Wine trends 2018, according to Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: China and organic

Le Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) is one of the largest of the many wine competitions organized around the world. CMB constantly look at trends in the wine world in order to best organize the competition. China has increased both its consumption and its production of wine in 2017, and CMB believes that this increase will continue in 2018. China has, says CMB, 38 million wine consumers and 40% of them are between 18 and 29 years old.

As if to emphasize China’s new importance in the wine world, this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will be held in Beijing on May 10-13. (And BKWine is part of the international jury.)

The organic wines will continue to grow, CMB believes. Consumers today are enlightened and want to know what is in the bottle they drink. CMB has noted that more and more organic and biodynamic producers submit their wines to the competition. Therefore, CMB introduced a new category for these wines in 2017.

Another new category, unique in wine competitions, is for “outstanding wines from the last century”, i.e. vintages before the year 2000. In 2017, CMB awarded 30 medals to mature wines, many of them to Portugal.

Read more about interesting trends and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles:

Organic wine in a Systembolaget shop

Organic wine in a Systembolaget shop, copyright BKWine Photography

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