OUR WINE BUYERS’ REGIONAL REPORTS 2020
The impact of Covid-19 has had far-reaching effects for everyone, escalating to tragic levels in every corner of the globe. A day doesn’t go past when I don’t hear about a life taken earlier than it deserved to be. In the wine world, where vine growing is so often a family concern involving several generations, this seems especially striking.
Beyond the spread of the disease itself, the economic damage for wine growers is likely to be long lasting, potentially devastating. Closed restaurants with limits on socialising and hospitality leave a big gap in wine producers’ cash flow. For the terrifically talented wine producers The Wine Society has followed year after year, I feel a greater sense of responsibility than ever before to continue to support them. Working from home, the team of buyers has been in constant contact with our winemakers, and I’m proud to say that we have been able to continue doing the right thing: we have not cancelled orders or shipments, where we can we have relaxed our terms, and we continue to pay on time.
These are weary times but as I write this in early spring, growers are sending me hopeful news of joy in the vineyards as the first buds burst and the vines prepare for flowering and new life. The reports below look back to the 2019 harvest, focusing on nature’s impact on wine, each buyer describing the elements that contributed to the personality of the vintage. I hope you enjoy reading them.
Director of Wine