The harvest in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore has just come to an end with yields down between 3% to 5% from last year.
“This month we have just spent on the Rive vineyards has been one of intense work,” said Consorzio president, Innocente Nardi.
Nardi said that this has been an exceptional year for the territory, “starting off with the accolade from UNESCO, but also including the fiftieth anniversary of the denomination and our ban on glyphosate, which has made us the largest wine zone in Europe to forbid the use of this well-known herbicide.”
According to a statement from the Consorzio, harvesting took place in ideal conditions. “We registered an average pH of 3.30 and acidity of 6.55, values that are ideal for the production of elegant sparkling wines,” said the statement.
After a cold winter, spring was cooler and rainier than usual, which caused a delay in bud break. This was followed by a hot summer, and the weather was fine during the harvest. The harvest began in the most easterly zone and one slopes with the most exposure to sunlight, such as the vineyards at San Pietro di Feletto.
The region’s steep slopes are difficult to harvest with machinery, and “600 to 700 hours of manual work are necessary per hectare each year”.
The wines from 2019 will be the first to take advantage of the new production regulations passed in August of this year, which allow for sui lieviti (“on the yeasts”) sparkling wines that have been refermented in the bottle, and extra brut, with residual sugar between 0 and 6g per Litre.
One of the biggest international promotions of Riesling starts today at the Albert Hall in Canberra, Australia.
The Riesling challenge has attracted 502 entries from 228 wineries from across nine Riesling-producing countries.
Judges from China, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia will rate the wines by region, country, and the world over three days, with results announced this Friday evening at an awards ceremony at the Hotel Realm.
The week will conclude with one of the biggest consumer tastings of Riesling in the world.
A feature of this year’s entries is what may be the first-ever entry from China to an Australian wine show.
“… one remembers the early days when Riesling was regarded as a cheap low-quality wine. Riesling’s profile is now that of the greatest white wine in the world” states CIRC chair James Service
Riesling Week Events
- Judging: 14-17 October 2019: Albert Hall, Yarralumla – Media only
- Riedel Riesling Master Class: Thursday 17 October 2019, 6.00pm – 9.00pm at the Hotel Realm
- Awards Presentation: Friday 18 October 2019, 5.30pm – 7.00pm at the Hotel Realm
- Hotel Realm Riesling Dinner: Friday 19 October, 7:30pm, Buvette Restaurant, Hotel Realm
- ActewAGL Trade and Consumer Tasting: Saturday 19 October 2019, 11.00am-3.00pm Albert Hall, Yarralumla
The number of organic wine producers in Spain has jumped 10% in 2018 to 1,033 – from 939 in 2017. The regions of Catalonia, Valencia, and Andalucia accounted for the largest growth in organic wine for 2018.
Statistics show that Spain is the EU Country with the largest organic vineyard area, with production growth from 11,841ha in 2001 to over 113,000ha in 2018.
Organic vineyards in Spain represent less than 12% of the country’s total vineyard area, which is a similar percentage share to that of France and Italy.
In a bid to drive-up exports, Spain will be focusing on organic and biodynamic wines.
Spanish Organic Wines (SOW), an association created in 2014 which facilitates wines exports for 38 producers, said the majority of Spain’s organic wines are now exported with domestic consumption of these wines lagging behind international demand.
Barcelona Wine Week will be held February 3rd to 6th 2020 and will be dedicating space to organic and biodynamic wines.
Spain has been looking to increase export prices, but the country’s wines continue to provide value compared to France and Italy.
The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off tomorrow. One of the first signature events is October 5th’s Fall WestJet Wine Tasting at YLW in the Carson Air hangar at Kelowna International Airport.
The event will have the largest capacity of any indoor wine tasting in the Okanagan, at a venue that will be quite memorable.
Location: Carson Air hangar – Kelowna International Airport
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
List of some of the participating wineries
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
Lake Breeze Vineyards
The View Winery
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
Little Straw Vineyards
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Dirty Laundry Vineyard
River Stone Estate Winery
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery Ltd.
House of Rose Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Ancient Hill Estate Winery
Black Hills Estate Winery
Hester Creek Estate Winery
Red Rooster Winery
Okanaganvilla Vineyards and Events Corporation (The Vibrant Vine)
St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Ltd.
For further details and tickets:
The 3-Tier Wine Symposium was established in 2018 specifically for small to medium-size wineries that were keen on gaining deeper insight into the wholesale environment. The objective of the conference is to leverage the expertise of channel experts to help wine industry executives and owners navigate the complicated, but necessary, world of distributor and buyer relations.
It has never been more challenging with today’s three-tier distribution system. Between the consolidation of existing distributors, the influx of new wholesalers coming online, coupled with an extremely crowded market competing for representation, selection, and management succeeding requires a new and resourceful way of working within the wholesale channel to yield desired results.
“We’re excited to continue the conversation that began last year at the inaugural 3-Tier Wine Symposium. More now than ever, access to expertise is key to succeeding in the wholesale channel, and that’s exactly what attendees can expect again this year,” says George Christie, President & CEO of Wine Industry Network.
The Date is set for: May 7th, 2020
With a new Location:
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
170 Railroad St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Further details can be found at: Wine Industry Network (WIN) wineindustrynetwork.com