Category: Australia

Treasury Wine Estates boss Michael Clarke’s $18 million pay day

The chief executive of Treasury Wine Estates, Michael Clarke, will take home more than $18.6 million this year, after the maker of Penfolds and Wolf Blass met earnings guidance on Thursday. Source, Australian Financial Review

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Cull likely as starving kangaroos threaten Hunter’s multi-million dollar wine industry

As if the big dry isn’t enough for our vignerons to contend with, the drought has presented them with another epidemic that could potentially wipe out their income for the next 12 months – kangaroos. Source, Maitland Mercury

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Dig deep for drought relief

919 Wines is running two drought relief fundraising activities to assist farming families in drought-stricken New South Wales. Source, Riverland Wine

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Frankland Estate then and now: superb wines that stand the test of time

The occasion is a tasting celebrating 30 years since Hunter’s parents, Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam, planted their vineyard in the remote Frankland River region of Western Australia. Source, Australian Financial Review

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New phylloxera detection method created

Of the pests and diseases already in Australia, our greatest biosecurity threat to grapevines is grape phylloxera. We have some of the oldest vines in the world and with estimates that at least 70% of Australia’s winegrape vineyards are planted on own roots, and thus susceptible to phylloxera attack, continued work on improving phylloxera detection […]

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Treasury Wine bruised by US route-to-market overhaul

Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates has lifted its final dividend by 23 per cent after generating a 33.9 per cent lift in net profit after tax for 2017-18 to $360.3 million, although an overhaul of its United States distribution network has caused profits in the Americas region to go backwards. Treasury will pay a final […]

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ASVO award 2018 Australian Wine Assessment Course scholarship

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) board of directors have announced Frank Butera, general manager and winemaker at Bass River in Gippsland, Victoria as the recipient of the annual Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship. A major objective of the ASVO is to promote education in viticulture and oenology and to ensure and […]

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NSW wine country’s history protected thanks to $100,000 state funding

Australian vineyard veteran Bruce Tyrrell is toasting a wine country milestone this week with the announcement of $100,000 in state government funds for the protection of local heritage assets in Wine Country. Source, Newcastle Herald

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Treasury Wine Estates fights Barokes inventors over patent wine in a can

Twenty years ago, no one would think of drinking wine out of a can. Now canned wine is gaining traction among consumers, and the Australian inventors of wine-in-a-can technology are fighting a David and Goliath battle with Treasury Wine Estates over the right to use the technology. Source, Australian Financial Review

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Château Tanunda wins 2018 Australian Producer of the Year

Château Tanunda has been awarded the title of Australian Producer of the Year, winning a total of 22 gold medals at the 2018 Berlin International Wine Trophy Competition. Château Tanunda competed with wineries across the country to take the prized trophy for the eighth time in nine years, having first won the title in 2010. […]

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The meaning of Guanxi

A family-owned winery in McLaren Vale, Wines by Geoff Hardy (WBGH), has a larger share of the Australian wine market in China than it has of the Australian wine market in Australia. It’s an odd story — but one that makes complete sense when you meet the people driving the company’s growth. Source, CityMag

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The eyes, noses and taste buds get busy as judging starts in the Royal Hobart Wine Awards

Thousands of bottles of wine from around the country have been lined up for judging at the Hobart Showgrounds for the Royal Hobart Wine Awards. Judges have come from around the country, even from Japan to take part in the big wine event on the Showground calendar. Sally Dakis caught up with the chair of […]

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Australian Gamay hits a high note

Gamay continues to grow in popularity among Australian drinkers and producers. What’s more, local winemakers are adding new character to the Beaujolais signature. Max Allen takes a closer look. Source, Gourmet Traveller

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SA Independent winegrape growers to be consulted on proposed changes to the South Australian Grape Grower Industry Fund.

The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is reviewing the South Australian Grape Grower Industry fund (SAGGIF) as required by legislation. The current contribution paid by grapegrower members to the SAGGIF is calculated at $1 per tonne of grapes sold. South Australian winegrape growers are encouraged to register their details online on the WGCSA website […]

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Swan Valley Wine Show features record number of entries

The Swan Valley Wine Show is set to be the biggest yet with a record number of entries for its 30-year anniversary this month. The show, which consists of wine judging, exhibitor tasting and gala dinner, is highly anticipated this year following a great 2017 vintage for red blends in the Swan Valley and a […]

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Exhibit and book launch sharing history of six generations of wine producers in the Hunter

A four-year research project into the history of the Hunter Valley has culminated in Vines, Wine and Identity: NSW and Changing Australian Taste, an exhibition now open at the Newcastle Museum. The exhibit focuses on six generations of local wine producers in the Hunter Valley, from when the first vines were planted in 1828 to the changing tastes and rising interest in wine […]

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