Real Business of Wine

The Grapes, with Randall Grahm

All grapes were not created equal. Some are commercially successful. Others have been unjustly forgotten. Some are more popular than they deserve to be. Others may not survive in their current regions as temperatures rise. And then, of course, there are new vinifera crosses like Marselan, hybrids and labrusca – not forgetting genetic modification. And…

A Focus on South Africa

The South African wine industry is in crisis. New laws outlaw the movement of wine within the country, making exports almost impossible. The legislation was partly justified by the incidence of truck hijacking on the roads from the winelands to the ports. Producers have proposed the use of private security firms to protect the shipments,…

Getting to Sustainability

Lighter bottles, solar panels and windmills, fewer chemical inputs… What does sustainability mean to the wine industry in 2020? How seriously is it being taken? How does it compare to, and differ from, Organic and Biodynamic? And how much do standards and certifications vary between countries and regions? Is environmental sustainability compatible with economic sustainability?

Breaking…Wine News

When important stuff happens in the wine world, who covers it in the media, and how well is it done? Richard Siddle earned his stripes as a journalist before becoming editor of a wine trade publication and starting his own online platform, the highly influential ‘The Buyer’. Question Siddle and other guests about how professionals…

A Better Wine Story

Talk to almost anyone about marketing in any sector today and you’ll hear that ‘stories’ are essential. But what kinds of story actually help to persuade people to buy a wine? Joe Fattorini of the Wine Show – and formerly Berry Bros & Rudd – joins our panel along with Tom Parnell who blogs about…

The Consumer, in Conversation with ARENI Global

Join us for this very special session in collaboration with ARENI Global, as we explore the changing face of the modern wine consumer. Millennials, Boomers: does it matter? Technophobes, Social media natives: what does it mean for communications? Wine shops, DTC: what does the future look like?

Somm-Thing for the Weekend

DLynn Proctor, Andre Mack, Gary Obligacion, and Tanisha Townsend. On this night, we pass the mic to four of the brightest characters in wine, to talk business, diversity, heritage, and the future.

Tourism – Being There

In recent years, wine tourism has become a mantra, a magic pill than, when associated with tasting room fees and Direct To Consumer sales can be the key to winery profitability. But what happened when a virus abruptly halts the stream of visitors, or when possible wine tourists who are trying to reduce their carbon…

English Sparkling Wine

At a time when there seem to be too few reasons to celebrate, English Sparkling Wine is forging ahead, with vineyards being planted, new wines being launched, and prizes being won. But how sustainable is the English wine boom? Who’s going to buy 30m or 40m bottles – compared to under 16m today? Do we…