What will we remember this December 2021 for, in wine? Here are the seven end-of-year news stories we think you should know.
News from the world of wine for December 2021.
Wine: the impact of the increase in raw materials
The increase in prices of raw materials (wood, paper and cardboard, glass above all) is also being felt in the wine world, together with delays in their deliveries. In particular, there is apprehension about the coming months, with the risk of a considerable increase in prices for consumers.
The most searched wines of 2021
The end of the year is always time for balance sheets and rankings . The list of the most searched wines on Wine Searcher is out. Italy places Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia in sixth place.
Wine trends, 2022
The Wine Trade Monitor (in its ninth year) presents a study conducted with over 1000 industry operators that offers an overview of global trends and commercial prospects for wine for the next two years.
- There is optimism for the wine trade. France, Italy and Spain are doing well , and are also making a name for themselves in China and Japan. Portuguese wines are growing, while interest in Australian ones seems to be waning.
- If France always shines in terms of image, Italy's wine industry is increasing its reputation on the international scene, especially among young people.
- E-commerce in large and constant growth.
News on PIWI vines
From January, green light for PIWI resistant vines also in Designations of Origin. This was announced by Attilio Scienza at the award ceremony of the first Piwi wine competition organized in San Michele all'Adige by the Mach Foundation: PIWI can therefore be included in the disciplines of designations of origin, including Italian ones, in the regions that have already authorized them, which are the minority.
Mourning in the world of wine
On 6 December, Andrea Franchetti died, a winemaker known as "the philosopher of wine", founder of the Tenuta di Trinoro, in Valdorcia, Passopisciaro in Sicily, as well as promoter of the "Le Contrade dell'Etna" festival.
Leonardo Romanelli's memory can be read in Gambero Rosso .
Franco Ziliani , a winemaker called in 1958 by Guido Berlucchi, considered the inventor, and therefore the father , of the first Classic Method in Franciacorta, 60 years ago, has also left us. Luciano Ferraro, on Cook .
"Robert Parker Wine Advocate": new director
The new editorial director of Robert Parker Wine Advocate, a well-known bimonthly wine magazine, is Joe Czerwinski , professional critic and international judge. He declared: “it's vital that we exceed our readers' expectations as the world's foremost buying guide to wine”.
His statements can be read here .
Problems at the super consortium "Piemonte Land of Wine"
Matteo Ascheri has resigned as president of Piemonte Land of Wine, which brings together 14 consortia for the protection of Piedmontese wine, leading to a clear split between two souls: Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero on the one hand, Barbera and Asti Spumante on the other.
Many write about it, including Repubblica .