Nine wine trend predictions for 2016

7th January, 2016 by Lucy Shaw

Prosecco goes flat

While demand for Prosecco continues to grow, Berry Bros buyer Simon Field MW believes the tide is turning for the Italian sparkler, and though there are no signs that the bubble will burst any time soon, he thinks it will puncture in 2016.

“Prosecco supply issues are provoking customers to be more ambitious in their quest for good fizz, which has resulted in an upsurge in popularity for Crémant de Limoux at entry level and premium Cava for the more adventurous consumers,” he says.

3 Responses to “Nine wine trend predictions for 2016”

  1. Forgive me but I don’t find this at all helpful, or enlightening.

    Can anyone tell me what ‘ Natural Wine’ is? It seems to me to be a rather imprecise and therefore useless description. Almost anyone and their dog is saying these days that they use sustainable viticulture and minimum intervention during wine-making, but again, what is ‘minimum intervention’? Is there any benchmark or is it just what the wine maker says?
    As for savvy wine lovers avoiding wines… ‘where the terroir is masked through bad winemaking’ – haven’t these consumers always avoided badly made wines?

    Unless there are some objective criteria for these terms that are increasingly bandied about I fear they will only serve to muddy the waters for the consumers rather than assist them.

  2. David James says:

    Been drinking Cremant de Limoux after visiting the winery some 6 years ago, so glad someone else thinks it is drinkable.

  3. Let’s be honest – these are the wine trends for 2016 as predicted by Berry Bros & Rudd. Who, bless ’em, are not necessarily representative of the wider market. Is the “puncturing” of the prosecco market, or the appeal of lower alcohol drinks, going to happen in Lidl as well as in St James’s?

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