Wine Business International

When winemaker Max Schubert came home from France and decided to use French techniques, he created Grange. But why the use of new oak? Robert Joseph suggests Schubert may have visited France at an unusual time.

7. January 2007 - 12:00

by Luis Antunes

Where ICEP is the government office for foreign trade, ViniPortugal is responsible for the promotion of Portuguese wines locally and in selected foreign countries. Together they have developed a Partnership project to consolidate the quality image

of Portuguese wines in export markets.

6. January 2007 - 12:00

by Dr. Brent Haggard

When Robert Mondavi brought out his first wine in the late sixties, there were not even two dozen wineries in the Napa Valley. According to the market research of Wine Business Monthly, there are now 5,645 producers in the United

6. January 2007 - 12:00

by Hervé Lalau

According to its 2007 budget presented in December, the French administrative body in charge of the French appellations, known by its moniker INAO, is in debt for over one million Euros. While the French Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to provide

800,000 Euros to secure its financing, other ways are being explored to supply the funds that remain. Donors are welcome, but no payments will be accepted in wine. Debts cannot be distilled.

5. January 2007 - 12:00

by Elsebeth Lohfert

Jens Michael Gundersen, partner in Hvidtfeldt & Gundersen (www.tyskvinkontor.dk/>) a well-known pioneer of Danish winegrowing and winemaking, is resigning as president of the Danish Winegrowers to concentrate

5. January 2007 - 12:00

by Hervé Lalau

The Jean-Michel Cazes group, known world wide as the owner of Château Lynch Bages in Pauillac, has expanded into the Côtes du Rhône with the purchase of the Domaine des Sénéchaux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Tracing its history back to the 14th century

this old estate of 27 hectares (67.5 acres) was in the hands of Pascal Roux, also the owner of Château du Trignon, in nearby Gigondas.

5. January 2007 - 12:00

by Peter Moser

Austria has experienced strong growth of wine sales in supermarkets in recent years. Two thirds of all wines sold off-trade in Austria in 2006 went through supermarkets; in 2002 it was only every second bottle. The increase of supermarket sales is

4. January 2007 - 12:00

by Hervé Lalau

After being bought out by an America investment firm two years ago, the Taittinger family is returning to its original Champagne business. The Credit Agricole du Nord Est, which last year purchased a majority of Taittinger for 590 million Euros back

from Starwood Capital, an American group specializing in luxury hotels, has now ceded a 37% stake to Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who hopes that friends and family will purchase the rest.

4. January 2007 - 12:00

by Tony Aspler

Ontario is the latest Canadian province to introduce a deposit and refund system for wine and spirit containers. The measure has been introduced for environmental reasons - to cut down the amount of glass and plastic that ends up in landfills.

4. January 2007 - 12:00

by Subhash Arora

Sula Wines advanced this year\'s harvest to the earliest recorded time when they started picking Sauvignon Blanc in one of their vineyard on December 25th, almost a month earlier than usual. The window for Chenin Blanc is also being advanced to

3. January 2007 - 12:00

by Hervé Lalau

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