Facts and figures:

Global closures market

Published on August 15, 2017

Keeping tabs on trends in the global closures market is tricky business. The OIV estimated global production in 2015 at 275 mhl. That’s more than 36 billion bottle-equivalents, but that top line number includes all formats – bag-in-box, tetrapak, pouches etc. Closure estimates are somewhere around the 20 billion mark.

High altitude viticulture

Published on July 5, 2016

Whilst certain climatic parameters are known to vary with increasing altitude above sea level (asl), it appears that high altitude viticulture is nothing without its anagram, latitude.

Highest altitude vineyards?

Published on July 5, 2016

Are these the highest altitude vineyards?

Old vines – defined only in the new world?

Published on April 12, 2016

There is a real or imagined cachet for old vines. In Europe the various monikers – vieilles vignes, viñas viejas, alte reben etc. – are used solely at the quality discretion or implied marketing intention of the producer. The new world is taking a different approach.

Volatile sulphur compounds and thiols

Published on July 12, 2013

Table showing various VSCs and thiols with their chemical and quotidian descriptions

Growing season temperature

Published on October 19, 2012

Growing season temperature (GST) may just provide the most refined single index yet for identifying regions of cool and very cool climates. Work by Dr Andrew Pirie, honorary research associate at Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, consultant at Tamar Ridge, and owner of Apogee, a single vineyard Tasmanian sparkling wine, has revised the index.

Calculating the cost of a bottle of wine

Published on October 3, 2012

Why are we paying £7-£8 for a half-decent bottle of wine now, whereas a few years ago we could get something pretty drinkable at around £6?

How has Austrian wine changed in the last decade?

Published on September 17, 2012

A decade is not a long time in viticulture, but for small, niche producer Austria, ten years has seen notable movements in the structure of the wine industry. A comprehensive vineyard survey was carried out in 2009, ten years after the previous one, covering a decade that has seen Austrian wines move into a lauded sphere on export markets.

Gouais blanc

Published on August 8, 2012

All sixteen progeny of pinot x gouais blanc

Sicily according to Winkler and MJT

Published on June 9, 2012

Sicily spreads across all five Winkler regions

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