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04.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

onwinereport

THE BORDEAUX GANG BUSTED

FRENCH POLICE say they have dismantled a gang of 2O thieves believed to have stolen $1.39 million worth of wines from prestigious Bordeaux vineyards. Recent raids across the region led to the arrests of highly organized thieves targeting Grand Cru vineyards. A theft had been reported roughly every 15 days for the last six months. About 3OO gendarmes, mobilized across four regions of south-west France and Paris, arresting suspects after a series of raids. Detectives [...] Read More »

CALIFORNIA WINES KEEP CRUISING

IT WASN’T JUST Rioja which had a banner 2O13. US wine exports, 9O% from California, reached a record high $1.55 billion in winery revenues, up 16.4% compared to the previous year. Volume shipments reached 435.2 million liters or 48.4 million cases, up 7.5%. Wine Institute President and CEO Robert Koch remarked, “While the US remains our largest, most important market, California exports a fifth of its wine, and we are on track to reach our [...] Read More »

RIOJA ROCKS

2O13 WAS INDEED a powerhouse of a year for Riojas. The Consejo Regulador of Rioja (Wines from Rioja) has announced that sales reached 277 million liters in 2O13, surpassing the all-time record set before the global economic downturn. The generic body for Spain’s premier wine-producing region puts it down to two factors – first, rising exports were complemented by the first positive change in Spanish market trends and investments in promotional campaigns were decisive in [...] Read More »