The Grapevine

Wine Industry News: Sustainability, Crowdfunding, Secrets of French Health

November 9th, 2015

Do the French live longer because of wine and cigarettes? [level-members]

Perhaps. A recently published report notes that the French enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world and are among the biggest consumers per capita of alcohol and tobacco. Hardly a causal connection, but still a fun idea. And a worthwhile, brief read. The full article is here.

On the sustainability front, Fetzer is now a certified B Corporation and continues to push ahead with environment-friendly winemaking practices. The company is aiming to be net positive within 15 years. Read the full article here.

And crowdsourcing comes to the wine world. A platform called Cruzu is paving the way for wine-related projects to seek funding, and a recent set of rule changes is making the task easier. Read more here.