In the last year, we’ve seen various wacky trends in the wine industry. From the continuous love for Rosé to the rise in the popularity of sustainably produced wines. The majority of wine consumers are now millennials, and as result, they’re shaping the future of the wine industry. We can officially say that 2019 will be the year of millennial. So let’s see what the wine trade and Pull The Cork has in store for the hottest trends of 2019.
Typically, a bottle of wine has been packaged in glass bottles and the occasional boxes and bagnums (a 2018 trend). This year already we have seen the introduction of wines in a letterbox friendly bottle, which was quickly shunned, as it was introducing yet more plastic into the world. But with the dramatic increase of the canned wine production, it’s all changing! Thanks to the rise in millennial drinkers, canned wine is growing stronger and has seen a 43% increase in sales between June 2017 and June 2018 in the US already. Wine in a can offers a handful of different advantages over the standard wine bottle. Practicality – wine in a can is easy to carry, and even easier to recycle. Price – wine in a can often offer inexpensive and high-quality options to the consumer. The removal of feeling intimidated – when faced with a range of wines you can often feel intimidated, but the relaxed nature of wine in a can eliminates this feeling. In 2019, expect to see the launching of more canned wines and their popularity to continue to skyrocket.
The Pull The Cork favourite canned wine option is the Ferdinand Wines Albarino. This is produced by Evan Frazier, whose day jobs sees him working as assistant winemaker at the infamous Kongsgaard cellar. He was determined to produce wines from Spanish varieties only, and this Albarino is an absolute joy!! It’s attractively fragrant; a savoury and floral wine with orange peel and lime zest, lemongrass, quince and grapefruit aromas and flavours. Lees ageing in neutral oak gives the wine finesse, sophistication, and a hint of nuttiness – a pleasing complement to the variety’s balance of natural acidity, slight bitterness, and salty finish. Puts many a Spanish Albarino to shame!
We asked a few wine enthusiasts what their thoughts on trends for 2019 would be…
Sean Evans from The Geordie Wine Guide commented on the 2019 trends, “In 2019 I reckon we’re going to see more wines being made in Qvevri. Amphora wines are becoming really popular but there’s something fascinating about burying a great big pot in the ground. The wine is in touch with the earth, it’s the way they’ve been doing it for thousands of years in Georgia. There are even English winemakers like Ben Walgate giving it a go with Cider and Wine in Sussex!”
The Aphros Phaunus Palhete is produced by Vasco Croft in the village of Vinho Verde, Portugal. This wine is Fermented in amphora, and no electricity is used in the making of this wine. The end result of this wine is just stunning, there are aromas of pink peppercorn, Morello cherry and earth. There’s a good acidity level, with a light mouthfeel. Flavours of earth, Morello cherry and flowers.
Stephen Cooper – a London based wine enthusiast and soon to be wine coach @3scoopsplease commented; “Natural wine is still growing in popularity, Light reds and darker rosé on the rise (low ABV and fun to drink), Pet Nats continue to grow in popularity (more UK releases now), and grape varieties that are growing in popularity: Cinsault, Gamay, Cab Franc, cool climate PN, lesser-known indigenous varieties (East Europe), fields blends, cool climate Grenache even”.
Considered winemaking practices – There has been some uncertainty around terms such as Natural Wine, Biodynamic Wine etc. We predict that 2019 will be the year the industry moves to address these sustainable wine-making terms, making it easier for consumers to know what they’re buying.
Low Alcohol Wines – a blog we wrote on a few weeks ago, and something we are pushing at the moment – it’s a big subject. We believe that people are growing more and more conscious about their health and the environment, and are keen to explore drinking more healthily, we need to have wines to supply them.
Make sure you look out for our articles in the press this year too! We are offering lots of exciting discounts and giveaways, so keep your eyes peeled! Here are a few you might have missed this year already from Eve Kalink’s Newsletter, and the Evening Standard.