With Indigenous grapes, Israel breaks new ground in wine industry

HEFER VALLEY, Israel — The new crisp, acidic and mineral white from a high-end Israeli winery was aged for eight months — or, depending on how you look at it, at least 1,800 years. The wine, called Marawi and released last month by Recanati Winery, is the first commercially produced by Israel’s growing modern industry from indigenous grapes. It grew out of a ground-breaking project at Ariel University in the occupied West Bank.

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As the heat rises, the wines are a-changing

PARIS – It’s a $200 billion industry that prides itself on being rooted to a particular spot and doing things the way they’ve always been done. But global warming is forcing the world’s wine growers to change. As a U.N. conference in Paris next week tries to limit climate change, wine makers from France to Australia are already changing their time-honoured methods, or even uprooting whole vineyards, as long-established weather patterns alter and the temperature rises.

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Young women key to China wine rise

China’s imported wine drinking population has doubled since 2012, and the new consumers are mainly under 30 and female. According to a Wine Intelligence study, China’s urban middle class imported wine drinkers totals 38 million people, up from 19 million three years ago, representing a rise of 100% since 2012. Chuan Zhou, who handles Wine Intelligence projects in China, explained during a seminar at ProWine in Shanghai recently, that this figure comprised people who drink imported wine at least twice a year.

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Marlborough wine clean up at Air New Zealand Awards

A strong showing in the country’s most prestigious wine awards shows there is more to Marlborough than its flagship Sauvignon Blanc. While the top prize at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, held in Nelson on Saturday night, went to a Hawke’s Bay Syrah, Marlborough wines took out nine of the 18 trophies, 19 of the 36 pure elite gold medals and the only elite gold medal awarded.

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