The end of the year is approaching and, as usual, the reports that try to glimpse appear how will the gastronomic panorama be next year.
Distributor Bibendum, one of the largest in Reunido Unido, has published her study on trends in the wine sector, using a new data tool that attempts to identify wine trends as they arise. “Instead of relying on sales data, which does not reveal trends until after they have started, we expertly analyze the latest wine lists from over 60 leading establishments in the industry, from cocktail bars to Michelin-starred restaurants, ”the report authors explain.Live to the Palate This is the most expensive wine in history: it has just been auctioned for more than half a million dollars
The result of this analysis yields eight trends that, although they focus on the British market, are of interest to the whole of an increasingly globalized industry. Y They are not positive for Spain, the only major producing country that is not even named in the entire report. These are:
1. The cabernet franc grape continues to grow
Cabernet franc is one of the most planted red grapes in the world and its presence in the cellars does not stop growing -not so much in Spain, where its presence is still scarce-. This grape variety has been used since the end of the 18th century, mixed with cabernet sauvignon or merlot, in Bordeaux wines, but today it is not limited to French wines.
"The latest trend shows that half of the premium wine lists will have one or more varieties of Cabernet Franc from other parts of the world," the report said. “The cards are not limited to a single country, with the presence of wines from South Africa, California, Chile and Canada ”.
2. More wines from America
"There is a lot of interest in American wines, beyond those in Chile, Argentina and the US," says the report. "In the south, Uruguay seems to be the answer to 'who is next?'. The country's wines are found in 39% of premium wine lists. The strength of this trend is diversity: not only is it tannat, the star variety of the country, but also white, other red, sparkling and dessert wines appear. ”
Too interest in Canadian wine is growing. "Known for its production of ice wine, 30% of premium cards now also have red wines from the country," says the report. "These are high prices, starting at £ 60 a bottle, which fits with the current trend towards premiumization."
3. The rise of native grapes from Italy
Beyond the wines of Tuscany and Piedmont, there is growing interest in native grapes from other regions of Italy, especially in regards to white wines.
"Since Garganega until Nero d'Avola, there is no shortage of interesting grapes that produce wines with true identity, ”says the report. “A variety that has performed particularly well is fiano, its sales in Bibendum grew 63% by volume in the last year. It appears on 2 out of every 5 premium cards, and not only on the cheap level, most of the wines presented are priced at 50 pounds or more. ”
4. Other French wines
Beyond the Bordeaux or Burgundy there is increasing interest in lesser-known French Designations of Origin, such as Savoy or Jura. Specifically, more than half of the letters, says the report, have some Savoy.
"Savoy is near the Swiss border and as such, near many ski resorts, resulting in these wines being widely consumed locally, and there are very few exports," he says. Robert Mathias, Bibendum wholesale customer. "The production of lighter wines of native grapes, with a great value, makes it a region worth exploring."
5. Vegan wines
The number of vegans does not stop growing throughout Europe and with them consumers who demand wines without any trace of animal products, something much more common than it seems.
Specifically, the ingredient of the conflict is the so-called Fish tail. It is a product obtained from the bladder of some species of fish, especially sturgeon or carp, which is used to make jellies that serve as a clarifying agent for beer and wine.
"All consumers are rightly aware of what they eat and drink, and the trend of veganism has become important in wine," says Bibendum purchasing director, Andrew Shaw "Many of our leading producers recognize this and produce wines suitable for vegans."
6. Croatian wines
After the success of Hungarian wines, Croatia seems to be the next country in Eastern Europe whose wines are going to become fashionable. More than a third of the studied letters have one or more Croatian wines, with a Great variety of styles and prices.
"It offers a fascinating mix of native and international varieties in its four main wine regions," says Bibendum's client Jamie Avenell
7. Native grapes from South America
“Although it is still early, 1 in 5 points of sale already includes grapes country of Chile or the Argentine bonarda, ”Notes the report. “Based on the growing willingness of consumers to try something new, these trends They can help Chile and Argentina make a difference. ”
Both countries have good wines made with sauvignon blanc, merlot or chardonnay, but consumers are increasingly interested in try new things and greatly appreciate the presence of lesser known grape varieties.Direct to the Palate This is the kiwi wine: the product that can save one of the most remote regions of India from misery
8. The sake continues to grow
Although the sake is a rice wine, the report insists on placing it on this list of trends, as it competes directly with grape wine. Two out of every five wine lists of the great restaurants include at least some reference of sake, but it is that in addition half of these letters already include an entire section of bottles.
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