According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter, French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.)
A recent report by the Sweden-based whistle blower Swedwatch finds that Finland's favourite wines are being produced under questionable circumstances in foreign vineyards. Local NGOs are calling on the state-owned alcohol monopoly Alko to improve its buying practices.
French wines lost market share around the world in 2013, according to new figures that a show a drop in exports from the country. France exported 3.1% less wine last year, with shipments totalling 174.8m 12-bottle cases, according to the national wine export trade body FEVS.
Jean-Charles Boisset carries a whiff of the theater around with him. Meeting for lunch in Paris, it comes as no surprise that he is staying at the Hotel Costes in the Place Vendôme, which is bedecked with plush red velvet furniture and gilt-edged mirrors. It is reminiscent of the rococo interior décor of Raymond Vineyards, the Napa property Boisset bought in 2009.
Despite the shrinking number of wine properties in Bordeaux, the region remains a world of small farmers. Their wines may carry the name of a château, but the edifice depicted on the label is typically more of a country house than a grand castle.
by Roger C. Bohmrich MW, Bordeaux is being buffeted by serious challenges. In the U.S., sales have remained essentially unchanged for more than two decades while the overall market has become the world's largest. ... Fortunately, there is another side to Bordeaux: one that is dynamic, energetic and relatively open-minded. The region is more susceptible to change than most outsiders are inclined to believe.
The Chinese firm now in control of Bordeaux's tragedy-hit Chateau de La Riviere is moving forward with development plans, to include tea tasting and a spa at the estate, after an 'enormously difficult' few weeks.
A letter supposedly from a militant French farmers' group has warned winemakers not to sell to foreigners and cited the recent helicopter crash at Chateau de la Riviere - a link rubbished by the Bordeaux estate.