Wine Industry Articles

2015 South Australia Winegrape Growers’ Summit

Winegrape Growers Summit croppedOn Friday 17th July 2015 the annual South Australia Winegrape Growers’ Summit was held in Adelaide. The summit aims to address the big picture issues (in regards to Australian Winegrapes) in global and national marketplaces , and provide a picture of the state of the industry including demand by variety, the outlook for the 2016 vintage and vineyard property values.

On the day, Jim Moularadellis, along with WGCSA’s Sandy Hathaway and Wine Australia’s Mark Rowley, shared their thoughts on the state of the Australia’s Winegrape industry.

Click on the link to read more: 2015 South Australia Winegrape Growers Summit – 17 July 2015

2015 Mid-Vintage Update

sunshine cropped Jim Moularadellis shares his thoughts on the Australian wine industry covering the following points:

  • Which varieties are hot this year and which varieties are not;
  • The key influences in this year’s vintage;
  • 2015 wine grape crush predictions;
  • An industry outlook.

Click on the link to read more: 2015 Australian Mid-Vintage Update – 9 February 2015

2014 Riverland Wine Industry Forum Presentation

Riverland wineOn 15 October 2014 Jim Moularadellis presented to growers and winemakers at the Riverland Wine Industry Forum.  The presentation covered the following 3 items:

  1. A recap of the 2014 vintage (why did grape prices fall; the grape price to bulk wine formula);
  2. An outlook for the 2015 vintage (sales trends for domestic, imported and exported wine); and
  3. The long term outlook (the road ahead).

Click on the link to read more: 2014 Riverland Wine Industry Forum presentation – 15 October 2014

2014 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review

Sliced SalamiSlicing the Salami: Nature Cuts Into the 2014 Vintage.

Jim Moularadellis reviews the Australian bulk wine market in light of the 2014 vintage, and discusses the major influences and uncertainties surrounding the current outlook for bulk wine.

The key issues that are addressed in the article include an analysis of the 2014 crush, the current bulk wine market, 2015 crop outlook, demand assessment, and finally, the overall outlook for 2015.

Click on the link to read more: 2014 Australian Post-Vintage Update – 28 August 2014

2014 Mid-Vintage Update

grapes in a crusherJim Moularadellis gives his predictions for the 2014 Vintage in this year’s Mid-Vintage Update.

Click on the following link to read more: 2014 Australian Mid-Vintage Update – 14 February 2014

2013 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review

cream puffsOne Too Many Cream Puffs: 2013 Post Vintage Bulk Wine Review.
Australian winemakers started the 2013 vintage with empty tanks and large appetites for grapes.  Optimism & prices were on the rise following last year’s medium sized, good quality vintage and winemakers were hungry for more wine inventory.  So during the 2013 vintage, most winemakers crushed as many grapes as they could lay their hands on and Mother Nature delivered grapes in great abundance.  Now, most winemakers have a bit too much excess bulk wine in their tanks.  Even those who judiciously restricted their intakes are complaining of higher than ideal inventory levels.

….Sometimes we folk in the wine industry can identify with the 8 year old at a kid’s birthday party hungrily surveying the sweets table, who then helps herself to a whole plate of cream puffs.
The little girl then later complains of a bad tummy ache after, perhaps, one too many cream puffs.….

Click on the link to read more: 2013 Australian Post-Vintage Update – 21 August 2013

2012 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review

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There is a renewed sense of optimism in the Australian wine industry. Has such optimism arisen from a fundamental, longer term shift in the economic fortunes of our industry? Or are we just witnessing a false rally following the 2012 vintage? This article examines such questions in light of Australian bulk wine market during 2012. The key issues addressed are an analysis of supply, tracking changes in wine inventories in recent years, the 2012 vintage, and the supply outlook for 2013. The bulk wine market for each of the main varieties is also examined.

Click on the following link to read more: 2012 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review – 17 August 2012

2012 Mid-Vintage Update

After two short vintages bulk stocks of South East Australian wines are now very limited.  Supply of good quality wine from the three main red grape varieties Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot are virtually exhausted and supply of Chardonnay is also almost exhausted.

Click on the following link to read more: 2012 Mid Vintage Update – 10 February 2012

Meininger’s Wine Business International Article

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In 2012 Jim Moularadellis, CEO of Austwine, was asked by Meininger’s Wine Business International to join a panel of international experts and provide his view of the bulk wine market and its current performance.   The article was published in the ‘Perspectives’ section of the magazine in the February issue.

To read the whole article, including opinions by two other experts, please click on the following link: Meininger’s Perspectives – February 2012

Grapegrower & Winemaker Bulk Wine Update

Grapegrower & Winemaker article The August 2011 edition of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine includes an interview with Jim on the current state of the Australian Bulk Wine market.

To read the whole article, please click on the following link: Grapegrower & Winemaker interview – August 2011

2011 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review

Floods 71210 044 croppedHow does the 2011 crush figure of 1.619 million tonnes translate to the availability of beverage quality commmercail wine? I’m glad you asked…

Click on the following link to read more: 2011 Post-Vintage Bulk Wine Review – 6 July 2011