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South Africa chases premium ground

Published:  13 November, 2017

As South Africa strives to push innovation and quality, natural factors may just provide the tipping point for the country. 

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Behind the scenes: Varietal clones at one of Argentina’s biggest producers

Published:  10 November, 2017

Harpers caught up with pioneering winemaker Santiago Mayorga at Cadus – the premium arm of Nieto Senetiner, one of Argentina’s largest producers – who revealed his experimentation with Malbec clones for the first time.

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Languedoc standing strong

Published:  02 November, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks at how France’s leading volume producer continues to evolve and intrigue the UK market

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Finding Austria’s niche

Published:  06 October, 2017

Grüner Veltliner may have been Austria’s “breakthrough” variety, but consumers need to be encouraged to investigate further, writes James Lawrence

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The Australian Alternative

Published:  07 September, 2017

As exciting new wines continue to emerge from Down Under, Andrew Catchpole finds that for the UK it’s more about style than variety when it comes to looking afresh at Oz

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Earliest harvest start on record for Galicia

Published:  29 August, 2017

The usually cool and wet climate of Galicia in the Atlantic reaches of Spain has been turned on its head this year, leaving wine producers to handle one of the earliest, but longest and most peculiar harvests ever recorded.

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Italian trends

Published:  01 August, 2017

Italian exhibition company Bellavita undertook some extensive research into Italian wine in the UK market to coincide with its recent London Expo. Here it shares those insights exclusively with Harpers

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Oregon – Pinot Noir and Life Beyond

Published:  31 July, 2017

Having just returned from Oregon Pinot Camp 2017, passionate pinot-phile Doug Wregg of artisan importer Les Caves de Pyrene reports on a region where quality is a driving passion

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Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Published:  14 July, 2017

By Jason Haynes, Burgundy Specialist at Flint Wines 

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The Rise of The Algarve

Published:  12 July, 2017

The Algarve is best known for its sunshine, stunning beaches and grilled fish, but now the region’s wines are enjoying a renaissance, a trend highlighted by their growing international recognition.

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New book explores Georgia's ancient roots

Published:  29 June, 2017

Wine writer and the recently named Fortnum & Mason’s Best Drink Writer of 2017 has published his book on Georgian wine.

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Spotlight on Oregon at Jackson Family Wines

Published:  27 June, 2017

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has built its reputation based on its presence in California, where it owns over 5,666 hectares (14,000 acres), spread across key subzones Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Mendocino.

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Will the new regulations make Rioja more "market-driven"?

Published:  20 June, 2017

Two weeks ago, Rioja’s D.O.Ca. control board announced two major changes for Spain’s heartland wine region.

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TWE aims to subvert French conventions by following “New World sourcing model”

Published:  19 June, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is threatening to challenge the French status quo with the launch of its newest brand.

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New Zealand vintage down 9%

Published:  12 June, 2017

A smaller than expected New Zealand vintage has been forecasted thanks to troublesome weather conditions.

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Rioja introduces single vineyard and sparkling

Published:  12 June, 2017

Discussions around the future of Rioja have come to a head this week with two new major decisions from the D.O.Ca. control board.

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Australian Premium

Published:  08 June, 2017

Generating more than £1.1 billion in off-trade sales alone in the UK each year, Australia is clearly a category to be reckoned with, continuing to lead its nearest rivals Italy, France and the US by quite some degree. In the on-trade, too, while sitting in a far more modest third position, the country racked up a further  £366 million worth of sales in 2016, adding another sizeable dose of Down Under flavour to the British wine scene.

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Bordeaux 2016 en primeur

Published:  31 May, 2017

Insights_bordeaux.pdfOur resident Bordeaux correspondent and producer Gavin Quinney gives the low-down on the highs of a fine year

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Vinho Verde quality focus delivering Portuguese success story

Published:  25 May, 2017

Vinho Verde is far and away Portugal's leading white wine region, this northernmost province of Portugal one of Europe's largest demarcated wine regions with 21,000 hectares of planted vineyard, nine sub-regions and more than 2000 wine brands. And something is definitely stirring. 

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Mad for Malbec

Published:  02 May, 2017

Argentina is Malbec; New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc. The intimate link between a country and dominant single variety is a strategy fraught with danger – apparently. Change the record, please.

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