During the months of September and October, the world of wine has been characterized by harvests. According to the annual OIV estimates, after the exceptionally high production of 2018, for the second consecutive year, the 2020 world wine production volume is expected to be below average. At the institutional level, the Parliament and the Agriculture Council have adopted their negotiating position on the reform of the CAP. Regarding wine and planting authorizations, both Parliament and the Council have approved an extension of planting authorizations until 2050 and 2040 respectively. In the Boeing-Airbus dispute, the WTO, after having authorized the United States to impose punitive tariffs of $ 7.5 billion on exports from the European Union a year ago, has now authorized the EU to impose tariffs of $ 4 billion dollars on US goods. The EU wine sector has been the collateral victim of that dispute, facing a hefty 25% additional duty in exports to the US and the wine sector is concerned about a possible tariff escalation.

08/31 Grape harvests in Europe: estimates are growing in 2019 in France and Spain, while Italy is down

In Italy, the first estimates assume a production of around 45 million hectoliters (down by -5% on 2019). In France, production is estimated between 44.7 and 45.6 million hectoliters, with a hypothetical increase of + 6-8% on the 2019 harvest. In Spain, on the other hand, estimates foresee a decidedly abundant 2020 harvest, around to 43 million hectoliters, up + 14% on 2019.

09/08 The grape varieties that have increased and declined the most since 2000

The new edition of the book “Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where” includes new data from 2016 to produce an updated overview of the world’s wine grape plantings.

In terms of grape variety origin, they found that vineyards in the New World on average comprise 68% French origin varieties (data from 2016), compared to 59% in 2000. However, New World plantings of Spanish varieties fell from 5% to 3%, while Italian varieties have continued to constitute 2% of plantings.

09/09 Wine, in the most important markets, bottle spending is returning to pre-Covid levels

According to Wine Intelligence, in the US, UK and China, there is a return to average spending per bottle at pre-Covid levels.

09/16 China-EU: green light for the agreement for the protection of 100 EU agri-food products

In the broader framework of the treaty between the European Union and China on investments, there is already an agreement for the protection of 100 European agri-food excellence. The entry into force is likely at the end of 2021.

09/17 Napa valley vintners makes $1m commitment to diversity

Napa Valley Vintners has pledged over US$1 million for new scholarship and mentoring programmes that will increase the diversity, inclusiveness and growth opportunities in the wine industry.

09/17 The end of herbicides in the vines: at what price?

In 2019, the INOSYS Viticulture network is undertaking the sensitive exercise of estimating the technical and economic consequences of stopping herbicides in the vines. The results of the study show a disparity in costs and their consequences depending on the initial state of the system: assuming a loss of yield of 10% (weakening of the roots by mechanical weeding), the total loads per hectolitre vary from + 7% to + 20% depending on the study systems and the gross product decreases from 0 to 10%.

09/18 Pouilly-Fuissé granted new premier cru designations

The appellation has received approval for the official recognition of 22 premier cru ‘climats’ which may be added to the Pouilly-Fuissé PDO from the 2020 vintage.

09/30 French coopers’ figures, a thermometer of the health of quality wine in the world

The Fédération des Tonneliers de France closes 2019 with a turnover of almost half a billion euros with 658,000 barrels sold. Driven by a positive trend on the Cognac market, sales of new barrels in France increase by 4.9%, while on export markets, which represent 65% of the volumes produced, there is a slight decrease of 2.2%.

10/1 Could US wine, rum and vodka face EU tariffs?

The World Trade Organisation has granted the EU permission to impose tariffs on US$4 billion of US goods. In April last year, the EU published a preliminary list of US goods that would receive tariffs of up to 100%. These include still and sparkling wine, rum, vodka and brandy. It remains to be seen whether the EU will impose the tariffs.

10/13 The EU Commission “rejects” the natural wine on the label. And the world of wine agrees

The opinion of DG Agri to the EU Commission – stimulated a few months ago by the Italian Wine Union (Uiv) – on the use of the term “Natural wine” was clear. Basically, the opinion says that “the indication” natural wine “can suggest the idea of a higher quality wine. There is a risk that the use of the term “natural” will mislead the consumer “.

10/14 Green light to EU tariffs on US products: opportunity to reopen negotiations or danger of confrontation?

The WTO, after having authorized the United States to impose punitive tariffs of 7.5 billion dollars on exports from the European Union just a year ago, has now authorized the EU to impose tariffs of 4 billion dollars on US goods.

10/14 France, the 2021 edition of the “Salon de l’Agriculture” is postponed to 2022 because of the health crisis

Faced with the consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic involving restrictions, obligations and constraints for the holding of events and exhibitions, the International Agricultural Show initially scheduled for February 27 to March 7, 2021 has been postponed to the 2022 edition.

10/21 European ministers find agreement on future CAP

EU agriculture ministers agree, after lengthy talks, on a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) marked by binding environmental rules – a crucial first step before negotiations with MEPs.

10/22 CAP reform: extension of the system for authorizations to wine planting rights

The French Minister of Agriculture and Food welcomed the agreement reached at the Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union on October 19 and 20 on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2023 -2027. He was particularly pleased to have obtained from the Council the extension of the system of authorizations for vineyard plantations until 2040.

10/23 MEPs adopt the new CAP, anger of environmental NGOs

The European Parliament adopted on October 23 the next common agricultural policy (CAP), with in particular increased environmental obligations for farmers – provoking the anger of ecological NGOs and some MEPs who consider these proposals insufficient to face climate issues.

10/25 OIV 2020 world wine production first estimates

After the exceptionally high production of 2018, for the second consecutive year, the world wine production volume is expected to be below average. Lower than average production volume in the EU, where measures to reduce the harvest volume had a significant impact in Italy, France and Spain notwithstanding the overall favourable climatic conditions.

10/26 France, pesticides: strategic advice will be mandatory except for HVE and Organic

In France, the decision-makers of companies using plant protection products will have to justify, when renewing their Certiphyto, that they have received two strategic advice per 5-year period, with a minimum period of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years between two advice. The decree provides for the exemption for certified organic farms and high environmental value (HVE)

10/26 European Parliament hearing: fruits, vegetables and wine: eu measures to face covid-19 pandemic

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development held a Public Hearing on the “Fruits, vegetables and wine market situation – the impact of the EU measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic”. The hearing was intended to address the impact on the agricultural market of the measures implemented to tackle the pandemic.

10/26 European Commission evaluation of the CAP measures applicable to the wine sector 

The EU’s wine policy has played a key role in the sector’s transition towards increased competitiveness, innovation and quality. This is among the key findings of the ‘Evaluation of the CAP measures applicable to the wine sector’, published by the European Commission.

10/27 Covid-19: challenges and opportunities in the chinese wine market

In a recent webinar hosted by Vinexposium, Tommy Keeling, research director of The IWSR Asia-Pacific, gave his analysis of the wine market in China following the impact of Covid-19. The expert sees this as an evolution towards less unit consumption but of greater quality, but also a segment that would shrink for luxury wines.

10/28 Evolution of Spanish wine during 2020

Rafael del Rey, Ceo of OeMv, presented data on the world wine market in 2020 with full of uncertainty due to the various threats that affect the sector. The evolution of the Spanish wine during 2020 has been presented in 10 graphs. The impact of Covid is strong for European producers and the decline in consumption is almost universal. The difference in price between Spanish wines and the world average is to be noted, except for wine bag-in-box, with the Spain wine having much lower prices.

10/28 No wine left behind: How Germany wants to adapt to climate change

Winegrowers are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, like hot summers or water shortages, but the warmer climate also favours certain types of cultivation. The German government’s adaptation strategy is designed to help the winegrowing sector, the latter calling for a more dynamic political strategy.

10/30 UK: Importing wine from the EU: the lowdown

After news that the UK government has temporarily suspended, but not abolished, the VI-1 form requirement, the article takes a look at what could happen to the process of importing EU wine from 1 July 2021.

10/30 CAP and planting rights: Interview with Irène Tolleret, MEP

As part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Parliament has just voted in favor of extending the regulation of planting rights by appellations until at least 2050. Terre de vins interviews Irène Tolleret, MEP and co-president of the Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Products.