Daily Wine News: Ukraine’s Wine Economy

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-01-2023

Russia’s invasion has touched every part of Ukraine’s wine economy. Looted wineries, sommeliers turned soldiers, and destroyed warehouses are only part of it, as Sergey Panov reports in Meininger’s. “All face challenges with equipment, logistics, and distribution. Gostomel Glassworks, Ukraine’s largest bottle producer, was destroyed during the Russian attack on Kiev. And, due to rising electricity, gas and transportation, wine production costs have increased by 48%. The owners of a winery near Mariupol lived for two weeks in a bomb shelter without light, heating, fresh food or water. The winery no longer exists. Le Pri-more winery in the Kherson region remains occupied.”

In Wine-Searcher, Vicki Denig explores the role of human influence on terroir. “…although geology and soils tend to get the most attention, mostly because they are the parts of the system that are essentially immovable or unchangeable, that the real magic of terroir is showcased when all factors interact with each other – including how geology shapes the topography of a region, as well as the human presence.

Matt Kettmann reports on how California’s rare snow event affected vineyards in Wine Enthusiast.

In Decanter, Annona Dopo explores the many villages of the Rhône Valley.

In Club Oenologique, Lucy Shaw takes a look at some impressive home wine collections.

Sustainable wine is taking off in Scandinavia thanks to climate change.

In Vinous, Neal Martin offers notes on the Bordeaux 2019 vintage.

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