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Jan 16 2013

decanter.com: South Africa exports record volumes of wine

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 11:28

by Richard Woodard – South Africa exported a record-breaking 417m litres of wine last year – but bulk shipments continued to account for more than half of volumes. The figures for 2012 showed a 17% increase over 2011 and were 10m litres above the previous record year, 2008, said Wines of South Africa (WoSA).

Favourable exchange rates, a global wine shortage and small harvests in Europe, Latin America and Australia and New Zealand were the main factors behind the growth. However, WoSA CEO Su Birch said bulk wines accounted for 59% of 2012 volumes, something which she said was part of a ‘growing global trend’.

Birch added, ‘Obviously we would prefer the accent to be on packaged wines in terms of job retention in the packaging industry and also to maintain sustainable profit margins for producers.’ Continue reading „decanter.com: South Africa exports record volumes of wine“


Jan 16 2013

Decanter.com: St Emilion chateaux begin legal action against Classification

Tag: Regionen,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 11:25

by Chris Mercer – Bordeaux’s Saint Emilion classification is facing a fresh legal crisis after three chateaux filed complaints against the selection process.

St Emilion

St Emilion: ‚a pity for everyone‘

Chateau Croque-Michotte has joined Château La Tour du Pin Figeac andChâteau Corbin-Michotte to take their grievances before an administrative tribunal in Bordeaux.

Tension has been simmering since France’s appellation body, the INAO, published the long-awaited new Classification for Saint Emilion in September last year.

‚We have been forced to resort to the law,‘ said Sylvie Giraud of Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac, the only one of four Chateaux to challenge its demotion in the disputed 2006 classification and not to be reinstated in 2012.

Alongside La Tour du Pin Figeac this time around is Corbin-Michotte, which lost is Grand Cru Classé status, and Croque-Michotte, which was refused promotion from Grand Cru to Grand Cru ClasséThe three claim there were procedural errors in the selection process, and particularly at the tastings. Continue reading „Decanter.com: St Emilion chateaux begin legal action against Classification“