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No Planet B – How is the changing climate affecting the wine industry?

In the past couple of months alone there have been extreme heat warnings in the UK, devastating floods across central Europe, India and China, as well as huge fires in the USA. This is the reality of the climate and nature crisis we are all facing today. 

How does this impact the wine we drink?

Well first and foremost, winemaking is all about farming the land, we call this ‘viticulture’ (growing the grapes). Mother nature can either give you a helping hand or destroy crops for the entire year. Then in addition to the vineyard conditions, winemaking also relies heavily upon its wineries, for what we call the ‘vinification’ process (turning the grapes into wine). Let’s take Germany for example, the recent floods and deluge of water have carried away barrels, wine bottles and machines, thus destroying entire wine-producing businesses and livelihoods.

If these climate struggles continue then no doubt this will reduce the amount of wine available for supply which will inevitably lead to higher prices as the demand for wine around the world isn’t decreasing. 

This time in Germany humanity stepped up, through people’s overwhelming willingness to provide help as well as solidarity. For instance, many growers from different wine regions are already on site with forklifts, vineyard tractors or pumps to save what can still be saved. External helpers are also on duty to help with any urgently needed vineyard work in order to secure the upcoming vintage. Numerous wine donations have also been made, the sales of which will benefit the affected wine producers of the Ahr region in particular.

If you would like to support the German Wine Industry (DWI) they are currently gathering aid and donation offers on its website. The proceeds from the numerous aid campaigns can directly benefit the Ahr winegrowers, who urgently and unbureaucratically need money for the reconstruction of their businesses, which will certainly take a long time. 

Donation account details:
Beneficary (field 59)
Account: DE14 5519 0000 0619 7860 15
Beneficary: Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH
Beneficary Bank (field 57a)
BIC: GENO DE FF
Bank Name: DZ Bank AG, Frankfurt / Germany
Bank-to-Bank-Information (field 72)
/acc/ Mainzer Volksbank eG, Mainz / Germany
Purpose: Donation Ahr Flooding

You can also take a look at all the German winemakers we have online for you to buy here.

Our thoughts are with all winemakers across the world who are struggling with the climate and nature crisis we are all facing today. We are so grateful for their never-ending efforts to create delicious wines for us all to enjoy. We all have the power to make positive changes and make a difference, don’t you agree? After all, there is no Planet B!

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Did you know that in Russia Champagne is not allowed to be called Champagne?!!!

Shampanskoye

Russian authorities are challenging the wine world with a new law put forward earlier last week that requires French Champagne producers to add the words “sparkling wine” on the back of the label if they want to sell their bottles in Russia.

Champagne producers are proud of their name and brand and some are refusing to use any reference to “sparkling wine.” Champagne is a region in the northeast of France, but more famously is the name of the sparkling wine produced there. Therefore the French Champagne producers have been left in a fizz over a new Russian law that they say tries to undermine their world-famous brand. This new law allows Russian producers of sparkling wine to use “shampanskoye” — the Russian word for Champagne — on their bottles. It’s shocking the industry world-wide!

So let’s get some bubbles and pop the cork on our lovely Champagne Deutz who have been making their distinctive, carefully crafted Champagnes in Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, since 1838. Full of finesse, elegance and complexity and of course let’s call it Champagne!

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Welcome to our new adVINture blog, where we will explore the world of wine, discovering new and interesting wines together!

For us, wine is all about specific people who are behind the bottle, which is why here at adVINture we love to get to know the families and winemaking of our producers that dedicate a lifetime of love and care to their passion. Does this mean something to you?

In our opinion it means that we can be certain for every wine we buy and sell, guaranteeing quality, provenance and absolute deliciousness, because we are free to buy wines which we believe in, enjoy and love to drink ourselves vs solely focusing on products which generate the most profit.

So for this summer we want to recommend some of our favourites to you: 

(if it all look a little overwhelming, deep breath and just remember there are 3 important pieces of information to look out for when choosing your wine, so you get to know what you like – grape, producer and country)

  • Touraine – a Sauvignon Blanc by Domaine Bonnigal-Bodet in Loire, France
  • Viognier – a Viognier by Saronsberg Wines in South Africa
  • Bierzo Blanco – a Godello by Bodegas Cobertizo in Spain
  • ‘Les Glaciaires’ Blanc – a blend of white grapes by Domaine Gardiés in Roussillon, France
  • Costières de Nîmes Blanc ‘Générations’ – a blend of white grapes by Mas Carlot in Rhône, France
  • Ventoux Blanc – a blend of white grapes by Domaine de Fondrèche in Rhône, France
  • ‘La Madone’ – a Gamay by Les Vins de la Madone in Loire, France
  • ‘Le Chapitre’ – a Pinot Noir by Domaine Réthoré-Davy in Loire, France
  • ‘Les Messanges’ Chinon Rouge – a Cabernet Franc by Domaine de Pallus in Loire, France
  • Manzanilla Sherry – a fortified wine by Bodegas La Cigarrera in Spain

So you don’t miss out, here’s a little taster to a couple of these amazing wines we’ve picked for you:

Costières de Nîmes Blanc ‘Générations’ by Mas Carlot – This wine comes from the Rhône Valley and tastes like refined savoury peach marmalade, apricots, honeyed pears and a touch of buttered brioche. This rich white pairs deliciously with shellfish, chicken, veal or pork.

Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Blanc 2018 – This winery maintains the health of the soil and grapes, growing them in the best ecological way possible. That means, no chemical or fertilisers whilst respecting the lunar calendar to strengthen the natural defences of the vine. This wine has wonderful fragrances of white flowers, peach and grapefruit, with textural flow and a fine saline stone fruit tease on the finish.

Find these delicious wines on our website to place your order and quote promo code BLOG6 in the delivery instructions so we know where your inspiration came from. 

Enjoy your summer!

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The Balthazar Membership Details

You will receive a 7.5% product discount, along with priority access to exclusive wines and rewards.  Awarded when purchased £5,000.00 pa within 12 months of first order with adVINture. Once awarded, after 12 months if the purchasing target has not been reached your membership will be adjusted to Jeroboam Membership tier status. If conditions for Jeroboam […]
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The Jeroboam Membership Details

You will receive a 5% product discount, along with priority access to exclusive wines and rewards. This membership is rewarded having purchased £2,500.00 pa within 12 months of your first order with adVINture (each year). Once awarded, after 12 months if the purchasing target has not been reached your membership will be replaced with Magnum tier […]
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The Magnum Memberships Details

Magnum Membership You will receive a 2.5% product discount, along with priority access to exclusive wines and rewards This membership is either nominated/discretionary or is rewarded having purchased £1,000.00 pa through adVINture. This membership is lifetime and has no periodic limit.  T&Cs apply  Membership discounts are not valid in conjunction with any other promotion, on […]
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