The Grapevine

Wine Industry News for October 17, 2016

October 17th, 2016

Wine wars in Spain, falling output in France, China strutting their stuff, little guys in Chile, and thievery in Burgundy. [level-members]

Designations and Appellations in Spain
In Spain, it’s old vs. new, tradition vs. something fresh as some winemakers are questioning appellations and designations. Read the full Wine Searcher article here.

Vineyard Damage in France
Bad news for Loire lovers and anyone hoping to celebrate with Champagne. The wine grape harvest will be the lowest in 4 years as frost, hailstorms, rot and drought have combined to take their toll on the fruit. Bloomberg has the story.

The Chinese Know Their Wine
At least, the team that competed in the recent tasting championships do. In rising from last year’s 13th place finish to win this year, the Chinese team unleashed a “thunderbolt in the world of wine,” according to event organizers. France and the US rounded out the top three. Learn more here.

Small Producers Living Large in Chile
It’s not just the big boys who are doing well. Check out what Wine Enthusiast has to say.

Thievery in Burgundy
Harvest thefts are on the rise according to this report from Decanter.