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The Atawere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand

Pressure chamber will help New Zealand wine growers to irrigate at the right time

Many wine regions are doing research to better understand the challenges posed by climate change. In the recently inaugurated Bragato Research Institute in Blenheim, Marlborough, in New Zealand, 84 small fermentation tanks and a lot of other necessary equipment, some in miniature format, will enable various research projects for both viticulture and vinification. After two […]

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A vine leaf attacked by mildiou (downy mildew)

Reduced spraying in the vineyard with the help of viscosity

The idea seems brilliant. The company De Sangosse has developed a new product, a so-called adjuvant, named LE 846, whose viscous and liquid properties help to reduce the spraying by a quarter against downy and powdery mildew, two difficult fungal diseases. This adjuvant will reduce the amount of fungicide remaining in the air. There will […]

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Cordon simple pruning

Large-scale viticulture, how does it work?

How is it possible for some wines to cost so little? Is it about mass production, about advanced industrialization? A new project run by Anivin de France, the association of producers of Vin de France, in collaboration with the research institute Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin, shows how to mechanize more efficiently […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Chardonnay, the swan that became an ugly duckling? | Issue 200 | Where are we now? | New Brief out, #200 | The Wine & Wine Travel Newsletter

Chardonnay, the swan that became an ugly duckling? …and… Issue 200 …and… Where are we now? This will be a long Brief, so save it and read when you have the time. Let’s start with the swan. It is alarming how sometimes an arbitrary strange thing spreads from one wine writer to the next, from […]

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Unison Vineyard Reserve Merlot Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand pioneer Unison Vineyard interprets Gimblett Gravels terroir | Britt on Forbes

Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand was famous for its red wines long before Central Otago. Already in 1851, the country’s oldest still existing winery was founded here, Mission Estate. Another prominent pioneer in Hawke’s Bay, founded in early 1900, is Church Road, now owned by French Pernod Ricard. Having been overrun by Central Otago as […]

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One jury team at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

A medal on the label can mean a lot for a wine

A recent Wine Intelligence study shows that consumers’ knowledge of wine decreased between 2015 and 2019. But that does not mean that these consumers do not buy wine. So how do they choose their wines? Maybe they are attracted by a medal sticker on the bottle. Recently, the big wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles […]

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The Atawere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand

The harvest 2020 in New Zealand is saved and looks very promising, in spite of challenges, and South Africa

In New Zealand, wine producers were in the middle of the harvest when the message came on March 25 about a total lock-down of the country. The relief was great when they were told that the harvest, despite everything, could be continued and completed. “Farming and viticulture have been defined as essential industries, so we […]

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Tasting wines at the VinNatur workshop

VinNatur, natural wines with rules and regulations, invites you to a big wine tasting in Veneto in June (not April)

VinNatur is an Italian association for, as the name implies, producers who make natural wines. The big difference compared to other natural wine associations is that VinNatur has strict regulations on viticulture and vinification and puts a big emphasis on the wines’ technical and sanitary qualities. The association has around 200 members. It is an […]

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Moet & Chandon's gigantic winery outside Epernay, Champagne

Moët Hennessy bans herbicides in their own vineyards

Big headlines is a given when a giant like Moët-Hennessy announces that all of their vineyards in Champagne from 2020 will be managed without herbicides (weed-killers). The announcement was made at Vinexpo, which took place in Paris on February 10-12. In addition, their vineyards in Cognac, a region that has not yet distinguished itself for […]

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A thermometer with a scale

Flash pasteurisation soon allowed for organic wines

In 2012, the EU introduced rules for organic vinification, 21 years after the rules for organic farming were established. Small changes have been made since then with regard to (mainly) additives. In 2021 further changes will be made to the regulations. Currently, the organic rules allow the heating of must or wine to a maximum […]

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A glass of sparkling rosé wine

International Sparkling Festival in Frankfurt in June

For those of you who love bubbles, we can announce that the fourth “International Sparkling Festival” will take place on June 14, 2020 in Frankfurt. Over 160 sparkling wines, made using the traditional method (with a second fermentation in the bottle), will be presented by around 60 different producers. There will be growers from Germany, […]

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Wine Paris and Vinexpo wine fair in Paris

Finally, a big international wine fair in Paris

The last two years have seen a lot of commotion in the French wine fair world. World leading Vinexpo has long been firmly rooted in Bordeaux. So, the decision to move Vinexpo to Paris this year surprised many. Just as surprising was Vinisud’s decision in 2019 to move from Montpellier in Languedoc to Paris and […]

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Danie Steytler Jr at Kaapzicht in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Harvest 2020 in South Africa looks promising

All producers we met on our wine tour in mid-February were, so far, happy with the quality and most of them also with the quantity. After the drought the quantities are now again back to more or less normal. The drought the past three years is over but water is still a scarce resource and […]

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Grape varieties in Torres' vineyards in Catalonia

The Torres family celebrates its 150th anniversary

A few months ago we wrote about the 40th anniversary of Torres Chile. Today we congratulate the Torres family again, because this year the Spanish company is celebrating 150 years as winemakers. It was in 1870 that brothers Miguel and Jaime Torres Vendrell founded Casa Torres y Compañía in Vilafranca del Penedès, Catalonia. The company […]

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Pinot grapes in a press in Champagne

Ultrasound gives more aromas in the wine

The latest technology to obtain more aromas in the wine is to use ultrasound. The method will probably soon be approved for winemaking. Ultrasound can be used on both white and red grapes in order to quickly extract aromas and other components from the grape skins. The de-stemmed and lightly crushed grapes are subjected to […]

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