According to Bloomberg, wine in 2017 will be characterised by experimentation and exploration with lesser known grape varieties like Verdejo taking on a more prominent place and lesser known wine regions doing something similar.
For South Africa the statement unfamiliar regions in South Africa will gain buzz is particularly exciting. Factors such as climate change certainly play a role in the experimentation and exploration. Bloombergs hot issues for wine in 2017 are as follows:
- Sparkling wine will gain in popularity even more. The quest for more affordable fizz will lead restless drinkers to new choices beyond prosecco and pet-nat. Two sparkling categories to increase significantly. Spanish cava, made by the same method as Champagne, and dry lambrusco from Italy.
- France?s Loire is the next best region.
- Light Red Wines are hot. Light reds are part of the growing trend to cool-climate wines and they do not require aging. Some names that will enter the front door are frappato from Sicily, and schiava and lagrein Italys Alto Adige, pinot noir from Alsace, and zweigelt from Austria.
- Wine Packaging will do the can-can: The canned wine phenomenon boomed in 2016. They?re easy to carry and cool and no glass or opener is needed. Other packaging that are more novel than mainstream are flat plastic bottles, short, fat bottles while Armand de Brignac champagne introduced a luxury fizz mini-bottle.
- In restaurants we will encounter more anti-snob, hip, superfun winelists.
- More Public Wine on Tap / wine fountains: In 2016, the Dora Sarchese winery in Ortona, in Italy?s Abruzzo wine region, created a fontana del vino, that flows with free red wine. The idea was to offer refreshment to those walking the popular 196-mile Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage route between Rome and the Ortona Cathedral. People enter into a large barrel structure and fill their glasses from spigots above a stone basin. A similar idea exists in Spain on the Camino de Santiago but Ortona?s is open 24/7.