Angove Organic wins big at wine awards

Australian certified organic grape grower and winemaker, Angove Organic, has recently received several medals at the  2020 Drink Business Magazine Awards.

The range of certified organic wines are crafted from premium grapes sourced from a number of organic and biodynamic vineyards through McLaren Vale and the Riverland. At no stage during the grape growing or winemaking processes is synthetic chemicals or non-organic inputs used.

The winning wines at the include:

  • 2018 Warboys Vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache 2018 – Master medal – “Delicious. Juicy, masses of cherry and strawberry, ripe, fleshy, but not heavy”
  • 2019 Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet – Gold medal – “Nice juicy, fruity, youthful nose with red and dark cherry fruit”
  • 2019 Angove Organic Chardonnay  – Gold medal – “Delicate nose, some peach and touch of cream”
  • 2018 Warboys Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2018 – Gold medal  – “Nose has gentle notes of red berry fruit, strawberry, lot of toasty oak, Grenache like character, with some cherry fruit” 
  • 2019 Wild Olive Organic McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2019 – Gold medal – “Peach, lemon and peanut nose.”
  • 2019 Angove Organic Shiraz – Silver medal – “Quite deep ruby, intense nose with touch of vanilla and ripe black fruit”
  • 2018 Wild Olive Organic McLaren Vale Shiraz – Silver medal – “Palate intense, sweet black cherry and blackcurrant, some vanilla and peppermint”
  • 2018 Warboys Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz – Silver medal – “Medium weight, vanilla and toast, touch of mint.”

Non-alcoholic wine market set to expand

Surpassing a valuation of more than US$ 10 billion, the non-alcoholic wine market is projected to grow at an impressive CAGR of over 7 per cent during the forecast period. The beverage industry is undergoing a transformation with the rise of ‘healthier’ categories of non-alcoholic beverage variants such as non-alcoholic wine. Compared to traditional wine, low and non-alcoholic wine is soaring on popularity owing to the development of non-alcoholic wine which has more flavor, depth and sophistication and caters to a large segment of the population. Consumption of non-alcoholic wine and other beverages is increasingly becoming one of the mainstream trends which is shaping the global beverage industry. The convergence of these patterns is underpinning the exponential growth for the non-alcoholic wine market over the forecast period.

Key Takeaways of Non-Alcoholic Wine Market Study

  • Europe leads the non-alcoholic wine market, holding shares more than 40 per cent in 2018. The wine markets in Europe are well established with Italy and France having the highest per capita consumption of over 35 liters per person per year.
  • Although volume and value growth are modest in Europe, North America is anticipated to be the most important non-alcoholic wine market in the world with a growth rate of over 8 per cent.
  • In 2018, the alcohol-free segment comprised more than 50 per cent of the total share of the industry. Increasing adoption of these products as a form of sports drink has enhanced industry growth, especially among athletes.
  • Supermarkets represented more than 20 per cent of the total beer market. With several innovative ways to boost consumer spending on non-alcoholic wines, supermarket chains are thriving on increasing sales.
  • The online stores segment is projected to grow at the highest growth rate of over 9 per cent between 2019 and 2027. Inclination under the category of non-alcoholic wine to e-commerce and e-tailing is bringing about shifts in customer buying experience.

Organic wine sales increasing

Organic Old World wines are the most imported in domestic markets with New World wines lagging considerably far behind, according to the latest market report.

Vinexpo Bordeaux’s organic wine exhibition-within-an-exhibition reflects consumers’ growing interest in organic wine, with a 25 per cent increase in exhibitors over 2017’s show.

Around 150 exhibitors representing 10 countries as diverse as Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Greece, Romania and Canada, as well as market leaders in organic wine production – Spain, Italy and France – will be at WOW! this year in Bordeaux.

Additionally, WOW!’s international offer of organic and biodynamic wines and spirits is complemented this year by a walk-around tasting of the leading organic/biodynamic wine producer association, ‘Renaissance des Appellations’, dedicated to ensuring the validity and integrity of organic/biodynamic wine producers’ products through stringent entry qualifications.

These include a legal guarantee of ‘best agriculture practice’ – an organic/biodynamic certificate being awarded once three years of best practice in biodynamic agriculture has been completed, accompanied by certifiable evidence. Renaissance des Appellations will have 60 biodynamic wine grower members participating in the event, with organic wines from France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and Austria represented.

For the world picture, currently organic wine accounts for just 2.4 per cent of global consumption but is gaining strongly – worldwide, organic wine consumption is forecast to increase by 30m (9-ltr) cases to 2022, compared to an increase in growth of the total (non-organic) still wine market by 35m cases, forecast to 2022. Europe dominates the organic wine market with a 77 per cent share, expected to increase to 78 per cent also by 2022.

Vinexpo CEO, Rodolphe Lameyse commented, “Bio wine is unquestionably a commercial reality now and demand for the product keeps on growing. Everyone in the wine business – retailers, restaurant owners, sommeliers, wine merchants and importers – recognize this. WOW! is our response to meet exhibitors’ and visitors’ needs for the latest information on the best and latest products. It is a strong commitment we make with our exhibitors and to our visitors, which is why it has become such an integral part of the exhibition.”

Related to what WOW! represents – reflecting increasing consumer demand for environmental integrity in what they buy and consume in the food and drink market – the Vinexpo Symposium directly addresses increasing industry concern about the environment and the impact of climate change on global vineyards, vineyard management and winemaking, and the wine economy.

Opening a month earlier this year and running for four days from May 13 to May 16, Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019 is themed on the phrase Shape the Future to position itself as the international wine and spirits exhibition that understands the key concerns of all professionals in the wine and spirits industries.