Daily Wine News: Delays & Disruptions

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-13-2021

A paper shortage and supply chain delays is causing a disruption in printing wine labels, reports Sam Jones in the Napa Valley Register. “Without paper, there are no labels, and with no labels on the bottles, there is no wine.”

Argentina’s vineyards are struggling to find wine bottles amid a global shortage of glass, reports Bloomberg. “The shortages are being exacerbated by a fire at a facility belonging to one of the few glass producers in the South American nation. Winemakers now say jobs and profits are at risk if they don’t bottle their products on time, while local politicians warn prices will go up for consumers.”

Beaujolais Nouveau prices have soared by up to 50 percent, according to Vitisphere.

Electric tractors are being put to work in Wine County vineyards, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that helped growers purchase new electric machinery, reports Kerana Todorov for WineBusiness.com.

Does more vineyard area mean more grape variety? Yes and no, David Morrison explains.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague tackles salad wines. (paywall)

In Wine-Searcher, Tom Hyland offers an update on Italy’s 2021 vintage. “It’s a good news/bad news year, with the bad news being a decline of yields ranging from 10 percent to almost 50 percent in limited instances. But the good news should offset that, as most producers are thrilled with the results, believing the quality of the fruit to be among the best in recent years.”

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