New Cava Classifications for 2021  

Designations of Origin evolve over time and incorporate modifications that have an impact on the way their wines are classified. This is the case of the DO Cava, which has recently announced changes and the approval of new regulations.

The origins of Cava lie in the wine-growing region of Penedés.  Cava can also be produced in other towns and regions, which are themselves divided into sub-zones. There are four main areas of the DO, which include the Valle del Ebro with the sub-zones Alto Ebro and Valle del Cierzo; and the Comtats de Barcelona with the sub-zones Serra de Mar, Valls d’Anoia-Foix, Conca del Gaià, Serra de Prades, and Pla de Ponent. Further regions are Viñedos de Almendralejo and Valencia.

The DO Cava has announced that it will introduce new regulations that will raise the requirements to reinforce the quality seal and will affect not only the terminology linked to the ageing months of its wines but also the geographical designations within the Designation of Origin.

Cava wines are differentiated by their residual sugar content -which divides them into Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry, Semi-Dry and Sweet categories, as well as by their aging time, which divides them into Cava de Guarda and Cava de Guarda Superior (including Cava Reserva, Cava Gran Reserva and Cava de Paraje Calificado).

In addition, they must display the vintage year on the label and those DO Cava wineries that press and make all their wines on their own property will be able to use the Integral Winemaker label.

The greatest novelty is the segmentation and zoning that allows territorial identification, so that the consumer can clearly detect in which area of the DO the wine was made, whether in Comtats de Barcelona, Valle del Ebro, Viñedos de Almendralejo or Zona de Levante. The possibility of specifying each sub-zone is also envisaged.

The latter is a very significant change, as it recognizes and allows the particularities of each of its territories to be valued.

In addition to the new classification, DO Cava has announced the implementation of a new traceability system to provide consumers with the best possible quality guarantees. This also involved the development of a new, more modern digital platform.

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ProWein 2022 Starts Online Registrations

Preparations for ProWein 2022, the world’s largest wine and spirits trade fair, has commenced online registrations.

ProWein 2019 had over 6,900 exhibitors from 64 countries and 61,500 visitors from 143 nations taking part in the show.

Taking place in Düsseldorf from 27-29 March 2022, registrations for the ‘Same but Different’ event within the show will be open from the end of May. Registrations for exhibitors can sign up through the website: http://www.prowein.de/2330

“Our focus is on looking forward and going back to business. Physical events with real tastings and personal networking are indispensable to the international wines and spirits industry.

Digital formats such as online tastings or virtual panel discussions are important building blocks but cannot replace the real thing – trade fairs,” said Bastian Mingers, project director of ProWein.

“This has been an unmistakeable statement made by our partners and exhibitors from throughout the world. In the interest of the industry, we will look to blended events with a combination of physical and virtual formats while falling back on the experience we have gathered over the past few years.

In this extraordinary year we will open our international database with our Matchmaking Tool earlier than usual, to bring exhibitors and visitors together most efficiently,” Mingers added.

The hall concept with its clear segmentation according to product ranges and groups will also be developed next year.

The hall layout at ProWein 2022 will be as follows: Hall 9: New World; Hall 10: Spain; Halls 11 and 12: France; Hall 12: Spirits; Halls 13 and 14: Germany; Hall 13: Organic Wines/Packaging; Hall 15: Italy; Hall 16: Italy and Europe; Hall 17: Austria and Greece; Hall 7.0: ‘Same but Different’.

The masterclass and tastings program for the show will be announced shortly.

 

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Digital Wine Marketing for Wine Journalists

It was an honour and a privilege to participate as a speaker today for FIJEV [Journalistes et Ecrivains des Vins et Spiritueux] members on the topic “Digital Wine Marketing for Wine Journalists”.  

                       Wine Journalists Represent a Global Community

It was wonderful to see members from the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Roemenië, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Spain!  

Topics:  Social Media Users (Globally) – by the numbers; What happens in a social media minute; Why YOU must hit the ground running; Start with LinkedIn; What are the other top platforms to use?  Tips on how to write your bio for various social platforms; how to use hashtags; content writing for posts; how to stay relevant in the industry; and what are the trends for 2021

Testimonials:  

“Thank you Liz, great!! It’s something that is well over due in our community” – Paul Howard (UK) 

“Very good!  Thank you Liz – Filippo Magnani (IT)

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Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Announced

Oscar Oliveras has won the prestigious “Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year” award for “Grape View” which is a stunning image of Semillon grapes being gathered in Saussignac, France. The Spanish photographer captured this image on the first day of the harvest at Château des Ganfard.

Some other winners include:

The winner of the Errázuriz Wine Photographer of the Year” is Victor Pugatschew with “People Pressing the Pinot Noir.”

The winner of the “Errázuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Places” is Lana Svitankova with “The Vanishing Craft.”

Judges include Vitalie Taittinger, Errazuriz’s Magui Chadwick, and other well-known photographers and wine trade insiders.

Further details on winners https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/

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The Top 10 Countries That Drank The Most Wine In 2020

Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) has just revealed stats of the top ten countries that drank the most wine in 2020.

Global Consumption has fallen to its lowest point since 2002. OIV reports that that overall wine consumption had fallen three percent to 234 million hectolitres in 2020 – around 6.2 billion gallons. In terms of market value, OIV puts the total exports of wine-producing countries at an estimated 29.6 billion euros ($35.6 billion), a figure that would represent a fall of nearly seven percent.

OIV maintains that these numbers are an estimate.

“With the exception of Prosecco, sparkling wine is the category of wines that suffered the most in 2020,” the organization states.

So, which countries drank the most wine in 2020?

Here are the top 10 by consumption according to OIV.

  1. 1.US – 33mhl
  2. France– 24.7mhl
  3. Italy– 24.5mhl
  4. Germany– 19.8mhl
  5. UK– 13.3mhl
  6. China– 12.4mhl
  7. Russia– 10.3mhl
  8. Spain– 9.6mhl
  9. Argentina– 9.4mhl
  10. Australia– 5.7mhl

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