Naked Wines research finds consumers preferring higher alcohol wine

Naked Wines, the online wine retailer which crowdfunds independent winemakers through its customer base of over 250,000 ‘angels’, has found that its consumers are favouring higher alcohol wines. Eamon Fitzgerald, Naked Wines’ UK managing director said there was a growing preference for “punchier, more intense wines with a higher alcohol content than people were used to a few decades ago.”’

Reblogged 2 years ago from www.winebiz.com.au

Rain brings tragedy and relief for Chilean wineries

Three years’ rain falls in three days, causing chaos during harvest. Chile has declared a state of emergency after freak rains brought devastation to the north of the country, killing at least nine people and causing extensive infrastructure damage. In the Elqui Valley, Chile’s northernmost wine region, the unexpected March deluge played havoc with vineyard access mid-harvest, but it also brought hope for growers who have endured a lengthy drought.

Reblogged 2 years ago from www.winebiz.com.au

Double or nothing: A look back on grape-driven New Zealand ag strategy

New Zealand’s agriculture industry threw down the proverbial gauntlet in 2012: “We’re going to double our agriculture-food exports by 2025.” Industry expert Dr. Keith Woodford reviewed the aggressive policy earlier this month on NZFarmer.com. The key to reaching the goal, he said, is wine.
“If agri-food is defined widely to include wine, then Marlborough wine has certainly been one of the greatest success stories of the last fifteen years,” Woodford wrote. “During that time, there has been a 12-fold increase in production.”

Reblogged 2 years ago from www.winebiz.com.au

New Zealand Winegrowers to host global events for Sauvignon Blanc Day

New Zealand Winegrowers Association is hosting a series of events to celebrate the sixth annual Sauvignon Blanc Day, which is set to be held on Frday 24 April. The activities which will include tasting and seminars, will kick off in New Zealand, to be followed with separate events in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Germany, London, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. The final event in San Francisco will be a tasting held at Twitter’s headquarters.

Reblogged 2 years ago from www.winebiz.com.au