The new year is the perfect time to develop an existing interest or discover a new hobby. The wine collection is no exception, and with many new trends and technologies on the horizon, 2022 is an exciting year to add to your fine wine cellar. Here, Steve King of Bottled & Boxed picks out the top fine wine trends for 2022.
In recent years, many wine lovers have shifted their primary interest from red wine to sparkling wines, champagne and lighter white wines. So while the archetypal image of a collectible wine might be a deep red, 2022 is a great year to invest in lighter wines and explore aging white wines to achieve intriguing and unique flavors within your collection. .
Champagne can be aged for as little as 2-3 years, or as long as 4-10 years to create a beautiful vintage. If champagne hasn’t been a big part of your collection so far, now is a good time to start aging a stock of quality champagne.
There is also growing interest in sustainable winemaking methods, and collectors are increasingly excited about wines that have an eco-conscious narrative behind them. Many wine lovers take the time to find out how wine is made and learn the stories of the people working in the wineries and vineyards. So look for new winemakers who are using sustainable materials and processes and creating new, more planet-friendly ways of working.
For example, many luxury winemakers now use thinner glass bottles for this reason. Traditionally, heavy glass bottles were used in winemaking to signal a luxury vintage, but increasingly lightweight bottles are set to become a high-end trend. They weigh less and therefore require less fuel to ship, reducing the environmental impact of wine.
Skin contact wines – where wine is made by fermenting grapes with their skins on – will grow in popularity in 2022. These wines are sometimes referred to as “orange wines” because of their color, and sales have increased around the world. past few years, including vintages from Italy and Slovenia.
These wines are becoming increasingly popular because they offer an interesting story, and more and more fine wine consumers are intrigued by the pleasant stories as well as the beautiful flavors. This has not only led to a growth in skin wines, but also in natural wines and wines from regions less known for their winemaking, such as Portugal.
The world of winemaking has long adhered to a set of rules defining what constitutes each type of wine. Factors considered include the types of grapes, whether the skins are left during fermentation (maceration), and the location of the winery or vineyard. However, an emerging new generation of wineries is creating drinks that don’t fit strict definitions.
Some of these creations include fermenting red and white grapes together (known as co-ferments) and macerated white wines. The resulting beverages are ripe for experimentation with aging and offer a new realm for experienced wine collectors to explore.
Now that many of us have become more tech-savvy during the pandemic, many people are looking further afield to buy good wine for both drinking and storage. This means wine collectors looking to sell their post-aged bottles will have a slew of consumers to connect with around the world as people venture beyond the recommendations of their neighborhood wine shop.
Technological developments have also brought new dimensions to wine collection. One such invention is the new high-tech wine storage wall brought to market by WineCab, which uses AI to offer advice on things like storage temperature and safety settings. It even comes with a robotic arm that can reach for the wine you select, essentially acting as your personal sommelier. You can enter the food choices you’re going to eat, then get a personalized recommendation for the perfect wine to pair with your meal. It could be a wonderful addition to your wine cellar and is a modern alternative to a more traditional wine cellar.
So, if you are looking to get a return on your investment, use online platforms and build your network internationally this year. If you’re looking for wines to drink and age to drink with friends or family, explore wine collectors and merchants further.
The world of wine collecting is constantly expanding, and this year is no different. Invest in new technologies, international reach and experimental creations this year to enhance your wine cellar for personal use or a return on your investment.