During the 39th World Congress of Vine and Wine, the Director General of the OIV, Jean-Marie Aurand, presented an overview of the vitivinicultural sector, as well as initial information from the thematic report devoted to the table grape and dried grape markets, which will be published at the end of the year.
The congratulatory tweets are already multiplying, the Champagne hangovers foretold. The Michelin Guide has released its annual list of star-worthy restaurants in the Bay Area, and it includes a few notable promotions
WindVane Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir (SRP: $80) -- a blend of Pinot Noir from some of the windiest and most devigorated vineyard blocks from throughout the east facing, 335-acres of estate vineyards located in one of the westernmost areas of Carneros
It is not uncommon today for banks and big companies to own prestigious wine chateaux in Bordeaux and elsewhere. One of these is French company AXA Insurance. Since 1987 they have acquired wine estates in Bordeaux, in Burgundy, in the Tokaj region of Hungary and in the Douro Valley in norther Portugal. The AXA wine estates are run through a subsidiary called AXA Millésimes (millésime meaning 'vintage' in French). In total AXA owns more than 500 hectares of vineyards around Europe
"Of course biodynamics will increase," said Mathilde Bocquillon, a guide who leads curious tourists around the vineyards of Château Pontet-Canet in the Médoc region of Bordeaux. "In the Médoc, Pontet-Canet is still the only château to be biodynamic. But today a lot of winemakers want to meet our estate manager to understand his philosophy and work. We respect biodiversity and prepare infusions which are not dangerous compared to pesticides."
Holland will manage the day to day running of the business in conjunction with newly promoted chief operating officer Jon Pollard, who has also been promoted to chief vineyard manager in what the company describes as a "highly collaborative and relatively flat organization"
Releasing its Q4 Wine Quarterly this week, Rabobank analysts noted a significant upturn in the price of Australian red grapes, particularly those from cool climate, more premium regions, driven largely by growing exports to China.