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2018 SA winegrape crush survey

The total reported crush of South Australian winegrapes in 2018 was 747,361 tonnes. This was a decrease of 13% compared with the above-average 2017 reported crush of 863,279 tonnes. The crush was just above the ten-year average (2008-2017) of 739,572 tonnes. Source, Vinehealth

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Australia-Canada take dispute to next level

The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, that Australia would progress to the next step in its World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement action against Canada’s measures affecting Australian wine. WFA chief executive Tony Battaglene said the Australian government have invested in industry […]

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Bioprospecting gains traction as a way to influence wine style

Can regional microbiota influence wine style over the longer term? Research is increasingly suggesting that it can. Two years into a formal four-year study funded by Wine Australia, the ancient practice of ‘bioprospecting’ is emerging as an exciting new buzzword in the wine sector. Source, Wine Australia

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Top Australian drops from the Sydney Royal Wine Show

If you still associate Australian chardonnay with obnoxious oak-flavours and dinner parties from a time when Christopher Skase was making headlines, there’s never been a better time to revisit the white wine. Results from the 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show Awards held on Thursday night at Barangaroo Towers suggest “Aussie chard” has changed a lot. […]

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$2m plan to unlock WA’s wine tourism potential

A $2 million marketing campaign to boost international visits to Western Australia’s wine regions has received funding support from the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) and a network of WA Government and sector partners. Wines of WA (WoWA) has secured $1 million in funding through the International […]

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Cannabis in the USA: will it affect wine sales?

On 12 July 2018, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) announced it was in favour of legalised cannabis in states that pledged to regulate the category like beverage alcohol. The trade organisation has urged the federal government to respect a state’s right to legalise cannabis and to create a path that leads to […]

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Chinese university link boosted with dual Masters in wine

The University of Adelaide has joined with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to offer a dual Masters degree in wine making and viticulture. Students taking on the dual degree will graduate with a Master in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Adelaide, and a Master in Agricultural Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong […]

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Wine: the personal investment

Good investments deliver more than just financial gain, with wine investments a good way to build and enhance personal relationships, a wine expert has said. A significant portion of Nest Egg readers are planning to look beyond equity and property in the next year, and according to Paul Gordon, chief winemaker at Leconfield Wines, they […]

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Benfords? Australian lookalike wines are big sellers on China’s new billion-dollar retail giant

A large amount of counterfeit and copy-cat goods being sold on Pinduoduo – China’s third-largest online shopping platform – has already landed the company in hot water, and it is now facing lawsuits, media criticism and investigation by Chinese regulators. Source, ABC

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Bubbles and trouble ahead for Australian makers of Prosecco

Queensland University of Technology professor in intellectual property and innovation law, Matthew Rimmer, says the light, dry, sparkling wine will be a major test for “geographical indications”, or GIs, for food and wine under the proposed new Australia-European Free Trade Agreement. Source, Sydney Morning Herald

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Halliday awards: Yarra Valley winery named Australia’s best

Victorian wineries have won three of the six major gongs at the prestigious Halliday awards, including the coveted Winery Of The Year. Seville Estate, located at the foot of the Yarra Valley, was named Australia’s best after months of testing from hundreds of the country’s best wineries. Source, 3AW

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What can Australia learn from Champagne’s success?

There has certainly been a lot of talk around town about how Champagne has been performing globally, with its success in the USA and Japan compensating for the losses experienced in traditional markets such as France and Germany. Australia has also contributed to this success… Source, Wine Australia

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Vic wine industry gets $2m boost from the government

Victoria’s wine industry has received a $2 million boost from the government through the third round of the wine growth fund. Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, represented minister for agriculture and regional development, Jaala Pulford, on the 30th of July, to announce the extra funding and expanded guidelines for the fund. Source, Food Magazine

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‘Get in or miss out’ on wine trend

Vineyard sales have surged over the past six months, in line with a national trend seeing competition over wine assets intensify. The rise in vineyard purchases can be put down to a reduction in the oversupply that previously capped wine prices, according to industry experts. Source, West Australian

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US in Australian wine sector’s sights

The Australian wine sector’s strong focus on the United States in 2018–19 has kicked off with the inaugural Australia Decanted event at Lake Tahoe, California, where 100 key influencers from the US trade and media gained a deep understanding of Australia’s diverse and thrilling wine offering on US home soil. Over four days from 22–26 […]

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Australian wine export values surge 20% in 2017–2018

After 20% growth in the value of Australian wine exports to $2.76 billion — the highest rate of growth in 15 years — and the average value of wine growing by nine per cent to $3.24 per litre (its highest value since 2009), the Australian grape and wine community is redoubling its efforts in the […]

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