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Virus booze ban causes headache for S.African winemakers

Wellington - Wineries around Cape Town fear a nine-week alcohol sales ban will leave a bad hangover that outlasts the coronavirus pandemic, as South African bottles lose their spots on international shelves and thousands of jobs are lost.

No Chablis? Burgundy winemakers up in arms over proposed shake-up

Dijon - Few French wine regions are as protective of their heritage and reputation as Burgundy, so officials should have expected the storm of protests over a plan to expel the acclaimed dry whites of Chablis from the domain.

Brazil's sparkling wine producers carve a growing niche

Matupa - Four workers in a wine cave quickly rotate hundreds of stored bottles a quarter-turn to help with fermentation.Are we in France's Champagne country?

Cop au vin: French police on patrol to protect vineyards

Vosne-roman - Amid the rolling green expanse of France's prestigious Burgundy wine lands there is an unusual sight: shiny police helmets bobbing between rows of vines.

Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Tbili - Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.

In Lebanon's hills, Carlos Ghosn winery presses on

Batro - Nestled in green hills north of Lebanon's capital Beirut just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline, a winery co-founded by detained tycoon Carlos Ghosn presses on with trade.

Essential Science: Why does wine smell bad?

With many wines, laying them down for a long period improves them and this is a factor in good wines becoming great wines. However, sometimes wines go off and develop a bad smell. New research reveals why.

From Biblical to revival: Jordan's desert winemakers

Apo - Two Jordanian families aim to put wine from their desert land on the world viticultural map, reviving an age-old tradition that some suggest has Biblical heritage.

World wine output rises 13 percent after disastrous year

Paris - Global wine production rose 13 percent this year, after a catastrophic 2017 which was marked by heatwaves, frosts and hailstorms, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said Monday.

Fact-check: Does France put steep tariffs on US wine?

Washington - President Donald Trump accused France on Tuesday of unfairly hindering US wine exports by imposing higher tariffs on the American product than those the United States places on imports of French wine.

Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

Portugalete - Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.

Fine French wine fetches record-smashing $558,000 at auction

New York - A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record.

French winemakers cheer vintage year

Paris - 2018 is shaping up to be a vintage year for French wine -- the best for almost a decade.The near perfect combination of a wet spring followed by a long hot summer has left winemakers rubbing their hands with glee.

From vine to seabed, Spain's winemakers dive in

Plentzia - With the aid of a small crane, Borja Saracho lowers five cages loaded with 2,500 bottles of white wine from a fishing boat into the Cantabrian Sea.

Outcry as Japanese winemakers ordered to quit France

Banyuls-sur-mer - French wine lovers have risen up in revolt after a Japanese couple who make "outstanding" wine in southern France were threatened with deportation.

French police seize 10 Chinese-owned vineyards in fraud inquiry

Bordeaux - French financial police have seized 10 wineries in the Bordeaux area which are owned by Chinese conglomerate Haichang over suspicions of tax fraud, a police source told AFP on Friday.

Last of the Jayer wine sold for 30 mln euros

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- was sold for a mouth-watering 30 million euros ($35 million) in Geneva on Sunday, well in excess of the estimated price.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- go on auction in Geneva Sunday and could rake in up to $13 million.

Britain goes wild for Burgundy wine served at royal wedding

Dijon - A Chardonnay from a small vineyard in France's Burgundy region been flying off the shelves in Britain after wine lovers learned that it was served at last month's wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- will go on auction in Geneva next month and could rake in up to $13 million.

Cheers! French chef hails police after stolen wine found

Lyon - Bottles of fine wine worth hundreds of thousands of euros have been returned to a top French chef, police said on Thursday.

Bordeaux's 'magnificent' lost vintage pushes small growers to the edge

Barsac - Surveying a nearly empty cellar, Frederic Nivelle of Bordeaux's prestigious Chateau Climens, reflects on what might have been an outstanding year for the sweet white Sauternes wine.

Frost-bitten Bordeaux wine harvest down 40% in 2017

Paris - Wine production in the French region of Bordeaux shrank by 40 percent in 2017, the Bordeaux wine council said Wednesday, with severe frost sapping yields in a year that nonetheless produced a good vintage."The total harvest in 2017 was 3.

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Dijon - As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.

World's earliest evidence of wine-making found in Georgia

Miami - The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday.

Global wine output hits 50-year low: OIV

Paris - Worldwide wine production tumbled 8.2 percent this year to hit a 50-year low due to unfavourable climate conditions, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said Tuesday.The total output of 246.

Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

- Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis.

Despite strains, Turkey's wine industry refuses to wither

- On the verdant, fertile Gallipoli peninsula in northwest Turkey, headscarf-clad women in colourful clothes harvest grapes in the blistering late summer heat.

France's champagne harvest weather-hit but 'promising'

Lille - Bad weather caused a severe decrease in this year's grape harvest in the Champagne region, but growers predicted Friday that quality would trump quantity in this year's bubbly.

World's oldest wine may have been Italian

Rome - Researchers have discovered that the oldest wine in the world may have been Italian, after finding traces of 6,000-year-old fermented grapes off the west coast of Sicily.
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