California: Early Reports Put 2018 Harvest at Above Average

19 July 108 – California wine industry maintains an optimistic view, larger wineries sitting on full inventories. Read more…


South Africa’s Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success

19 June 2018 – As one of the top 10 most-planted wine grape varieties in South Africa, the report shows that the total area under Pinotage vines is now at 6,979ha – up from 6.5% to 7.4%. Read more…


European market conditions are the worst in 25 years says VINEX manager

15 June 2018 – Market conditions across Europe are the worst in 25 years, according to VINEX regional manager, Inge Straetmans.

In this week’s assessment of the overall European market Staetmans has reported “it’s the worst time ever to be a wine buyer” due to the lack of availability of quality wine at the right price and on-going uncertainty in the market. “In the 25 years I have been in the business I have not seen this before where buyers will openly show you their needs. They would never do that normally,” said Straetmans.

It means buyers are “scared” of making the wrong decisions for the wrong wines and where possible are looking to work with suppliers they know. But the market conditions mean they are having to explore other options, particularly from Eastern Europe. This is particularly the case as an alternative to Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from traditional markets like the Alsace. Where there are shortages in bulk supply, Eastern Europe is also being seen as an alternative option in bottled wine.

There are particular problems in sourcing Vin de Provence rosé, IGP Méditerannée, good quality Bordeaux and Sauvignon Blanc, around 12.0% abv, from South West France, as well as juicy red wines like Syrah at 13.0% abv.. “We’ve traded a lot of Corsican rosé this year to replace Côtes de Provence,” said Straetmans.

The fact there are lower volumes of South African wines on the market has had a knock-on effect on the European market, maintaining price pressure. French producers, though, could benefit this year as there is not that much difference in price and quality between Vin de Pays D’Oc and Chilean wine this.

As for what is in demand in Europe Straetmans singles out South African Chenin Blanc. “We need South African Chenin Blanc in big volumes, whoever can deliver that will be king!”.


The 10 Most Popular Wine Grapes in the U.S

12 June 2018 -The Chardonnay craze has not subsided. It the most planted variety with 106,000 acres (43,000 hectares). Read more…


Australia: Winemakers head for higher ground as temperature increases

28 May 2018 – Hotter and drier summers are forcing a scramble to higher altitudes in one of the country’s most recognised cool-climate wine regions. Read more…


UCT and industry commit to widening access to business of wine

21 March 2018  – The UCT Graduate School of Business, VinPro Foundation and Graham Beck are offering a record 15 bursaries to enable previously disadvantaged South Africans to enrol on the popular Business of Wine short course – the only programme of its kind in South Africa to tackle the business aspects of wine. Read more…


Creating a sustainable wine future

20 March 2018 – South African wine producers are readying themselves for CapeWine 2018 taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12 – 14 September, under the theme \Hannuwa – encapsulating the philosophy of the South African wine industry as a pledge to farming sustainably and be a custodian of the land and preserve it for future generations. Read more…


Future prospects for international wine markets

19 March 2018 – International wine markets undergo constant change. Traditional European wine markets decrease in importance and producers compete to enter new markets. Read more…