Category: Australia

Victorian wineries win funding to crack USA market

Wine Victoria has secured additional support for wineries looking to export to the world’s largest wine market – the United States of America – through subsiding the wineries’ participation in Wine Australia’s Market Entry Program. Wine Victoria board member Damien Sheehan said the additional support would allow more wineries to participate and grow their exports […]

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Gramp Hardy Smith memorial prize for Sophie Melton

2018 viticulture and oenology graduate, Sophie Melton has won the Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize, presented to the most outstanding student in the University of Adelaide Viticulture and Oenology program each year. Source: Australian Women in Wine Awards

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Tony Smith awarded Life Membership at Mount Barker Wine Producers

Tony Smith will be awarded life membership of Mount Barker Wine Producers Association on 25th May on ‘national wine day’, celebrating his career pioneering a new wine region and the local industry. Tony Smith, formally of Plantagenet Wines, in 1973 was a founding member and first president of the Lower Great Southern Wine Growers Assoc […]

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Wine Communicators of Australia celebrate the red, white (and blue) at USA360

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has announced an event aimed at wine professionals (and wine lovers) curious to learn more about one of Australia’s most important premium wine markets – the USA. Held on 28 May 2019, USA 360 will be a tasting experience focused on the premium wine offering of the United States. From […]

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Australia’s world-class wine on show at China Roadshow 2019

Australia’s diversity of world-class wine will be showcased at Wine Australia’s China Roadshow (21–29 May 2019) – the largest travelling Australian wine tasting in China. The four-city roadshow, now in its eighth year, will feature more than 170 Australian wine brands, giving thousands of Chinese trade and media an opportunity to experience Australia’s regional and […]

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Farmers call for incoming government to act on climate

Farmers for Climate Action is calling on the incoming government to get fair dinkum on climate change. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said “Many of the electorates expected to be worst hit by climate change are regional seats held by the Coalition. [These] farmers are already facing climate impacts, from drought and water […]

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Ten Australian women selected for 2019 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program

The program is an initiative of the National Farmers’ Federation which aims to develop and empower aspiring female leaders. Cath Oates has been selected for the program; she runs Oates Ends, producing single vineyard wines in Margaret River, and she is currently studying the Master of Wine qualification. Source: Beverage Daily

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Applications open for Hunter Valley Sommeliers Scholarship

Hunter Valley Sommeliers is offering scholarships for two people who are “under 30, love wine and want to learn more about it”, with the scholarships allowing them to attend 3 Hunter Valley Sommelier events for free.  Source: Hunter Valley Sommeliers

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Inside Australian Vintage’s Merbein packaging facility: Winetitles exclusive

Winetitles journalist Eleanor Danenberg and work placement student Beth Hayden recently visited their home town of Mildura to gather some stories from the winegrape and wine industries in the Sunraysia region. In the first of six videos, they chat with Australian Vintage’s national packaging manager John Kontrec who takes us inside the company’s newly-opened, $11 […]

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Australia’s First Families of Wine: celebrating 10 years with chairman Stephen Henschke in China

As part of Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) commitment to promoting premium wine at home and across the globe, the families are returning to China for a third time next week as part of Wine Australia’s 2019 China Roadshow. In a rapidly changing wine landscape, AFFW is looking forward to continuing to build its […]

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Australians confused about their drinking identity

While Australia has made steps to promote responsible drinking, there’s still a lot of history to reconcile. Source: Beverage Daily

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New changes at Accolade

In June 2018, private equity investor The Carlyle Group acquired Australia’s Accolade Wines, for AUD $1bn. Since then, the Carlyle Group has made “fundamental” business changes; wine writer Jeni Port explores whether these changes will pay off. Source: Drinks Today

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A letter from your vineyard soil

My dear grower. We have been very close for a number of years now and I know in the depths of my profile that we will be together for a long time into the future. However, while everything might appear smooth on the surface, I am starting to see some cracks that are widening each […]

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Agnew Wines secures new partnership

Agnew Wines has established a partnership with Yarra Valley winery Allinda Wines becoming the official distributor of its wines in the Australian market. In a first for the company, the team at Agnew have embarked on sourcing a distributor wine label outside their own portfolio. Source: The Shout

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Federal Election – facts about Australia’s wine region electorates

By the time the booths close on Saturday 18 May, 16.4 million Australians will have voted in the Federal Election. Just over a third of Australia’s 151 electorates include an Australian wine region in their boundaries. Wine Australia looks at some facts about Australia’s wine region electorates. Source: Wine Australia

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Rolf Binder and Christa Deans celebrate 25 consecutive vintages for Rolf Binder wines

With the 2019 Barossa vintage now complete, second generation sibling winemakers, Rolf Binder and Christa Deans have good reason to celebrate. It’s been 25 years since Christa joined her brother as the white winemaker for the family business, growing the white wine production while Rolf continued to focus on red winemaking. Reaching this milestone is […]

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