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Chile harvest smaller and earlier than usual

Chile's small, ripe harvest has been hit by hot weather.
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The Chilean harvest is small and up to a month earlier according to reports from Decanter magazine. Michel Friou, winemaker at Maipo’s Almaviva, where yields were down 26%, said '2017 is clearly an atypical vintage, marked by extremely high temperatures, early physiological stages from budding to harvest, and particularly low yields.’

Away from the cooling coast, inland Chile experienced soaring temperatures. Fernando Almeda, winemaker at Torres claimed ‘most of the reds have ripe fruit aromas, Carmenere shows intense red and black cherry aromas with a jammy character.'

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Krug launches luxury English festival 'Into the Wild'

Into the Wild festival held in Hampshire Greek-revival Manor House.
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The festival which has a ticket price of £395/pp will be headlined by South African chef Francis Mallmann who, according to Krugs press team, embodies the Krug spirit of a refined maverick. The event will be held at The Grange, a 19th-century Greek-revival manor.

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London Wine Fair is on next week

The UK's largest wine trade fair kicks off on Monday 22nd May until Wednesday 24th May at London Olympia.
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The annual London Wine Fair kicks off on Monday 22nd May until Wednesday 24th May at Olympia. This is the UK largest trade fair with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge number of press and trade professionals attending.

Port House Taylors brought a new reserve Tawny up from Vila Nova de Gaia in Oporto in their sailing ship. There will be pop up tastings and masterclasses as well as a huge number of wines from around the world.

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English Wine Week 2017 will take place Saturday 27th May - Sunday 4th June 2017

English Wine Week is only 2 weeks away with around 90 events taking place all over the UK.
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English Wine Week is only 2 weeks away with around 90 events taking place all over the UK. With so many events there are too many to name here, but events include everything from food & wine festivals in vineyards, to winemaker-led dinners and winery open days. If you search for English Wine Week or go to englishwineproducers.co.uk you can find out what is going on in your region.

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Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur starts with a hiss and a plop

Price rises in the Bordeaux 2016 vintage slow sales.
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After the good and the great went to Bordeaux recently to look at the vintage, the merchants are now trying to sell what is considered to be a good vintage. Some wines such as Château Cos d’Estournel sold well after releasing at the 2015 prices, but many producers have decided to put the price up on the very high 2015 prices. With some producers pushing prices up by 12-17%, these have not sold as successfully.

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A small Argentine 2017 vintage hit by frost

Argentina has had a small vintage hit by frost at the beginning of the season.
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The Southern hemisphere harvest is drawing to a close and Argentina has had a small vintage hit by frost at the beginning of the growing season. The frost-hit crop was down by 40-60%, similar to the Loire valley and many parts of Northern Europe from 2 weeks ago. The light crop has meant that many grapes where harvested earlier than normal. This was a mixed blessing: the quick ripening meant mid April downpours were avoided but picking too soon will have created problems for vineyards still waiting for fruit to ripen.

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