All articles by Chris Losh

Wine commentator

Chris Losh

Wine industry inches forward on sustainability amid confusing consumer signals

The wine industry is making efforts on sustainability but progress is uneven and, for some, too slow. And what drinkers buy can be at odds with what they say they want.

Why Australia’s wine industry is approaching crunch time

China might be central to Australia’s current overproduction of wine but the industry’s problems run deeper.

Why wine remains laggard amid rise of alcohol-free

Producing alcohol-free wine is time-consuming, complex and expensive, meaning the segment is not as advanced as in areas like beer.

2023 outlook – economic clouds to linger as wine industry seeks right blend

Just Drinks’ wine sector columnist Chris Losh sets out the issues facing industry executives in 2023.

Beaujolais needs a brand. Could a label like Penfolds be the answer?

Penfolds is investing heavily in Bordeaux. Might a heavyweight brand be a way of driving international interest in Beaujolais, another French region facing challenges?

Why wine industry must be ready for more warning labels

With calls for more warning labels growing and more consumers embracing ‘mindful drinking’, the wine industry should swim with the tide and do its best to attach positive messaging.

Vine-pulls back on agenda as Bordeaux’s wine struggles continue

Production in a normal year is around 5.5 million hectolitres, while Bordeaux’s sales are around 4m hl.

China tariffs can’t hide Australia’s wider wine woes

Excluding China paints a rosier picture of Australian wine’s fortunes oversees, but there are other clouds on the horizon.

Global heating should make wine industry rethink relationship with water

Wineries, especially in the New World, need to review how they use water as the planet heats up.

How Covid-19 is re-shaping the wine fair circuit

Covid-19 could do to wine fairs what it’s done to the population at large: leave some unaffected, weaken others and kill off the most vulnerable.