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The week that was

Published:  02 March, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Top Stories: Fascinating insights on the growing world of bulk emerged from London’s inaugural International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) this week, which caught the eye of our discerning readers.

The event revealed a paradigm shift in the wine industry, where supply has become more critical than price and power has shifted from buyers to producers as figures showed global bulk sales now outstrip shipments of bottled wine.

Elsewhere, Loire wine producers and the region’s local body announced they have joined forces to launch a premium category for Crémant de Loire and sparkling wines.

An upswing of Cabernet Franc is also helping to boost sales of Loire wines, the regional wine body, Interloire said, while sales of Portuguese wines are also being boosted by a rise in exports to the UK.

Analysis and Insights:
 We took a look at the on-going stellar performance of gin this week as the thirst for craft products continues.

There were also insights from the world of corks and closures, where manufacturers are developing ever-more sophisticated and convenient solutions for winemakers.  

People and Opinion:
  Harpers regularly hears from industry insiders and those with their fingers on the pulse of the trade and this week was no different.

This week we pinned down legendary Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser who told us he doesn’t regret turning his back on Grüner Veltliner to follow ambitious plans to put his stamp on China – one of the world’s fastest growing wine producing regions.