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Politics, Science, Technology, Innovation and Controversy: Wine Industry Advisor’s Top Articles of 2022

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In 2022, Wine Industry Advisor continued its mission to provide you — our broad audience of professionals and enthusiasts — the latest, most important information about key topics facing our industry. 

As this year comes to a close, we’ve taken a look back on 2022’s most-read articles. Topics span the spectrum, from science and politics to viticultural developments, winemaking concerns and data technology. It’s a fair reflection of both the breadth of information WIA strives to deliver, as well as the curiosity and informational savvy of our readers.

Wine Industry Advisor would like to thank its dedicated readership for another year of enthusiasm and support. We look forward to boosting our editorial effort even more in 2023. Happy holidays and Happy New Year from our WIA family to yours. —Alexandra Russell, WIA Managing Editor

Top 10 Stories from 2022

How Automation Is Transforming Our 8,000-Year-Old Industry

By Keith Chambers 

For generations, winemakers around the world have used the same processes to harvest, crush, ferment, clarify, age and bottle their wine. While variations and deviations can be seen between popular wine destinations such as Napa, Sonoma, Tuscany and others, the traditional and somewhat rigid process behind winemaking has largely remained steadfast for more than 8,000 years. Now, thanks to the power of automation, this is all about to change. READ MORE…

Histamine rendering [iStock]

Biogenic Amine Toxicity: A Reality for Histamine-Sensitive Consumers

By Deborah Parker Wong

Most informed wine consumers have accepted the fact that sulfur isn’t the root cause of wine headaches, but the misconception that sulfur dioxide (SO2) causes adverse reactions to wine consumption is still often perpetuated by the media and can persist among casual consumers. Instead, what’s been identified as a source of adverse reactions to no- and low-sulfur red wines, particularly by histamine-sensitive consumers, are biogenic amines (BA). READ MORE…

The Changing Face of the Beverage Alcohol Industry

By Maria Pearman

The beverage alcohol industry is in a state of vast disruption, and wine is no exception. Forces at play come from many angles, including changing consumer preferences, tightened opportunities for distribution and a reactive retail environment. Here are a few ways we are seeing disruption in the wine industry today. READ MORE…

Let the Music Play: Proper Licensing Lets You Entertain Your Guests and Support the Artists (WineAmerica)

By Tara Good

Any business that plays music for its patrons must pay for the privilege to do so. This includes having a musician or band play live, having a TV on playing music videos or performances, or simply using a streaming service in public areas. But who to pay, how to pay — and how much — can be confusing. WineAmerica is working to help wineries navigate these murky waters. READ MORE…

Napa Changes Its Rules to Allow Microwineries

By Barbara Barrielle

On, April 5, 2022 the Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Microwinery Ordinance, amending Napa County Code to let farmers obtain a use permit for a microwinery via approval by the zoning administrator, instead of the planning commission. This change lets applicants avoid public hearings, potentially reducing costs of acquiring a use permit. READ MORE…

Taking the Reins: The Next Generation Is Putting Their Mark on These
Family-Owned Wineries

By Paul Vigna

In an industry where a majority of the businesses nationally are owned and operated by families, meet three next gen owners who all tell a similar story of wanting to make their own mark while respecting the past. More importantly, they provide each winery’s bridge to the future. READ MORE…

Vineyard Automation Will Help Growers Survive Ongoing Labor Shortages

By Jeff Siegel

Grape growing is a traditional business, parts of which haven’t changed in thousands of years. Picking grapes by hand is still picking grapes by hand. The lore of the grape runs deep. So why have California growers enthusiastically embraced robotics in the vineyard? READ MORE…

Where DTC Sales Are Slowing to a Trickle, Where They’re Surging — and Why

By Kathleen Willcox 

Sales growth “slowed noticeably” in the second quarter of this year compared with the first quarter, according to the Q2 2022 DTC Report from Enolytics and Wine Direct, which crunched wine sales and shipping data from 2,000+ wineries in three countries. This was especially true for sales online and in tasting rooms year-over-year. READ MORE…

Counterfeiting Is a Lingering Stain on the Wine Industry

By Melanie Young

Counterfeit wines and spirits cost the global industry $3.18 billion in direct sales, and the impact can be felt at many levels. A European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) report estimates that illicit trade in wine and spirit results in a 7 percent reduction of legitimate products, the loss of over 7,000 jobs across the beverage alcohol industry, and costs the government $2.61 billion in tax revenues. And yet, this malpractice continues to run rampant in the beverage alcohol sector. READ MORE…

Beyond the (Standard) Bottle: Wineries Are Embracing Greener Packaging

By Kathleen Willcox

Growing and making wine can be done sustainably. According to Grand View Research, the production of organic wine is projected to grow 10.2 percent between 2022 and 2030, and the space devoted to organic growing has increased in France alone by 249 percent in the past decade. While hard numbers are difficult to come by, renewable energy — generally in the form of solar power — fuels many wine production facilities across the globe. The problem arises when attention turns to packaging that wine. READ MORE…

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