Archaeologists discover a 1,500-year-old Wine Factory in Israel

 

The wine factory was recently uncovered by archaeologists in Yavne, south of Tel Aviv includes 1,500-year-old wine presses, ageing and bottling warehouses as well as kilns for firing amphorae in which the wine was stored, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

The site, according to the IAA, dates back to the Byzantine era, which is the 4th-5th century CE, this will make the winery the largest known to exist from that period.

The directors of the excavation Dr. Elie Haddad, Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Jon Seligman said in a joint statement: “We were surprised to discover a sophisticated factory here, which was used to produce wine in commercial quantities. Furthermore, decorative niches in the shape of a conch, which adorned the winepresses, indicate the great wealth of the factory owners.”

They added: “A calculation of the production capacity of these wine presses shows that approximately two million litres of wine were marketed every year, while we should remember that the whole process was conducted manually.”

Each wine press at the Yavne site covered an area of ​​about 225 square metres, with a treading floor where the grapes would be crushed underfoot surrounded by separate compartments and vats for fermentation and win

The plan is for the site to be preserved and later opened as an archaeological park with tours being offered.

 

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The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced three new Masters of Wine

The new members of the IMW are of three different nationalities, based in two countries. A special congratulations to Claire Blackler MW (UK), Michael Henley MW (New Zealand) and Siobhan Turner MW (UK).

Currently, there are 419 MWs globally, with 268 men and 151 women living and/or working in 31 countries.

The MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine exam, recognized worldwide for its rigour and high standards.

About the Exam

The MW exam consists of three parts: the theory and practical exams taken at the end of stage two and the research paper submitted at the end of stage three. The RP is an in-depth study on a wine-related topic from any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences. Only when an individual passes the third RP stage of the MW exam do they become a Master of Wine.

In addition to passing the exam, and before new members have the right to use the title Master of Wine or initials MW, they must sign the IMW’s code of conduct. By signing the code of conduct, MWs agree to act with honesty, integrity and use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others.

The stage two theory and practical exams were cancelled in 2020 and postponed earlier this year. They will now take place in seven venues across the globe from 31 August to 3 September 2021. Candidates who pass this part of the MW exam will move to the final RP stage later in the year.

The top countries where MWs are based around the world are Australia (28), Canada (10), France (18), Germany (10), New Zealand (16), the UK (209) and US (57).

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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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Top 10 Countries that Imported Wine In 2020

The top 10 import countries of wine under the HS code 2204 are United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, and Belgium.

Ranking Top 10 import countries of wine for 2020

United States: US$ 5,884 million
United Kingdom: US$ 4,397 million
Germany: US$ 2,949 million
Canada: US$ 1,974 million
China: US$ 1,827 million
Japan: US$ 1,566 million
Netherlands: US$ 1,482 million
Switzerland: US$ 1,240 million
Russia: US$ 1,093 million
Belgium: US$ 1,050 million

Source Garay Company

 

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Trivento is named the world’s best-selling Argentine wine

Concha y Toro’s Trivento is celebrating becoming the leading Argentine wine brand in the world, with sales of over US$256.2m a year according to a new report from the IWSR.

Over the past five years, the winery has doubled sales around the world thanks to a long-term business plan and successful marketing campaigns such as 20” TV campaign in the UK and a sponsorship deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US.

“We are very proud of this achievement, and it is the result of the efforts of so many people, from our workers in the vineyards to those who represent our wines in international markets,” said CEO Marcos Jofré, Trivento.

Trivento’s top-dog status emerged from the 2020 report from global consulting firm IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, which delves into the alcoholic beverage market and its trends.

Trivento has been on an upward curve in key markets over the past 10 years. In 2013, it became a leader in the category of Argentine wines in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2020, it consolidated this position at a global level with an international strategy which focuses on value, expanding distribution channels at the right moment and strong moves into top retailers both online and in store.

The brand has been particularly successful in the UK, where Trivento Reserve Malbec is the number one red wine brand, according to NielsenIQ. It is also in the Top 10 of all wine brands in the UK.

In the US, in 2020, the winery became one of the top three selling Malbecs in the country (IRI). The US is Trivento’s second most important export destination in terms of volume, with Florida representing 30% of sales in market.

South Korea meanwhile saw huge uplift in 2020, with sales up 935%. Brazil also recorded strong increases in sales up 88%, with great expansion in online and retail channels.

“This is the result of a clear and precise commercial strategy that’s made Trivento grow into a premium brand that’s focussed on key markets,” said Felipe Rossel, global marketing director.

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