Feb 24 2011

Decanter: Canterbury wine industry ’spared‘ by NZ earthquake

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by Rebecca Gibb – Canterbury wine producers are reporting being largely unaffected by the latest Christchurch



A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit at 12.51pm local time but wineries are reporting little damage, with the epicentre to the east of the city in Lyttelton, rather than in the wine growing areas west of Christchurch.

Speaking to within hours of the quake, Celia Bosman of Sandihurst winery said, ‚The whole place was swaying but we are fine, we have have been spared this time. We had much more damage last time as we were far closer to the epicentre. ‚

When the earthquake hit, new tanks were being fitted at Sandihurst to replace those damaged by September’s earthquake and work had to be stopped.

Tresillian Estate’s Heather Anderson confirmed producers west of the city had escaped relatively unscathed: “We got far more damage last time and are ok because we are out of the city centre.”

Cracroft Chase Vineyards, a producer closer to the city centre in the suburb of Cashmere, also escaped damage to the vineyard and winery but owners Alessandro and Wilma Laryn have suffered damage to their home.

Decanter was unable to contact city centre fine wine retailers Decant and Vino Fino following the earthquake. Prime Minister John Key confirmed 65 people had died six hours following the first earthquake.

Feb 24 2011

SOUTH AFRICA: KWV’s profits slump in H1

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* Profits down by 80%
* Sales down by 9%
* Big reduction in UK listings

KWV’s net profits have slumped by 80% for the first half of its fiscal year, following write-down charges and a drop in sales. Continue reading „SOUTH AFRICA: KWV’s profits slump in H1“

Feb 24 2011

SOUTH AFRICA: KWV still open to suitors

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By: Arnold Kirkby – South African wine and spirit company KWV has said it is still open to negotiation with possible suitors after this month’s failed takeover by Pioneer Foods.

KWV’s CEO, Thys Loubser, said today (22 February) that he needs more time for new major shareholder HCI to get to grips with the company before anything concrete can be decided. Black empowerment group HCI has purchased 31.8% of KWV from Zeder Investments. Continue reading „SOUTH AFRICA: KWV still open to suitors“

Feb 24 2011

US: Wine exports hit record in 2010

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US wine exports rebounded to hit a record $1.14bn in 2010, according to the California Wine Institute.

The value of exports rose by 25% on 2009, although the volume of exports only increased by 2%, to 47.3m nine-litre cases, said the Wine Institute yesterday (22 February). California represents around 90% of exports. Continue reading „US: Wine exports hit record in 2010“

Feb 22 2011

Decanter: COFCO to guard China-bound Bordeaux from production to consumption

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Chinese conglomerate COFCO has confirmed that it intends to control the supply chain of its Bordeaux wines, in a bid to protect Chinese consumers from wine fraud.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the“>purchase of Chateau Viaud in Bordeaux, COFCO vice chairman Chi Jingtao said that the Chinese government was particularly interested in assuring products sold in China were authentic and unadulterated. Continue reading „Decanter: COFCO to guard China-bound Bordeaux from production to consumption“

Feb 22 2011

Decanter: Senior figures meet to discuss new St Emilion classification

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by Richard Woodard – The long awaited new classification of St Emilion has moved a step closer following a meeting between French appellations body the INAO and leading chateaux in the area.

Yves Bénard, president of the Comité National des Vins at the INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité), came to St Emilion on Thursday to explain the new classification rules to local producers and growers. Continue reading „Decanter: Senior figures meet to discuss new St Emilion classification“

Feb 22 2011

Decanter: Buyers eyeing Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck Champagne, say sources

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by Richard Woodard -Rum giant Bacardi is one of about 12 companies to show interest in buying the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne brands, sources in the region have told

Other potential bidders are believed to include Champagne’s leading player, LVMH, plus Vranken-Pommery Monopole and BCC-Lanson, as well as the region’s largest co-operatives, Alliance Champagne and Nicolas Feuillatte. Continue reading „Decanter: Buyers eyeing Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck Champagne, say sources“

Feb 22 2011

Skoff – Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne

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Walter und Joachim Skoff lancieren ihre neue Weinlinie „SKOFF original“. Die Premiummarke für den Fachhandel steht für hochwertige Weine mit neuer Stilistik.

Das Jahr 2010 war für die beiden Winzer Walter und Joachim Skoff aus dem steirischen Gamlitz nicht nur aufgrund der Herausforderungen im Weingarten besonders spannend. Kommen doch mit dem aktuellen Jahrgang Weine einer neuen Stilrichtung unter der Prämiummarke „SKOFF original“ in den Fachhandel. Ab sofort sind mit der bewährten Linie „Walter Skoff“ also zwei Qualitätsmarken erhältlich.

Unter „SKOFF original“ werden sämtliche Lagenweine des Hauses gefüllt, darüber hinaus die Classique-Weine und alle Rotweine. Die neue Linie zeigt sich elegant und feingliedrig, transportiert noch mehr Frucht, ist noch terroirbetonter. Die neuen Etiketten aus edlem Perlmuttpapier, das je nach Lichteinfall in verschiedenen Nuancen erstrahlt, sind ein Statement für sich und transportieren die junge Marke entsprechend exklusiv. Grün ist die Farbe der Classique-Linie, die Lagenweine glänzen messing, die Rotweine rot. Die renommierte Marke „Walter Skoff“, die seit mehr als zehn Jahren erfolgreich mit dem bekannten Design auf dem Markt ist, bleibt mit ihrer vertrauten Stilistik bestehen: florale Noten und südsteirischer Charme. Continue reading „Skoff – Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne“

Feb 18 2011

CHINA/FRANCE: COFCO buys Bordeaux’s Château de Viaud

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By: Stuart Todd – Chinese biggest wine producer, COFCO, has acquired the Château de Viaud in the prestigious Bordeaux Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC wine region, a law firm assisting in the deal has confirmed.

Law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel confirmed to just-drinks this week that a deal has been signed. Château de Viaud’s estate covers 20 hectares and was previously owned by Bordeaux trader Philippe Raoux. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. Continue reading „CHINA/FRANCE: COFCO buys Bordeaux’s Château de Viaud“

Feb 18 2011

DWI: Weinkonsumenten kaufen günstiger ein

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Die Verbraucher waren 2010 beim Weineineinkauf sparsamer als im Jahr zuvor. Wie das Deutsche Weininstitut (DWI) auf Basis von GfK-Erhebungen mitteilt, sanken 2010 die Ausgaben für Wein in Deutschland auf alle Herkünfte und Einkaufsstätten bezogen um 2,7 Prozent. Der Wein­absatz blieb mit einem leichten Minus von 0,7 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr weitestgehend stabil.

„Ein wesentlicher Grund für die rückläufigen Umsätze sind Continue reading „DWI: Weinkonsumenten kaufen günstiger ein“

Feb 18 2011

Decanter: Czech Republic harvest worst in 25 years

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by Lubomír Sedlák- The 2010 grape harvest in the Czech Republic was the worst since 1986, according to the country’s winemakers‘ association. Growers in 2010 produced 45,923 metric tons of grapes from approximately 16,000 hectares of vineyards, down by a third from the year before and less than half of the 2008 and 2007 harvests. Continue reading „Decanter: Czech Republic harvest worst in 25 years“

Feb 17 2011

Vandals attack historic grapevine

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 13:53 among dense underbrush on an Austrian hillside, a great-great „grandparent“ of one of the world’s most popular white wines survived wars, winters and insect pests for 500 years.

Yesterday, the grapevine was found chopped to pieces – and the man who discovered it 11 years ago was near to tears as he told state broadcaster ORF of his loss. „What was he trying to prove?“ asked Michael Leberl of the person – or people – who vandalised what is believed to be one of two direct ancestors of Austria’s Gruner Veltliner. „I am speechless.“ Continue reading „Vandals attack historic grapevine“

Feb 17 2011

Genetically modified wine yeast takes the headache out of red wine and Chardonnay

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A new strain of wine yeast developed at the University of B.C. helps reduce amines, chemicals in red wine and Chardonnay that produce off-flavours and trigger headaches, hypertension and migraines in many people.

Food biotechnologist Hennie van Vuuren spent eight years in research and another seven years to test his genetically modified yeast, dedicating much of his life’s work as a scientist to the project. Continue reading „Genetically modified wine yeast takes the headache out of red wine and Chardonnay“

Feb 16 2011

Sigi Hiss: Brettanomyces bruxellensis & 2002 SHL

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Sigi Hiss – Der rote 2002 Smith-Haut-Lafitte & Brett.  Brettanomyces bruxellensis

Feb 15 2011

DWI: ProWein 2011/Düsseldorf – Motto Burgunder Hoch Drei

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Das Deutsche Weininstitut (DWI) wird auf der ProWein 2011 in Düsseldorf unter dem Motto „Burgunder Hoch Drei – The Pinot Trio“ die drei wichtigsten Burgundersorten in den Mittelpunkt seiner Präsentation stellen: Spätburgunder, Grau- und Weißburgunder. Dieses Trio gewinnt sowohl im eigenen Land als auch international zunehmend an Popularität. Continue reading „DWI: ProWein 2011/Düsseldorf – Motto Burgunder Hoch Drei“

Feb 15 2011

Decanter: Castel, Suntory take 50% stakes in Chateau Beychevelle

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – The French wine company Castel has taken a 50% stake in Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau


Beaumont and the wine merchants Barriere Freres.

Previous owners Grands Millésimes de France (GMF), and insurance company Ethias, have sold their 63% stake.

The Japanese drinks company Suntory – a Beychevelle shareholder for 20 years – has increased its stake from 37% to 50%.

The terms of the deal see GMF/Ethias sell 50% to Castel, and 13% to Suntory, giving the new partners an equal share. Suntory continues to separately own Chateau Lagrange, also in Saint Julien.

Castel is the largest wine and beer company in France, still run by 84-year old Pierre Castel and is based out of Continue reading „Decanter: Castel, Suntory take 50% stakes in Chateau Beychevelle“

Feb 15 2011

Smaragd-Verkostung im März

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Alle Jahre wieder ist die Zeit des Wartens dann doch endlich vorbei. Und diesmal auch schon ein Monat früher.
Der 21. März steht im Zeichen der Wachau und ihrer großen Smaragde. Die Quintessenz der Domäne Wachau steht zur Verkostung bereit.

Einzellagenfederspiele geben den Takt vor und Continue reading „Smaragd-Verkostung im März“

Feb 15 2011

GV, Gourmets und Großmeister

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Zwei Wochen lang steht die Wachau im Zeichen großer Kulinarik. Dass dazu auch große Weine gehören, versteht sich angesichts der Region von selbst.
Und dass die Domäne Wachau hier munter mitmischt eigentlich auch. Zwei Veranstaltungen sind es dann auch, in denen unsere Weine mit im Spiel sind, ergänzt durch eine doppelte Portion Weltklasse. Continue reading „GV, Gourmets und Großmeister“

Feb 14 2011

Die VDP Prädikatsweingüter im Land des Lächelns

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Seit jeher ist der Ball des Weines der Ball der Genüsse und in diesem Jahr steht Asien im Mittelpunkt der kulinarischen, kulturellen und vinophilen Allianz.

„Das Thema Glück, in der asiatischen Kultur durch Zahlen, Daten und Tiere symbolisiert, nimmt eine zentrale Bedeutung an diesem Abend ein und zieht sich in der Ballnacht wie ein roter Faden durch Ballsaal, Flaniermeile und Foyer.“ so Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, Ehrenpräsident der VDP Prädikatsweingüter, der den Ball des Weines ins Leben gerufen hat.

Lassen Sie sich verzaubern, wenn sich am 16. April im prunkvollen Wiesbadener Kurhaus Deutsche Spitzenweine vor asiatischer Kulisse glänzend in Szene setzen. Asien und Europa sind in ihrer Unterschiedlichkeit einzigartig und dennoch eng verbunden. In beiden Kulturen haben Jahrhunderte alte Traditionen die jeweilige Lebensart finessenreich geprägt. Eine spannende Kombination, die beim Ball des Weines eine leidenschaftliche Sinfonie aus beiden Kulturen entspringen lässt. Continue reading „Die VDP Prädikatsweingüter im Land des Lächelns“

Feb 14 2011

FRANCE: French wines and spirits exports up in 2010

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FEVS hails growth in US and Asia.
FEVS hails growth in US and Asia.

Stuart Todd – French wine and spirits exports rose by 18.3% in value in 2010, according to the sector’s export trade body, FEVS.

Exports reached EUR9.1bn for the year, FEVS said today (14 February). “The business rebound in 2010 is largely a result of an excellent performance in Asian markets and recovery in North America,“ said FEVS president Claude de Jouvencel. „In the EU, recovery has been more timid.”

In terms of product, last year saw a 33% increase in Cognac sales to EUR1.85bn, while vodka exports jumped by 40% to EUR332m. Champagne exports rose by 22% to EUR1.9bn.

The US remained the leading importer of French wines and spirits, with exports to the country of EUR1.6bn, up by 25% on 2009. Sales to the UK rose by 7.5% to EUR1.3bn, while sales to China leapt by 79% to EUR564.8m.

Feb 14 2011

FRANCE: Champagne body plays down talk of full recovery

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The Champagne industry’s ruling council has said that there is more work to do to rebuild consumer demand, despite a series of sales rebounds for some of the sector’s biggest players.

Champagne sales may have bounced back to 319.5m bottles in 2010, the fourth highest total on record, but the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC) is in cautious mood. Value sales remain below those seen before the global financial meltdown. Continue reading „FRANCE: Champagne body plays down talk of full recovery“

Feb 14 2011

Decanter: Bumper California harvest down on 2009

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by Richard Woodard – California’s 2010 grape harvest was down 3% on 2009’s figure, but was still the third biggest crop in history, according to official estimates.
The 3.58m ton harvest was bigger than most industry observers had expected, but still fell below 2009 and 2005’s record, state authorities said this week. Continue reading „Decanter: Bumper California harvest down on 2009“

Feb 14 2011

Decanter: Savvy Chinese buyers looking beyond Bordeaux

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by Richard Woodard -Chinese fine wine consumers are diversifying beyond Bordeaux and buying an ever wider range ofDomaine de la Romanee Conti

wines from Burgundy and the New World, local merchants say.
Berry Bros & Rudd Hong Kong managing director Nick Pegna said the company’s sales of Burgundy had trebled during the campaign for the 2009 vintage in the run-up to the Chinese New Year.

And Don St Pierre Jr, CEO of ASC Fine Wines, added that demand was rising for top wines from other regions, including Penfolds Grange, Phelps Insignia, Shafer Hillside Select and Gaja Barbaresco.

‘The range of Burgundies was broad and excluded a number of blue chips which aren’t released at this stage, namely Continue reading „Decanter: Savvy Chinese buyers looking beyond Bordeaux“

Feb 12 2011

World’s largest trade fair for top-quality German wines: VDP Weinbörse

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Dear wine enthusiast,

The world’s largest trade fair for top-quality German wines – the VDP Weinbörse – opens its doors on 17 and 18 April 2011 in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. Some 165 VDP estates will be on hand to meet with their most important customers, i.e. the wholesale/retail trade, hospitality industry and exporters. This is the first comprehensive overview of the new vintage, during which the estates personally present their complete collection of 2010 wines, as well as debut a few wines (particularly, red wines) from the previous vintage. Please find enclosed your invitation to the Weinbörse trade fair. Continue reading „World’s largest trade fair for top-quality German wines: VDP Weinbörse“

Feb 12 2011

Hot-Spot Nr. 1 in der Deutschen Halle: Der VDP-Gemeinschaftsstand

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Die internationale Weinszene trifft sich alljährlich auf der Düsseldorfer ProWein (27.-29. März 2011). Hier ist der VDP-Gemeinschaftsstand in Halle 4 am Stand J 69 mit 127 VDP-Gütern und über 1000 Quadratmetern Ausstellungfläche zweifelsohne zum Hot-Spot unter den Deutschen Weinerzeugern und der Messe überhaupt geworden. Nationale und besonders viele internationale Wein-Einkäufer nutzen diese erste Chance im Jahr, um Kontakte zu pflegen, die Güte des Jahrgangs einzuschätzen und ihre Jahresplanung mit den Weingütern abzusprechen. Continue reading „Hot-Spot Nr. 1 in der Deutschen Halle: Der VDP-Gemeinschaftsstand“

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