Ripples on the water – how corona is affecting the wine industry

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Wine bars and restaurants are closing down, and the corona crisis is also affecting winemakers and wine importers all around the world. Here are some voices about the situation: the effects, the changes – and the way forward.

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Silvia Altare, winemaker at the domain Elio Altare in La Morra, Piedmont:
”The impact on our local, national and worldwide economy will be disastrous.”

Romaric Chavy of the Meursault-based producer Chavy-Chouet:
”I think everything will be good when we are done with it, cause we will all be very thirsty of wine and life.”

Jamie Kutch, winemaker in Sonoma, California:
”I think making sure golf courses and hotels are supported is more of a priority by our president.”

Ida Sundqvist, founder of Swedish wine importer Dryckesbutiken:
”For smaller importers, that don’t have listings at the Swedish monopoly, it will be hard to stay alive.”

Alessandro Veglio, winemaker at Mauro Veglio in Barolo, Piedmont:
”We have always moved on, and we'll do the same this time.”

Chiara Condello, owner and winemaker at the estate Chiara Condello in Emilia-Romagna:
”It is a very critical time for us”

Matteo Lupi, former sommelier who owns fine wine supplier Matteo Lupi Wines, London:
”It's a very bleak time for everyone.”

Lucía Romero, Managing Director at El Porvenir de Cafayate, Argentina:
”Perhaps we will become more focused on what consumers want.”

Published 26-March-2020


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