who acknowledged one of the most difficult growing seasons in their careers.
Russia to almost double vineyards by 2020(2014-06-03)
The Government plan to increase the total size of Russia’s vineyards from 90,000 hectares to 140,000 in the next five years, potentially returning it to the winemaking days enjoyed by the former Soviet Union.
Australian wine price may be pushed down by surplus (2014-06-02)
Retailers and suppliers have expressed concerns that the country could struggle to maintain higher price points due to harvest conditions in many regions.
Young people intimidated by wine in new London Wine Fair research(2014-05-30)
Young people aged 18 – 34 – the so-called Generation Y - may consider themselves to be tech savvy and confident, but when it comes to choosing and buying wine they remain confused and intimidated by the category.
South Africa and Brazil report record UK wine exports(2014-05-29)
South African wine sales have risen 18% in value and 15% in volume (Nielsen, year to February 1) in the UK off-trade.
UK: Convenience stores set to grow by 30% in next five years(2014-05-28)
Symbol groups currently account for over £4 in every £10 spend in UK convenience stores and are becoming of increasing importance to wine and spirits suppliers.
2014 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Argentina and Chile(2014-05-26)
Vintners in South America's leading wine nations—Chile and Argentina—did not face an easy growing season.
Russia gets taste for sparkling wines(2014-05-23)
Russian tastes for imported and sparkling wines are growing while the popularity of traditional beverages, such as vodka and beer, are in decline.
El Nino Is Back: What You Need to Know About the 2014 Version(2014-05-21)
The typical patterns of vegetation condition are severe drought-related vegetation stress in El Nino and favorable conditions in La Nina years.
China sees wine consumption fall in 2013(2014-05-19)
Consumption dropped by 3.8% in 2013 versus 2012, to 1.7bn litres - the equivalent of 2.27bn bottles.
Canada Country Profile(2014-05-15)
Canadians are increasingly reaching for a glass of wine instead of a beer. With Canadian wines presently representing only 30% of total wine sales across the country and imported wine at 70%, there is potential for wine growth.
South Africa: Wine treated as a commodity(2014-05-14)
Wine is largely treated as a commodity to be quaffed for pleasure or status, according to an international wine expert.
Growth in bulk wine shipping to slow, says JF Hillebrand boss(2014-05-13)
The momentum in shipping wine in bulk is slowing down. It will not be a surprise if 2014 is a water shed for New World countries.
German Consumers in 2020: A Look into the Future(2014-05-12)
Recent economic surveys have shown the economy to be in top shape, with revenue from taxes at an all-time high.
US: On-Premise Update: Restaurant Sales On Pace For Growth, But Spirits, Wine Still Struggling(2014-05-08)
Continued economic improvement and a high level of pent-up consumer demand are poised to kick-start a resurgence in dining out and boost the on-premise industry’s sales.
Russia in bid to ban online alcohol sales(2014-05-06)
The Russian government has proposed a bill to ban sales of alcohol online in a bid to further tackle the prevalence of the black market.
UK ‘on track’ to cut 1 billion units by 2015(2014-04-29)
A Government pledge to remove one billion units of alcohol from the UK market by 2015 as part of its “responsibility deal” is on course, according to the project’s first interim report.
UK bulk wine bottling set to increase(2014-05-05)
Four out of 10 bottles of wine in the UK are shipped in bulk and packaged here – but industry insiders say that figure is rising.
UK Wine Consumption to Increase, Great News for Importers(2014-05-02)
While white wine remains the preferred choice among consumers compared to red wine, the forecasted increase is 19% during the next 4 years.
Australian wine markets set to grow(2014-04-30)
Opportunities to grow existing markets and find new ones, helped by a lower Australian dollar, are bright spots for the Australian industry.
Rosé sales soaring in France(2014-04-25)
Sales of rosé have tripled in France over the last 10 years with the style rapidly gaining in popularity as snobbish attitudes towards pink wine soften.
South Africa´s 2014 harvest set for ´mild decline´(2014-04-24)
South Africa’s harvest is set for a “mild decline” in 2014, as the picking season draws to an end.
Beer is ‘no less healthy than wine’(2014-04-22)
The majority of Britons wrongly believe that wine is healthier than beer, when in fact moderate drinking of any alcohol is the key to good health, according to a recent survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Wine steals market share in Canada(2014-04-14)
Wine is gaining ground as the drink of choice among Canadians, enjoying a 4.9% sales increase last year as the country’s beer sales continued their long-term decline. Compared to beer’s 50% value market share in 2003, when wine held just 24% of the market, in 2013 beer accounted for 43% of alcoholic beverage value sales, while wine had increased its share to 32%.
Nigeria vs South Africa: size matters, but so does development(2014-04-11)
What matters more: the size of the pie or how many mouths it has to feed? It depends whether you're eating pies, or selling them. Most of Nigeria's 170-million people live below the poverty line, so many complained they didn't feel any richer when the oil producing nation's statistics bureau announced on Sunday the economy had replaced South Africa as the continent's biggest.
China becomes world's second biggest consumer of high-priced wine(2014-04-10)
Propelled by a love of "lucky" red wine, China's drinkers are now the second-biggest consumers of high-priced wine in the world, new figures show.
Changes Afoot for Chinese Trademark Law(2014-04-09)
Major revisions to Chinese trademark law are set to take effect in May of 2014. These changes could make it much easier for American wineries to register and protect trademarks in the Chinese marketplace.
World’s largest whisky markets(2014-04-07)
India 1.4 bn litres, USA 433 m litres, France 141 m litres, Japan 98.7 m litres and the UK 80m litres. The figures account for volume sales of single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Bourbon and other US whiskey, Canadian whisky, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky and “other” whisky (such as Indian or Australian).
Earthquake in Chile spares wine regions(2014-04-04)
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck 95 miles offshore from the northern city of Iquique on Tuesday spared winemaking regions of Chile. Wines of Chile USA executive director Marybeth Bentwood said “we have spoken to the wineries in Chile and have been reassured that there was very little impact on the vineyards, wineries and related industries".
NZ dollar may fall in second quarter, benefitting winemakers, exporters, in face of US recovery(2014-04-01)
The New Zealand dollar may weaken in the second quarter, benefiting exporters such as winemakers grappling with a bumper harvest, as economic recovery and a wind-down of stimulus in the US helps lift the greenback, according to the median forecast in a BusinessDesk survey of 15 currency traders and strategists.
Italian wine producers join together to reach Chinese market(2014-03-31)
Italian still wine bottles only saw a 6.5% market share in China's wine imports last year, less than half compared to some 10 years ago. France retained its spot as market leader, with more than 50%, he noted.
South African Bulk Wine Exports to Selected Countries 2013/2014(2014-03-28)
Bulk wine exports peaked in July 2013 where after it declined significantly to especially Italy and Spain. Pricing issues also contributed to this decline. Bulk wine exports to traditional consumer countries maintained their status quo. France seems to be the current exception.
NZ wineries import Sauvignon Blanc to cope with demand(2014-03-28)
Shortages of New Zealand’s signature grape have led to imports of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa to satisfy demand.
South African wines' struggle to find footing in US(2014-03-27)
The grapes and wine at which South Africa excels, the red pinotage and white chenin blanc, have little cache in the United States.
UK chancellor freezes alcohol duty accelerator (2014-03-25)
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider. He has also by frozen the excise duty on whisky. However, the 2014 Budget was bittersweet for wine drinkers. Wine duty will still rise in-line with inflation, which was running at around 2% at the latest count, while there will be a one pence per pint duty cut for beer and a total freeze on spirits duty.
MINT: the new star markets for wine? (2014-03-24)
After the BRICs, new markets are identified for their investment and business potential. And the wine world is not indifferent to them - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey.
French Wine Prices Soar (2014-03-19)
The latest monthly report from Agreste, an arm of the French Ministry of Agriculture, shows that the average price of wine from an appellation increased 18 percent year-on-year in the six months to January 2014. That figure represents a 25 percent rise compared to the average between 2008 and 2012.
Euromonitor’s key spirits trends for 2014 (2014-03-18)
While whisky’s verification schemes and billion pound investments will allow the category to retain the spotlight in the months to come, Tequila will venture on new territory in China and vodka will have to seek innovation following its flavoured fall-out in the States.
Talking points memo: wine in China (2014-03-17)
Wine Intelligence’s China team latest version of talking points memo on the Chinese wine market. Clearly there are some questions about the prospects for wine in China to which there is no definitive answer.
What drives wine drinkers? Price, of course(2014-02-26)
But we have better evidence than ever that wine drinkers buy wine based on price.
Wine industry reacts to budget impact(2014-02-27)
The South African wine industry welcomed a concession from Government on the latest excise duty increases
Prepare for next wave in wine supply(2014-02-28)
Beginning around the end of the Great Recession, a conversation emerged in the wine industry concerning the supply of winegrapes, both here in California and internationally.
Optimism in bulk wine sector(2014-03-03)
The traditional, branded label business model for selling wine is dying, and it's time to take a fresh approach to exporting Australia's wine.
Scandinavian wine consumers change drinking habits, according to Wine Intelligence(2014-03-11)
Scandinavian wine markets are continuing to see growth in both value and volume, but tastes are changing according to new research from Wine Intelligence.
Wine-grape crop forecast to fall from record(2014-03-13)
South Africa’s harvest of grapes for wine production may fall 4.7 percent this year from a record harvest on 2013, a US government report showed.
Irrigation supplies shut-down begins(2014-02-25)
Irrigation water supplies to some parts of Marlborough are being shut down as the continuing hot, dry weather takes its toll on river levels.
Poor grape crop hits wine exports(2014-02-24)
THE SMALL grape crop of 2013 in France could hit wine exports, experts have warned, adding that lower volumes could lead to higher prices .
Robert Parker and his predictions for 2014(2014-02-20)
Renowned wine critic Robert M. Parker has announced his predictions about wine world for the year that has just started.
World’s bulk brokers gather in Amsterdam(2014-02-20)
With global bulk wine exports reaching a total of 37 million hectolitres in 2012, this increasingly significant part of world wine export is considered to be anything from the fall of the South African industry to its saving grace.
Wine grape diversity is decreasing in Australia(2014-01-31)
The data shows that between 2000 and 2010, Australia's VSI increased from 0.45 to 0.67, meaning the varieties grown in Australia have become more similar to the rest of the world's wine regions.
Will Argentina flood again the US market with Malbec?(2014-02-06)
The devaluation itself is far from being an engine of this market recovery
Fewer French winemakers switching to organic(2014-02-10)
There has been a sharp drop in the number of French winemakers converting their vines to organic, but supporters believe consumer demand will spark a fresh growth phase.
Foreign wines take off in NZ (2014-02-11)
Sales of imported wine have increased by 53 per cent in the past three years as the strong New Zealand dollar has brought down the price of many European tipples. This has meant Kiwis are drinking less local wine rather than overall consumption rising.
A worldwide analysis about wine blogs(2014-02-13)
It shows that most wine bloggers are men, aged between 26 and 40, and whose motivation is their passion and desire to educate consumers.
The current wine production–consumption in China(2014-02-14)
With 28.7% of the world's vineyards, Asia ranks second only to Europe in coverage. But it accounts for a mere 6.9% of world's wine production, since the vast majority of those vineyards are used for table grapes and raisins. In other words, grapes in Asia are much more likely to end up on a plate than in a glass.
China leaps into top spot for red wine(2014-01-29)
China has become the largest red wine market in the world after consuming 155 million nine-litre cases in 2013.
USA: A wine forecast the industry can toast—for now(2014-01-24)
Fine wine sales are expected to rise 6 to 10 percent. Luxury wines and those wines priced between $10 and $18 are expected to see the biggest growth in sales.
BORDEAUX: An Iconic Region Battles to Sustain Market Share - Part 1(2014-01-22)
Bordeaux is being buffeted by serious challenges.
Impact Databank Exclusive: U.S. Wine Market Rises 1.5% In 2013(2014-01-20)
Overall growth slowed slightly to 1.5% in 2013, from 1.7% a year earlier, with volume hitting 328.7 million nine-litre cases, compared with 323.9 million cases in 2012.
Researchers map out world's winegrape varieties(2014-01-10)
The new database provides an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and wine grape growing nations that account for 99 per cent of global wine production.
Australian wine industry unveils blueprint to lift profitability(2013-12-13)
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has launched its “Actions for Industry Profitability 2014–2016” to position the country’s wine sector for growth in both domestic and export markets.
End of year sees 43 Chilean vineyards with Sustainability seal(2013-12-12)
The National Sustainability Code is a program spearheaded by Wines of Chile that recognizes companies meeting different environmental and social sustainability requirements throughout wine and grape production processes.
Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2012-13 (2013-12-11)
There were 1.75 million tonnes of grapes crushed in 2012–13. 850.9 thousand tonnes of white grapes and 897.5 thousand tonnes of red grapes were crushed.
12 Best Practices in Global Wine Tourism(2013-12-10)
Wine tourism has been increasing steadily around the world for the past decade.
Rise of Slovenian and Croatian wine(2013-12-04)
A lot of new, privately-owned wine cellars have arisen, and they revived generational traditions of their ancestors.
Chinese viticulture hampered by high costs(2013-11-28)
Speaking of wine regions in the north of China, he said it was “difficult to make wine” due to hot summers and “extremely cold” winters.
South Africa: Wine makers urged to guard their brands(2013-11-25)
LEGAL experts say wine makers, especially small up-and-coming producers, should register trademarks over their wine grapes as well as their wines, following a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment this week.
Update on WIETA(2013-11-18)
Systembolaget | WIETA Progress | Recognition of other audits | International Recognition of the WIETA code of conduct | Cost of Audit | General Meeting.
WineAmerica Expands its National Network(2013-11-15)
WineAmerica, Inc., the National Association of American Wineries, is expanding its State Associations Council (SAC) to allow both state and regional wine groups better access to policy information, and enhanced networking opportunities nationwide.
Argentina: Organic wines: steady local production and growing global demand(2013-11-14)
According to data provided by different producers, there are about 2,300 hectares of organic vineyards in the province, accounting for 1.5% to 2% of the overall surface of vineyards.
Chinese drink wine for health benefits, not flavour(2013-11-12)
Chinese consumers drink wine primarily for its health benefits, not for its taste or luxury status.
Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook(2013-11-08)
The volume of the 2013 vintage may rise 2.2 percent to 42.3 million hectoliters (1.12 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters in 2012, the Agriculture Ministry wrote in a report late yesterday. The forecast was cut by 1.74 million hectoliters from a month ago, equivalent to 231 million bottles.
Five things to know about the global wine industry(2013-11-07)
There are more than one million wine makers in the world, producing around 2.8bn cases of wine each year.
Global spirits growth forecast to plummet(2013-11-06)
The growth rate of the spirits category is forecast to drop significantly over the next five years, as consumers switch local spirits for imported brands.
The South African black middle class(2013-11-05)
4 million and rising
Industry leaders confident about global economy says Wine Vision study (2013-11-01)
Up to 75% of the wine industry executives set to attend next month’s inaugural Wine Vision conference said they were “confident” or “very confident” about the global economy and its impact on the sector.
Global wine shortage fears exaggerated, say analysts(2013-10-31)
Analysts are split on the state of global wine supplies, with some warning that stocks are running at historic lows and others arguing consumers may see more deals from a higher global harvest in 2013.
California Wine Grape Haul Estimated at 4 Million Tons(2013-10-30)
Winery capacity becomes an issue in North Coast region as state experiences second large harvest in a row.
World Wine Production Seen at 7-Year High on Spain and Argentina(2013-10-29)
World wine production is forecast to climb 8.8 percent to the highest in seven years as grape harvests rebound in Spain, Argentina and France, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
Australia: Replacing wine equalisation tax with new alcohol tax would be catastrophic for industry(2013-10-29)
The change would take an extra $1.32 billion from the wine industry and deliver it to the Government's coffers, they say.
How B2B companies talk past their customers(2013-10-28)
New research shows there’s a surprising gap between the brand messages that suppliers offer to customers and what their customers really want to know.
Australian wine exports grow at higher price points(2013-10-23)
China and Hong Kong led the growth in Australian bottled wine exports above A$10 per litre and now account for 42 per cent of these high value exports.
EU vintners recover from bad harvest(2013-10-17)
The grape harvest in the European Union has picked up from the extremely bad 2012 season, wine experts said. But key regions in France are still struggling because of bad weather.
Study finds environment affects whisky tasting experience(2013-10-16)
Academics at Oxford University have found that the external environment “significantly affects” the taste of whisky.
Wine sales in Russia to grow to 2017(2013-10-15)
The wine market is forecast to improve at a value compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 per cent during 2012–2017 with volume growth being slightly lower, recording a 1.8 per cent CAGR.
Italy - 2013 Harvest(2013-10-11)
Kind weather conditions. Expect an 8% increase to 44 million hectolitres compared to 2012.
The Future of Winemaking Is in High-Tech Robotics (Video)(2013-10-10)
Utilizing optic technology to replace hand sorting grapes.
US wine sales: “Nowhere to go but up”(2013-10-08)
Improving wine quality, celebrity endorsement, restaurants and demographics are driving a US wine boom, according to Stephanie Gallo.
French wine tax plans will ‘cork the industry’(2013-10-07)
A pro-wine pressure group has mounted a vociferous campaign against plans to raise taxes and tighten advertising laws for winemaking professionals, claiming such moves will hurt one of France’s most successful export industries.
Chile frost hits fruit and wine, emergency declared(2013-10-04)
Chile has declared a state of emergency after a late frost caused an estimated $1 billion worth of damage to fruit crops, potentially hitting wine production and impacting trade from one of South America’s top fruit exporters.
Challenges on the Horizon for Argentine Wine(2013-10-03)
Argentine wine's surge into the American market in the past few years has been one of the most remarkable stories in the industry. But production in Argentina is not as quick to change.
French wine lobby group warns of anti-alcohol policies (2013-09-30)
Vin & Societe is concerned that the health bill, due to be drawn up later this year, will propose that wineries should remove messages about drinking in moderation on bottle labels, and state simply that alcohol is dangerous.
Booze ad ban: SA will lose out on R5.7bn(2013-09-27)
A proposed ban on alcohol advertising will result in a loss of R4.3bn for sports development and cost the broadcast media R1.4bn, said the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use.
Minimum alcohol pricing off the UK policy agenda(2013-09-26)
Current ministers are more interested in reducing harmful drinking via the existing responsibility deal with the industry.
Wine leaders enthusiastic about industry future(2013-09-25)
Despite long-term concerns about climate change and regulatory pressures, California wine industry leaders are once again quite bullish about the wine business.
Media briefing on Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill(2013-09-23)
Statement by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini during a media briefing on the Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill
The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014(2013-09-10)
Institutions and Innovation Increasingly Important for Competitiveness.
South Africa wine industry labour costs a growing risk, PwC says(2013-09-16)
The biggest risk to South Africa’s wine industry is increasing power and labour costs in the wake of strikes this year that boosted minimum wages.
Young vintners put SA on map(2013-09-17)
For decades South Africa has been the promising but slightly uncouth cousin of the wine world, but a new generation of vintners are creating distinctive - and some say world-beating - wines.
The Value of Values(2013-09-18)
If you have not identified your values, you have no direction.
WIETA condemns unfair practices and calls for dialogue(2013-09-19)
The Agricultural Ethical Trade Initiative of South Africa (trading as WIETA) has condemned in the strongest possible terms any unfair treatment and illegal labour practices occurring at some farms within the agricultural sector.
French wine exports dip on small 2012 harvest(2013-09-20)
Small harvests in many regions across France in 2012 played a large part in export volumes slipping by 1.7% for the six months to the end of June, versus the same period of last year. France exported 70.5m cases of wine during the half-year.
Wine knowledge extremely limited among China’s wealthy elite(2013-09-09)
Almost one third of China’s richest citizens have admitted they know nothing about wine and just buy top end brands for gifting or displaying, according to a survey by Fortune Character Magazine in China.
Opposition to alcohol ad ban in South Africa strengthens(2013-09-06)
Voices against a proposed bill to ban all alcohol advertising in South Africa have grown louder since it was revealed the move could negatively impact on the economy.
Australia heads international trophy winners at prestigious DWWA ceremony(2013-09-05)
Australia’s resurgence on the world wine scene saw its producers scoop six international trophies in front of a star-studded audience at last night’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) in London.
Rosé Boom Shows No Sign Of Slowing(2013-09-04)
Rosé was once considered to be a second-rate wine style, but times are changing and the category is enjoying unprecedented success on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bordeaux 2013 harvest set for 20% drop(2013-09-03)
Bordeaux is facing its smallest harvest since 1991, according to the Bordeaux Wine Bureau.
UK: HIgh alcohol taxes ‘lead to fake drink’ says councillor(2013-09-02)
A local councillor in Bradford has hit out at the government saying that high taxes on alcohol are causing an increase in the amount of fake booze that is produced.
The Argentine wine gains position in Denmark(2013-08-29)
In the first half of the year, Argentine exports to this destination garnered USD 9.5 million and 4.3 million liters. The growth rates were 39% and 87%, respectively, compared with 2012.
Improved supply chain to promote South African wine: study(2013-08-28)
Lack of supply chain awareness is hampering the competitiveness of South Africa's wine industry, said the study released in Johannesburg.
California wine enjoys a long boom(2013-08-27)
Despite its minor ups and downs, this will be the 19th year of consecutive growth for California's wine industry - as long a boom as any business can hope to have.
Wine industry already changed by climate(2013-08-26)
News alert: There are already significant changes in the wine industry and climate change is the least of the French wine industry’s worries.
Global growth faces emerging-market headwinds(2013-08-23)
The global economy is stuttering as problems in once-buoyant emerging markets intensify.
Would you drink GM wine?(2013-08-22)
There is no wine grape apocalypse. But what if there were a disease agent sweeping plague-style across the vine world?
Argentina bets heavily on the Asian market (2013-08-21)
China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Sinapore represent 5.61% of Argentine wine exports. It is anticipated that there will be an exponential growth for Argentina.
Bulk wine hits the brakes(2013-08-20)
Price conscious consumers looking for cheaper wines have been driving growth in the bulk wine market. Add to that producers seeking to lower costs by shipping in bulk, and you have a buoyant market. But there are signs it’s slowing.
Don’t insult good wine by reducing its potency(2013-08-19)
It would be better to drink less wine, or even water it down, than cut to alcohol levels
U.S. wine exports up 6 percent in first half to $712 million(2013-08-16)
U.S. wine exports, 90 percent of them from the Golden State, jumped 6 percent by value in the first six months of 2013, to $712 million.
Chemists discover 23 new molecules in red wine(2013-08-15)
UBC chemists have discovered 23 new molecules that could mean there are even more vino virtues.
New report slams 12 US states for restricting access to wines(2013-08-14)
Wine drinkers across America are being hampered by outdated state wine laws, which vary in severity depending on where a person lives, new research claims.
USA Forecasting Wine's Future(2013-08-14)
America is now wine's biggest market, and younger drinkers are starting to shape it.
High foreign demand for SA bulk wine(2013-08-07)
Driven by surging demand for bulk wine, SA is looking to grow total exports to a record 500m litres in 2013, almost 100m litres more than the record set in 2012.
Wine war fears already slowing French exports to China(2013-06-19)
Chinese wine importers have already started putting orders from France and other European countries on hold over fears of a hike in tariffs being triggered as part of a broader EU-China trade dispute, say leading figures in the sector.
S. African Wine Exports Gain Most in 5 Years on Weakening Rand(2013-07-12)
South Africa’s wine exports increased the most since 2008 in the first half, boosted by a better harvest and a weaker rand that made the price of locally produced goods more attractive, an industry association said.
The madmen who hold the strings of the French wine industry(2013-06-14)
These are busy times for the lunatic fringes of the French wine industry. First, there is the revival of the 2009 plan to ban the blending of red and white to make rosé anywhere in Europe. (Apart from Champagne, presumably).
China to be sixth-largest wine-producing country by 2016(2013-06-20)
China will have moved from eighth-largest wine producer in the world in 2012 to the sixth largest by 2016, putting it ahead of Australia and Chile, according to data from Vinexpo.
TURKISH ALCOHOL AD BAN WILL ENCOURAGE ILLICIT BOOZE(2013-06-21)
Turkey’s ban on alcohol advertising will prevent new brands from entering the market, while allowing the illicit market to flourish, a European spirits organisation has said.
Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2013: McKinsey Global Survey results(2013-06-24)
Geopolitical instability tops the list of risks to global growth, as executives’ outlook for the world economy—which had been increasingly positive since June 2012—plateaus.
Paper bottle joins wine receptacles (NZ)(2013-06-25)
Imagine this: A customer goes into a wine shop or a supermarket to buy some wine and is asked by staff if they can help and how. The customer says: "I'm looking for a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc." "Certainly," says the helpful, and obviously knowledgeable assistant. "Do you prefer it in a bottle, cask, plastic container, can or paper?" "Nah," says the customer who appreciates the service, and the joke. "I prefer it in a glass." They laugh. But it is no joke. It is a question that could soon be asked of all of us, or the choice we are offered when we select and buy our own wine.
Hunter winemakers look to Africa as dollar falls(2013-06-26)
A prominent Hunter region winemaker says the falling Australian dollar is giving added incentive for the local industry to pursue new overseas export markets, including Africa.
NEW GLASS PROMOTES DOUBLE BEND BENEFITS(2013-06-27)
Austrian firm MarkThomas has launched a wine glass featuring what it claims is a unique double bend design that offers “a true and perfect all-rounder.”
Time for some statistics(2013-07-11)
The top 10 wine producing countries. France, Italy and Spain are massive
Indian Wine Market Is Growing At Record Pace(2013-07-10)
Although this beverage is one of the highest taxed products in India because it is considered a luxury not a necessity, Indian Wine consumption has grown 25-30% annually over a 5 year period.
French Wine Production Seen Rising 13% From Lowest in 40 Years(2013-07-05)
French wine production is forecast to jump 13 percent this year, recovering from the lowest in 40 years as grape harvests rebound in the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions and the Loire River valley.
Winegrape crush jumps 10 per cent this vintage and remains (2013-07-02)
Australian wine companies crushed 1.83 million tonnes of grapes, 170,000 tonnes more than last year and well above the six year average.
Winegrape prices best in four years although lower than historical highs(2013-06-28)
WINEGRAPE prices are at their best levels in four years, a report released by Wine Australia today shows.
Top 10 emerging markets for food and drink manufacturers(2013-05-30)
Few advanced economies can measure up to the potential of emerging markets, which have been forecast to exhibit the fastest growth rates for food and non-alcoholic beverages over the next five years, according to a new report.
Neiker-Tecnalia develops a new method for the early detection of vineyard mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis (2013-05-17)
The new methodology based on molecular biology techniques makes it possible to detect the disease before the symptoms appear on the plant.
CANADIAN WINERIES FINDING FOCUS(2013-05-20)
Canada’s wineries are becoming increasingly focused on specific grape varieties as the country’s wine industry matures.
Wine price pushed up to all-time high(2013-05-21)
The average cost of a bottle of wine has risen to its highest-ever figure of £5.11 on the back of escalating taxation – but there are signs consumers are still prepared to trade up, according to new Nielsen data.
Wine producers need to rethink bottle sizes(2013-05-22)
Just 3% of innovation in the UK wine industry over the past 12 months has involved bottle sizes between 25cl and 50cl, and this needs to change, Mintel global drinks analyst Jonny Forsyth told attendees of the London International Wine Fair this week.
Brazil aims to grow wine exports to the UK by 300%(2013-05-23)
Wines of Brazil aims to increase UK exports by 300% in the next three years.
Wine exporter says Food Plan ignores red tape(2013-05-28)
Wine exporters say the Federal Government's National Food Plan does nothing to address the red tape encountered when exporting to countries like China.
NZ reports 28% rise in grape production(2013-06-13)
New Zealand Winegrowers has reported a 28% rise in grape production for the 2013 vintage which it is acclaiming as one of the best the country has seen.
Nutritional labels on alcohol(2013-06-04)
Alcohol beverages soon could have nutritional labels like those on food packaging, but only if the producers want to put them there.
Counterfeiting Wine in China on the Increase(2013-06-05)
Counterfeiting Laffite may be the most lucrative business for the con artists in China, but several popular Australian brands like Penfolds and Henschke have also been complaining about the duplicate products being sold increasingly in the Chinese market with copycat bottles impersonating as the real thing, suggesting that the Indian decision makers must immediately take pre-emptive action to keep the potential menace away from India in future
Russians thirsty for South African wines(2013-06-06)
The South African wine industry is aiding intra-BRICS trade by increasing exports to Russia.
Napa Valley to replant up to 15% of vineyards(2013-06-10)
A massive replanting that will uproot 15% of vineyards in Napa Valley over the next five to six years has begun, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
Chinese drinkers looking for less expensive wines(2013-06-11)
As the Chinese economy slows, new figures confirm that Chinese consumers are seeking out less expensive wine brands.
Foreign tourist arrivals up 10.2% in 2012(2013-04-29)
South Africa’s tourist growth rate in 2012 was more than double the average global tourist growth rate of about 4%, as estimated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
Argentina gains share in 6 of its 10 main markets(2013-04-25)
The countries where Argentina increased its share in the last year are United States, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, China, and Switzerland.
South Africa: New plan for farm workers(2013-04-30)
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture last week announced a thirteen point plan to improve farm workers' conditions.
Key spirits trends for 2013(2013-05-03)
Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International identifies some of the key trends for the 2013 spirits market.
ARGENTINA FACES COMPETITION CRISIS(2013-05-06)
Soaring grape prices and an overvalued peso have raised concerns about the ability of Argentina to compete at the lower end of the bottled wine market.
Alcohol levels give wine lovers a headache(2013-05-07)
Plenty of wine lovers around the world will have noticed their favourite tipples are getting stronger, and many of them are unhappy about the hangovers that come with increased alcohol levels. But it seems they have only themselves to blame as experts say that changing consumer tastes are mainly responsible for driving the trend.
Sweet wines, an upward trend in consumption (US)(2013-05-08)
In a market of wine consumers who are becoming more sophisticated over years, it is not strange to see opportunities of niches like that experienced by sweet wines, recommended by experts to pair with desserts and different types of cheeses.
French senator seeks support for wine tax increase(2013-05-15)
The wine tax would be the latest in a series of taxes aimed at the drinks industry. Spirits have been taxed in France since October 2011, and a beer tax was introduced in October 2012.
South Africa Wine Exports Setting Records on China Demand(2013-05-14)
South African wine exports are poised to beat their 2012 record this year following high yields and on demand for premium vintages from North America and Asia, industry executives and growers said.
NIGERIA’S THIRST FOR CHAMPAGNE EXPLODES(2013-05-10)
A status symbol obsessed elite in Nigeria has driven the country to become one of the fastest growing markets in the world for Champagne.
Police in Shanghai destroy over 3,000 bottles of counterfeit wine(2013-05-09)
In news that will come as a blow to bitter upper-middle class housewives everywhere, police in Shanghai destroyed over 3,000 bottles of knockoff wine on Tuesday.
Looming Threat of Water Scarcity(2013-04-04)
Globally 1.2 billion people —almost a fifth of the world — live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage.
German wine stocks at all-time low(2013-04-05)
German wine stocks are at their lowest ever levels since reunification, with high demand also driving up prices.
Wine regions may lose up to 73% of land by 2050(2013-04-15)
A new study released this week by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that areas suitable for viticulture will decrease between 25% and 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 – directly impacting countless fine wine regions across the globe.
FUNGUS RESISTANT GRAPE VARIETY UNVEILED(2013-04-17)
A French laboratory has unveiled a new grape variety that is resistant to mildew and other fungal diseases.
Children not harmed by light drinking during pregnancy, two studies find (UK)(2013-04-18)
Children born to women who drink moderately during pregnancy are no more likely to have cognitive or behavioural problems than those of abstainers, a new study has found. This study, reported in BJOG, An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, put together data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a national study of 10,000 infants born in the UK between 2000-2002, reports Decanter.
Oh, Canada: A nation of beer drinkers turns increasingly to wine (2013-04-19)
For some, beer is as Canadian as the Maple Leaf, and anything less would be downright unpatriotic. But, new statistics show, a nation of beer drinkers are increasingly switching from hops to grapes.
Australian exports to China and US point to tentative recovery(2013-04-22)
Exports of higher-priced Australian wine to China and the US are growing, according to new figures – but the industry remains cautious in the face of the strong Australian dollar.
Croatian winemakers upset by EU label rules(2013-04-24)
For Croatian winemakers, dreams of European Union market bounty came crashing down after recent trade bans exposed them to the hurdles which await agricultural greenhorns in the wealthy bloc.
US criticizes EU restrictions on wine labels(2013-04-03)
The US Trade Representative's office said the EU's policy of seeking exclusive use of so-called traditional terms such as tawny, ruby, reserve, classic, and chateau on wine labels had an undesirable effect.
Argentina: How is 2013 harvest coming?(2013-03-15)
From Mendoza to Patagonia, the quality of grapes is exceptional. Technicians expect an excellent harvest season.
South Africa: Wine Dispute Shows Up Farmer's Money Pressures(2013-03-28)
THE spat between Western Cape wine producers and farm labourers about wages has shown up interesting financial aspects at work in the sector.
Bulk versus bottle dilemma for South African wine(2013-03-27)
At South Africa's Rostberg and Co., green bottles filled with a ruby liquid clink as they march along a conveyor belt, destined for wine-lovers from Paris to Shanghai. But if a trend toward bulk shipping continues, the music of the Rostberg bottling plant may be about to stop.
German wine exports continue downward trend(2013-03-26)
German wine exports slid by 15.2% in 2012 compared to 2011, continuing a declining trend from the previous year, according to statistics released by the German Wine Institute.
China wine market soars(2013-03-25)
China is becoming an increasingly important market for New Zealand wine and a group of local firms is hoping to boost sales further by making an appearance this week at one of the Asian superpower's biggest international trade shows, the Chengdu Wine Fair.
World wine output down but NZ looking positive(2013-03-22)
Global wine production fell sharply last year due to bad weather in Europe but, with this year's harvest underway in New Zealand, it's a different outlook for local wine makers.
USA: Authenticity Key to Wooing Younger Wine Consumers(2013-03-20)
Younger wine buyers, those born in the 1980s and 1990s and known as Generation Y, or millennials, are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. wine market and are notoriously averse to obvious marketing tactics.
Australian wine loses flavour in America(2013-03-15)
Australia seems to have fallen off the map - of the wine world, at least. Australia is hard to find in US fine wine stores. Overproduction led to a grape glut, giving large companies increased power over growers and smaller wineries.
Baking summer sparks warning of wine glut(2013-03-12)
The wine industry risks slipping back into overproduction as one of the driest summers in living memory provides outstanding grape-growing conditions across the country, says an analyst.
Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes by 2050: study(2013-03-11)
The quickest way to get goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast in 2050 might well be straight across the Arctic, where a warming climate is expected to open new sea routes through what is now impenetrable ice.
Wine, grape industry accounts for $6.8bn in Canadian economy: Report(2013-03-08)
Conducted by an international accounting and research firm - Frank, Rimerman + Co, the research also found that the wine industry annually generates around $1.2bn in federal and provincial tax revenue, around $1.2bn in tourism revenue and creates over 31,000 jobs in the country.
LOCALIZASIAN(2013-03-06)
Innovation in Asia, by Asia, for Asia set for rapid growth in 2013 and beyond.
Australia: Don’t supply bulk wine(2013-03-06)
Private label wine exists only because wine companies sell their wine in bulk to retailers and let the retailers put their labels on it. If you’re a wine company and you’ve decided to make excess wine and sell to the retailers, you can’t then complain.
The future of wine?(2013-03-05)
It’s hard to talk about wine without evoking the tokens of tradition: ancient terroir, age-old techniques of production, vineyards held by single families for successive generations.
Make diversity Chile's calling card, urge producers (2013-02-28)
The Chilean industry needs to focus on quality wines, and for that we need people thinking in the long-term. Chile is much more than good value wines or a bunch of icon wines, but it must be proved.
China to exhibit wine for the first time at LIWF 2013(2013-02-27)
Château Hansen was established by the Han family in the 1980s and is China's first organic estate. Located in Wuhai, on the southern edge of the Gobi Desert, its 450ha of vineyards have been planted in the Wuhai Valley and adjacent region of Ningxia.
Labeling Cold War Heats Up Again(2013-02-26)
Diageo and consumer advocacy groups have reignited decades-long efforts to beef up beverage-labeling standards, triggering renewed fear of over-regulation among wineries.
China’s Largest Local Brand Goes Global(2013-02-25)
COFCO is planning to sell globally-sourced wine under its local wine brand Great Wall, as well as add to the group’s international investments with an Australian winery.
China: Top 10 improvements(2013-02-21)
China's recent surge in wine consumption is unique in many aspects. The rate of development, the thirst for first growths and dramatic upswing in the prominence and popularity of wine are all astounding. Yet lost in this rapid ascent is one crucial aspect that is the hallmark of any robust wine market: a fervent and dedicated consumer base.
French study finds pesticide residues in 90% of wines (France)(2013-02-20)
Pesticide residues were found in the vast majority of 300 French wines tested, say researchers. Wines were tested for 50 different molecules found in a range of vine treatments, such as pesticides and fungicides, reports Decanter.
New 'alcohol busting' drug that sobers you up in seconds being developed by MIT scientists(2013-02-20)
Researchers have developed a cocktail of alcohol metabolizing enzymes that speedily reduces blood alcohol levels in drunk mice.
Supermarket wine aisles to shrink, says Bibendum buyer(2013-02-19)
Britons will drink almost 4% less wine in 2016 versus 2012 forecast figures released by trade show Vinexpo and research group The IWSR this month.
US: California wine grape prices, crush levels, hit record high(2013-02-18)
California wine grapes hit a record high price in 2012, up 21% year-on-year, latest figures show.
‘American Wine,’ a story of great growth(2013-02-14)
At the turn of the millennium, there were approximately 2,000 wineries in the United States. Today, there are close to 8,000.
The for and against of selling wine in supermarkets(2013-02-13)
Wine in South Australian supermarkets - making alcohol too easily accessible, or an innovation for our state?
California Crush Report: Wine Grape Tonnage Up 20 Percent(2013-02-11)
4 Million Tons Crushed.
Minimum pricing proven to cut alcohol deaths(2013-02-08)
Increasing the minimum price of alcohol by 10% could significantly reduce drink-related deaths and illnesses, a study has found.
CHINA TO BE 6TH LARGEST PRODUCER BY 2016(2013-02-07)
The research, in collaboration with The International Wine and Spirits Research, found that by 2016 China will have risen from the 8th to the 6th largest wine producer in the world.
Australian wine exports grow in average value and volume(2013-02-06)
The report showed Australian wine exports increased by 3 per cent to 721 million litres (valued at A$1.85 billion) and the average value per litre increased, with bottled wine up 3 per cent to A$4.43 per litre and bulk wine up 2 per cent to A$1.03 per litre.
Wine Consumers Move Up the Price Ladder(2013-02-05)
US consumer habits are bouncing back from recession levels. More people are purchasing wines in the $10-$20 price range than are cutting back on such purchases.
US – Are bottles pricing themselves out of the on-trade market?(2013-02-04)
The shift was significant with the number of bottles ordered in restaurants and bars declining by 13 percent, while the number of wine glasses increased by 4 percent.
What happens when the wine runs out?(2013-02-01)
It’s clear that 2013 will not be the year of the bargain wine.
Goodbye Hangover – the rise of synthetic alcohol (2013-02-01)
The late nights, the laughter, the drinking games, and then the awful hangover the morning after. However a solution is near: synthetic alcohol seems to become more and more feasible.
COUNTRIES DISAGREE ON SAFE DRINKING ADVICE(2013-01-29)
New research has found that there is little agreement between countries on what is considered safe or sensible levels of alcohol consumption.
Per capita Canadian wine consumption now 15 litres a year(2013-01-23)
Wine producers will be proposing a toast to Canadian consumers: a new study shows wine consumption in this country is growing three times faster than globally and Canada is projected to be the fifth fastest-growing wine market in the next five years.
Winery growth surging in US(2013-01-16)
The number of U.S. wineries has quadrupled in the past 10 years. One of the obstacles new wineries face is their lack of legitimacy with customers and distributors.
South Australia: Winery regions protected(2013-01-22)
The laws protect land traditionally used for agriculture from being broken up for housing developments and shopping malls.
Cape of good grapes(2013-01-21)
After 350 years, the sweet secret of Africa's southern tip is out.
Global wine shortage good for NZ growers(2013-01-18)
New Zealand wineries are in a good position to leverage the global wine shortage and boost profitability, says New Zealand Winegrowers Marlborough chairman Dominic Pecchenino.
Bulk wine imports to US 'soar' in 2012(2013-01-17)
The survey noted that ‘younger consumers are changing their views about the superior quality of traditional California gateway wines and drinking more foreign wines than generations of the past, demonstrating very different preferences.’
Brussels makes vine planting recommendations(2013-01-14)
A European Commission special advisory group has recommended postponing legislation that would have liberalised vine planting rights in the European Union has been postponed for at least six years, according to an announcement made by the European Commission on 14 December 2012.
More Russian alcohol advertising bans(2013-01-11)
Incumbents set to benefit as Russian alcohol advertising ban extended to print.
Big growth in exhibitors to World Bulk Wine show(2012-12-13)
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition held in Amsterdam in November saw a 30% increase in exhibitors on last year.
NIGERIA’S POP AT EUROPE(2012-12-11)
The Champagne is flowing faster in Africa’s second-largest economy, but a lot of marketing is strangely still focused on conspicuous consumption in austerity Europe.
A digital portrait for grapes indicates their ripeness(2012-12-05)
Researchers at the University of Seville (Spain) have developed a technique for estimating grape composition and variety using computer imaging.
French wine consumption at 30-year low(2012-12-04)
In 2010, the average amount of wine consumed per person in France came to 46.6 litres per year, down from 104 litres in 1975.
Poor market leads to fewer vines(2012-10-17)
The total area of grape vines in Australia has decreased, but thanks to favourable seasonal conditions there's still plenty of wine.
US wine executives are optimistic(2012-10-01)
Each year, the Wine Industry Financial Symposium presents the results of a survey of wine industry executives conducted by Dr. Robert Smiley of the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management.
UK calms South African bulk wine tensions(2012-10-16)
South Africa has won a number of concessions during a visit last week from UK business secretary Vince Cable, as the two nations work to avoid a “bulk import war”.
Calls for alcohol education to be taught at school(2012-10-19)
Alcohol education should be part of the national curriculum along with relationship and drug education according to a Labour MP.
World wine shortage of 1.3B bottles looms(2012-10-22)
The world faces a wine shortage equivalent to 1.3 billion bottles next year after production slumped in France, Italy and Spain, the main suppliers, according to the biggest French wine cooperative.
World wine drought after weather ruins harvests(2012-11-01)
A world wine shortage has been predicted after forecasts that production would slump to its lowest level in at least 37 years following inclement weather that ruined grape harvests across the globe.
GENUINE CONSUMER DEMAND” FOR LOW ALCOHOL WINES(2012-11-05)
There is apparently a growing market for low alcohol wine as part of a wider desire to live more healthily.
Wine Importers Battle Advertising Ban, Import Tariffs(2012-11-06)
But the latest group crying foul over restrictions on speech comprises neither political dissidents nor provocative modern artists. They are wine enthusiasts.
Spreek drankwet-histerie só aan(2012-11-09)
Oor die afgelope twee dekades was daar nog nooit so ’n groot histerie en druk op die drankbedryf rondom alkoholverwante kwessies soos nou nie.
Wine prices to rise after poor 2012 harvest(2012-10-05)
The cost of entry-level wine in the UK is set to rise after poor grape harvests in Spain and Italy.
Goon sack in a handbag, boxed wine goes ‘classy'(2012-09-12)
Swedish winemaker Vernissage have released a designer "wine handbag", which aims to make boxed wine classy - and fashionable.
Profits withering on the vine for Australian grape growers(2012-08-30)
Grapes are more than just the sweet snacks in the fruit bowl. The Australian grape growing industry is highly dependent on the downstream winemaking industry, with about 89% of production heading that way.
Wine to be packed in cartons in UK for first time(2012-09-04)
Wine in cartons can become a 'successful niche' in the UK, industry experts believe, as the first Tetra Pak wines packaged in the country hit shop shelves.
UK authorities to crack down on selling of wine investments(2012-09-04)
The UK Financial Services Authority is aiming to crack down on the selling of high-risk investments such as fine wine to inexperienced investors.
Sales of California vineyards to reach peak(2012-09-06)
A string of sales of premium vineyard properties across California this year is set to make 2012 the most successful since the previous peak of 2007.
Demand Is High and Rising, Napa Growers Say(2012-09-10)
Representatives from regional grapegrowing association expect average yields to be an above-average commodity in 2012
Climate study to help grow wine industry (2012-09-11)
A $500,000 international research project into climate and vineyards led by the University of Canterbury (UC) is expected to result in an increase of up to 10 percent in income for the billion dollar New Zealand wine industry.
Alcohol-free red wine lowers blood pressure(2012-09-13)
New research shows that alcohol-free red wine lowers blood pressure (BP), increases antioxidant enzyme activity, lowers inflammation, and prevents atherosclerosis.
Brazilian wines ready to hit UK(2012-09-14)
Public interest in Brazil is growing ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, and a range of importers are poised to release their first Brazilian wine brands on the UK market in the coming weeks.
Younger Australians are now drinking less(2012-09-28)
The proportion of Australians aged 18-24 years who drink any alcohol in an average four weeks has progressively decreased each year for the last five years. In the 12 months to June 2012, 72.2% of this age group drink alcohol in an average four weeks and the proportions of those drinking wine and beer have decreased, while Cider has increased. These are the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research’s report on Alcohol Consumption, for the five year period from July 2007 – June 2012, reports News Maker.
South Africa at forefront of environmental winemaking (South Africa)(2012-09-26)
South Africa is on track to be the world's leading wine country for its environmental, sustainable and ethical practices, according to Su Birch, chief executive of Wines of South Africa.
Spain export growth 'substantial'(2012-09-20)
Spain’s wine export business has shown substantial growth in the first half of 2012.
French winemakers concerned over 'chateau' change (2012-09-19)
French winemakers are concerned their US competitors may be given permission to use the symbolic "chateau" label on bottles exported to Europe, destroying the meaning of the term.
Austria faces huge quantity drop after devastating conditions earlier this year(2012-09-18)
As harvest starts in Austria winemakers are predicting a vintage with excellent ripeness but with volume down by up to a third, as a result of millions of euros damage from catastrophic weather conditions earlier in the year.
Heavier wine bottles appear more expensive(2012-09-17)
Despite the fact that all standard bottles contain the same 75cl of fluid, a survey of 150 people found that consumers believe heavier bottles are more expensive and contain higher-quality wine.
Anthony Rose: 'There are several differences between Japan and China's fledgling wine industries' (2012-08-22)
Comparisons are, as they say, odious and the differences are in fact far more interesting and extensive than any features they have in common.
Winemakers see red(2012-08-29)
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show domestic white wine sales dropped more than 13 percent in the June quarter, while red wine varieties increased more than 17 per cent, compared to the same period last year.
Spain predicted smaller harvest, higher grape prices(2012-08-27)
As harvest gets underway in Spain, observers are predicting a reduction in quantity, while prices for bulk wine are already substantially higher than last year.
South America threat to wine trade (2012-08-24)
The South American wine market is a real threat to New Zealand's wine industry, two wine experts say.
A government inquiry has been told wine is cheaper than bottled water(2012-08-22)
A government inquiry has been told wine is cheaper than bottled water and raising the price is the best way to fight the 32,600 deaths and 813,000 hospital visits caused by alcohol each year.
China drags wine into EU trade war(2012-08-22)
China’s wine industry has called on the government to investigate whether EU subsidies are putting its domestic products at a competitive disadvantage.
Wine exports reach $1.18 billion (2012-08-20)
Tighter market conditions provide new opportunities for New Zealand wines according to the June year end 2012 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers
Prices rising after lighter vintage(2012-08-15)
Marlborough grape growers can expect a pay rise next year as wineries compete to secure fruit for 2013 and beyond.
China’s alcohol imports up 58%(2012-08-13)
China’s alcohol imports have jumped 58% from last year to $2.4 billion, according to the country’s commerce ministry.
South African wines growing at premium price points (2012-08-10)
South African wines are growing at more premium price points - those over £5 have grown 25% in last 12 months while the £7+ market has has grown 34%.
Calif. weighs tougher heat rules for farmworkers(2012-08-21)
A bill by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, D-Marina Del Rey would require that water be available at all times within 10 feet of all employees and shade within 200 feet, regardless of temperature. Employers who broke the rules would have to pay up to $1 million in restitution. The bill would also allow farmworkers to sue employers if they failed to abide by heat rules.
SA wine ranks sixth in China(2012-07-30)
South African wines were sixth in order of popularity in the small but growing Chinese market, winemaker and consultant John Weekes, who has been working in the country, said at a seminar in Stellenbosch on Thursday.
Turning tomatoes into wine (2012-08-06)
WINE lovers are raising a glass to an unusual vintage crafted from a secret family recipe four generations old using... tomatoes.
Canada Inches Toward Wine Direct Shipping(2012-08-01)
Parliament repeals national ban, giving provinces the choice to allow shipping, but few have decided so far
Bottle maker warns of shrinking market(2012-07-31)
THE world's leading glass packaging supplier, Owens Illinois, could again be forced to shrink its Australian operations, leading to potential job losses, as it cites a sluggish local beer and wine market and protracted negotiations over contracts with customers and unions.
Alcohol brands must tread carefully(2012-07-27)
The initial message was that social media marketing is more complex than many marketers appreciate, with brands needing to be responsible.
Chile debates “structural deficit”(2012-07-24)
According to the latest export figures from Wines of Chile, total volume shipments of bottled wine fell by 1.8% (12 months to May 2011 vs 12 months to May 2012), although total value shipments rose by 3.1% during this period.
US to review online marketing of beer, liquor and wine(2012-05-03)
Twitter didn't exist the last time butNow hundreds of millions of tweets fly daily across the micro-messaging site, including an increasing number from wine, beer and liquor companies seeking market buzz.
China's wine industry posts 6.35% profit surge in Q1 (2012-06-20)
Recently, the National Bureau of Statistics of China and the China Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association published relevant statistics about the economy operation of the wine industry.
California wine industry looking for breakthrough variety(2012-06-21)
The idea of experimenting with new varieties is to test grapes that might be better suited to the Valley's heat and that might bring other appealing qualities that could include higher yield, lower production costs, low rot potential, better color, less vegetative characteristics and easier mechanical harvesting.
What America Spends On Booze(2012-06-22)
Alcohol is cheaper, but bars are more expensive. Also, we're spending more on wine and less on hard alcohol.
EU fines Italy, Spain, Greece for illegal vine plantings (2012-06-27)
European Union officials have ordered Spain, Italy and Greece to repay millions of euros for illegally planting vines.
EU plans new labelling laws for allergens(2012-06-28)
The European Union is planning to implement new allergen labelling requirements for wine from the start of next month.
Cost of wine fraud may reach £1.3m(2012-06-29)
Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.
Cheers! Wine freedom becomes law (2012-07-02)
With the stroke of the governor general's pen, Conservative MP Dan Albas's bill to eliminate the federal ban on transporting wine across provincial borders became law.
The surface of world vineyards reaches a 10-year low(2012-07-05)
OIV’s annual report “Worldwide Situation of the Viticultural Sector” shows that in 2011 world vineyards reached a total area surface (including areas not yet in production or harvested) of 7,585 mha, a 1% drop compared to 2010 that suggests a decline during the last ten years amounting to 262 mha.
English wine harvest 'not looking good', say winemakers(2012-07-06)
As England continues to suffer the wettest early summer since records began, winemakers are beginning to wonder if they are going to have any grapes to harvest at all.
3,000-year-old wine unearthed in China(2012-07-10)
Wine dating back 3,000 years has been unearthed in a nobleman’s tomb in Shaanxi province, northwest China, and is said to be the earliest wine in China’s history.
US fine wine market larger than thought(2012-07-12)
The US fine wine market is significantly bigger than many believe according to Vinfolio chairman Jean-Michel Valette MW.
Australian harvest at five-year low(2012-05-08)
Wine production in Australia is set to hit a five-year low this year, impacted by the knock-on effects of widespread wet weather in the 2010-11 growing season.
US becomes the world’s leading still light wine market(2012-06-18)
The US overtook Italy in 2011 to become the largest single still light wine market, according to the IWSR.
Alcohol advertising affects brand choice but not consumption(2012-05-02)
Alcohol advertising has a negligible impact on consumption according to new research of British residents.
Consumers help reduce glut of French made wine(2012-04-30)
Consumers played a major part in helping to reduce an over-production of French wine.
INDIA: Optimism for wine reigns in India, despite barriers - research(2012-04-25)
According to The IWSR, wine consumption in India is expected to grow year-on-year and could reach 2.4m nine-litre cases by 2020.
Nigeria develops thirst for wine(2012-04-24)
The value of Nigeria’s wine industry is expected to reach US$370 million by 2015, as Nigerians develop a thirst for high end wine and spirits.
Bumper wine crop predicted(2012-05-21)
Chile’s vineyard owners are expecting a slightly different taste and aroma to the wines they produce this year as theyharvest grapes during an exceptionallylong drought.
If Euro collapses investors will move into wine (2012-05-23)
If the Eurozone collapses, there will be a move into wine from investors, but it will be short-lived - that's according to the Financial Times' investment columnist John Authers.
Wine and spirit price increases outstrip inflation (2012-06-14)
Consumers have paid 6.5% more in the last year for wines and spirits, while inflation has risen at just 3% for the year to the end of April, according to the WSTA’s market report.
New liquor rules reimpose shipping chill, wineries say(2012-06-13)
British Columbia winery owners say new regulations just introduced in this province prevent them from sending wine to other provinces despite last week's vote in the House of Commons to liberalize wine shipments.
Canada set to open borders for wine(2012-06-12)
Many Canadian wine drinkers could be free to transport wines across provincial borders for the first time in their lives, if a new law passes as expected.
India a 'slow burn' for fine wine despite tax hope(2012-06-07)
India will be a 'slow burn' for wine merchants and investors, even if the country does sign a free trade agreement with the European Union, experts believe.
Tin cans and cartons to replace glass wine bottles(2012-05-30)
Glass wine bottles are under threat from Tetra-Pak cartons, foil pouches and tins cans, new research claims.
Tax deal to uncork India for wine investors(2012-05-28)
When Hong Kong scrapped all taxation on alcohol sales in 2008, it sent the price of investment wine into the stratosphere. Tax cuts on wine purchases are now set to happen in India, so will a new flood of buyers reverse recent price declines?
Consumers are too busy to think about wine (2012-05-24)
The wine industry's problem is that it thinks consumers care more about their product than they actually do, according to the head of research firm The Source.
CORRECTED-US wine prices headed higher for consumers-report(2012-04-18)
The Silicon Valley Bank forecast that U.S. consumers are going to be faced with a choice this year: pay more for a bottle of domestic wine, settle for lower quality, or buy cheaper imports.
Battle looms over shock move to ban liquor ads(2012-04-17)
A shock draft bill from the Department of Health that totally prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products is being reworked behind closed doors by an interdepartmental government task team.
Low alcohol wine - the verdict(2012-04-16)
There's a wave of low-alcohol wine coming out of New Zealand. According to Michael Cooper, low-alcohol rieslings are starting to become quite popular.
Global wine consumption set to increase by 2 billion bottles(2012-01-18)
The United States has become the largest wine market by volume. It beat Italy and France into second and third largest wine markets respectively in 2011.
Wine exports in decline, but price goes up(2012-01-20)
According to a report by Wine Australia, a decline in local production is thought to be the trigger behind a 10 per cent decrease in the export of Australian wine.
The heat is on(2012-01-20)
Will the current heat wave influence the upcoming harvest?Predictions are that the summer heat is easing.
Australia faces market share loss(2012-01-23)
The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.
India struggles to develop taste for wine(2012-01-24)
Wine appreciation in India is a minority interest.Kulbir Singh, president of the Indian Wine Society says that the pleasure of a leisurely glass of wine from a vineyard in France, California or Australia, not to mention enjoying wine with food, has a long way to go to catch on.
Bulk wine trade a 20-year bull market(2012-01-25)
The share of bulk wine exports has nearly doubled over the past decade at the expense of bottled wine shipments, particularly among New World suppliers — with bulk format now approaching half of total export volumes.
NZ bulk wine exports up (2012-01-26)
New Zealand wines continue to find favour in overseas markets with export volumes up 9.5% in the 10 months to October 2011, however the proportion of bulk wine exports remains higher than a year ago.
Wine, grape prices to rise in 2012(2012-01-27)
According to experts speaking at a major wine industry trade event, the prices of wine on U.S. store shelves could start rising this year because of an “emerging shortage” of winegrapes and wine plus a sales and marketing “blitz” last year.
Cheap wine changing Kiwis' drinking purchases(2011-07-20)
Transtasman drinks maker Lion's new boss in New Zealand says cheap wine resulting from grape oversupply is changing this country's liquor market.
Road deaths drop where wine share highest(2012-01-17)
Road deaths are lower in American states where the share of wine consumption is higher compared to beer and spirits.
Wine in cans selling out Stateside(2011-12-21)
Young Americans are developing a thirst for wine in cans, according to Ben Parsons, owner of Denver-based urban winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem.
Alcohol sales projected to rise just a bit in 2012(2011-11-14)
According to a forecast by Technomic Inc, bars and restaurants can look forward to slightly higher sales of alcoholic beverages next year.
US companies are feeling impact of European crisis (2011-11-15)
Smaller businesses are being affected, too. Wine exports are suffering because of poor consumer sentiment in Europe and because a weak euro is making US wine costlier by comparison. The European Union accounts for about 38 percent of US wine industry exports.
On-trade wine sales fall below total alcohol (2011-11-24)
According to research by Accolade Wines, wine sales have dropped below total alcohol sales in the on-trade for the first time in five years.
Mid-sized wineries still struggling to survive (2011-12-08)
A winemaker is backing an annual state-of-the-industry report which says medium-sized wineries are increasingly struggling to survive, with six years of losses on average.
Bleak prediction for wine(2011-12-12)
A leading Californian winemaker has warned, rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK.
Wine about to get more expensive as glut runs out(2011-12-13)
The price of wine is set to rise as the balance between supply and demand tightens, according to a strategic review of the billion-dollar export industry.
Inflation may prompt 15p-a-bottle wine duty hike (2011-12-14)
The wine trade is braced for a 15p-a-bottle duty hike in the spring Budget.
UK wine sales plummet as tax hikes hit trade(2011-12-14)
According to latest figures, volume sales of wine are continuing to fall in the UK and the pace of decline has increased over the last 12 weeks.
Health experts call for minimum pricing(2011-12-15)
A group of leading doctors and academics has claimed that a minimum price for alcohol in the UK would prevent thousands of drink-related deaths and diseases.
South African wine farms a first for Google Street View(2012-02-08)
Google Street View is in the process of mapping their first wine farms. What makes this statment even better is that these wine farms are in South Africa.
Argentina grows UK exports (2012-02-13)
According to the latest figures from Wines of Argentina,the popularity of Argentinian wines continues to forge ahead, with UK exports for 2011 up 8.4% by value.
Bitter cold may destroy 50 percent of Russia's vineyards(2012-02-14)
Russia may lose from 20 to 50 percent of its vineyard harvest this year because of bitter cold as temperatures have dipped to below minus 20 degrees Celsius.
Italian wine now 22% of global market(2012-03-20)
After a record-breaking export year, Italy now has nearly a quarter of the global wine market, according to the latest statistics.
Global wine shortage forecast(2012-03-22)
A Californian wine shortage is creating increasing concern over a tightening of global wine supply.
Torres predicts China correction(2012-03-23)
Miguel Torres has added his voice to those predicting that China’s wine importers may be facing a period of consolidation following a phase of rapid expansion.
Follow UK drink rule, say Greens(2012-03-26)
BRITAIN'S decision to lift the minimum price of alcohol in a bid to counter widespread drunkenness should prompt the Australian government to rethink its refusal to increase taxes on cheap grog, Greens health spokesman Dr Richard Di Natale says.
Vine supply dries up for late-ordering growers(2012-03-29)
After keeping their wallets in their pockets during the height of the recession, California wine-grape growers are ready to expand their vineyards or replant existing ones. The problem: There is a shortage of vines.
Young drinkers to push U.S. direct - to consumer wine sales(2012-04-05)
The direct-to-consumer sales channel in the U.S, is set to drive the growth of wine consumption over the next 10 years, with sales rising from 7 million 9-liter cases in 2011 to around 22 million by 2021, according to a new report.
Closures that improve the wine(2012-04-10)
The growth in alternative closures has led to a new understanding of the way wine evolves and the particular role that oxygen plays. But the findings have added a new layer of complexity to wine making. It's taken time, money and international expertise to unravel the mysteries and simplifying the answers.
Surge in imports into China as consumers look beyond France(2012-04-13)
The surge in imports was not dominated by French wine: statistics released at the forum show a large increase in the value of Chilean and Greek wine imports.
The "ideal wine": why it's different in London, San Francisco, Berlin and Beijing(2012-02-07)
Is there such thing as an ideal wine? Probably not on a global scale - but when consumers are asked to describe one, it reveals some interesting details about what characteristics matter most to them.
California Wine Industry in Shortage(2012-03-19)
According to Matt Turrentine, The California wine market is experiencing a structural shortage and likely won’t return to balance for at least four years.
Italian wine exports reached record €4.4 billion ($5.75 billion) last year(2012-03-16)
Italian wine exports reached a record €4.4 billion ($5.75 billion) last year, with the biggest markets in the United States, Germany and Britain.
Meet the Chinese consumer of 2020 (2012-03-15)
Evolving economic profiles will continue to be the most important trend shaping the market.
'Corruption and smuggling' damaging Thai import prospects(2012-02-15)
The market for imported wine in Thailand is being hampered by a draconian tax regime, and has subsequently led to high levels of corruption.
China: wine fans start to go for white(2012-02-17)
Within three years, greater China will spend more money on still wines than the UK, and become the world’s second biggest wine consumer by value, after the US.
California wines get major boost against Pierce’s disease(2012-02-22)
Researchers have found a way to protect wine, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines.
Supply shortages for Spanish bulk wine (2012-02-24)
A leading brokerage company has warned that Spanish co-operatives are going to find it difficult to cope with demand for their bulk wines this year.
New Zealand heading for shortage in 2012(2012-02-28)
The industry is predicting crops could be as much as 30% lower compared to 2011's 328,000 tonne harvest.
Prowein: Organic viticulture under the spotlight (2012-03-06)
Spain is leading the charge when it comes to growth in organic vine production - it has tripled in the last two years to more than 54,00 hectares.
A toast to China's thirst for wine(2012-03-12)
A rush of foreign investment, particularly from China, in the Australian wine sector suggests increasing confidence of a turnaround in the industry, for years struggling with oversupply and a surging currency.
UK: UK alcohol consumption continues to slide - figures(2012-03-13)
Alcohol consumption in the UK fell by 2.2% in 2011 - the fifth year in seven it has dropped - according to latest figures.
U.S. Wines Grow Steadily(2012-03-14)
Table wines up 7% in a year; Moscato up 25%
Wine industry says Alcohol Reform Bill will hurt(2011-09-20)
The wine industry says the Alcohol Reform Bill will add yet more costs to struggling wineries.
Restrictions looming for liquor advertising(2011-09-19)
A total ban on liquor advertising would lead to a loss of R1.8 billion in advertising revenue in the mass media, a loss of R2.6 billion for sponsorships and development programmes in sport as well as job losses in the wine industry
On the up: The remarkable rise of the organic wine industry(2011-09-14)
Wine is now available in three colours: red, white and increasingly in fashionable shades of green as New Zealand's vineyards undergo a natural revolution.
A Better Way to Buy Wine (2011-09-13)
In their increasing effort to sidestep wine shops and distributors, wineries are turning to a surprising online outlet.
UK: No sliding scale for wine duty(2011-09-12)
The government says it is not considering levying higher taxes on more alcoholic wines.
Ethiopia uncorks a new export with French wine-making partnership(2011-09-07)
Vineyards will help to add value to crops in the Rift Valley
Wine grape growers taking steps to deter disease(2011-09-06)
Wine grape growers are already thinking about how to tackle disease, five months out from harvest.
Public split on cheap alcohol stuns expert(2011-09-05)
The latest Herald DigiPoll survey shows, that the public are almost evenly split on whether supermarkets should be able to offer wine at rock-bottom prices by selling at below cost.
French harvest bigger than 2010, says ministry(2011-08-24)
The French grape harvest is predicted to exceed 47 million hectolitres (hl) this year – an increase of 6% compared to 2010.
New Zealand Wine: Making Progress in Tough Times(2011-08-23)
The New Zealand wine industry is making progress despite the tough economic times according to the June year end 2011 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers.
Australian wine industry 'resisting change'(2011-08-22)
Australia is still not making enough progress in redressing the supply/demand imbalance, says an industry body, despite the removal of 17,000 hectares of vines in the past three years.
Debate over warning labels on alcohol heats up (2011-08-18)
HEALTH warnings linking alcohol with dire outcomes such as brain damage and cancer have been backed by health groups but described as potentially ''alarming'' by an industry-backed group.
Poor quality Aussie exports predicted after wet harvest(2011-08-17)
A warning of low-priced and poor-quality Australian wine exports has been issued after 2011’s rain-soaked and high-volume harvest.
SA signs wine trade agreements(2011-08-16)
South Africa has signed two international agreements to facilitate the wine trade among signatory countries.
Downturn to slow US wine consumption(2011-08-15)
Growth projections for US wine consumption have slowed amid increasing economic instability – with sales of Australian wine slumping by 12.5% last year.
China flooded with counterfeit fine wine(2011-08-12)
China is battling a flood of counterfeit vintage wine amid a growing interest in bottles from famed wineries, which are seen as a sign of high social standing.
U.S. Wine Consumption Continues to Increase(2011-08-11)
As the US economy slowly recovers, the wine industry is regaining its momentum to mark the 17th consecutive year of case gains.
Indian wines fly off British supermarket shelves(2011-09-26)
The first Indian wines to be sold by a British supermarket could become a fixture on its shelves after coming close to selling out in record time.
Good news from Western Cape Liquor Conference minutes(2011-10-05)
The report back on the discussion on the proposed ban of alcohol advertising confirms that further research needs to be conducted in South Africa in order to make informed decisions on mechanisms for combating alcohol abuse including banning or restricting advertising.
Low-alcohol ‘wine’ labels get tick of approval(2011-10-07)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has accepted a submission by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) to reduce the minimum alcohol content allowable in locally-produced wine.
OIV sets new green standards for wine trade(2011-11-10)
The new system agreed by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) allows all companies involved in the wine business to use a standard methodology to rate their own environmental performance.
California vineyards find night harvests yield benefits(2011-11-09)
All wine grapes which is harvested in the dead of night, results in better wine, lower energy costs and happier workers.
Global wine trade agrees emissions calculating system(2011-11-08)
The International Organisation of Vine & Wine has drawn up the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol, which aims to make sure all businesses around the world which produce, supply, transport or sell wine will be able to rate their environmental performance according to a standard methodology.
China on course for 100 million case market in 10 years (2011-11-08)
The Chinese wine market is expected to be worth 50 million 9 litre cases within five years, and up to 100 milllion 9 litre cases in 10 years.
Chinese government approves wine investment fund(2011-10-31)
The Chinese government has approved the first-ever Chinese investment fund specialising in wine.
Mexico drops US wine tariff(2011-10-26)
US wine exports to Mexico are expected to improve with the ending of a 20% 'retaliatory' tariff.
Climate change - The heat is on(2011-10-24)
A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters. The world is warming
South Africa must stop imitating Burgundy(2011-10-21)
According to one Stellenbosch producer,South Africa needs to stop chasing the Burgundian style if it is going to make a success of its Pinot Noir.
Nampak launches R14 million wine closure production line in Cape Town (2011-10-20)
The R14 million wine closure production line is currently being used to produce 30mm x 60mm screw caps for the wine industry and is capable of at least doubling the company's capacity.
Italy's 2011 wine harvest smallest in 60 years(2011-10-19)
Wine output in Italy fell to the lowest levels in more than 60 years this year hit by an extremely hot and dry September, but the new vintage quality is promising.
Wine Institute Hails Passage of U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Pact will Increase California Wine Exports(2011-10-17)
Congress approved the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) which eliminates tariffs and other barriers to trade in most goods and services within five years.
Wine sale registers 41 per cent growth in Delhi(2011-10-17)
More and more Delhiites seem to be opting for wine as its sale in the city in the past six months has shown a growth of 41 per cent than what it was during the same period last year.
Lighter style wine up 61% in off-trade(2011-10-14)
According to the latest Nielsen data, lighter styles of wine are streaking ahead of more traditional bottles in the off-trade - up 61%.
New Zealand wine producers assess wine loss on stricken ship(2011-10-13)
The container ship that ran aground on a reef off New Zealand's North Island last week contained at least 4000 cases of wine, with a retail value of up to NZ$800,000 (£400,600).
Wine goes out in bulk to be bottled in Europe(2011-10-12)
The share of bulk wine to bottled wine exported is at 48 per cent, compared with 37 per cent two years ago, Wine Australia's September wine export approval report said.
Winemakers to reset vines' 'biological clock'(2011-10-11)
South Burnett winemakers in southern Queensland have hatched a plan to give the region the best grape growing climate in Australia.
France set to overtake Italy as top wine producer(2011-11-11)
According to estimates from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, France is set to overtake Italy to reclaim its title as the world's top wine producer this year.
Strong dollar is tough on wineries(2011-08-05)
Local wine has built an impressive international reputation as a high quality product, but the strong dollar has meant some wineries are even considering withdrawing from certain markets where demand suggests they should be expanding.
Australian drinks to carry health warnings(2011-07-18)
61% of consumers surveyed said they would support the idea of information messages on alcohol labels and 32% said they would be likely to seek more information about responsible drinking as a result of seeing a label.
India inches towards lower taxation on alcohol(2011-07-12)
India and the European Union are in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement that could result in a substantial reduction in India's high tariffs on imported alcohol.
Will global warming affect the wine industry?(2011-07-08)
A new study appearing in the journal Environmental Research Letters indicates that by 2040 the amount of lands suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by 50 percent.
Greek winemakers' best chance to grab U.S. market(2011-06-29)
According to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2010 the value of Greek wine exports to the United States went up more than 12 percent over 2009.
Horror season fails to dent grape crush(2011-06-30)
The figures show the 2011 harvest was 1.62 million tonnes, up 1 per cent on last year.
French wine consumption drops by three billion bottles(2011-06-28)
French wine consumption has dropped by three billion bottles to just four billion - the equivalent of one bottle per adult each week - in two generations.
Wine world shrinks as thousands of EU vineyards grubbed up(2009-12-08)
The world of wine is shrinking, with global consumption falling and the total vineyard area decreasing during 2009.
BRIC and South Africa: Can it become BRICS?(2009-01-08)
To prove that it deserves to be among the BRIC incumbents, SA will firstly need to upgrade and expand the country’s infrastructure. Secondly, there will need to be a better education and skills development programmes to provide the skills and expertise needed to drive growth. Lastly, the SA government will have to develop a clear idea of the business sectors that the country can be internationally competitive in and then devote resources to maintain and heighten that competitiveness.
India to outstrip Italy and Germany in consumption 2025(2009-12-08)
The McKinsey Global Institute says India is well on its way to become the world’s 5th largest consumer market by 2025 (currently ranked in the 12th place).
Russia threat to nationalise wine is 'political'(2009-12-08)
The Russian government is threatening to renationalise the wine industry, putting a million jobs at risk, a leading wine distributor said recently.
Inert gas technology prevents oxidation (2009-12-08)
Gas company Air Liquide reports that new inert gas technology which prevents the oxidation of wine, and thereby maintains the quality and character, has been introduced to the wine industry.
Ad campaign aims to shift parents' drinking habits(2009-12-08)
Players from the South African liquor industry under the auspices of the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) have launched a new series of adverts which is in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol use.
That bottle used to be a plant(2009-12-08)
Coca Cola's new bottles are composed of a new PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic that was once a plant. This is the next generation of PET that is now 100% recyclable with a smaller carbon footprint, when measured from the growing of the plant materials through to the production of the resin, than the traditional PET.
Drinks firms call for water investment(2009-12-08)
Drinks heavyweights SABMiller, Coca-Cola Co and Nestle have called for greater investment in water sustainability amid a growing gap in global supply and demand.
New whiskey rules introduced (2009-12-08)
Scotch single-malt whisky must be bottled in Scotland, while terms such as ‘pure malt' and ‘vatted malt' are now a thing of the past, thanks to a number of new laws introduced on 23 November 2009 by the UK government.
Food and beverage industry needs to gear up for 2010(2009-12-08)
Ismail Darsot whose company has been a past recipient of the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award reports in Bizcommunity.com that he believes the food and beverage industry is simply not ready for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.
Northern Cape wine industry teams up with government in empowerment project(2009-12-08)
The Blocuso Wine Development Initiative outside Keimoes in the Northern Cape should be an example of how true empowerment and land reform can work in the wine industry.
Winemakers face climate change with dread (2009-12-08)
Global warming emerged as the wine industry’s top concern at the recent Wine Future Conference in Spain. Winemakers the world over are faced with rising temperatures leading to higher alcohol levels in their wine which changes the texture and personality of wine.
Canadian wine labels will change(2009-10-21)
A storm of media attention is prompting changes in the handling - and in some cases the content - of Cellared in Canada wines.
UK wine industry gets £1.6m boost(2009-10-21)
The UK wine industry is to receive £1.6m to address the lack of winemakers trained to deal with the unpredictable British weather and terroir conditions.
The Sun newspaper releases wine(2009-10-21)
British tabloid newspaper The Sun has launched a wine in collaboration with major UK supermarket Asda.
WWE and wine snobs gear up for smackdown over smackdown(2009-10-21)
Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has told the American Wine Foundation that it is infringing on its copyright by calling one of its wine classes "Sommelier Smackdown."
Trio takes 2009 Patrick Grubb wine-making bursary(2009-10-21)
Nico Fischer of Simonsig, Andrew Williams of Steenberg and M’Daan Pieterse of Overgaauw are this year’s recipients of the Patrick Grubb Bursary and will go on a winemaking-working trip to France.
Liquid cocaine found in bottles of Bolivian wine(2009-10-21)
Of the 765 litres of Kohlberg wine discovered by Bulgarian authorities, a reported 714 litres was liquid cocaine.
Government to allow smaller drinks measures(2009-10-21)
The UK government announced that it would allow wine measures under 75ml to be served in on and off-trade premises.
Blending rule to save disaster-hit wineries in Australia(2009-10-21)
Proposed changes to the state's Liquor Licensing Act will allow disaster-struck producers to buy fruit and wine from other producers and to make and sell the wine under their own labels.
US wine consumption continues to grow(2009-10-21)
Overall wine consumption in the U.S. rose 0.9% to 2 652,3 million litres in 2008, according to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Wine Handbook.
China's wine industry growing(2009-10-21)
China is now home to about 600 wine enterprises, 167 of which are state-owned earning annual sales revenues greater than R5.8 million.
South Africa wine heist in London 'planned'(2009-10-21)
£30,000 worth of South African wine was stolen from a warehouse in Wimbledon, South London.
Chile unveils sustainability code(2009-10-21)
The Chilean wine industry should have a sustainability certification system up-and-running by the end of 2010.
Italian banks to take wine as collateral(2009-10-21)
The Italian agricultural minister has backed plans to accept fine wine as loan collateral from crisis-hit producers.
Pill to fight alcoholism(2009-10-21)
ScienceDaily reports that neuropharmacologists are now running clinical trials on a drug called topiramate which they say is an effective therapeutic medication for decreasing heavy drinking and diminishing the physical and psychological harm caused by alcohol dependence.
The 21 club(2009-10-21)
A new movement has sprung up in the USA that is campaigning to lower the drinking age back from 21 to 18 years.
Confusion 'fuels alcohol misuse'(2009-10-21)
Widespread public confusion about how much it is safe to drink may be contributing to the growth of alcohol misuse in England, say MPs.
Pest control goes green(2009-10-21)
A recent South African Pest Control Association convention held in Cape Town looked at the future of the pest-control industry in the 21st century.
New moth a threat to vineyards(2009-10-21)
A European grapevine moth with larvae has been detected in Oakville, Napa Valley. The moth does its damage by getting into the fruit cluster and can affect the development of fruit at certain stages.
Warning as study finds SA's water dwindles(2009-10-21)
The Water Resources of South Africa 2005 study, the fifth of its kind, found 4 per cent less surface water than had been estimated in 1995.
Australian town in world-first bottled water ban(2009-10-21)
The rural town Bundanoon south of Sydney in Australia marked the first day of its bottled water ban by unveiling a series of new public drinking fountains.
SurePure technology approved in South Africa(2009-10-21)
South Africa has become the first country to approve a new hi-tech process which uses light energy to purify wine.
McMerlot: Fast food chains add wine to menu(2009-10-21)
Fast food restaurants are adding wine to their menus in a bid to boost sales.
Ban alcohol adverts - ANCYL(2009-11-26)
Kingdom Mabuza reports in The Sowetan that the ANC Youth League has launched a campaign to ban alcohol advertising in all media channels.
New expo for beverage, liquor(2009-11-26)
The first Drink Tech Africa exhibition and conference serving Africa’s growing beverage and liquid food markets will be held In July 2010 together with Africa’s Big Seven (AB7).
Pushing the packaging envelope(2009-11-26)
An article by Suzanne Gannon in Wines & Vines concludes that economic conditions and environmental concerns are driving the success of alternative wine packaging.
Business should not be complacent about energy efficiency(2009-11-26)
The president of the South African Association of Energy Efficiency says South African companies would in future have to grow without using more power.
Four peak industry bodies make statement to Australian wine industry(2009-11-26)
The release of a statement to the wine industry by the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia, Wine Grape Growers’ Australia, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation has the objectives to recognize the problem and to formulate an action agenda to advance the adjustment process, to bring about more sustainable operating conditions as soon as possible and to dispel any notion that the industry can trade its way out of its current problem or rely on government to step in.
Food, glorious food(2009-11-26)
Read the article in The Economist on the health benefit claims made by food and beverage companies and why concerned regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are saying that some of these health claims are misleading or/and unsupported by evidence and why they are now tightening the rules.
SAB launches campaign to combat alcohol abuse(2009-11-26)
South African Breweries has recently launched a R50m Reality Check advertising campaign targeted at drivers and pregnant women to raise awareness and counter prevailing alcohol abuse among South African drinkers.
SA oxygen barrier technology promises huge food benefits(2009-11-26)
The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a new technology known as the Enviroclear barrier coating technology which promises to extend the self life for plastic-packed foods and beverages by up to 40 times.
Tax advisory firm welcomes proposed overhaul of Customs Act(2009-11-26)
On 30 October SARS presented the proposed replacement of the 45-year-old Customs and Excise Act in parliament. The most noticeable change to the Act was the creation of two bills – the Customs Control Bill and the Customs Duty Bill with a 3rd bill, the Excise Bill also being developed. The public may comment on the new Acts until February 2010.
In Hong Kong, stirrings of a serious wine scene (2009-11-26)
Jake Lee reports in The Wall Street Journal on changes to the wine scene in Hong Kong which now boasts flourishing wine shops, tasting bars and even a winery. Restaurants are hosting dinners with wine makers flown in for the occasion and tasting events, trade shows and oenology courses abound.
Time to put actions behind the words(2009-11-26)
The Ontario government’s plan for the wine industry involves the setting of grape prices, which will effectively end the role of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
UK alcohol consumption falling faster than ever(2009-11-26)
Alcohol consumption in the UK is falling faster than at any time in the past 60 years. Now the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is calling for more targeted efforts at reducing alcohol-related harm, saying that the policies designed to reduce the drinking of the entire nation are misguided.
Plastic bottle wine takes off(2009-10-21)
First we had to get use to wine in a box, then screw tops and synthetic corks and now we are presented with wine in a plastic bottle. And as before some say it is a good thing quoting plus points such as less breakage, more wine per bottle and more environmentally friendly.
On the rocks, it's a new landscape(2009-10-21)
Toby Cecchini reports in The New York Times on the current cocktail renaissance where attention to every facet of the drink has reached the fetishistic.
Taking stress off yeast produces better wine(2009-10-21)
Turning grape juice into wine is stressful for yeast, but Dr Aranda from the University of Valencia in Spain has identified the genes in yeast that enable it to respond to stress and is investigating ways to improve yeast performance by modifying its stress response mechanism.
Growing interest in Fairtrade(2009-10-21)
Despite the tough economic conditions British shoppers are showing increasing concern over the wellbeing of the people producing their groceries in developing countries.
New World joins forces to head off European threat(2009-10-21)
A group of New World wine-producing countries have teamed up to form the New World Alliance, a marketing strategy which will be unveiled at 2010's Prowein event in Germany.
Predicting consumers' future wants, needs(2009-08-13)
Future business success will depend on gaining futuristic consumer insights and developing relevant and preferred products and services ahead of the competition.
Promoting South African wine in China(2009-08-13)
Considering the depth of South Africa's winemaking abilities, I am utterly disappointed most of the times I dine out in Beijing when I discover that the establishment's wine list either includes no South African wines or only contains extremely low cost brands at ridiculous prices of R300.
Putting drink-drivers in park(2009-08-13)
PFK Electronics' Autowatch TAB, a tethered alcohol breathalyser based immobiliser, prevents a vehicle from being driven by anyone over the legal alcohol limit.
When it comes to packaging, less is more(2009-08-13)
Consumer product companies have been cutting down on extraneous packaging for good reasons. The rise in raw material, energy, manufacturing and transportation costs, coupled with the rise in consumers' environmental consciousness all play a part in reducing packaging.
For Australian winemakers, more turns out to be less(2009-08-13)
Just a few years ago, Australia was being hailed as the great international success story of the wine business. But even as its star appeared to be rising, the Australian wine industry was sliding, selling a greater volume of wine at increasingly lower prices.
SABMiller to build research brewery(2009-08-13)
SABMiller is to build a GBP2m (US$3.3m) global research brewery in the UK city of Nottingham.
Chinese firm takes stake in Bordeaux vineyard(2009-08-13)
A Chinese firm has taken a majority stake in a Bordeaux vineyard, the latest move by the emerging Asian giant into the world of French wine, a company who advised on the deal said.
Grains trump grapes? Beer more healthy than wine(2009-08-13)
Contrary to popular opinion, beer is as healthy - if not more healthy - than wine, according to a university professor with an academic title any Joe Six-pack would relish.
Wine sales plummet in Ireland(2009-07-27)
Cross-border shopping and the economic downturn sent wine sales tumbling by more than 10% in Ireland during the first quarter of 2009, official figures show.
Vintners scramble to retrieve wine from New Vine Logistics(2009-07-27)
North Coast wineries scrambled to reclaim their wine from New Vine Logistics, a Napa wine storage and shipping company that ran out of cash and ceased operations.
Change of course: New Vine logistics to restart with new funding (2009-07-27)
In the latest twist in a saga that has transfixed much of the California wine industry in recent days, Inertia Beverage Group has agreed in principle with Silicon Valley Bank to acquire its debt position in New Vine Logistics.
DNA technology can be used on fine wine(2009-07-27)
Advanced DNA identification techniques could be used to prove the origins of fine wines, helping in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting, says a hi-tech US company.
Berry Bros & Rudd to launch online trading platform(2009-07-27)
Fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is set to launch an online trading platform. The new service will allow customers to trade their reserves on the BBR site and set their own bid prices.
Australian wine industry calls for government help(2009-07-27)
Australian wine industry bodies are to call on the federal government for funding to help people leave the industry.
Selling BEE(2009-07-27)
South Africa's economic downturn has halted several Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions, but brewer SAB - part of SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewing group - has unveiled a new broad-based BEE deal that does not rely on debt financing, and so is unlikely to face any substantial hitches.
New York Times questions wine health studies(2009-07-27)
A science article front-paged in the New York Times raises a question of whether 'study after study' that links moderate use of alcohol to health is 'all a big mistake.' The article says that 'some scientists' claim no study has 'ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death - only that the two often go together.
Evin Law: alcohol advertising now allowed on internet(2009-07-27)
The Senate in Paris has ratified an amendment to the Evin Law, allowing use of the internet for alcohol advertising. The decision means that the internet will now be listed alongside television, radio and other established media within the Evin Law that governs how alcohol is advertised in France.
World drink less wine per capita(2009-06-22)
The Global Drinks Market: Impact databank Review and Forecast, 2008 shows that people are drinking wine at a slower rate and the global recession seems to have accelerated this trend.
EU rosé wine U-turn(2009-06-22)
The EU has seen common sense by performing a u-turn on a plan to allow winemakers to blend red and white wines to make rosé.
Mitigating climate change through food and land use(2009-06-22)
Agricultural communities can play a central role in fighting climate change according to a new Worldwatch Institute report by Sara Scherr and Sajal Sthapit. More than 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arise from the land-use sector.
Thirsty work(2009-06-22)
Consumers may already be aware of the environmental impact of producing goods in terms of energy or pollution, but they might be surprised to learn how much water is needed to create some daily goods.
Tough consumer law 'adds to costs'(2009-06-22)
Big business should brace itself for soaring insurance premiums and higher production costs in light of new consumer protection laws.
Councils given powers to ban happy hours(2009-06-22)
Local authorities are to be given the power to ban happy hours and other promotions encouraging excessive drinking.
Consumers keen to shop online(2009-06-22)
A MasterCard survey found that 80% of South Africa’s Internet users shop online.
Harvest 2009: A strong year for the Cape(2009-06-22)
South Africa's wine regions enjoy a cool, dry season, producing quality across the board.
Research - New World set for more growth despite challenges(2009-06-22)
A new report from IWSR and just-drinks suggests New World wine producers will continue to grow their share of the market. But while the New World can expect good growth in emerging wine markets, the Old World is fighting back.
10 Top international wine destinations(2009-06-22)
Forbes.com has come up with 10 top international wine destinations assisted by George Taber, author of "In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism."
Sustainable packaging(2009-06-22)
Society places many demands upon packaging relative to issues such as safety, convenience, efficiency, identification and marketing. But packaging is also a burden to producers, consumers and the environment.
Report in focus - Growth in functional drinks set to ramp up(2009-06-22)
The functional soft drinks market looks set for further growth over the next few years, according to a new report from just-drinks. While the recession and competition from other functional foods represent challenges, the sector offers many opportunities for growth.
New wine guide for ordinary people(2009-06-22)
A new independently published wine guide, The People's Wine Guide, lists 600 wines and features “blind tasting” to ensure impartiality. It's aimed at those who buy wine from supermarkets and liquor chains, and is written in everyday language.
Celebrating five new Cape Wine Masters(2009-06-22)
Rolene Bauer, Mary-Lyn Foxcroft, Danielle le Roux, Duane Blaauw and Eftyhia Vardas were recently awarded Diplomas as Cape Wine Masters bringing the number of successful candidates to 71 since the inception of the Cape Wine Master qualification 25 years ago.
Mr (wine) writer? Why don't you tell it like really is?(2009-06-22)
An interesting story in wine magazine Decanter this week suggests that wine drinkers in Asia are struggling to understand the kind of language used in Western wine descriptions.
American wine overtakes France in British drinker's affection(2009-01-19)
Trade figures show that more American wine than French wine was drunk in Britain for the first time in 2007. In second place was Australia which topped the table for the last five years. France came in third followed by Italy, South Africa and then Chile.
SA's economic outlook for first half bleak, but better second half expected(2009-01-19)
Chanel Pringle reports on the economic and employment outlook for SA in 2009 as seen by two economists, Fanie Joubert at Efficient Group and Chris Hart at Investment Solutions SA.
Wine industry code of conduct finalised(2009-01-19)
Signed recently in Adelaide by the President of the WFA and the Chairman of the WGGA, the voluntary Code will set minimum standards for commercial Agreements between grapegrowers and winemakers.
Not on the shopping list? The truth about impulse purchases(2009-01-19)
Wharton marketing professor David R Bell argues that the notion that most supermarket purchases are unplanned is something of an urban legend and that unplanned buying amounts to about 20% of purchases.
Internet usage in SA growing or slowing?(2009-01-19)
Independent Online reports that current (2006) statistics show a 120% increase in Internet use in SA over the past two years. Almost 4m browsers or 10.3% of the population are now using the Internet which is having a favourable effect on the growth of e-commerce.
Move over, California(2008-10-06)
The first Chicago & Midwest wine show will be held in September. Wisconsin’s wine industry is tiny (41 wineries) but growing. Iowa now has six times as many wineries as in 1995. Ohio now with 108 wineries and Michigan with 112 are the biggest producers in the area.
Organic consumers drive the new marketplace(2008-10-06)
David Wolstenholme reports that the natural and organic industry worldwide is showing signs of a huge shift in marketing and manufacturing that will not be satisfied by a new PR spin or new package design. Globally the organic market is growing at 30% compared with a 2% growth rate in conventional produce.
German producer prices post biggest jump in 27 years(2008-10-06)
Producer prices were 8.9% higher than in July last year, the statistics office said, topping a 6.7% jump seen in June. The main culprit was higher energy prices, soaring 24.5% compared to last July and costing 5.1% more than in June.
Miles of aisles for milk? Not here(2008-10-06)
Andrew Martin reports in The New York Times that USA retailers are currently experimenting with radically smaller grocery stores with the emphasis on prepared meals, fresh produce and grab-and-go drinks. The idea is to attract time-starved shoppers who just want to pick up a few items or a fast meal without having to walk up and down long grocery aisles or having to pay restaurant prices.
High-tech tools to fight wine fraud(2008-10-06)
By zapping wine bottles with ion beams generated by a particle accelerator the Antique Wine company in London and researchers at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Bordeaux have come up with a fraud-busting technology to distinguish how old the bottles are and roughly where they originate from.
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