Styles & Regions

Bigger than Zin - Is Bourbon Barrel Wine a Passing Fashion or Here to Stay?

Maturing whisky in sherry casks has a long and distinguished history, but traditionalists scoff at the idea of briefly storing wine in barrels previously used for whiskey. With highly profitable sales of around 20m bottles per year and the involvement of top US brands, however, bourbon barrel-aged wine is a sector that needs to be taken seriously. Sarah Phillips McCartan reports. 

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Italy: Overshadowed Successes

2021 was a good year for Italy's wine industry, especially for export-rich operations. However, cost explosion, inflation, the war and the perceived endlessness of the pandemic darken future prospects. Veronika Crecelius reports.

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New Zealand: New Shores

Sauvignon Blanc remains the benchmark for wines from New Zealand, but new developments are emerging. Eckhard Hillmann reports.

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Chile Goes Upmarket

In a world that is moving to premiumization, Chile’s largest wine company is focusing on its Sauvignon Blanc.

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Concha y Toro's Premium Wine Strategy

Isabel Guilisasti, vice president of the Fine Wine division of Viña Concha y Toro, Family of Wineries explains how Chile's biggest wine company is premiumizing its wines.

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Discover Greece: Surprises at Oenorama

At Oenorama, the largest trade fair for Greek wine, visitors can discover and be surprised by a wine country that is currently repositioning itself. Simon Werner reports.

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Chile: State of Play

Angelica Valenzuela has been the commercial director of Wines of Chile since 2016 and has been involved in the dramatic growth in global sales of Chilean wines. In  this exclusive interview, she frankly discusses with Robert Joseph the successes that have been achieved and the challenges to be overcome.

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‘California List’ of Top Wines Stirs Interest – and Controversy

Publication of the UK list draws debate about who’s on and who’s not and raises questions of whether it was a bad idea – or very clever marketing. Roger Morris gauges the reaction.

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Georgia sells a million bottles of wine to the US

Georgian wine is one of the success stories of the US market - for various reasons that go beyond their quality and style

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The Polish wine market

It is said that a wine consumer usually develops in one direction - upwards. In fact, this means that hardly anyone returns to lower quality wines. Does this unwritten rule also apply to the Polish consumer? Patrycja Siwiec considers the way wine is consumed in Poland.

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    Greece: Assyrtiko, the rising star

    Some grape varieties that are representative of an entire wine country. Shiraz and Australia, Sauvignon Blanc and New Zealand, of course, Riesling and Germany. As a contender for the title of Greece's best-known grape variety, one variety in particular has become the talk of the town in recent years: Assyrtiko. Alexandra Wrann reports.

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    Premium Rosé – a style whose time has come across the planet

    Pink wine was traditionally the unsophisticated sector that the wine industry rarely treated with respect or interest. Today, it is increasingly premium, popular and profitable, as James Lawrence reports.

    Pesticides in Bordeaux and the credibility of sustainable badges 

    Arguments rage in Bordeaux where Valérie Murat, self-proclaimed ‘stone in the shoe’ of the region’s wine establishment, is having to crowdfund nearly €125,000 in order to continue her fight against the vineyard use of industrial products. Robert Joseph has the details.

    Bagged grapes. Spain’s sparkling wine producers seek new ways to fight climate change

    Some of the leading wineries in Catalonia are experimenting into how to make better wine in more environmentally friendly – and sometimes surprising – ways. Barnaby Eales reports.

    Bordeaux Blanc, making a comeback

    Bordeaux once produced more white wine than red. Today, nine bottles in every 10 are red, but as Roger Morris reports, Bordeaux Blanc is riding a wave of interest.