Azerbaijan unveils plans for wine tourism

Azerbaijan has just unveiled plans to attract more Western tourists by creating the country’s first official wine route.

According to the website “Trend”, Azerbaijan is working with the Council of Europe to create an ‘Iter Vitis wine route’ – a plan that will celebrate the unique cultural heritage of the region.

The wine route will shine its spotlight on the Caucasus’ historic winegrowing culture, starting in the Krasnodar region of Russia (home of Russian sparkling wine brand Abrau Durso), passing through Azerbaijan and ending up in Georgia.

“Currently, there are more than 15 wineries in the country. In Azerbaijan, this route starts in Baku and covers Shamakhi, Ismayilli, Gabala, Shaki, Ganja and Tovuz cities,” Sharifa Hasanova, head of sector at the State Tourism Agency, told Trend.

“In connection with the implementation of the Iter Vitis Caucasus route, negotiations are underway with Georgia. We have prepared our proposals, and after Georgia prepares its proposals, a single version will be presented.

“This is an innovation for the Caucasus, since there are no unified routes in the region yet. Common cultural routes are proposed covering Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, but such a thematic route hasn’t been developed before,” she added.

Azerbaijan is bordered by Iran to the south and Russia to the north. The nation has been producing wine for centuries; its modern-day vineyards are found at the base of the Caucasus Mountains and in the lowlands surrounding the Kura River.

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iDealwine, France’s Top Wine Auctioneer for 6 Consecutive Years

The CVV has confirmed, for the sixth year running, that IWA (International Wine Auction, a subsidiary of iDealwine), is the leading wine auctioneer in France (for the sixth consecutive year), now boasting a 42% market share.
iDealwine has held 41 auction sales in 2020 (one auction every 9 days) with over 175,000 bottles auctioned for a total of €23.4 million including tax – meaning over 40% of all wine sold at auction in France (up from 37% in 2019). Auctions aside, iDealwine’s fixed price sales, which include wine sourced directly from partner properties at cellar door prices, have increased by 46% to reach €10m.  In total, iDealwine generated €33 million in sales in 2020 (+15%).

Despite the tumultuous year, the fine wine auctions market has remained comparatively stable, with iDealwine itself widening the gap in terms of market leaders. In France, wine auctions generated €47 million excluding commission (2019: €47m, 2018: €46m), which represents just 4% of the entire art and collectors’ items category. The art and collectors’ items category itself recorded a significant 22.4% drop in sales. IWA (and therefore iDealwine) has risen to rank as the eighth most important auction house in France in the art and collectors’ item category. Of course, much of this movement was accelerated by the pandemic. As a purely digital player in wine auctions, iDealwine was well placed to deal with the unique situation.
Cyrille Jomand, CEO of iDealwine, said: “We are delighted by this announcement. iDealwine recently welcomed new investment from entrepreneurial fund Capital Croissance. With this, we look forward to increasing iDealwine’s footprint not only in the fine wine world, but also in spirits via our new platform Fine Spirits Auction platform, which sees whiskies, cognacs, rums, and other fine spirits go under the hammer in partnership with La Maison du Whisky. iDealwine is also focused on its new bespoke cellar consultation and management service, offered to wine lovers, collectors, and investors.”
iDealwine has been named the number one wine auctioneer in France for the sixth consecutive year by the regulatory body for auctions in the country.
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Wine News: Light-to-moderate wine drinking can lower heart attack risk

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Medicine has found that light-to-moderate wine drinking can be beneficial to your health, including those with heart disease.

According to the study, entitled ‘Association of alcohol consumption with morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease’, patients with heart disease who drank six grams of alcohol per day (on average) were associated with a 50 % risk reduction of heart attack, stroke, and even death.

Even those who averaged eight grams of alcohol consumption per day would see a 27% reduction in death risk compared with those who did not drink, the study found.

Vinepair states that in the United States, an average pour contains 14 grams of alcohol.

Comprising assessment of over 48,000 patients with heart disease, the research found that, while even increased alcohol consumption up to 62 grams per day was not associated with a heightened risk of heart attack, “non-drinking patients should not be encouraged to take up light drinking because of well-known adverse effects on other health outcomes, such as cancers.”

“Our findings suggest that people with CVD (cardiovascular disease) may not need to stop drinking in order to prevent additional heart attacks, strokes or angina, but that they may wish to consider lowering their weekly alcohol intake,” study co-author Chengyi Ding said, per Reuters.

She did note once again however that “Alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing other illnesses.”

Study – https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-021-02040-2

 

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Chile in the process of setting up an “Organic Wine Growers’ Association”

A group of Chilean wineries are forming an association to promote organic wine due to the post-pandemic upsurge.

News of the impending organization came during an interview with Jaime Valderrama, who is the managing director of Viña Miguel Torres Chile.

The group of six wineries will be collaborating to promote organic wine from Chile, and that the new association would also have the support of Wines of Chile, which unites much of the country’s wine industry primarily for marketing purposes.

Among the founder members of the organic association will be Viña Emiliana, Odfell, and Koyle, according to Valderrama, as well as Viña Miguel Torres Chile.

Taking inspiration from Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ), which is a dedicated to supporting organic winegrowing, he said that the group of Chilean wineries have been speaking to the founders of the New Zealand organization for advice.

Valderrama said, “..this year is very good, especially for organic wines, and our Las Mulas range of organic wines is doing very well; natural and organic wine is facing more demand, and that’s where the growth is across the US, Europe, UK and Korea as well.”

He added, “It seems that the consumer is more conscious about organics and the environment, and that’s why we are creating an organic grower’s association in Chile: the future for us is organic and natural wines.”

Currently, 98% of grape production across the 314 hectares owned by Torres in Chile is grown organically, with certification.

Sources  Drinks Business

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Germany’s Ahr Wine Region Needs Our Help!

The devastating impact of last week’s flooding in Germany has seen 200 people lose their lives across Germany and Belgium, while causing extensive damage to businesses, including the wine producers of the Ahr Valley.

According to a report from the German Wine Institute, the floodwaters have been particularly destructive to the wine producers of the Ahrweiler and the surrounding villages of Mayschoss and Dernau.

In these areas, barrels, wine bottles and machines, have been washed away, destroying entire wine-producing businesses and livelihoods, although th full extent of the damage on the entire Ahr region, and its 563 hectares of vineyards, will take weeks to quantify.

The managing director of the German Wine Institute (DWI), Monika Reule, was stunned by the images of the devastation and the fate of the people living there who are now struggling for their livelihoods, and has set up a bank account to accept donations of support for those affected.

The donation account is being held at the Farmers and Winegrowers’ Association of Rhineland-Nassau, which incorporates the Ahr Winegrowing Association.

Should you wish to make a donation, the details can be found below. The DWI has noted that the proceeds from the numerous aid campaigns will directly benefit the Ahr winegrowers, who urgently need money for the reconstruction of their businesses, which will certainly take a long time.

  • Donation account details:
  • Beneficary (field 59)
  • Account: DE14 5519 0000 0619 7860 15
  • Beneficary: Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH
  • Beneficary Bank (field 57a)
  • BIC: GENO DE FF
  • Bank Name: DZ Bank AG, Frankfurt / Germany
  • Bank-to-Bank-Information (field 72)
  • /acc/ Mainzer Volksbank eG, Mainz / Germany
  • Purpose: Donation Ahr Flooding

Aside from financial assistance, winegrowers from across Germany have offered support to those most seriously affected by the flooding, with growers already on-site with forklifts, vineyard tractors or pumps to rescue what can be saved. Outside helpers are also on duty to help with any urgently needed vineyard work in order to secure the upcoming vintage.

 

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