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Moet & Chandon's gigantic winery outside Epernay, Champagne

LVMH rules supreme in Champagne and Cognac

It is generally known that the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) dominates strongly in both Champagne and Cognac but it is still quite surprising when you see the figures. LVMH accounts for 22% of all champagne sales and an astonishing 46% of sales of cognac. In Champagne, LVMH owns Moët & Chandon, Dom […]

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The Ackerman cellars for sparkling wine in Saumur

New strategy for Ackerman, one of the biggest producers in the Loire | Britt on Forbes

The Loire Valley is short on “locomotives”, producers with an international reputation for quality. There are many, many top-quality small producers and also a few big houses and co-operatives, but none with a significant international reputation. Perhaps Ackerman is on the way to turning up the steam to pull Loire Valley wines forward. Ackerman has […]

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CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) headquarters in Bordeaux

The latest on the Bordeaux business, CIVB press conference

Every year in spring time the “interprofessional body” of Bordeaux presents the status of Bordeaux wine and its vision for the future. The CIVB, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux wine Bureau), is an organisation that has the responsibility to promote Bordeaux wine, and to act as a technical and political organisation for Bordeaux […]

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Organic wine producers employ more people

The organic wine producers are hiring more people, according to a French study published in October. The organic growers often say they need more people in the vineyard and in the cellar, and now it has been “proven”. On average, the organic producers create 1.5 times more jobs than the conventional producers. 34.6% of the […]

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Bayer buys Monsanto?

To combat pests, diseases, and to remove weeds belong to the everyday tasks of a farmer and a wine grower. There is a lot of money – and controversy – in pesticides so therefore the announcement that the German company Bayer is probably buying the American company Monsanto has caused a lot of speculations. Bayer […]

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Vinlandet Frankrike in the OIV library

Discovery in the OIV library

The other day I was at the OIV, the International Organisation for Vine and Wine, to attend their press conference on the status of the wine economy in the world (follow the link for the article I wrote about it). It was an interesting presentation, as always, and always interesting to see what people conclude […]

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Spanish wine selling in France

France imports more wine than you might think. Last year the country imported a record amount of wine and most of it was cheap bulk wine from Spain. In total France imported 7.2 million hectolitres last year, an increase of 11 % from 2014. 81 % of this was bulk wine and 75 % came […]

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Muscadet Jubilation le Pallet

Cooperatives gaining ground in quality wines | Per on Forbes

Co-operatives sometimes suffer from a less than great reputation in wine. Sometimes it is well-deserved, for cooperatives that focus more on quantity and volume production than on quality. Sometimes is it unfair. There is an important trend today in the cooperative sector in the wine industry to improve both quality and market orientation. This is […]

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Barefoot, the bestseller in US

Which wine is the bestseller in the US? Looking at the top-ten list recently published by The Wine Economist, it is a wine called Barefoot, which is made by the large wine company Gallo. The average price for this wine is $ 5.64 and Barefoot made $ 622 million between June 15 2014 and June […]

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Bodegas Cooperativa Los Oteros , Pajares de los Oteros, Spain, Castile and Leon

Why wine co-operatives are so incredibly important

Wine lovers often tend to simply ignore wine co-operatives or even look down at them as sources of not so good wine. This is a mistake. It is true that many co-operatives are not tuned for making small batches of high quality wine. And even worse that wine co-operatives are often very poor at marketing. […]

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The Chinese invest in Languedoc

Chinese wine drinkers are interested not only in luxury wines from the great chateaux of Bordeaux or from the top producers in Burgundy. Chinese BHC International Wine Assets imports every year 2 million bottles to China. 50% comes from the Languedoc. Here they find reasonably priced wines. When the company recently wanted to invest in […]

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Powerful French Wine Cooperatives

Some of the French wine cooperatives are big players in the French wine world. Which is not surprising. Nearly half of all French wine comes from cooperatives. The biggest is Val d’Orbieu in the Languedoc with 2500 members and a production of one million hectolitres annually. Here is an updated list of France’s largest cooperatives. […]

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Systembolaget’s profit Q1-Q3 = SEK 297 million

For the first three quarters of 2014 Systembolaget (the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly) made a profit (operating result) of 297 million kronor (32 million euro), a substantial increase over last year, according to a press release from the company. Systembolaget’s revenues (turnover) was for the first nine months in 2014 SEK 19.2 billion (2 bn […]

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Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas

Demand for French wines growing – in the USA

It is not quite Jack in the Box, but French wines are making solid progress in the USA. In 2013 sales of French wines increased with 7.3% to reach 9.4 million cases, Shanken News Daily reports, based on numbers from Impact Databank. What counts in terms of numbers are of course the affordable wines in […]

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Ambitious cooperatives in the Rhône Valley merge

Two ambitious cooperative in the southern Rhone Valley have merged. It is the Caves des Vignerons de Caractère in Vacqueyras and Balma Venitia in Beaumes de Venise. There are both quite small cooperatives that work well and are investing heavily in sustainable wine growing. Together, they will account for 8 million bottles of wine from […]

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Why do the wine importers hide behind multiple names?

In a recent article here on BKWine Magazine on the largest wine importers (in Sweden) I speculated about why many of the largest wine importers have several subsidiaries. In some it become a maze of companies, each headed (fully or partially) by the same people but under different company names. The four most thorny wine […]

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Is it a problem with all these new “cheap amarones”?

Are all the new, low(ish) priced appassimento, ripasso, passito, “baby-amarone” wines a cause for concern? I received an interesting question on email from someone in the wine business. In short: “You see more and more of ‘cheap amarone’ (or ripasso, appassimento, passito), not least in Sweden at Systembolaget where amarone has become fantastically popular, but […]

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The world’s biggest spirits brands 2012

Do you know which the world’s biggest selling spirit is? It is probably not at all what you think! There is actually quite a lot of myths around which is the world’s biggest selling spirits brands. One reliable source for information is IWSR (International Wine and Spirits Research). They have recently published their Top 100 […]

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