South America goes sparkling
Sparkling wines are beginning to make festive noises in South America and are rippling outwards to global markets. Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador are witnessing new developments that deserve a toast.
Prosit Group: From nought to sixty (markets) in five years
In just five years, Prosit Group has gone from inception to a holding company with five wineries, a US import company and sixty export markets to its credit. Its CEO Sergio Dagnino and marketing manager Luca Maruffa explain the ethos driving the group’s development, and its plans for the future.
Lily Collins: women have taken ownership of wine
34-year-old Lily Collins is the daughter of Genesis frontman Phil Collins. She is also an actress and the heroine of ‘Emily in Paris’, a series that has achieved global success and provided a showcase for the French luxury goods industry, for its fashion, gastronomy and its most iconic wines…
Crémants d’Alsace play to their strengths
Crémants d’Alsace have been fashionable for a number of years and have achieved a skilful combination of outstanding vineyard sites and remarkable craftsmanship. Stemming from rigorous production procedures, the wines offer an appealing alternative to the legendary Champagne.
Revolution to Evolution: Charting the Future of Swartland Wines
From wheat farms to groundbreaking wine farms, traditional farmers to rebels with an old vine cause, the Swartland grew from being perceived as a relatively obscure winemaking region to a world phenomenon. To maintain their sustainable evolution and how they do business, the Swartland further evolved into a globally recognized hub for exceptional, terroir-driven wines and business models, adding to its success.
The way to a German wine drinker’s heart
Germany is considered to be a notoriously difficult market in the consumer arena. In the 1990s, supermarket chains Migros (Switzerland), Delhaize (Belgium/USA) and Intermarché (France) successively attempted to enter the German market. Without success. Discount prices by rival companies and brand loyalty among German consumers proved to be insurmountable obstacles. But what about the Germans' taste in wine? Perhaps there is an opening for exporters, especially as domestic production, at 9 million hectolitres, only accounts for just under half of what Germans drink each year. So which wines do Germans prefer? Gilbert & Gaillard asked the experts in Germany.
Loire Reds - A deep-rooted sense of authenticity
Let’s be honest – there are no superstar red wines from the Loire Valley. No local equivalent of the Rhone’s Côte-Rôtie or Bordeaux’s Saint-Emilion. But what there is, is a profusion of talent.