Chris Mercer

Australian containers

Exports of Australian wine have slipped back in the past year due to weaker consumer demand in the country's biggest markets.

champagne

A late Christmas surge in consumer demand failed to prevent global Champagne sales dropping by 1.5% last year versus 2012, to 304m bottles, new figures show.

Smoke wine, Barossa bush fires

Fifth-generation Australian winemaker Grant Burge has praised firefighters for averting the potential destruction of his Krondorf winery in Barossa Valley, as bushfires hit South Australia.

mosel bridge

Campaigners fighting the controversial Mosel bridge project in one of Germany's premier wine regions have seized on a leaked expert study that warns the project could be structurally unsafe.

bordeaux

A malaise hanging over Bordeaux means the fine wine market spent of much of 2013 in the doldrums, and the early outlook for 2014 is subdued.

Duck wars

Napa Valley wine producer Duckhorn has filed legal action against a rival wine group and retail giant Wal-Mart, claiming that it has trademark rights over the word 'duck' on labels.