The company had also flagged higher corporate costs, including the building of a stand-alone IT system following last year's demerger from former parent company Foster's, while sales were being hit by Canadian liquor distributors cutting inventories and a tough trading environment in the US and Australia
Europe's grape woes could mean a window of opportunity for Niagara wine as Europe grapples with a 10 percent drop in yield for its wine harvest. The crop is not as large as last year's, but hot weather has led to some quality grapes on the vine and Niagara's grapes are doing pretty well, say Ontario experts.
The Estates & Wines portfolio includes Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand; Cape Mentelle in Margaret River, Australia; Terrazas de los Andes and Cheval des Andes in Mendoza, Argentina; Newton Vineyard and Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley, California; and Numanthia in Toro, Spain
The wine-based sparkling drink made from Moscato grapes harvested in the cooler-climate regions of New South Wales, Australia, is now available to retailers and is aimed at attracting a new and younger audience to the wine category.
Recognizing that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North America, Distilleria Bottega officially launched its wine, ll Vino dei Poeti Rose Sparkling into the Ontario market. Funds raised will be targeted to assist women affected by breast cancer.
Wine is naturally gluten-free, making it a go-to alcoholic drink for sufferers of celiac disease. However, some vintners use oak barrels sealed with wheat paste, which has made some people wonder if it is really gluten-free