Capital Vintners, China, Chinese wine market

Capital Vintners Special Report: Fine Wine and China

In 2008 the fine wine market was affected by a single piece of legislation in Hong Kong to such an extent that the small island off the coast of China is now, after only four years, Bordeaux’s number one export market. The duty on fine wine was reduced from 40 to 0 per cent and … Continued

Capital Vintners, Champagne, champagne 2012

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 report

After initial worries about the Champagne 2012 harvest – poor weather and a huge harvest shortage – it would appear that the vintage could be a special one. Thanks to a great end to the season (ideal weather conditions throughout August and September), the Champagne 2012 vintage has already been compared to the 2002 and … Continued

Capital Vintners, wine investment, wine news

Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report (Part 3)

The final part of our 2013 fine wine investment report focuses on some countries which often get overlooked  in the wine market. PolandIn the last four years the wine consumption per capita in Poland has increased by 14 per cent to 2.05 litres. There is increasing evidence that points towards the Polish population moving away … Continued

Capital Vintners, DRC, wine investment, wine news

Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report

This week we will be focusing on the year ahead, with an emphasis on the areas of the market we think will see growth in the next 12 months. After a disappointing first half to 2012, the fine wine market bounced back in the final few months, leading to key pundits and experts predicting a … Continued

Capital Vintners, Liv-Ex, wine investment, wine news

Liv-ex indices finish 2012 strongly

After a rather disappointing year for fine wine investment, there was at least good news from the Liv-ex indices as we enter 2013. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 finished 2012 on 260.78, a six-month high. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 achieved the strongest finish to the year, up 1.8 per cent to 302.22, its highest … Continued

Capital Vintners, LIWF, wine fair, wine news

Capital Vintners: London International Wine Fair 2013

The focus on next year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF) will be on the UK wine market.  From May 20-22 2013, leading industry heads from the wine world will convene at the ExCel Centre to promote their businesses and peruse others’ stands and stock.  Speakers will include Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Spiros Malandrakis, Industry analyst … Continued

Bordeaux, Capital Vintners, Vinexpo, wine news

Vinexpo 2013 announced

Bordeaux’s Lake Exhibition Centre will play host to the 17th Vinexpo next June.  The emphasis will be on the ‘global wine market’. This is a direct response to the rise of the emerging markets, in particular China and Brazil. Rather than keeping the focus on Europe and North America, the exhibition hopes to attract visitors … Continued

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Capital Vintners, DRC, wine auction, wine news

White Burgundies and Bordeaux excel over the weekend at auction

A fine selection of DRC wines  Once again Burgundies steal the show and top the auction lists. This weekend auctions at Sotheby’s in New York and Zachys’ in Hong Kong both saw high figures, especially for white Bordeaux and Burgundies. Highlights of the New York auction included a 10-bottle case of 1988 Domaine de la … Continued

Capital Vintners, Champagne, European wine news, wine news

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 Report Continued

Is Champagne bucking the trend of ‘austerity Britain’? It would appear so.  Champagne was hit hard during the economic slump but it would appear that it is now recovering and seeing high sales numbers. Champagne is often called the ‘affordable luxury’ and more and more these days it is losing its ‘special occasion’ status. Low-price … Continued

Capital Vintners, Champagne, European wine harvest, wine news

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 report

The Champagne region of France, just like Bordeaux and Burgundy, did not have a good year weather-wise and suffered a smaller harvest than usual.  But initial reports indicate the 2012 Champagne vintage could be a very good one. The chefs de cave at both Louis Roederer and Perrier-Jouet have expressed their excitement in anticipation of … Continued