Wineries sold $1.46 billion worth of wine directly to consumers last year, up 10 percent from 2011, said Jason Eckenroth, CEO of ShipCompliant, which tracks wine sales. Direct shipments totaled 3.17 million cases last year, he said
Bernard Arnault, Europe's richest man, is determined to become a Belgian national as part of a succession plan aimed at preventing a break-up of LVMH, the luxury goods group he has built single-handedly into the world's largest by sales.
Now with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country that produce a wide variety of beer - more people are choosing a craft beer while enjoying a nice meal --over a bottle of wine or a mixed cocktail.
The latest protests have centred on the grape-growing area around the town of De Doorns. Workers are demanding a daily wage of 150 rand (about $16), more than double the government-set minimum of 69 rand a day for farm workers.
Besting opponents from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UChicago and UPenn Law Schools "by a wide margin," a team representing the Yale Law School Wine Society, took first place in the U.S. Intercollegiate Bordeaux tasting championship held Tuesday at the French Consulate in New York City.
Wine exports from Portugal, including port and table wine, rose 7.6 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 to 648 million euros ($862 million) from the same period a year earlier, according to the country's National Statistics Institute.
Its 2011 vintage has just been previewed in a plethora of tastings held in London and is on sale now. I can't think of any other fine-wine region in the world that continues to mesmerize and fascinate quite like Burgundy
Although the UC Davis wine school gets a lot of attention as probably the world's leading such institution, Napa Valley College also has a thriving wine program that's proven a huge boon to local grape growers, wineries and industry suppliers