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Connecting Vineyards: 5 steps to know Rhone Valley better

Inter Rhône, whose mission is to foster knowledge and appreciation of the great wealth of the Rhone Valley’s AOC wines, created 5 educational videos for everyone who would like to learn more about this region.


Inter Rhône has developed 5 new videos as part of the training programs to better meet the needs of learners on an educational level. The objective is to bring a new dimension to its communication media, to offer attractive and lively tools in a short format.

Didactic and fun content has been worked on to facilitate understanding of the Rhone Valley Vineyards, show their uniqueness and make people want to know and discover them.

Rhone Valley

5 major themes are addressed to highlight the Rhone Valley specificities, particularly around:

  • The geological history of Appellations of this region.
  • The historical know-how.
  • Rhone Valley, 2nd AOC Vineyard in France
  • Diversity source of wealth
  • The taste of the future

These tools are used to guarantee the “Rhone Culture” to all those who wish to know more about this wine region. Wine professionals of course, sommeliers, sommelier teachers, future sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine merchants, journalists, with the general public, wine lovers, within the framework of tasting workshops.

These videos are available both in French and in English on the YouTube channel of Inter Rhone:

Inter Rhône, whose mission is to foster knowledge and appreciation of the great wealth of the Rhone Valley’s AOC wines, created 5 educational videos for everyone who would like to learn more about this region.

Union Champagne estimates a minimum yield of 11,000 kg/ha for 2022

The cooperative group shows very good results for its financial year ending on July 31, 2021. Its president, Dominique Babé, is requesting a minimum yield of 11,000 kg/ha for the 2022 harvest.


The objective, delayed by the health crisis, has been achieved! The milestone of one million passes was overcome during the last financial year of Union Champagne, which ended on July 31, 2021. This union of 15 cooperatives has 2,330 members cultivating 1,470 ha.

Marc Ferté

“The share of the Saint Gall brand, whose turnover increased by 79% compared to 2019, represents a quarter of our sales, detailed Marc Ferté, general manager of Union Champagne, during the General Assembly which was held remotely this morning. The rise of the Orpale cuvée, whose selling price rose from €80 to €110, contributed to this increase. The export volumes of the St Gallen brand have doubled in three years and now represent 69% of sales”.

Members took back 1.4 million bottles, a stable figure after years of decline. On the investment side, the Oger building should be operational for the 2023 edition. It will provide Union Champagne with an additional storage capacity of 6 million bottles and will increase its riddling capacity.

Union Champagne’s turnover amounted to €112 million, compared to €113 million during the previous financial year, but with a lower appellation yield (8,000 kg/ha + 400 kg/ha of release). Net income amounted to €3.8 million, up 92.6% compared to the 2019-2020 financial year.

Dominique Babé

“Between 2020 and 2021, we experienced two diametrically opposed harvests, concludes Dominique Babé, Union Champagne’s President. We avoided the grape war thanks to our individual reserve. The reserve must be the subject of new reflections to support climate change and environmental certifications”. A few days before the official announcement of the results of champagne sales in 2021, which should exceed 320 million bottles for a record turnover of 5.8 billion euros, Dominique Babé estimates a minimum yield of 11,000 kg /ha for the 2022 harvest.

Prepared by O. Hryhorieva based on vitisphere.com

Photo credit: Union Champagne

The cooperative group shows very good results for its financial year ending on July 31, 2021. Its president, Dominique Babé, is requesting a minimum yield of 11,000 kg/ha for the 2022 harvest.

Henkell Freixenet Ukraine invites you to a new brand store!

On the eve of the New Year, Henkell Freixenet Ukraine, a company with an excellent portfolio and the trust of consumers around the world, made a real gift to Ukrainian connoisseurs of wine, liqueurs and spirits.


On the shelves of the new store, the official importer presents recognized brands – products of Henkell, Freixenet, Mionetto, Furst von Metternich, Segura Viudas, Schloss Johannisberger, Cardenal Mendoza, Mangaroca Batida and others.

Henkell Freixenet Ukraine shop

It should be noted that the wine boutique presents all the drinks offered by the online store champarty.com.ua. This is very convenient for those who do not like to shop online.

Henkell Freixenet Ukraine shelf

In addition, as in the online store, there are constant promotions and at a special price offer “Product of the Week”. Thus, buyers have the opportunity to buy luxury alcohol at a fair price.

Henkell Freixenet Ukraine showcase

The Henkell Freixenet Ukraine brand store is located in the center of Kyiv in the business-center Senator, located at Moskovska Street, 32/2. Exclusive offers, world-famous wines and spirits, as well as hospitable atmosphere and experienced vendors will help you make the right choice.

On the eve of the New Year, Henkell Freixenet Ukraine, a company with an excellent portfolio and the trust of consumers around the world, made a real gift to Ukrainian connoisseurs of wine, liqueurs and spirits.

Cognac Park: the Japanese touch

In this quest for the finish cask that the Charentaise brandy has known for several years, the Park house has gone to Japan to refine its cognac. Meeting of two worlds that the taste for precision brings together.


The Tessendier family, who preside over the destinies of cognacs Park, offers a collection of cognacs ranging from the most traditional to the most unexpected. Of these, Cognac-based distillers have traveled across the globe in search of an oak variety, Mizunara, which is used for aging Japanese spirits, starting with premium whiskeys. We find these trees in the Nikko Forest.

Cognac Park:

From there, the Tessendiers chose a 12-year-old Borderies cognac to refine it in these special barrels for 9 months. Beyond the codes of the whiskey that serve the packaging, the eau-de-vie contained in the bottle is surprising with its suave notes of vanilla, citrus fruits with a spicy finish. At 44%, this Japanese oak finish is no less elegant. It is an experience in the world of cognac.

The Tessendier et Fils Distillery was founded 130 years ago. The cellar masters, Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier, represent the 4th generation.

Park Aged 12 Years Mizunara: 95 euros for 70 cl.

In this quest for the finish cask that the Charentaise brandy has known for several years, the Park house has gone to Japan to refine its cognac. Meeting of two worlds that the taste for precision brings together.

Pic Saint-Loup: Uma, new domain, great ambitions

Bought last summer by Emmanuel Clausel, former real estate developer, Domaine de Valcyre, in Valflaunès, in Pic Saint-Loup, changes its name to become Domaine Uma. Supported by the brilliant Australian oenologist, Karen Turner, the new owner will create an upscale welcoming place, including a 5-star hotel, two restaurants, an art gallery and a tasting school.


Exit the Domaine of Valcyre, make way for the Domaine Uma. In Valflaunès, an emblematic village of the Pic Saint-Loup appellation, Emmanuel Clausel, the new owner, wants to make a clean sweep of the past: “We had to write a new story, give ourselves a real ambition by leaving our mark, our identity.”

The former real estate developer, who bought the 120-hectare estate (including 60 of vines) last summer, aims to create a wine tourism site capable of receiving around 60,000 people per year and of employing around fifty people. On the program, a 5-star hotel with 23 rooms and a 400m² spa, a gourmet restaurant, a bistro, a tasting area, a boutique, an art gallery and a tasting school. “We have already made good progress on the project with the town hall, and we even held an information meeting with the inhabitants before the end of the year celebrations,” continues Emmanuel Clausel. We are now waiting for the final return of the municipality to start the work.”

First project: the new cellar. This will be enlarged and modernized on the basis of an existing building in order to be able to work by gravity and with equipment adapted to the style of the wines (small vats). “The foundation of the project, the starting point of everything, is the wine!” confirms the owner.

No wood, Italian grape varieties and bubbles!

Domaine Uma

That’s why he chose the expertise of oenologist Karen Turner. The Australian has a strong CV with experiences at Hugel in Alsace, at Chapoutier in the Rhône Valley or more recently at the Priory of Saint-Jean-de-Bébian, in Pézenas, in Hérault. She has also traveled a lot: Tuscany, Douro, South Africa… “My strength is to have known a lot of terroirs, not to be focused on France, to have this open-mindedness”, she explains. So don’t forbid yourself anything. Because “only” a third of the estate is classified in the Pic Saint-Loup appellation.

“On the other, we are going to plant Italian grape varieties such as Fiano (Campania), Sangiovese (Tuscany) or Carricante (Sicily) and we want to make bubbles”, continues Karen Turner, whose bias is not to use wood. On this very fresh terroir, the winemaker has chosen to focus on whites (4.5 ha planted in 2021) and rosés. Ultimately, total production should be around 300,000 bottles around fifteen cuvées. The 2021 vintage, the first vinified by the Australian, and composed of five cuvées in a unique bottle, will be presented at the next Organic Millésime in Montpellier (postponed from February 28 to March 2, 2022): two Pic Saint-Loups, a rosé (Syrah-Grenache), a red rosé (Cinsault) and a white (Vermentino-Roussanne) can be tasted. This is a start of a new adventure!

Based on the material of www.terredevins.com

Bought last summer by Emmanuel Clausel, former real estate developer, Domaine de Valcyre, in Valflaunès, in Pic Saint-Loup, changes its name to become Domaine Uma.

5 wine trends of the restaurant business in 2022

In 2022, sommelier and restaurant managers intend to be creative in doing business.


Gradually, the hospitality industry is recovering from lockdowns, people are eating out again, but many restaurants are still short of visitors and ready to get creative. So, let’s see!

  • Wine-to-Go is becoming more and more popular. According to analytical data, during the pandemic, 30-40% of restaurant revenues came from wine sales, which became an important source of income. Wines in cans have become a convenient option for restaurants, such containers can be used together with the takeaway menu.

In the United States, the canned wine segment has grown sharply: according to the international marketing company Nielsen, which is represented in more than 100 countries, there are now 386 variants of this product available in the United States. It remains an ideal choice for to go orders, and thanks to millennials, sales will only increase.

  • Optimal cost of wine. Gathering at a restaurant with friends and family has been a common practice and even a tradition in recent years, but visitors and restaurants are now looking at each other in a new way. Visitors are becoming more cost-conscious and will look for great deals, affordable and quality wines.

During the pandemic, there was a sharp contrast between retail and restaurant wine prices, which left visitors questioning the appropriateness of the price they pay for wine in the restaurant. Optimizing the wine list and carefully combining the menu will mean rethinking what wines to offer the visitor.

  • Small wine lists. Some restaurants in the world with large wine cellars sold out a lot of equipment during the pandemic to pay rent and salaries to employees. Creating huge wine lists takes time and money. In 2022, there will be a trend towards small wine lists. Such lists allow staff to provide visitors with more information about wines and wineries.
  • Better for health. The Better for You category of wines, such as low-calorie wines, will definitely not disappear from wine lists. The pandemic has forced people to take care of their own health and well-being, and Generation Z and Millenials in particular are a clear example of this – they care about what they eat and drink. Sales of low-alcohol wine are projected to continue to grow. The trend towards the production of organic, biodynamic and environmentally friendly wines is also expected to intensify.
  • Emphasis on local wines. COVID has influenced wine production and distribution channels: restaurants operating in or near wine regions will actively sell local beverages. Due to the increase in taxes and import costs faced by many wine producers, restaurants have the opportunity to present local wines to visitors. The development of domestic wine tourism, the desire of consumers to support local wineries – these are trends that will continue to dominate.

Based on sommelierschoiceawards.com prepared by O. Pinevych-Todoryuk

Photo: sommelierschoiceawards.com

In 2022, sommelier and restaurant managers intend to be creative in doing business.

Bordeaux Wine Week – debut in June

From 16 to 26 June 2022, Bordeaux Wine Week will take place for the first time in Bordeaux. This ground-breaking event will bring together several events dedicated to French and foreign wines and spirits.


Bordeaux Wine Week will be full of events dedicated to wine, economics and science, as well as culture, tourism and wine festival. Bordeaux Wine Week is designed to showcase the great diversity of wine regions, as well as the environmental initiatives used by wineries in France and other parts of the world.

Vinexposium, co-organizing Bordeaux Wine Week, organizes two major international meetings for trade and industry from around the world:

  • June 20-21: Act for Change – a series of conferences organized by well-known international speakers, theme – “Wine of 2030”, venue – Cité du Vin. The symposium will focus on climate change, considering three practical issues – production, consumer expectations, marketing.
  • June 22-23: WOW! Meetings will bring together representatives of French and foreign industry in the Hangar 14 exhibition space. Issues for discussion: sustainable wine business, spirits, both organic and certified under the environmental scheme.

The Bordeaux Wine Week program will also feature:

  • June 23-26: Bordeaux Fête le Vin, organized by the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Marketing Board) and the Bordeaux Tourist Information and Congress Office (OTCBM), co-organizing the Bordeaux Wine Week. A full-fledged open-air wine route will be launched along the Bordeaux promenade, where wines from the Bordeaux and New Aquitaine regions can be tasted, most of which are organically made or eco-certified. The Bordeaux Wine Festival will also take place on Thursday, June 16, on the eve of the main event, in restaurants and wine boutiques, with music at concert venues or in coastal cafes.

Bordeaux Wine Week will also include high-level cultural and wine events, namely:

  • An outstanding, unique exhibition “Picasso, the effervescence of shapes”, which will be held at the Cité du Vin from April 15 to August 28. The place of wine in the artist’s work will be marked for the first time with the help of 80 works donated by the Picasso Museums in Barcelona and Paris, as well as private collections.
  • Bordeaux Grands Crus weekend (June 16-19), a series of tastings organized by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. The event will provide an opportunity to discover 120 Grand Crus Bordeaux through tastings, visits to restaurants and dinners in castles and in the city of Bordeaux.

More detailed information can be found here.

From 16 to 26 June 2022, Bordeaux Wine Week will take place for the first time in Bordeaux. This ground-breaking event will bring together several events dedicated to French and foreign wines and spirits.

Festive drink: the price of champagne around the world has grown by a third

Due to increased demand and limited supply, champagne worldwide has risen in price by a third.


Vintage champagnes such as Dom Pérignon 2008 and Krug 2000 surged in value in late 2021. Investors became interested in previously unpopular categories. According to the online wine exchange Liv-ex Champagne 50 index, champagne prices have climbed 33.7% in the first 11 months of 2021.

By comparison, the FTSE All World stock index, which tracks the stocks of companies in developed and emerging economies, is up about 15% since the beginning of the year. More than half of the growth in the Champagne Index came from the sharp rise in October and November. “It was great,” said Justin Gibbs, co-founder of Liv-ex. “The market just exploded with success.”

Vintage Champagne has been a disadvantageous investment in the fine wine market for many years. The wines are aged in champagne houses and are produced ready to drink. Since champagne has become a traditional drink for the holidays, it is often sold and drunk for several years after its release.

According to Justin Knock, Oeno Group Director of Wine, demand has been boosted by increased investors’ and wine lovers’ enthusiasm, fueled by the emergence of artisan wine, a beverage made by the same person who grows the grapes. Demand has also skyrocketed in the US, where many wine buyers have benefited from their stock portfolios during the coronavirus pandemic.

Salon 2002 was among the most popular brands this year, according to Liv-ex, which rose 80% in price to £ 10,000 for 12 bottles. Cristal Rose 2008 by Louis Roederer has risen in price by 60%, Dom Pérignon 2008 – by 46%, and Krug 2000 – by 62%.

Based on the Profibeer portal.

Due to increased demand and limited supply, champagne worldwide has risen in price by a third.

Terroirs et Vignerons de Champagne – a new giant of sparkling

As a result of the merger, which officially took place on December 15, CRVC-Champagne Castelnau and Center Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) joined forces to create a new sparkling wine company – Terroirs et Vignerons de Champagne.


The agreement is extremely ambitious in its scope and objectives and brings together about 6,000 individual growers who cultivate about 3,000 hectares of vineyards. For comparison, the total area of vineyards in Champagne is about 34,000 hectares.

Such a huge number of grapes will allow Terroirs et Vignerons de Champagne to potentially sell 24 million bottles of champagne a year.

Véronique Blin, president of Centre Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, noted: “The creation of this new group is a reflection of the continued consolidation of more and more players in Champagne as well as the need for a restructuring of the cooperative model. It is a response to the downward spiral in vineyard sales observed since the last crisis in Champagne in 2008 where the appellation saw the loss of 40 million bottles on the French market.”

Emmanuel Comyn, president of CRVC-Champagne Castelnau, added: “This movement will make it possible to place additional value on the concepts of cooperation and sharing, two values that are more important than ever in today’s world. By becoming one of the three major operators in Champagne, we now have the power to valorise the cooperative model in every single way – an incredible opportunity.”

Based on the material of harpers.co.uk

As a result of the merger, which officially took place on December 15, CRVC-Champagne Castelnau and Center Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) joined forces to create a new sparkling wine company – Terroirs et Vignerons de Champagne.

E-commerce: significant growth by 2025

The results of the IWSR study, a leading source of data, analysis and insights on the global alcoholic beverages market, were recently presented.


According to new IWSR research, online alcohol sales in key global markets will grow by 66% by 2025 and reach more than $ 42 billion.

Among the countries, which the IWSR study focused on, the cost of e-commerce in 2019 increased by about 12%, and in 2020, during the pandemic, by almost 43%.

In 2025, the IWSR predicts that e-commerce will account for about 6% of the total volume of the off-trade segment of the beverage market, compared to less than 2% in 2018. And the largest growth is on the world’s leading market for online alcohol sales – the United States, where the average annual growth was about 20%.

e-commerce

China, which now accounts for a third of the total cost of e-commerce, is not expected to grow as fast, but will still make a significant contribution. Research has also shown that online business models for selling alcohol are becoming more diverse.

According to Guy Wolfe, IWSR’s strategic insight manager, e-commerce has become more commonplace for many consumers, strengthening its position as a third channel for buying alcohol.

About a quarter of consumers report buying alcohol online, and two-thirds made their first purchase before the pandemic. In China, the largest share of online shoppers among all alcohol buyers is almost 60%, and in the United States – the highest share of online shoppers who made their first purchase during the pandemic (54%).

Wine is one of the main categories of alcoholic beverages among online sales (accounting for about 40% of the total value of e-commerce), excluding China, Colombia, Mexico and Nigeria, where spirits are the leaders in online sales.

Over the next five years, beer, cider and RTDs (ready-to-drink) are expected to grow significantly. They now account for less than one-fifth of the total cost of e-commerce.

Based on the material of theiwsr.com

The results of the IWSR study, a leading source of data, analysis and insights on the global alcoholic beverages market, were recently presented.

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