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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?

First and foremost, as we all know winemaking is all about viticulture and farming the land. Mother nature can either give you a helping hand or destroy crops for the entire year. Then in addition to the vineyard conditions, winemaking relies heavily upon its wineries for the vinification process. Let’s take Germany for example, the recent flood disaster has had a devastating impact on many, including the wine producers of the Ahr Valley. Particularly in Ahrweiler, but also in the surrounding villages of Mayschoss and Dernau, where the deluge of water has carried away barrels, wine bottles and machines, thus destroying entire wine-producing businesses and livelihoods. The number of winegrowing businesses affected, the severity, and the extent to which the disaster will affect the entire Ahr region with its 563 hectares of vineyards, will probably take weeks to quantify.

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 as well as generating its own donations in collaboration with its agencies abroad. To collate all contributions, the DWI will use a donation account at the Farmers and Winegrowers’ Association of Rhineland-Nassau in which the Ahr Winegrowing Association is also organized. This way, 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 get in touch with us to take a look at all the German winemakers we have for you to taste.

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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Champagne Sparkling Wine

So in Russia Champagne is no longer allowed to be called Champagne?!!!

Let’s talk about “Shampanskoye”, what do you think this means for the wine industry?

As you may have heard, 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.

French Champagne producers have been left in a fizz over the new Russian law that they say tries to undermine their world-famous brand, as they are proud of their name and brand and some are refusing to use any reference to “sparkling wine”. 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 for your customers on our lovely Champagne Deutz who have been making their distinctive, carefully crafted Champagnes in Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, since 1838. Contact us to find out more about our range:

  • Champagne Deutz, Champagne Brut Classic NV
  • Champagne Deutz, Champagne Brut Rosé NV
  • Champagne Deutz, Champagne Brut Vintage 2012
  • Champagne Deutz, Champagne Brut Rosé Vintage 2013
  • Champagne Deutz, Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2013

Full of finesse, elegance and complexity and of course let’s call it Champagne!

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Summer

Welcome to our new H2Vin blog, where we will explore new and interesting wines together!

For us, wine is all about the person behind the bottle, that is why here at H2Vin 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 sell, guaranteeing quality, provenance and absolute deliciousness, because we are free to buy the wines we really believe in, not just the ones that make the most money but the ones we really like to enjoy.

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

  • Mas Carlot – Générations Blanc Costières de Nîmes 2020
  • Domaine de Fondrèche – Ventoux Blanc 2018
  • Côtes du Forez Rouge – La Madone 2016 
  • Domaine de Pallus – Messanges Chinon Rouge 2018
  • Domaine Réthoré-Davy – Le Chapitre Pinot Noir 2019
  • Domaine Bonnigal-Bodet – Touraine 2019
  • Domaine Gardiés – Les Glaciaires 2017 
  • Saronsberg Viognier – Western Cape SA 2017
  • Bodegas Cobertizo – Bierzo Blanco 2018
  • Bodegas La Cigarrera – Manzanilla 

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

Mas Carlot Générations Blanc Costières de Nîmes 2020 – Mas Carlot is situated in the south of the Rhône Valley, extending across 76 hectares of pebbly land southeast of Nîmes. This full and fresh blend of 60% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 10% Viognier is outstanding. An elegant white that offers up notes of peach marmalade, apricots, honeyed pears, candle wax and a touch of buttered brioche. With a good fresh acidity as well as abundant fruit and flavour, this attractive, medium-bodied wine exceeds expectations. Pair this rich white well with shellfish, chicken, veal, pork and vegetables prepared with savoury butter, cream or mild cheese-based sauces.

Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Blanc 2018 – This wine summarises the philosophy of the estate, 20 years of work and restructuring of the vineyard. Striving for harmony, the winery maintains the health of the soil and grapes, growing them in the best ecological way possible. That means, no chemical fertilizers, using “green manure”, and respecting the lunar calendar which influences all of their interactions on the plant to strengthen the natural defenses of the vine. This wine is no doubt an expressive nose of white flowers, peach, and grapefruit. A citrus tonic palate where minerality and salinity brings a beautiful freshness. 30% Grenache blanc, 30% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 10% Rolle.

Drop us a message or give us a call to taste any of these wines and quote promo code BLOG6

Enjoy your summer!