Port wine? Feta? Brexit may spell trouble for famed EU names

20 September 2018 – Product name protection is not a minor issue. Portuguese port wine producers, just like the makers of French Champagne, Greek feta cheese or Italy’s Parma ham, the EU’s name-protection laws help ensure their livelihood by shielding them from industrial-scale, lower-cost copycats. Read more…


France still reigns supreme in wine portfolios

20 September 2018 – The study showed that 64% of those surveyed said that France is the most successful country of origin in terms of image. Read more…


Old vines take centre stage at CapeWine2018

18 September 2018 – Membership of the OVP has grown by leaps and bounds from 10 members late last year, to over 40 as it currently stands, including a number of cooperative producers, with over 80% of old-vine wines represented within these systems. Read more…


South African wine: Pay more or the industry gets it

13 September 2018 – Wineries in South Africa need to be able to charge more for their wines or the entire industry’s future could be under threat.That was the stark warning from Wines of South Africa’s chairperson, Carina Gous.Speaking at the opening of Cape Wine 2018, Gous painted a picture of an industry battling problems on many fronts, from Brexit-inspired uncertainty in key markets like the UK to climate change and possible land reform. Read more…


2018 Global Wine Supply Update

6 September 2018 – Global harvest 2018: ‘good, average’. Read more…


Catch Up on the Trends in Global Bulk Wine

4 September 2018 – Organizers of the annual World Bulk Wine Exhibition say they will have exhibitors pouring wines from all of the major wine producing regions of the world, covering 80% of the more than $4 billion global bulk wine market. Read more…


USA: The Great Wine Industry Shake-up

20 August 20128 – Climate change and real estate are creating under-the-radar opportunities in wine. Read more…


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!”.