Nine wine trend predictions for 2016

Spotlight on Australia, Italy & South Africa

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According to Berry Bros, all eyes will be on Australia, South Africa and Italy this year. Interest in Australian wine will be focused around boutique producers who are pushing the envelope with unexpected varieties more commonly found in Italy and Spain.

“There’s more to discover in Australia than ever before, both for classic varieties and a new raft of Italian/Iberian varieties that are gaining momentum, like David Mazza’s brilliant Graciano and Bastardo rosé,” says BBR buyer Catriona Felstead MW.

Meanwhile, a “New Wave” South Africa tasting held at The Vinyl Factory in London’s Soho last September generated serious excitement among the UK trade, buoyed by the passion and camaraderie among the country’s brightest winemaking stars.

“Top-end South African wine is on the rise. The buzz around the category is exceptional,” says Felstead MW, with Damian Carrington of Fields, Morris & Verdin describing South Africa as “the most exciting country in the wine world at the moment.”

Causing ripples of excitement in the Old World this year will be Italy, with Piedmont set to steal the majority to the limelight.

“I would earmark Italy as the most exciting potential region for the future of fine wine. We’re just scratching the surface of Brunello 2010, which was extraordinary – there has been real consumer interest in it,” enthuses BBR CEO Dan Jago.

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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