Discovery

TERRA VITIS: THE RISING STAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENDORSEMENTS
From vineyard to bottle, Terra Vitis guarantees that traceability, organisation and environmental man-agement run seamlessly on farms that apply sustainable techniques. The French certification scheme is increasingly gaining traction, primarily because it takes on board new social responsibility standards.
Alsace and its first-rate Crémants
Sparkling wines labelled as Crémant account for 25% of Alsace wine production. After an outstanding year for sales in 2019 came the global pandemic in 2020, but growth has now resumed and sales may well break new records. Encouragingly, the popularity of Crémant d’Alsace is spreading to more and more countries worldwide.
Fenavin: The asset of Spanish wines
Fenavin is one of the must-attend events of the world wine and spirits industry. It brings together in Ciudad Réal, south of Madrid, the entire Spanish wine industry for three days, this year from 10 to 13 May.
The Spirit of Cape Wine
Boasting a 350-year history of brandy production and a wealth of award-winning brands, South Africa’s premium distillers are confident that Cape Brandy can finally emerge from the shadow of Cognac.
Understanding the complexity of the Mâconnais
In the far South of Burgundy, between the Chalonnais and Beaujolais, is an area home to 43 appellations, including 5 Crus and 1er Crus. Renowned for offering the best value for money among Burgundy whites, there is an endless range of styles, extending to reds and Crémants. Alain Echalier explains more.
No-low wines: a full-fledged market category
In its definition of wine, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine specifies that it must have a minimum ABV of 8.5%, with regional exceptions of 7%. Many countries have used this as a model for their own regulations, compelling them to find another term for these uber-trendy drinks. We interviewed producers in France, Italy and South Africa to find out more.
Montalcino, the ‘promised land’ for Sangiovese in Tuscany.
Brunello di Montalcino is, without doubt, one of the most significant designations both in Italy and worldwide, but few people know its history.