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What is a sustainable wine closure? Corks vs. the rest

David Harvey As David Harvey of Raeburn Fine Wines points out in this podcast with Toby Webb, sustainability in closures is not as simple as you might think... — Join 200 wine producers, distributors, traders, retailers and many others...

Record-early harvests, exclusionary wine language, alternative wine packaging formats on the rise in the UK, dangerous conditions for Californian farmworkers, and De Bortoli’s new sustainably-produced wine range

France’s record-early harvests Writing for Bloomberg Quint, Rudy Ruitenberg reports how France’s “record-early start to grape harvests” is fuelling optimistic forecasts of a recovery in the country’s wine production. The French Agriculture Ministry predicts a 6.3% YoY increase in the 2020 vintage, amounting to 45 million hectoliters, or “about...

The high effort behind low-intervention wine, the need for better protection of worker rights, smoke taint in California, and an argument for clearer labeling

Low-intervention winemaking: "It takes a lot of work to do very little." In her article for Wine Searcher, Vicki Denig explores the persistent trend of the “hands-off approach” in the wine industry. This low-intervention method “has become a favored style of winemaking for vignerons across...

“Clean Wine” Needs Clarification

The idea of clean wine demonstrates that we need a more joined-up, industry-wide approach to ensuring that viticulture is sustainable, both environmentally and economically, argues Richard Bampfield, MW. Richard Bampfield is a Master of Wine and well-known wine educator and presenter. The launch of a new, “clean” wine called...

Italy’s wine windows, ongoing criticism of ‘clean wine’, questioning the shape of wine bottles, struggles of South African wineries, and the first SWGB accredited producers

The comeback of Italy’s ‘wine windows’ Writing for Decanter, Chris Mercer reports on some lighter Covid-19 related news: the return of ‘wine windows’ in Florence, Italy. This socially distanced form of serving customers is an age-old method dating back to the 17th century. With over 100 wine windows in...

UV robots treating vineyard mildew, natural wine certification, Sustainable Wines of Great Britain accreditation, and the Future of Wine Forum 2020

Thorvald: The robotic future for eliminating mildew in the vineyard Writing for Meininger’s, James Lawrence reports on a potential “game-changer for viticulture”: a robot that eliminates fungus from vineyards using ultraviolet (UV) lamps. Known as Thorvald, the prototype robot has been developed by a group of scientists and manufacturers...

Paper wine bottles, the impact of BLM campaigns on Black-owned wineries, cost transparency, and Bordeaux 2019 en primeur at a bargain

Frugal Bottle: The paper wine bottle It’s no new news that bottle weight has a significant impact on the wine industry’s carbon footprint. In the search for lighter alternatives to the traditional heavy glass bottle, Frugalpac has launched the ‘Frugal bottle’ made from recycled paper. Writing for Decanter, Ellie...

The need for a more diverse wine industry, Champagne feels the pandemic pressure, predictions of the ‘new normal’ in the wine industry and the virtual English Wine Week

The need for a more inclusive wine industry “ off a chain of reactions across the globe,” the murder of George Floyd on May 25th has made people take a long-overdue introspective look at systemic racism and racial inequality on both a personal and professional level. Writing for Wine-Searcher,...

Harvest during a global pandemic, Merlot under threat of extinction, the future of the on-trade wine scene and changes in the Mediterranean climate

Harvest during a global pandemic Writing for VinePair, Tina Caputo reflects on the current and upcoming challenges facing wineries preparing for this year’s harvest. Closed borders and social distancing measures have forced wineries to find new and innovative solutions to working in the vineyard. Caputo provides the example of...

Weekly ‘Climate Talks’, the EU’s greener future, bees in the vineyard and post-Covid predictions for fine wine

The Porto Protocol ‘Climate Talks’ The Porto Protocol is an open platform that brings together hundreds of voluntary members from the wine community committed to the fight against climate change. Throughout this month The Porto Protocol has held a series of online talks and roundtables with speakers from across...