Organic wine production in Spain has grown 10%

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.

https://www.barcelonawineweek.com/

Spain has been looking to increase export prices, but the country’s wines continue to provide value compared to France and Italy.

Wine Industry Network announces 2020 date for 3-Tier Wine Symposium

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

“Wine Women” holds its first annual conference November 5th at Buena Vista Winery, California

Wine Women will hold its first annual conference on November 5th at Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, Calif. The day-long event will offer five interactive sessions, led by the corporate training team from G3 Sonoma. Major events sponsor, Boisset Collection will also be hosting and providing lunch and wine. The event is open to the industry and public.

Attendees should expect a day of engaging and thought-provoking sessions that foster learning and growth. Each of the five conference sessions provides hands-on opportunities to stretch and master various communication skills.

Session topics include:

Deciphering communication styles
Prioritizing self-care
Courageous conversations
Leadership presence
Getting sparked – Building bridges to stronger relationships

Wine Women President Christine L. Mueller stated, “We’re very excited to be partnering with G3 Sonoma to bring this program to our members and guests. The G3 team has a proven track record of providing highly valuable and successful training programs.” She elaborated, “Through our own research, we’ve found that our members, and their employers, are most interested in training on the topics that will be covered in our conference. These soft skills are critical to career advancement and have the bonus of enriching both personal and professional lives.”

Wine Women’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance, and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

Full details and tickets are found here  https://wine-women-2019-conference.eventbrite.com/?aff=WIA.

Early bird tickets offer $50 savings through September 30th. WINE WOMEN members receive additional savings on tickets. Prices range from $199 to $414.

For more information about Wine Women, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/

Wine Enthusiast names Germany’s Mosel Valley as “2019 Wine Region of the Year Nominee”

Wine Enthusiast magazine has named one of Germany’s 13 wine regions – the Mosel – as a Wine Region of the Year nominee for its esteemed, annual Wine Star Awards.

Each year, the awards honor the outstanding achievements made by individuals, companies, and regions in the wine and beverage world. This year’s 20th annual Wine Star Awards features 16 categories, including the prestigious Wine Region of the Year award.

“If you’ve ever been to the Mosel Valley, home to some of the steepest and most spectacular vineyards in the world, you’ll never forget the valley’s breathtaking landscapes and iconic wines,” says Monika Reule, Managing Director of the Deutsches Weininstitut (German Wine Institute). “The Mosel’s designation as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Regions of the Year nominees is just further proof of its incredible winemaking prowess.”

In the nomination announcement, Wine Enthusiast describes the Mosel as “Germany’s most iconic wine region” and as a “classic cool-climate winemaking region.” Regarding wines from the Mosel, the magazine writes that they “represent both an enduring historic gravitas as well as a contemporary renaissance” and are “renown for Riesling, but also an increasingly diversifying portfolio of other white and red wines”.

“The wineries of the Mosel are honored by the nomination,” says Ansgar Schmitz, Director of Moselwein e.V. (Mosel Wine Promotion Board) “Our producers are grateful for the recognition from both wine critics, like Wine Enthusiast, and wine lovers, especially in the United States, our biggest export market.”

This Marks the First Wine Star Awards Nomination for One of Germany’s 13 Wine Regions.

“I was thrilled to hear that the Mosel has been nominated as Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast,” says Ernst “Ernie” Loosen, Owner and Winemaker of Dr. Loosen, one of the region’s renowned wineries. “The Mosel is a very special place, producing a vibrant and intense style of Riesling that is just not possible anywhere else in the world, and it’s very rewarding to see this recognized by an important U.S. wine magazine.”

The Wine Star Awards winners will be announced in Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue later in 2019 and honored at a black-tie gala in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on January 27, 2020.

German Wine Institute: www.germanwines.de

The main vintage has started in Germany

The main vintage has started a little earlier than originally expected in many German wine-growing areas. The German Wine Institute (DWI) announced yesterday, the vines have experienced an enormous development spurt during the very sunny days in late August and early September.

Promising vintage 2019 expected

The ripeness of the grapes are ahead of the long-term average. The summer brought lots of sun and was rain-free. The grapes are still very healthy at present. The weather forecast predicts warm days and cool nights. This favors the formation of aroma in the grapes. In terms of quality, the German wine producers are looking forward to a promising vintage in 2019.

Among the first grape varieties that are harvested for the actual winemaking, include the precocious Müller-Thurgau or the Frühburgunder. Pinot Noir is currently being harvested for rosé and sparkling wine. The Riesling grapes, which dominate the Moselle, the Rheingau or the Middle Rhine region, generally mature a little longer, so that the main harvest of these varieties is expected later on in September.

Volume: presumably below nine million hectolitres

The heavy precipitation from last weekend has had a positive effect on dry vineyards and the juice content in the berries. Before, the grapes were still relatively small-berried due to a summer with little rainfall. In addition, sunburn damage to the grapes and regionally limited hailstorms have brought a slight yield-reducing effect. According to current estimates, the 2019 vintage is unlikely to reach the level of an average crop yield of around nine million hectoliters.