Styles & Regions

Russian stock exchange sends a message to the wine world

Shares of Russian alcohol companies rose on news of the introduction of a lockdown from 28 October. What other factors could be behind the volatility in the Russian market? Meininger investigates.

Keeping the customer satisfied 

Cramele Recas, Romania’s largest exporter is also its biggest family winery. It owes its success to the skills of its British-born boss in listening to his customers, and in his ability to react to events like Brexit, as Simon J Woolf discovered.

Things are looking up for Sicily

Despite its long history of wine production, until the late 20th century, Sicily lagged behind other Italian wine regions. Since then quality has improved enormously and considerable investment gone into vineyards and wineries. We round up some of the latest developments.  

Rising Stars of Rioja

Last week, Spanish wine expert David Schwarzwälder described the revolution that is happening in the vineyards and bodegas of Rioja. Here, in Part 2, he picks out some of the most exciting new wave producers and wines,

Revolution in Rioja

Small bodegas are changing the image of Rioja, often focusing on traditional techniques and specific regions rather than blends.

David Schwarzwälder reports.

Teething troubles for English Wine

The vibrant young English wine industry has been hit by Post-Brexit and Covid costs, labour shortages and severe export hurdles. A rise in domestic sales has helped soften the blow. Barnaby Eales has the story.

Prosecco or Prošek? Italy and Croatia at loggerheads in the EU

Italy's wine authorities are in a frenzy over Croatia's efforts to gain official recognition for the name of its traditional sweet wine.

Future wine land

Some of the world’s most prestigious winemakers list five top regions for making wine in the future.

L.M. Archer has the details.

Pinot Noir migrates north

Winegrowers are feeling the effects of climate change particularly keenly. In just decades – or even as soon as a few years – certain grape varieties will no longer be able to be cultivated in many regions. The heat-sensitive Pinot Noir is one of them. 
James Lawrence searches for the Pinot Noir regions of the future.

Pinot Grigio Rosé is being researched

International study aims to help produce high-quality rosé.

Ambiguity remains

Frantic work on the Ahr continues after the flood disaster.

Pleasure without remorse: The best non-alcoholic wines

Non-alcoholic beverages are in vogue. Wine without alcohol is becoming increasingly important in this growth segment. More and more de-alcoholised wines are coming onto the market. The quality of the products is steadily increasing. Germany's renowned wine trade magazine WEINWIRTSCHAFT has tested more than 160 non-alcoholic wines in the largest tasting to date. 

Don’t call it rosé

Rosé wine is a veritable megatrend in the wine world. Growth can be seen in almost all markets. Clarete with its rosy guise, fits perfectly into this development. But beware: Clarete is its own style of wine. Darren Smith says we will be hearing a lot more about it.

Cool Breizh

Producers turn to Brittany, on the Atlantic edge of Europe, to make fresh, lighter styles of organic wine. If quality wine can be made in Britain, it can be made further south in Brittany, say wine producers in France.

Barnaby Eales reports about an emerging region.

Vino Nobile makes strong gains

The Consortium presents positive figures and new single vineyard classifications.