Australia winemakers battle against warming

Dec 24, 2016

Australia winemakers battle against warming

When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes. The crops survived, but the extreme weather last year was a reminder of how climate change can hurt a resurgent ...

'Japanese wine' output leans toward white: survey

Nov 29, 2016

'Japanese wine' output leans toward white: survey

Unlike other countries where they make more red wine than white, wineries in Japan produced more white wine in fiscal 2015 in terms of products using only domestically grown grapes, a National Tax Agency survey has shown. The reason for this, said Hiroshi Ito, ...

El Nino suspected as world wine output drops

Oct 21, 2016

El Nino suspected as world wine output drops

Global wine production in 2016 is expected to be among the lowest in 20 years, an industry body said Thursday, suggesting climatic events such as El Nino could be to blame. The International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) estimated this year’s output at ...

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

Sep 24, 2016

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

How can people with intellectual disabilities stand on their own feet? A winery in central Japan could be the answer. About 40 such mentally disabled people are working at Komaki Winery in the city of Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, with their duties ranging from ...

19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Sep 3, 2016

19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction Saturday. The 1846 vintage, from the Meursault-Charmes region, sold for HK$134,750 ($17,451) — far exceeding a ...

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 ...