To tackle the problem of bottles ending up in landfill, many European regions are finding ingenious ways to reuse bottles, rather than recycling them. Barnaby Eales reports.
Wine Business International
A team of hopeful German vintners are training hard, getting ready to take on the Vatican soccer team. What are their chances against a team of players who have God on their side?
The wine industry isn't doing enough to grow its consumer base, according to a recent Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates review. Liza B, Zimmerman reports.
Casella Family Brands, the company behind [yellow tail] brought their new Magic Box collection to ProWein.
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.
by Frances Robinson at Bloomberg News
by Elissaveta Velianova
Bulgaria’s Executive Agency on Vine and Wine last week revealed that as many as 6,200 hectares of new vineyards were planted and replanted, bringing the country’s total vineyard area to 136,000 by the end of 2007. This is good news for producers, as Bulgaria has long suffered shortage of sufficient quantity and quality grapes, in contrast to the grape glut experienced in traditional EU countries.
by Subhash Arora
The European Unionhas again filed a formal complaint against India at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) claiming that it still keeps European wine and spirits out of its market due to discriminatory high taxes.