UK Journalist Tim Atkin says South Africa is making the greatest wine in its history

3 September 2019. The Cape is firmly established as “one of the most exciting wine-producing countries on the planet”, thanks to a combination of old vines, young winemaking talent, established names, varied terroirs and a can-do spirit, according to award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, who has just released his seventh annual guide to South Africa. Read more…


The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?

17 August 2019. Napa wineries are confronting climate change by planting new experimental vineyards — without the region’s lifeblood, Cabernet Sauvignon. Read more…


In Argentina’s wine country, vintners worry about recession – and trade deal

15 August 2019. Argentine wineries, already grappling with an economic downturn that has cut deeply into domestic sales of their Malbecs and Bonardas, are now trying to figure out whether a blockbuster trade deal with Europe will prove a boom or a bust to their vineyards. Read more…


Cognac producers combat climate change

10 July 2019. Climate change is having a noticeable effect on Cognac as untimely frosts and freak hailstorms batter the region. The Spirits Business delves into what producers are doing to tackle Mother Nature’s unpredictability. Read more…


What to Watch for in the World of Wine

26 April 2019 – Takeaways from North America’s top international wine and spirits exhibition. Read more…


Here’s How America Uses Its Land

25 April 2019 – What can be harder to decipher is how Americans use their land to create wealth. The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure. Read more…


SA wine’s essential problem – too many small producers, not enough market

25 April 2019 – The impassioned pleas of the wine industry for an increase in the price of grapes or bulk wine have been based on the commercial reality confronting growers in the Cape. Depending on what you consider “under-recovering on input costs” somewhere between 40% and 70% are losing money. At this rate of attrition most could be out of business in the next decade. Read more…


Three global trends in wine production and consumption

28 March 2019 – Read more…