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Wine Production Under Strain


The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reported that this year’s wine production had been at its lowest since the 1960’s. Indeed, the harvest saw an 8% fall in production with only 246.7 million hectolitres. Moreover, despite a growing wine consumption among different population types, the production decreases steadily.

According to the OIV, climate change is one of the main reasons for these poor figures and it blames warmer autumns and longer frost periods which impede the grape’s development.

Yet, this does not cause a drop in consumption because there is enough stock (e.g. only in France, there are 154 million hectolitres in stock) nor a surge in price as exports are thriving. According to OIV experts, cheaper wines may slightly increase their price, but high-end wines will maintain themselves.

Climate change is especially affecting countries such as France, Italy and Spain. We witnessed it with this year’s vintage, which was ahead of schedule and yielded a lower production: 35.7 million hectolitres of wine and must in Spain.

Nonetheless, the wine world remains dynamic thanks to all kinds of events: wine tourism is flourishing and exports are rising.

More data on low production were published by the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission which predicted that next year’s wine production would have an estimate of just 145.1 million hectolitres, which is 14.4% lower and over 24 million hectolitres less than last season.

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Domaine Du Tariquet Premières Grives 2016, a white wine from Côtes de Gascogne vinified with gros manseng.

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Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015  is a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo.

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Spanish harvest arrives earlier and shows promise


Each year these times, a somewhat global perspective of what may be the season of harvest of the year is given. Much of the current wine cellars predict that vintage will arrive earlier this year, but it will be much good.

High temperatures in recent months may be good or bad, depending on how you look. In this case, they are good to stop some vine diseases, with a strong expansion in the quality of its grapes. And it also makes some grapes to be ripe to be harvested.

Much of the Spanish win cellars say that the 2015 vintage will advance between 10 and 15 days on average, compared to the dates from other years. These high temperatures are ensuring an acceleration of vegetative growth. While some win cellars do not advance so much quality, saying that it will come forward, but it could be a normal year with no variation.

But others, like Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain predict that the quality is now outstanding, so the cycle will be short. There is, therefore, an important advance of cycle.

It all depends on the different areas, because in the north it is true that usually it rains more, something important for some Galician wine cellars. As for the Rueda wine appellation of origin, seems that the harvest will be fine, but irrigation will be necessary. Something also needed in other areas.

They also foresee a high quality vintage in areas of Castilla y León. The appellation of origin in this area are numerous, with emphasis on those of Toro or Ribera del Duero. However, other areas fear the widespread of rising temperatures throughout the country on an ongoing basis, because this might set a remarkable lowering in production.

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO is made with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol. 



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Pinna Fidelis Roble 2013: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tinta del país of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 13,5º. 



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When a vintage sparkling wine should be produced?


When we say ?vintage? sparkling wine, namely, made from grapes grown entirely from the same crop or year, as opposed to ?non-vintage? type, in which grapes from different years are used, the important thing is to reflect the personality of the grape, the terroir, and the producer of the wine itself, as well as the particularities that climate may develop in the product of the vine in that particular year.

A fact which allows managers of wineries unleash their creativity without being subject to the rigidity required when it comes to making a product by mixing various vintages, which traditionally seeks to obtain consistent results for a demanding market such as the quality sparkling wine.

The point is that the challenge of a vintage sparkling wine is always different, depending on the specific characteristics of the crop. First, not all years are good to develop a ?vintage?. The type of grape is also influential, of course, and that complicates the issue, since in order to be worthwhile to invest the effort necessary to develop a sparkling wine of this kind, good crops in different varieties should be combined, if it is decided to develop a multivarietal vintage…

In fact, some of the most exclusive cellars produce vintage sparkling wines only a handful of times each decade, coinciding with the most spectacular vintages for experts, who seem to agree in pointing -in recent years- that coincided with warm or even moderately warm years, not so much with the colder ones, though of course there are exceptions, as in any activity dependent on the vagaries of the weather and nature, making a true art the development of a vintage sparkling wine.

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Faustino Extra Brut



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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

Top 10 best-selling wine brands in 2012

 TAGS:We are used to describe the wines according to their organoleptic qualities, our tastes, where they come from or vintage, but what if we start to think about the sales? What are the best-selling wine brands in the world? Surely in the ranking we are going to present, you will find many surprises … In fact, the first thing that may draw attention is the total absence of French, Italian or Spanish brands.

10. Jacob?s Creek. A range of Australian wines belonging to the multinational Pernod Ricard who have experienced tremendous growth in emerging markets like Chinese or Japanese, with nearly 7 million of 9 L cases sold.

9. Lindeman?s. With 7 million cases sold, the brand owned by the Australian company Treasury Wine Estates, based in Hunter Valley has a large circulation in the UK market, thanks to its great value for money, including its new selection of ?discoveries” from South Africa and Chile.

8. Beringer. From the same company, this label is well known in households andestablishments in the United States, thanks to sponsorship activity of sporting events such as the PGA golf tour, already reaching the figure of 8 million cases sold.

7. Robert Mondavi. One of the kings of Napa Valley Californian wines, owned by Constellation Brands, with over 11 million cases sold.

6. Sutter Home. Owned by Trinchero Family Estates , this Californian brand which dates back to the late nineteenth century, comfortably exceeds the 11 million cases , with a predominance of light rose wines, appealing and high quality for low price.

5. Yellow Tail. With nearly 13 million cases sold, the brand owned by Casella Wines is one of the largest in Australia, with a large volume of exports and currently expanding to conquer the British market.

4. Concha y Toro. More than 13 million cases worldwide. This brand Chilean, not in vain represents 33 % of total exports of the South American country.

3. Hardy?s. This Australian brand Accolade Wines Company can be found in more than 80 countries on five continents, with a special emphasis on the UK and a total of 14 million cases sold.
2. Great Wall. The fact that a brand from a country such as China rises to second place in this classification should not be surprising at this point. More than 15 ½ million boxes sold seems much, but it seems splendid future for processors worldwide on the Asian giant.

1. Gallo. Thanks to its wide range of varieties, the California manufacturer E & J Gallo Winery stands with pride of place in the Top 10 best-selling wine brands, with over 16 million cases of 9 l.

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Amelia 2007



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