French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

May 23, 2016

Rare Burgundy auctioned in Geneva fetches $4 million

A Geneva auction house raked in more than $4 million Sunday for a collection of “grand crus” from Burgundy’s renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate. The 1,407 bottles that went under the hammer beat expectations and sold for a total of 4.2 million ...

Mar 24, 2016

Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking

It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses ...

EU refusing Japan's request for use of smaller wine bottles

Mar 5, 2016

EU refusing Japan's request for use of smaller wine bottles

The European Union is refusing Japan’s request in free-trade talks to allow the import of Japanese wine in bottles smaller than those commonly used in Europe, sources close to the matter said Friday. Japan is asking the European Union to accept 720 ml bottles, ...

Feb 12, 2016

Limping wine industry pushing for growth in Japan

Cheers! Winemakers worldwide are hoping for sales growth in Japan at a time when consumption in major markets is sluggish. Japanese are not only drinking more wine, they are also relatively knowledgeable about the product, industry people say. One official goes so far as ...

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Jan 28, 2016

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Chile has supplanted longtime No. 1 France as the top exporter of wine to Japan in 2015, Finance Ministry data shows. Imports of Chilean wine jumped 18.1 percent from the previous year to 51.59 million liters, while those of French wine fell 2.8 percent ...

Nov 30, 2015

As world warms, the wines they are a-changing

It’s a $200 billion industry that prides itself on being rooted to a particular spot and doing things they way they’ve always been done. But global warming is forcing the world’s wine growers to change. As a U.N. conference in Paris tries to limit ...

Bordeaux vineyards in bid to survive warming

Nov 28, 2015

Bordeaux vineyards in bid to survive warming


Can the world’s most storied wine region adapt to climate change without losing its identity? This is the question haunting the Bordeaux region as the threat of global warming looms ever larger. Concretely, it may boil down to this: Without merlot, will it still ...

Nov 5, 2015

Italy top wine maker after big harvest; drought hits Spain

Italy is the biggest wine producer in the world this year, pushing France back into second place, as good weather in most European countries pushes up production — and keeps a lid on prices for consumers. The European Union’s farm federation said Wednesday that ...