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The week that was

Published:  10 November, 2017

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:
 Tim Atkin stirred up debate at the end of last week about spiralling vineyard prices in Burgundy and how the younger generations of vignerons face being priced out of their family’s land. 

Conviviality also released its first like for like results since acquiring Bibendum PLB last year, providing insight into how the giant is faring following its massive re-structure. 

Also on the agenda was a change of direction for Jacob’s Creek and how this year’s harvest shortfalls could lead the global wine industry into a major shortage in 2018. 

Movers and shakers: 
 New MWs and roles at Les Grands Chais de France (GCF) and Bacardi formed some of the notable movements in the trade this week. 

Analysis and Insights:
 Extreme weather has wreaked havoc on the winemaking world this year – everything from devastating fires in California and Galicia to terrible frost and hailstorms driving down yields in Europe. 

In our feature on climate change, we looked at the global impact of an increasingly CO2-laden planet and how it could shape the future of wine production. 

We also threw Franciacorta into the limelight, looking at how a newly fizzed marketing drive is aiming to push this traditional method Lombardian sparkler in the UK. 

People and Opinion: Stories are a vital link between the producer and consumer. 

As we’ve seen in the US and Spain recently, wine is made on the front line in the battle against nature, often having to struggle against the toughest odds to get made. 

So why aren’t these kinds of stories being told, asks Guy Woodward in his monthly column.