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Grape Harvest Festival in Mendoza, Argentina

Grape Harvest Festival in Mendoza, Argentina

A first look at vintage quality in South America, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While vines are just flowering in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Argentina and Chile experienced a cool growing season, which left vintners waiting for grapes to fully ripen. That wasn’t a problem for big reds like Argentina’s Malbecs and Chile’s Cabernet Sauvignon, but it could be trouble for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage. Check out Wednesday’s report on Australia and New Zealand and come back Friday for details on South Africa.

Argentina
The good news: A long, cool growing season produced what many winemakers are calling fresh wines

The bad news: Up and down temperatures tested winemakers’ patience and required long hang times for grapes to reach full maturation

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Harvest at Spier, Stellenbosch.

Harvest at Spier, Stellenbosch.

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While vines are just flowering in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. South African grapegrowers enjoyed a wet winter, meaning healthy yields, followed by a dry, warm summer. But rain during harvest made picking anxious at times.

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage. Check out Wednesday’s report on Australia and New Zealand and Thursday’s on Argentina and Chile.

South Africa
The good news: South Africa’s 2013 harvest has drawn praise from most producers, with a strong start and finish to the growing season

The bad news: A bit of rain and humidity mid-harvest forced some producers to scramble for proper canopy management and gamble, successfully, on better weather late

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The 2012 Vintage report...

The 2012 Vintage report…

 

Although it is still too early for a clear consensus to emerge among the Champenois, a good number are getting so excited after the recent assemblage of the 2012 vintage that it is even being compared to those of 1959, 1969 and 1990.

 

Damien Le Sueur, director of production for Taittinger, has led the praise, declaring that “what seems clear about 2012 is that it meets all the requirements to be a great vintage”.

 

Le Sueur told Harpers that his own team’s sense of anticipation dated back to the harvest. “At the end of September, we really had great expectations. In tasting after tasting, we discovered that the ‘vins clairs’ were beautiful.

 

“The harvesting conditions were excellent with perfect weather with freshness in the morning, very healthy grapes and a yield far lower than usual. We have enjoyed working on the assemblage of each of our
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The US wine industry report.

The US wine industry report.

 

Silicon Valley Bank’s annual State of the Wine Industry Report forecasts 4-8% sales growth in wine for 2013. The report identifies trends and addresses current issues facing the U.S. wine industry, offering data and observations that help that wineries can use to develop their business strategies.

Silicon Valley Bank’s wine report is based on its in-house expertise as one of the largest bankers to the West Coast wine industry for nearly 20 years, a proprietary database of more than a decade of winery financials, ongoing research, and an annual survey of 450 West Coast wineries.

 

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Sparkling wine and cider offered rare glimpses of positive news in the latest WSTA Market Report, which shows volume declines across both UK wine and spirit sales.

 

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While UK total alcohol sales have fallen by 2% in the off-trade and 3% in the on-trade during the last 12 months, the sparkling wine category enjoyed 6% growth in the off-trade, while on-trade cider sales saw a 5% increase.

There was an even stronger on-trade performance from the resurgent RTD category, which experienced a 3% sales increase over the 12 months to November 2012, boosted by a 15% uplift in the last 12 weeks. However the category’s volumes fell by 7% in the off-trade over the year.

There was a similarly mixed picture for Champagne, whose 9% decline in the off-trade during the last 12 weeks was mitigated by a 13% increase in the on-trade during the same period.

As inflation on wines and spirits hit 2.4% and 5.9% respectively, the sub-£4 end of the wine market continued to show declines, while all price bands above £7 per bottle saw double-digit growth.

While light wine sales experienced the same 2% off-trade decline as total alcohol figures, there were strong performances from Spain and New Zealand, which saw 16% and 11% volume growth respectively.

 

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Think before you buy!

Think before you buy!

UK market conditions continue to be tough as consumers ‘tighten their belts and shop around for value’, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association has warned as it releases its latest market report.

In the last 12 weeks, off-trade sales of Champagne have declined by 9%, while wine under £4 has continued to decline, according to the WSTA’s 12-week round-up of statistics from various analysts such as Nielsen and CGA.

While off-trade Champagne is down, the sparkling, non-Champagne, category is one of the best performers. According to Nielsen it is the only major alcohol category in growth over the last year, up 6% in the last 12 months and up 9% in the last 12 weeks.

In a separate report, UK supermarket Waitrose says sales of English sparkling wine have shown a year-on-year increase of 30%, thanks in part to… read on

 High Quality, Large Volume!

High Quality, Large Volume!

Wine grape growers throughout California are heralding an excellent vintage coming off the 2012 harvest, prompting superlatives such as “exceptional,” “outstanding” and “idyllic.” 

The results are in sharp contrast to the grape harvest throughout most of Europe, where poor weather negatively impacted both quantity and quality in France, Italy and other regions.

The 2012 California wine grape harvest is estimated at 3.7 million tons, up from 3.3 million tons in 2011, according to The Wine Institute. Both 2011 and 2010 were considered to be of good to excellent quality, depending on the region, but were shorter in volume, so the higher tonnage in 2012 is a welcome development.

 

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A wet spring and a hot, dry summer lowered grape quantities across the Italian peninsula and kept winegrowers working hard

Italian Wine Harvest 2012.

Italian Wine Harvest 2012.

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, harvest means pencils down, time’s up. And no matter how hard you have labored all year, at the end of the day, nature usually has the last word.

In the fourth of five 2012 vintage reports, winemakers across the Italian boot are reporting a promising vintage after a year of hard work. A wet spring in many regions lowered yields by as much as 40 percent. A long, hot summer put vines under drought stress, which meant growers had to be careful to protect the fruit and let it hang long enough to ripen. As for final quality in the bottle—it’s too early to know. But here’s a sneak peek.
• The Northeast
• Piedmont
• Southern & Central Italy
• Tuscany

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