Author: Dr. Hermann Pilz

Turning point for German wine: the new wine law

Turning point for German wine: the new wine law

Wine is more than just an alcoholic beverage. It was even celebrated in the Bible, which made more than a thousand references to wine. The ancient Greeks and Romans praised the god of wine. Furthermore, wine has always been a managed asset. Proper designation would indicate where the wine originated, where the grapes were grown, who produced the wine as...

Wine goes digital: Potential in the wine sector

Wine goes digital: Potential in the wine sector

Everyone is talking about digitization. Even though the term digital is used so frequently, it means something different to everyone. It encompasses anything from automation in production areas to the exchanging of information between producers and food retailers which is still done in an analog fashion in many cases. In sales and back office areas, many things are still “done...

Wine logistics: Today, organization and timing are paramount

Wine logistics: Today, organization and timing are paramount

Like in many other business sectors, logistics is a key issue in the wine industry. Wine logistics is both a cost factor and a business challenge and requires well-thought-out organization, the use of the latest technology, fleet solutions and complex IT systems at every level.

Alcoholic beverages and wines have always had a special status in designation law. But there may soon no longer be any exceptions.

Consumer information on wine bottle labels – EU seeks standardization

Alcoholic beverages and wines have always had a special status in designation law. This also applies to the exceptions regarding nutritional values and ingredients. But there may soon no longer be any exceptions. While breweries throughout the world have already agreed to print certain information on their labels, the EU Commission is now also considering standardizing the labeling of alcoholic...

SIMEI @ drinktec

SIMEI@drinktec premiere marks record-setting year

More international, more innovative and with the highest participation numbers yet – cooperation between drinktec and SIMEI reveals that both trade fairs are stronger together. The two fairs have set the agenda for years to come, created synergies and brought decision-makers from around the world together in Munich.

The market for sparkling wine is booming. More than two billion bottles of sparkling wine, the official name for the category, are sold worldwide each year.

Sparkling wine and champagne see increasing popularity

Whether it’s Champagne, Crémant, Prosecco, Asti Spumante or Cava from Spain’s Penedès region, one thing is certain: The market for sparkling wine is booming. More than two billion bottles of sparkling wine, the official name for the category, are sold worldwide each year.

Today, barrique barrels are regarded the best-known storage vessel for wine, and aging wine in such barrels is considered a sign of quality.

Wine: Barrique – more than just flavor

Winemakers have been preoccupied with the storage of wine since time immemorial: In earlier times, people transported and kept the precious liquid in more or less suitable containers, – such as earthenware jugs, amphorae or leather sacks. Those who had the means opted for wooden barrels, which were more durable and also better to transport than fragile jugs. Today, barrique...

Industry 4.0 is increasingly apparent in the world of wine production. It provides an opportunity to streamline work processes with networked machines.

Themed Week Process Optimization: Industry 4.0 takes vineyards by storm

Economical business: The term “efficiency culture” is important when it comes to optimizing work and production processes within a company. This applies to the business economy, to wine cellars of all sizes, and to agricultural wine farms, wine estates and cooperatives. Industry 4.0 provides an opportunity to streamline work processes with networked machines. 

Global consumption and wine trade on the rise

Wine – Global consumption and trade on the rise

All around the world, the production, trade and consumption of wine is growing. This trend for wine trade can mainly be attributed to the further liberalization of trade and certain international agreements. New wine exporters are popping up all the time on both sides of the Pacific, which is great news for SIMEI@drinktec exhibitors. After all, these various producer countries...