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Wine Australia’s survey of Australian cellar doors results: direct wine sales success

Yesterday Wine Australia released the first findings of the survey it conducted with 180 wine companies following the 2017/18 financial year. Launched at the inaugural Wine Industry Suppliers Australia IMPACT Conference in Adelaide, the survey shows cellar doors are the driving force behind direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales in Australia, accounting for 44% of DTC revenue ahead of wine […]

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Australia’s most prestigious wine trophies awarded at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Winemakers across the country are celebrating today after Australia’s most prestigious wine trophies were awarded last night at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA). Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) for over 130 years, the RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards, seek advice from an independent […]

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Riverland Wine appoints new Chair

After six years as Chair of Australia’s largest winegrower organisation, Riverland Wine, Sheridan Alm is handing the torch to Brett Proud. Proud is about to commence a three-year term, and his selection was unanimous amongst the management committee. Proud stated: “There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Riverland wine […]

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Australian business Naked Wines puts down roots in South Napa

South Napa is relishing their new local headquarters of Naked Wines, originally an Australian business. Naked Wines works with independent winemakers to help them make their wine, then sells the wine for the winemakers. The company serves buyers in USA, the UK, and Australia. Previously situated by the Napa County Airport, this new office includes […]

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Treasury Wine Estates Ltd shares rise in trading update

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd experienced a positive bounce back yesterday afternoon. The wine company’s shares are currently 2% higher at $17.18 following the release of its annual general meeting presentation. In the AGM presentation Treasury shared details of its performance in 2018 Financial Year, and the company’s CEO Michael Clarke remarked Financial Year 2019 is […]

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NZ Winemaker awarded second World Pinot Noir trophy in a row

New Zealand winemaker Andy Anderson for the second time has beaten wines from the best in the world at London’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to take out the World’s Best Pinot Noir Trophy. Anderson was awarded the trophy for his 2014 Takapoto Central Otago Pinot Noir. The win continues a 12-year long […]

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New inductee into Agricultural hall of fame: Researcher who introduced Viognier winegrape variety to Lodi AVA, California

The Lodi American Viticultural Area boasts close to 100 wine grape varieties currently in production. Richard Ripken helped introduce Lodi to a host of new wine grapes through his own research and with the University of California Cooperative Extension. In 1991, Ripken introduced wine grape varieties, such as Viognier, to Lodi and he now farms […]

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Pernod Ricard renews massive 35-state distribution agreement with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in USA

Pernod Ricard USA, the US unit of the world’s 2nd largest wine and spirits company has just renewed its distribution contract with Southern Glazer’s; the contract, effective as of July 2019, will extend through to June 2024. Pernod Ricard’s portfolio of brands will be distributed across Southern Glazer’s US network in 35 states. Some of Pernod […]

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Turin’s annual wine celebrations sees wine flow from fountains

This weekend is the second ‘Grapes in Town’ annual event in Turin, a celebration of the city’s wine culture. As part of the three-day festival, locals and visitors can drink Barbera Fontanafredda wine from a portable green fountain in the shape of a bull’s head. Grapes in Town will also feature tastings, masterclasses and guided […]

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Trailblazers: Sisters raised apart in California and New Zealand become first African-American sister duo to establish a wine company

Robin and Andréa McBride are the founders of McBride Sisters Wines, championing the core values of sustainability, empowerment, innovation, and community. Their first business was importing wine from New Zealand into USA, and 14 years later they’re still breaking the mould of the male-dominated and predominately white wine business. Source: Forbes

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Queensland’s oldest family-owned winery launches behind-the-scenes initiative ‘At Our Table’

Ballandean Estate launches At Our Table, an Eat Local, Drink Local initiative Ballandean Estate Wines continues to innovate with its latest visitor offering, At Our Table, an intimate look behind the scenes at Queensland’s oldest family-owned and -operated winery on the Granite Belt. “Our family has been making wine on our Granite Belt estate since […]

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Safeguarding Australia’s wine industry against Xylella Fastidiosa

A coordinated approach to safeguard Australia’s wine and horticultural sectors against the potentially devastating bacteria Xylella Fastidiosa – the organism responsible for Pierce’s disease – has been launched by Wine Australia and Hort Innovation through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI). Xylella fastidiosa, which is yet to be detected in Australia, prevents a plant from feeding by impeding the movement […]

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Community television series to highlight WA wine and food

Western Australia’s finest produce, including wine, cheese, and truffles, will be showcased in a new television series: The Food and Wine Trails of WA. The show will be on Western Australian free-to-air community television station, WTV, and the Board Director John Rapsey said the series will show more to WA than just “beaches and sunscreen”. […]

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New study examines how the sound of music can enhance the wine’s flavour, including Australia’s Penfolds Grange

A study by Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University found that carefully chosen music can be used to “sonically season” your wine, as there is music we associate with sweetness and music that we associate with bitterness. Spence’s experiments found that the clarinet and flute go well with white wine, while string quartets pair better with Bordeaux. […]

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Tests for waste disposal shows majority of Marlbborough wineries are falling behind

Tests for waste disposal found less than half of Marlborough wineries to be compliant. The most common area of non-compliance was exceeding the permitted pH range in wastewater, which is usually used for cleaning floors, equipment, fermentation tanks and barrels. A recent report detailing 35 Marlborough wineries found 14 to be fully compliant, 8 were […]

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NZ Winery sale comes with 100,000 litres of wine

Earlier this week it became public that Vinoptima, a Poverty Bay vineyard in New Zealand, had gone into receivership and was waiting to be sold; now we know that 100,000 litres of Gewürztraminer is also part of the deal. Binder Dijker Otte (BDO) receiver Andrew McKay is handling the matter now, and he says the […]

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