Christof Queisser, Rotkäppchen-Mumm, is Wine Entrepreneur of the Year.
Wine Business International
The wine industry isn't doing enough to grow its consumer base, according to a recent Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates review. Liza B, Zimmerman reports.
Many winery websites are missing key elements, according to a speaker at the recent International Wine Tourism Conference. Paul Richer advises on changes that can have a big payoff.
Podcasts are exploding in popularity, with millions of new listeners downloading them each year. One such podcast is the Italian Wine Podcast, which turns two this month. Felicity Carter reports.
by Jung Yong Cho
The Korean wine market is now returning to normal in the aftermath of unusually strong growth last year. Comparatively ‘sluggish’ sales are expected this year. Nonetheless, compared to the same period last year imports rose again by 29.3% in the first half in 2008 to $69.7m.
an analysis byIgor Serdyuk
Abrau-Durso, Russia’s historic sparkling wine producer, is launching a new investment program, aiming to restore its status as the industry’s flagship after 20 years of decay - another sign of an emerging viticultural renaissance in Russia
from The Age
In Cyprus, where the reservoirs are almost dry and the taps often cease to flow, another liquid may also become scarce. Parched by a chronic drought, the island's wine industry, among the oldest in the world, is under threat; output in 2008 is likely to plunge by 15% to 25%.
by Ladka Bauerova at Bloomberg.com
The chief executive of Champagne Duval-Leroy, a family owned vineyard that sells about 6m bottles of the sparkling wine a year, says she's worried. "We are entering a difficult period, and I'm not sure consumers will put up with excessive price hikes,” she said. "This is the first time we are seeing such a confluence of grape-price inflation and a financial crisis.”
by Sophie Kevany
France’s largest producer of burgundy wines, Boisset, has sold off its spirits business, citing a need to recentralise on still and sparkling wines, given rising credit costs and an increasinglytougher business climate.
by Sophie Kevany
Bordeaux’s mayor has written a letter to France’s prime minister demanding that laws currently making it illegal for wine and other alcoholic drinks websites to exist, be changed.
by Greg Ninness at the Sunday Star Times
A wine rejected by European buyers because of its high metal content is being sold at knock-down prices in New Zealand supermarkets. Last year, Martinborough-based Te Kairanga winery had a 4000-case shipment of its 2006 pinot noir returned after its German buyer discovered the wine's copper content exceeded European standards.