18th October, 2019 by Phoebe French Sussex-based Bolney’s new winery has received the royal seal of approval after a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall, as managing director Sam Linter reflects on a “very good year” despite the wet weather during harvest.The expanded winery will allow Bolney to increase its production capacity by 170%, producing 300,000 bottles of still and sparkling wines by 2022.
3rd October, 2019 by Rupert Millar An uneven flowering and high summer temperatures will likely mean Burgundy’s 2019 harvest is much smaller than last year early reports indicate.Guillaume Deglise, CEO of Albert Bichot, told the drinks business that volumes may be down as much as 30-40% in some areas and affects both white and red crops.
27th September, 2019 by Phoebe French Police in France and Bulgaria, supported by agencies Europol and Eurojust, have busted a human trafficking ring centring around workers used to harvest grapes in France.The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France.
“I was virtually having baths in the stuff last year – our harvest was twice the size of what we took in the previous year.I’d say this year that we’re looking at around 60% of that volume, so we’re still above what we harvest on average.
3rd September, 2019 by Patrick Schmitt As this year’s harvest begins in Champagne, db learns that natural yields in the region have shrunk by almost 20% due to extreme summertime temperatures.While this year’s maximum yield from the 2019 harvest was set at 10,200kg/ha (down by 5.
Thomas Labbé, lead-author of the study, was responsible for collecting the data, which involved examining archives including wage payment records in order to plot the harvest dates through the ages.He then calibrated the results against the Paris temperature series which includes data from 1659 to 2018.
More than two-thirds of the 122 medal-winning still wines from the WineGB Awards 2019 came from last year’s “dream harvest”.Of the medal winners, English and Welsh sparking wines won 26 Golds, 29 Silvers and 39 Bronzes while still wines took 13 Golds, 24 Silvers and 85 Bronzes.
14th June, 2019 by Rupert Millar New Zealand’s 2019 harvest has been declared “small but stunning” by trade body New Zealand Winegrowers.A total of 413,000 tonnes were harvested this vintage, smaller than anticipated although quality is apparently “exceptional” across North and South Islands.
10th June, 2019 by Phoebe French Champagne Taittinger has planted a further 8.5 hectares at its Kentish vineyard Domaine Evremond as it gears up for its first commercial harvest this year.
24th April, 2019 by Caitlin Butler Wine group Santa Rita Estates, comprising Santa Rita and Carmen in Chile and Doña Paula in Argentina, has released its mid-harvest vintage report.Sebastián Labbé, Santa Rita winemaker, added: “The balance and purity of the wines is amazing – these could well be the best Chardonnays we have ever made from there.