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10/08/2017: Tasting to showcase Chardonnay by Australia’s small wine producers
Do you make Chardonnay and process <500 tonnes per year?

9/08/2017: International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show
Bulk Wine producers of Australia are invited to register before August 31 for the IBWSS London Show.

9/08/2017: Asia International Wine Competition submissions open
Submissions are now open for the Asia International Wine Competition in Hong Kong.

Australian Wine Industry News

18/08/2017: Persistence rewarded in Tassie
PETER Dredge and James Broinowski may run different wineries, but both understand the intricacies and hardships of starting out from scratch. Now the pair are reaping the rewards after being recognised in Australian wine connoisseur James Halliday’s top 10 newest wineries as part of his 2018 Wine Companion awards. Source, Weekly Times Now.

18/08/2017: Family stories used to sell top drops
An increasing number of independent wineries are focusing on their family stories as they target a market keen to learn more about the origins of premium drops. Peter Barry of Jim Barry Wines believed the winery stayed competitive by telling its story during the past 40 years about being a smaller, high-quality, family-owned business in an increasingly corporate and global market. Source, Adelaide Now.

18/08/2017: New Chairman of advisory board for HoFW
House of Fine Wine (HoFW), the Australian distribution company for three of the world’s most accomplished and admired wine brands - Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB), Henschke and Villa Maria - have announced the appointment of Rob Hirst as the new Chairman of the advisory board. Source, Winetitles.

18/08/2017: Treasury to boost white wine focus for Penfolds
Treasury Wine Estates chief executive officer Michael Clarke has revealed the company plans to focus on increasing white wine production under its Penfolds banner. Clarke said under “an exciting white wine strategy” for the iconic Penfolds label, moves will be made to boost interest in white wines, concentrating on Chardonnay and Riesling. Source, Winetitles

18/08/2017: WET reforms passed through parliament
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has welcomed this week’s passage through Parliament of critical Federal Government reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET). Legislation passed yesterday reforming the WET Rebate which will tighten eligibility. Source, Winetitles.

17/08/2017: SAWIA Snapshot released
On Wednesday 16 August The South Australian Wine Industry Association, together with its Industry Partner, Bentleys, released the South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot –an inaugural study of the sentiments and views of the state’s wine industry. Source, Winetitles.

17/08/2017: Treasury profit up 55%
Treasury Wine Estates has posted a 55.3 per cent jump in full-year net profit to $269.1 million. Follow our twitter account @Daily_Wine_News for live tweets from the Treasury Annual Results Announcement from 10:30am AEST. Source, The Riverine Herald.

17/08/2017: Brett's not always the bad guy
A brewer and a winemaker have collaborated on a new wine that aims to challenge Brettanomyces’ association with wine spoilage. Ben Kraus of Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers has teamed up with Chris Catlow of Sentio Wines to produce a Chardonnay using 100% Brett yeast. Source, Brews News.

17/08/2017: Granite Ridge showcase Queensland
FOR two decades Dennis and Juliane Ferguson have been taking their wines to the Ekka. But they are still finding Queenslanders who do not know that Stanthorpe wine exists - let along that it is becoming increasingly well respected. Source, Sunshine Coast Daily.

17/08/2017: WIWA secures new sponsorship
Inkwell Wines has today become the sponsor of the Researcher of the Year category in the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards. The Researcher of the Year award had until now been without a sponsor. Source, Winetitles.

16/08/2017: Philip White on 'Sauvignon rank'
"One of my favourite Adelaide Hills Sauvignon blanc wines was made by Tim Knappstein about 30 years ago. It was mainly Semillon. Australians love it. Sauvignon blanc is our biggest-selling white. Drink enough of it and I reckon you’d start to smell like mutton." Source, InDaily.

16/08/2017: Jervis Bay is the capital of Rose
With Monday being International Rosé Day a major online direct to consumer supplier of wine released sales data that reveals people living in the 2540 postcode order more Rosé from it than any other postcode in Australia. Source, Illawarra Mercury.

16/08/2017: It's time to talk collaboration
Kristina Georgiou is starting a discussion she thinks important for Australian wine producers to have. Her new Wine Australia-funded Incubator Initiative project will look at the potential for smaller wineries to collaborate to reduce or share costs in the supply chain, particularly around cold chain logistics. Source, Wine Australia.

16/08/2017: Innovation grant applications open
Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (viticulture & oenology included). If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Source, Australian Government.

16/08/2017: CSU winery wins six medals
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Boutique Winery is celebrating after its entire range won medals at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show in Sydney. The six medals, including two gold, come only months after CSU launched its new boutique wines. Source, Charles Sturt Univeristy.

15/08/2017: Biosecurity tips
#Biosecurity Tip#13: Ask where your pruning team have recently worked. Check footwear, clothes and vehicle tyres. Are they bringing their own equipment? Check quarantine requirements. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

15/08/2017: Australia teaching wine & spirit marketing
France boasts some of the finest wines in the world, but French (and Chinese) students come to Adelaide to learn about wine and spirits marketing. For the past seven years, students at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, tour Adelaide to learn from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science and visit South Australia’s famous wine regions. Source, Winetitles.

15/08/2017: Fine wines even in dry times
It may be one of the driest winters on record but that won’t stop Hunter vignerons producing some top drops from the 2018 vintage. With little rain in sight just prior to next month’s bud burst, the region’s wine producers are poised to start irrigating vines in preparation for the 2018 vintage. Source, The Maitland Mercury.

15/08/2017: Branding the Barossa
Clarity on Barossa’s branding – to enhance the region and benefit visitors and locals – is the first project to be rolled out under the Barossa Collaboration committee. The committee joined last month to begin steering a series of project meetings. Source, The Barossa Herald.

15/08/2017: Record demand for WSET
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed that the demand for wine and spirits education is growing and is now higher than ever in Australia. Australia is now the seventh largest WSET market having seen 27 per cent growth in its courses for 2016/17 over the previous year. Source, The Shout.

15/08/2017: Dave Brooks reviews Giant Steps
"Giant Steps consistently impress with their interpretation of the site. Wild ferment, large, seasoned French Oak, no battonage, no malolactic fermentation and no filtration, just a showcase of a great vineyard." Source, The Adelaide Review.

15/08/2017: Innovation grant applications open
Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (viticulture & oenology included). If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Source, Australian Government.

15/08/2017: CSU winery wins six medals
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Boutique Winery is celebrating after its entire range won medals at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show in Sydney. The six medals, including two gold, come only months after CSU launched its new boutique wines. Source, Charles Sturt Univeristy.

15/08/2017: It's time to talk collaboration
Kristina Georgiou is starting a discussion she thinks important for Australian wine producers to have. Her new Wine Australia-funded Incubator Initiative project will look at the potential for smaller wineries to collaborate to reduce or share costs in the supply chain, particularly around cold chain logistics. Source, Wine Australia.

15/08/2017: Jervis Bay is the capital of Rose
With Monday being International Rosé Day a major online direct to consumer supplier of wine released sales data that reveals people living in the 2540 postcode order more Rosé from it than any other postcode in Australia. Source, Illawarra Mercury.

15/08/2017: Philip White on 'Sauvignon rank'
"One of my favourite Adelaide Hills Sauvignon blanc wines was made by Tim Knappstein about 30 years ago. It was mainly Semillon. Australians love it. Sauvignon blanc is our biggest-selling white. Drink enough of it and I reckon you’d start to smell like mutton." Source, InDaily.

14/08/2017: New president for the RWA
Andrew Calabria of Calabria Wines was confirmed as the new president of the Riverina Winemakers Association at the Association’s annual general meeting on Thursday 10th August 2017. The announcements include a new vice president and Treasurer. Source, Winetitles.

14/08/2017: Ag groups push for UK-AU free trade agreement
Key segments of Australian agriculture believe that Brexit creates an "unprecedented opportunity" to lift exports to Britain, and potentially generate significant new export earnings from products as diverse as beef, lamb, rice and wine. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

14/08/2017: AAVWS Fellowship applications open
The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellowship invites applications from wine professionals and knowledgeable enthusiasts who are excited by the opportunity to explore and celebrate Australia’s alternative varieties and share that new found fervour with their networks and industry groups. Source, AAVWS.

14/08/2017: St Anne's taste success
The Echuca-Moama wine producer won the trophy for Best Cabernet Family Wine with its Tatalia 2015 Heathcote Cabernet. The win is yet another feather in the cap for the expanding company, which scooped the pool with seven awards at the Dookie Wine Show last year. Source, The Riverine Herald.

14/08/2017: St Hallett's single vineyard Shiraz
"At St Hallett in the Barossa Valley, the winemaking team sniffs, tastes and spits its way through each parcel from separate blocks or vineyards in recognised sub-regions of the entire Barossa Zone, from the Valley floor to the higher and cooler Eden Valley," writes Tony Love for The Source, SA.

11/08/2017: Young Gun of Wine registrations close today
The Young Gun of Wine Awards registrations for 2018 close today. All winemakers registering will be able to show their wines at one of the national events, through to the end of 2017. The awards offer brand leverage for young winemakers looking to expand their market reach. Source, Young Gun of Wine.

11/08/2017: ASVO Viticulturist of the year finalists
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 ASVO Viticulturist of the year award. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner on November 14 at Carrick Hill in Adelaide. Source, Winetitles.

11/08/2017: New wind blows at Thousand Candles
"It was the best of stories. It was the worst of stories. Thousand Candles launched with a grand vision and an even grander vineyard and the perfect team of people to execute it. But three vintages in and somehow the conversation around Thousand Candles was about everything other than the wine or, even, the vineyard." Source, Wine Front.

11/08/2017: Jane Anson on South Australia
"There are pioneers in wine in every region in the world, and Heekin reminded me to look more closely. A prime example is Colleen Miller at Ruckus Estate in Wrattonbully in South Australia, a relatively new wine region that grew out of Coonawarra’s work to define its own geographic boundaries," writes Jane Anson for Decanter.

11/08/2017: Australia's best Riesling
A Porongurup vineyard is home to Australia’s best Riesling. The Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Riesling 2016 was named Australia’s best Riesling at the James Halliday Wine Awards. The Porongurup producer scored 98 points to take the title of best Riesling after scoring 97 points for the previous four years. Source, The West Australian.

10/08/2017: French wine certificate now available in Aus
Wine professionals and serious hobbyists can now earn their French Wine credentials at Melbourne Polytechnic through the French Wine Scholar Certification, starting on 25 September 2017. The program provides information on the wines and regions of France. Source, Winetitles.

10/08/2017: Are you a Chardonnay producer <500 tonnes?
The Wine & Viticulture Journal are searching for Chardonnay producers that process <500 tonnes for an independent label to submit wines for their bi-monthly tasting. The results of the tasting will be published in the September-October issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal. Source, Winetitles.

10/08/2017: Grapevine Pinot Gris notice
Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV) has been detected for the first time in Australia. This virus is common in many international wine regions in Europe, USA, Canada and China. The AWRI has released a fact sheet and some steps for growers to take. Source, Australian Wine Research Institute.

10/08/2017: McGuigan on China exports
Give the people what they want. A simple ethos, yes, but one that, in the wine world, is not particularly well embraced. And when it comes to exporting to China, complex wines forced on to simple palates could spell disaster. Source, The Weekly Times.

10/08/2017: Scion vineyard & winery drives change
A Rutherglen winery is tapping into solar power to run its winery operations and cellar door. Scion Vineyard and Winery’s new hybrid energy system harvests solar energy to provide most of the power needed to run the business. Source, The Border Mail/

10/08/2017: Preserving the growling grass frog
Pat Carmody is looking down the barrel at a bureaucratic ban on being able to spray and fertilise parts of his Sunbury vineyard if he tries to build a shed or extend his winery. Mr Carmody said the Government had imposed the restrictive frog conservation overlay across 90 per cent of his vineyard and winery without consultation or compensation. The Weekly Times Now.

9/08/2017: Tamburlaine's organic success
Four wines from Tamburlaine Organic Wines were awarded medals during the eighth International Organic Wine Awards in Germany. Tamburlaine’s 2016 reserve shiraz, cabernet and merlot all won gold medals and the riesling won silver. Source, Central Western Daily.

9/08/2017: Wine intelligence insights from Australia
A radical overhaul of alcohol taxation and innovative packaging design could have a deep and lasting impact on the Australian wine market. Wine Intelligence Australia & New Zealand Country Manager Liz Lee discusses trends and potentials for change. Source, Wine Intelligence.

9/08/2017: Philip White reviews Dell'uva winery
"Being a nurseryman, Wayne’s a bit spoiled as far as his range of selection of disparate varieties goes, but I can happily advise that if you’re a producer who has a wide range of flavours available behind various labels, take a look at this." Source, InDaily.

9/08/2017: Once the wine has been drunk
Let’s take an empty bottle of wine. When it gets thrown out, the council picks it up in your recycling bin on the roadside every two weeks. It picks up the bin and also picks up the bill for carrying it away. After processing costs, it can be a loss leading situation for recycling plants. Source, Glen Innes Examiner.

9/08/2017: The South East reflects on vintage
A national increase in crush and average purchase prices for the 2017 vintage has been reflected in some, but not all, of the South East’s wine regions. Wrattonbully Wine Region chair Tim Fletcher described the season as “mixed”. Source, The Naracoorte Herald.

9/08/2017: Flinders Uni seeks to connect wine and cancer
Flinders University academic Emma Miller said despite the proven link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption, more women aged 45-64 were drinking alcohol, at the same time as breast cancer rates in their age bracket were increasing. Source, Adelaide Now.

8/08/2017: Australia dominates Saperavi awards
A gold miniature of “azarpesha” - ancient wine drinking vessel - will become the award of Saperavi World Prize, the first wine contest of Saperavi wines produced around the world. 13 of the 19 producers that have entered the competition have come from Australia, demonstrating the variety's success. Source, Winetitles.

8/08/2017: Heavy rainfall across South Australia
South Australian farmers say the heavy falls recorded across parts of the state over the weekend might be enough to turn their failing seasons around. There was 10–30mm in the gauges across towns in the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula, with parts of the Lower Eyre Peninsula and the South East seeing rainfall events in excess of 60mm. Source, The ABC.

8/08/2017: WFA Industry Briefing Communique
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) hosted an Australian Wine Industry Briefing in Adelaide on Thursday 20 July 2017. The WFA have released an official summary report on the briefing, for those who missed it. Source, Winemakers Federation of Australia.

8/08/2017: Pig in the House shines for Windowrie
Windowrie Winery’s Pig In The House wines have shone at this year’s Cowra Wine Show, picking up medals across its range. Windowrie winemaker Anthony D’Onise was pleased with the result, up against wines from Margaret River and Adelaide Hills. Source, Cowra Guardian.

8/08/2017: Dave Brooks reviews Crittenden Estates
"As a fan of sous voile wines, I’ve been waiting for the release of this Crittenden Estate 2013 Cri de Coeur Savagnin for a while.[...] A few Australian winemakers have attempted the style but Crittenden Estate has absolutely nailed it." Source, The Adelaide Review.

8/08/2017: Biosecurity tips
Tip#12: Avoid pruning during or immediately after rain (>2mm) to minimise trunk disease infection. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

7/08/2017: Four Winds takes out label design award
On the back of winning Overall Supreme Champion at the Drinks International Wine Design Challenge, it was announced yesterday that the Canberra District’s Four Winds Vineyard has also won Best Redesign and Supreme Champion at London's 2017 Harpers Design Awards for its new range of wine labels. Source, Winetitles.

7/08/2017: Riverland growers receive small compensation
Riverland growers have received just $717,000 in storm recovery grants after last year’s catastrophic hailstorm caused $74 million in damage to the region. Source, Winetitles.

7/08/2017: The curious world of biodynamic winemaking
Filling cow horns with fresh manure and burying them for six months sounds bizarre, but the substance that is dug up becomes the basis of biodynamic farming. Source, The ABC.

7/08/2017: Chinese wine tourism increases 300%
Australian tour operator AAT Kings has reported a huge increase in Chinese bookings for Australian wine tours. Between 2015 and 2016 there was a 300% increase in Chinese bookings for the company's wine tours. Source, Drinks Central.

7/08/2017: Great Aussie wines in the UK
Wine contributor at The Guardian, David Williams, compiled three of his favourite Australian wines available in the UK. "It has to be said the country’s pre-eminent position in the UK’s wine shops (where it sells more than twice the amount of wine of its nearest rivals, Italy) is largely down to those traditional strengths," writes Williams.

4/08/2017: Free trade agreements driving export growth
Free trade agreements are driving a strong surge in Australian wine industry exports, with more yet to come from a $50 million marketing program funded by the Federal Government. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, said tariff reductions from the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) had resulted in China overtaking the United States as the most valuable destination for Australian wine. Source, Winetitles.

4/08/2017: Chinese wine tourism increased 300%
Australian tour operator AAT Kings has reported a huge increase in Chinese bookings for Australian wine tours. Between 2015 and 2016 there was a 300% increase in Chinese bookings for the company's wine tours. The first quarter of 2017 has already seen 231 group bookings, which indicates an end-of-year total even bigger than 2016. Source, Drinks Central.

4/08/2017: Pinot Palooza expands to Singapore
As part of the new wave of wine-loving contemporary tastings, Pinot Palooza has made a name for itself for unique and enjoyable events in capital cities on both sides of the Tasman Sea. Now the Pinot-celebrating festival is set to expand into Asia, having confirmed its first ever Singaporean event for 2018. Source, The Adelaide Review.

4/08/2017: Hill of Grace is Halliday's ‘wine of the year’
One of Australia’s most famous wines, Henschke Hill of Grace, has claimed another honour - with the 2012 vintage announced as the ‘wine of the year’ and ‘best Shiraz’ by the Halliday Wine Companion. Stephen Henschke, the fifth-generation winemaker, said he was thrilled with the result, which continues a remarkable run of recognition for the latest release. Source, Winetitles.

4/08/2017: Vineyard tech in focus
Robots, drones and Artificial Intelligence were on the agenda at this year’s Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology conference in Mildura. While it might be a while before vineyards become fully automated, the tech-focused conference offered valuable insights on what to expect in future. Source, Winetitles.

3/08/2017: Langhorne Creek winemaker stands out
The annual Halliday Wine Companion awards bestowed one of its highest accolades to a winemaker from the often overlooked region of Langhorne Creek, naming Paul Hotker from Bleasdale Vineyards as ‘winemaker of the year’.

3/08/2017: Treasury Wine Estates hits back at negative analysis
Treasury Wine Estates has hit back at ‘negative’ comments by analysts, reaffirming positive and sustainable growth and margin in Asia. The Australian winemaker said it wanted to clarify its outlook in response to Goldman Sach’s downgrading its outlook yesterday on the back of “unrealistic” expectations of the Chinese market, which it said potentially gave rise to “misleading statements”. Source, The Drinks Business.

3/08/2017: Teacher turned winemaker
It’s a family affair at Munari Wines, with Adrian Munari, his wife Deborah and their children Beauregard and India all playing a part in developing the award-winning brand. In 1992 Munari and his family purchased the vineyard near Heathcote and began their new lives as winemakers. And while he has enjoyed every day of life as a winemaker, Munari admitted switching eraser for éraflage has been a tough gig. Source, Shepparton News.

3/08/2017: More brilliant ideas for empty IBC containers
Hugh Barrett, who works at the Sorrenberg vineyard at Beechworth has been using a converted IBC as a giant 'dishwasher'. After years hand-washing picking boxes, Barry and Jan Morey’s son, Bernard, was tasked to come up with something better. Ten years later, the box washer has not missed a beat. It's another useful reincarnation of the humble IBC. Source, The Weekly Times.

3/08/2017: Complete set of Grange could break auction records
ONE of the most spectacular sets of wine ever seen in Australia will go up for sale in Adelaide on Sunday — and it’s expected to break all auction records. The full set of Penfolds Grange, considered Australians most famous wine and in global terms one of the great wines of the world, has been valued at between $250,000 and $280,000. Source, News Corp Australia Network.

2/08/2017: #V17 report: Upward trend in crush and price
The 2017 vintage intake was the largest in Australia's grapegrowing history. The national crush is estimated to be 1.93 million tonnes – an increase of five per cent from the 2016 vintage – and just ahead of the previous record high of 1.92 back in 2005. The national average purchase price increased to the highest level since 2008.

2/08/2017: Jim Chatto takes the top job for two wineries
Jim Chatto has taken the top job for two wine brands, Kreglinger Wine Estates and McWilliam’s Wines Group. Chatto will oversee the entire portfolio of Kreglinger Wine Estates; Norfolk Rise from South Australia and the Tasmanian portfolio of Ninth Island, Pipers Brook and Kreglinger Vintage Sparkling. He will also continue to be involved with, and oversee the McWilliam’s Wines Group portfolio.

2/08/2017: John Gladstones: 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence
Esteemed scientist Dr John Gladstones has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence. The Award, now in its second year, has been established by the Cullen family to honour the legacy of Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen, who founded Cullen Wines in 1971. Together they worked tirelessly to promote the potential for Margaret River to produce world class wines.

2/08/2017: Letter from the vineyards
Philip White takes a tour of the Vales vineyards, where budburst is looming, locals are dreaming of what variety will be the 'next big thing', and a long-table winery lunch is highly recommended.

2/08/2017: Entries open for Australia’s dedicated sparkling wine show
The Australian Sparkling Wine Show is now open for entries across six classes. This year, given the surge in interest in Prosecco in Australia and the increasing number of quality expressions being produced here, a new class has been dedicated to the style.

1/08/2017: Future is in China's hands
The future for Australian wine exports lies within the Chinese market, according to Rabobank’s research, food and agricultural general manager Tim Hunt. Speaking at the SA Wine Grape Growers Summit in Tanunda on Friday, Mr Hunt said 22 per cent of Australia’s wine exports went to the Chinese market. Source, The Barossa Herald.

1/08/2017: Flametree leading the way
WA produces 2-3 per cent of Australia’s chardonnay and, 10 to 15 years ago, dominated the lists of best wine at each price point. Despite the increasing number of exceptional wines now emanating from the eastern states The West is once again taking centre stage in the country’s leading masked chardonnay tastings. Source, Community News Group.

1/08/2017: Dave Brooks reviews Unico Zelo Nebbiolo
"One variety that seems pleasantly at home in South Australia is Nebbiolo. The noble variety hails from North-Western Italy where it provides a wide range of delicious wines, from early drinking slurpers to the long-lived epically proportioned wines of Barolo and Barbaresco." Source, The Adelaide Review.

1/08/2017: First drop in the bottle
Science students at Kingaroy State High School are getting a taste of the wine business after bottling their first vintage. Students spent the weekend bottling their first 1000L of wine to sell online. Of course, the students won't be able to taste their product until they have turned 18 in a few years time. Source, South Burnett Times.

1/08/2017: Biosecurity tips
Tip#11: Pruning wounds are most susceptible to Eutypa and Botryosphaeria spores within the first 6 days of pruning. To minimise trunk disease infection, apply pruning wound treatments to larger pruning wounds immediately after cuts are made, and to smaller pruning wounds within 3-6 days of pruning. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

1/08/2017: Cullen Award for Excellence winner
The winner of the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence was announced Saturday 22 July. The annual Award is presented to an individual, group or business who contributes in a positive way towards promoting the WA wine industry under the individual banners of quality, integrity or sustainability. Last year the recipient was James Halliday who also attended this year's ceremony. Source, Winetitles.

31/07/2017: Tourism academic researches WA wine
Professor Sam Huang, an internationally renowned tourism academic, is doing preliminary research on how Margaret River food and wine should be a major focus for WA to increase Chinese tourism. Sam Huang says that by 2025, 220 million middle-class Chinese a year will be looking for unique tourism experiences and they should be looking no further than WA’s south-west. Source, The West Australian.

31/07/2017: Dawine to sell Vasse Felix to China
Dawine has gained the exclusive rights to sell the Vasse Felix Winery on its Tmall online store, via existing distribution channels in China. Established in 1967, Vasse Felix is Margaret River's founding wine estate and is well suited to Dawine's curated wine approach to the China retail market. Source, News.

31/07/2017: Cab Sauv's rebirth of cool
"Through the prism of one of Australia’s most revered producers, Wynns, celebrating the 60th vintage of the famed Coonawarra “Black Label” Cabernet Sauvignon, we can get close to an answer," writes Tony Love for The Source.

31/07/2017: Growers prepare for success
Pruning snips were given a rest last week as grapegrowers gathered to think about their business plans. A range of issues were put on the table at the South Australian Wine Grape Growers Summit, presented by the Wine Grape Council of SA and the Barossa Grape & Wine Association. Source, Winetitles.

International Wine Industry News

18/08/2017: NZ wine directors accused of fraud
New Zealand authorities have charged three directors of a wine company in Waipara with fraud. Southern Boundary Wines Ltd.'s vineyard manager and winemaker Scott Berry, winemaker Rebecca Cope and operations and export manager Andrew Moore stand accused of allegedly mislabelling thousands of bottles and then exporting the wines. Source, Wine Spectator.

18/08/2017: Skills shortage for Marlborough
Despite the lifestyle on offer, many sectors including construction, healthcare, education and the wine industry are struggling to fill their quota of skilled workers. A New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report showed the wine industry employed 2350 people in Marlborough, with another 2500 jobs supporting the industry. However, companies were still struggling to find skilled machinery operators and applicants to fill desk jobs in the sales, marketing and financial side of their businesses. Source, Stuff.

18/08/2017: Will weed farms ruin the taste of wine?
Winemakers worry about anything that could negatively affect the quality of their grapes. That usually includes less than optimal seasonal conditions, wildfires, insects, fungi, and animals. However, Robert Patrick, the CEO of the chamber of commerce of Lodi, California winemaking region, is worried about another possible culprit: large-scale marijuana production. Source, VinePair.

18/08/2017: Wine.com raises $15m
Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, has raised $15M from existing investors to capitalise on accelerating growth. The company has recently released a new website and mobile app with features including detailed information on varietals, live chat with wine experts and extensive ecommerce. Source, PEHub.

18/08/2017: Can we trust celebrity wine?
"Can we trust celebrity-linked wine? Just about everybody who’s anybody is involved in the wine game, and we’re bound to stumble across a wine linked to a celebrity sooner or later. I’m holding out for Pitbull Cellars, myself," writes Connie Ogle for the Miami Herald.

18/08/2017: China's wine export grows
Changyu and Great Wall dominate domestic consumption in China, and the companies are making inroads into the international market. Great Wall owns brands in Chile and France, while Changyu exports to several major European markets, including the UK. Source, China Daily.

17/08/2017: Two NZ wineries sold to fine wine start-up
Two prominent New Zealand wineries have been acquired by a newly-established fine wine company co-founded by the man who launched Craggy Range and a US-based wildlife conservationist. Pyramid Valley Vineyards in Waikari, North Canterbury, and Lowburn Ferry Wines, Central Otago, have both become the first purchases of Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates Limited Partnership (ANZFWE). Source, The Drinks Business.

17/08/2017: Wine industry opens doors to tourists
Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. Source, Winetitles.

17/08/2017: Napa v Sonoma
For many years, Sonoma County was the kid-brother of wine country. But now, Napa wine country is overrun by tourists, so people are abandoning it for Sonoma. Comparing the two is like apples and oranges — or Pinot Grigio and Merlot, if you prefer — because they vary so much in size. Source, Business Insider.

17/08/2017: Changing the wine scene
It’s safe to say Patrick Cappiello is one of the most successful somms in the game right now and, to top it all off, he’s not even certified. This is a highly contentious issue among the food and beverage community, many of whom argue that sommelier certification is absolutely essential to success. Source, VinePair.

17/08/2017: Lidl wine sales up 37%
UK discounter Lidl has seen its wine sales return to growth of around 37%, the retailer has confirmed, following a slight slow-down in momentum. The discounter’s share of the wine market currently reflects its overall grocery market share of around 5.4%. Source, The Drinks Business.

17/08/2017: Women of the Vine & Spirits award 2017 scholarships
Women of the Vine & Spirits launched the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation earlier this year and has awarded its first scholarship recipients for 2017. The foundation is proud to announce the following recipients... Source, Winetitles.

16/08/2017: New head of wine school for EIT
Up for a new challenge, Sue Ross has taken over as head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science at a time of significant change. In her first week in the role, Sue joined a team of senior managers and educators heading to China to finalise an agreement for EIT to teach a wine science programme at Qilu University of Technology in China. Source, Winetitles.

16/08/2017: Rimu Grove Chardonnay
"Everyone at our table preferred the Rimu Grove both as a wine and with the food, so it just goes to show Nelson wine producers make wine that can hold its head high with the rest of the world. I asked Meg Matthews, the marketing manager for Wine Nelson why Nelson wine is so good. She told me there are many factors "but the true secret difference for this region is family," writes Neil Hodgson for Stuff.

16/08/2017: Wine could solve writers block
For years, writers have claimed that there is a positive link between drinking and creativity. Now, researchers from the University of Graz might have found a scientific proof to back the anecdotal theory that wine can solve writer’s block. A study published in Consciousness & Cognition by Dr Mathias Benedek examined the effects of ‘mild alcohol intoxication’ on creative cognition. Source, Decanter.

16/08/2017: The 10 most expensive wines in the world
Fine wine has been one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years, and with some bottles fetching thousands of pounds at auction, buying high-end cases could be the answer to an early retirement. But what should we be looking for? Source, The Telegraph.

16/08/2017: Burgundy's smallest Grand Cru
"The entire Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard produces well under 400 cases a year, split among numerous makers, of which Fontaine-Gagnard is perhaps the largest, with a whopping 100 cases/year, depending on the vintage." Source, Forbes.

16/08/2017: How do winemakers combat heatwaves?
Heatwaves in vineyards – What are the risks? Winemakers need to know how to tackle unexpected heat, as shown by the recent ‘Lucifer’ heatwave hitting southern Europe, and record-breaking high temperatures in Oregon and down the US west coast. Source, Decanter.

15/08/2017: EIT signs agreement with Qi Lu University
Qi Lu University of Technology has selected the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) to teach wine science to its students – both in China and in Hawke’s Bay. EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science is now adopting a teaching role through the university’s Faculty of Bio-Technology. Source, Winetitles.

15/08/2017: Will Labor's water tax cripple farming?
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says her party would apply a royalty on commercial water usage, and use the revenue to clean up New Zealand's rivers, lakes and streams. National MPs, NZ First leader Winston Peters and industry groups say the proposed royalty would badly hurt farmers. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

15/08/2017: Can the local wine shop survive in the Amazon age?
Two years from now, it will have all seemed inevitable. You will want wine, and instead of going to your local brick-and-mortar store, you will log onto your Amazon Prime account, do a quick search, compare prices, glance at ratings, and order. It will be delivered to your doorstep. For free. Source, VinePair.

15/08/2017: Beyond Prosecco
Move over, Prosecco. There’s a new bubble in town. Actually several, since somms and wine geeks are getting increasingly excited about less-familiar sparkling wines from Italy. The two buzziest imports are almost certainly Lambrusco and Franciacorta. Source, The Globe and Mail.

15/08/2017: Are unfiltered wines better?
It’s no secret that those in the wine industry have strong opinions on all things wine, from regions and producers to winemaking practices and philosophies. With more winemakers making unfiltered wines and marketing them as such, what’s the deal? Are unfiltered wines better? Source, VinePair.

15/08/2017: Why expensive wine tastes better
Price labels influence our liking of wine: The same wine tastes better to participants when it is labelled with a higher price tag. Scientists have discovered that the decision-making and motivation centre in the brain plays a pivotal role in such price biases to occur. Source, Science Daily.

15/08/2017: How do winemakers combat heatwaves?
Heatwaves in vineyards – What are the risks? Winemakers need to know how to tackle unexpected heat, as shown by the recent ‘Lucifer’ heatwave hitting southern Europe, and record-breaking high temperatures in Oregon and down the US west coast. Source, Decanter.

15/08/2017: Burgundy's smallest Grand Cru
"The entire Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard produces well under 400 cases a year, split among numerous makers, of which Fontaine-Gagnard is perhaps the largest, with a whopping 100 cases/year, depending on the vintage." Source, Forbes.

15/08/2017: The 10 most expensive wines in the world
Fine wine has been one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years, and with some bottles fetching thousands of pounds at auction, buying high-end cases could be the answer to an early retirement. But what should we be looking for? Source, The Telegraph.

15/08/2017: Wine could solve writers block
For years, writers have claimed that there is a positive link between drinking and creativity. Now, researchers from the University of Graz might have found a scientific proof to back the anecdotal theory that wine can solve writer’s block. A study published in Consciousness & Cognition by Dr Mathias Benedek examined the effects of ‘mild alcohol intoxication’ on creative cognition. Source, Decanter.

15/08/2017: Rimu Grove Chardonnay
"Everyone at our table preferred the Rimu Grove both as a wine and with the food, so it just goes to show Nelson wine producers make wine that can hold its head high with the rest of the world. I asked Meg Matthews, the marketing manager for Wine Nelson why Nelson wine is so good. She told me there are many factors "but the true secret difference for this region is family," writes Neil Hodgson for Stuff.

15/08/2017: New head of wine school for EIT
Up for a new challenge, Sue Ross has taken over as head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science at a time of significant change. In her first week in the role, Sue joined a team of senior managers and educators heading to China to finalise an agreement for EIT to teach a wine science programme at Qilu University of Technology in China. Source, Winetitles.

14/08/2017: Step up for wine regions
Central Otago produces about 60 times more wine than the Waitaki Valley but impending intellectual property rights registration for Otago’s two wine regions has benefits for both, Hamish MacLean reports for Otago Daily Times.

14/08/2017: Treasury boosts wine presence at Auckland airport
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has partnered with Lagardère Travel Retail to launch prominent new product displays for its wine portfolio at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand’s main gateway. Best-selling TWE wines and duty free exclusives from Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Matua will feature in the displays, after the companies signed a seven-year partnership. Source, Moodie Davitt Report.

14/08/2017: Mexico's wine industry fears climate change
Mexico's wine industry produces more than 25 million bottles of wine a year and it is gathering momentum. The Valle de Guadalupe is crammed with small vineyards and has been called the country's Napa Valley. But its winemakers are already worrying about its future because of a warming climate. Source, Al Jazeera.

14/08/2017: Mixing vintages in Switzerland
Valais winemakers can mix their 2017 regional vintages with wines from other cantons. This exceptional economic measure, granted by the cantonal government for one year, follows serious frost damage to the grape harvest. But not everyone is happy. Source, Swiss Info.

14/08/2017: Heatwaves burn Umpqua vineyards
As temperatures rose to over 100 degrees last week, wine grapes began to shrivel on the vine. The Umpqua Valley produces award-winning wine from its 30-plus vineyards across the county, and vineyard owners are glad the heat wave stretching from Portland to Redding at the beginning of August didn’t last for more than a week. Source, The News Review.

14/08/2017: Making wine with hybrid grapes
When it comes to wine, it’s been that black and white for the past hundred years. In short, native American grapes and hybrid American-Euro vines — varieties like Concord, Frontenac, and Vidal Blanc — are just not good enough for wine. Or at least not fine wine. But that could be changing. Source, VinePair.

11/08/2017: Marlborough Sauv rated exceptional
Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs have gone where no other Sauvignon Blanc in the world has gone, gaining 98 points out of 100 in a Decanter Wine Panel Tasting. The wines gained an Exceptional rating, reserved for wines that score between 98 and 100, on the 100-point system. Source, Winetitles.

11/08/2017: 2018 Asian Sommit for NZ
New Zealand Winegrowers has launched the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship, welcoming sommeliers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Singapore to a series of ‘Sommits’. Source, The Drinks Business.

11/08/2017: Drinking wine makes you more creative
A small glass of wine or a pint of beer helps unleash creativity, Austrian scientists have found. “Alcohol is so linked with creativity,” lead author Dr Mathias Benedek said. “Previous research has found almost half of the great writers had a history of drinking. We found that a small drink can indeed help with certain aspects of creativity.” Source, Independent Online.

11/08/2017: Why China’s winemakers don’t need to be perfect
Respect for nature and the craft of viticulture are more important than achieving success at any cost for one Chinese winemaker. She said there's no desire to make the best wine in China, nor does she hope to become a Château Lafite Rothschild on Chinese soil. She only hopes to make pure, authentic Chinese wine. Source, Sixth Tone.

11/08/2017: Top 10 global wine brands
Love them or loathe them, millennials are becoming an increasingly important and influential demographic in the global wine market, which is now worth €29 billion. In the globe’s largest wine consuming country – the US – they now account for 36% of the market and are starting to ditch beer in favour of wine. Source, The Drinks Business.

11/08/2017: Furmint, Hungary's other wine sensation
For most of its existence, Tokaji staked its claim on the best of the best sweet dessert wines of the world. The indigenous Furmint grape is principally responsible for another Hungarian wine that is worth every penny. Source, Forbes.

10/08/2017: Bragato Wine Awards goes single vineyard
A 13 strong judging team is gearing up to review over 500 wines entered in this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. The twist on this year’s Awards is that all wines entered must be single vineyard wines, a first in the competition’s 23 year history. Source, Winetitles.

10/08/2017: First Native American-grown wine debuts
The first Native American-grown wine is about to hit the shelves and it’s made in the Albuquerque area at a unique 30-acre vineyard. “It’s an amazing success — probably one of the best vineyards in New Mexico for the second harvest so I’m very very excited about it,” Gruet Winery winemaker Laurent Gruet said. Source, KRQE News.

10/08/2017: Gisborne winery makes top five
Gisborne's Wrights Reserve Chardonnay has been crowned among the Top Five Chardonnay in New Zealand by Cuisine magazine, a David and Goliath feat. The judges awarded 10 five-stars, 11 4.5-stars and 23 four-stars. The five-star rating defines outstanding quality and Wrights’ Chardonnay was awarded Top Five in New Zealand. Source, The Gisborne Herald.

10/08/2017: Inside the biggest wine hoax in history
How one young tasters mistake upended his entire life, and rattled the industry. “Rudy took the innocence away from what we do,” says Allen Meadows. “I’ll be pissed off at him for that for the rest of my life.” Source, Eater.

10/08/2017: Pineau wine and its history
Pineau is the result of a fortuitous mistake made in the late 16th century, when a winemaker’s apprentice poured grape must (unfermented juice containing the pulp and skin of the grapes) into a barrel that he assumed was empty. It wasn’t. Source, South China Morning Post.

10/08/2017: Excellent harvest for Texas
Texas peaches may have fizzled this year, but not Texas wine grapes. The 2017 grape harvest is going gangbusters. Not that spring wasn't a nail-biter for growers."Everyone was expecting to get hammered," said wine writer Dr. Russell Kane. Source, Dallas News.

9/08/2017: More than just Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir will always rule the roost in New Zealand, at least for the foreseeable future, but new opportunities are emerging for its lesser-known aromatic varieties – the country’s “next discovery” – believes one winemaker. Source, The Drinks Business.

9/08/2017: AFC Group audit attracts scrutiny again
NZAX-listed AFC Group has attracted the attention of the Financial Markets Authority for a second year in a row after its auditor couldn't find enough evidence in the company's accounts to give it a clean bill of health. Its portfolio of businesses includes the Longview Estate vineyard in Northland. Source, National Business Review.

9/08/2017: Lucifer threatens Italy
A searing heat wave forecasters have nicknamed "Lucifer" is bedeviling Italy's grape farmers. The high temperatures, which have hovered near or above 100 degrees across much of Italy for weeks and which have been accompanied by months of drought, has brought forward this year's harvest making it the earliest start to the grape harvest in a a decade. Source, CBS News.

9/08/2017: Californian wine enjoying a golden age
California has entered a “golden age” of wine production, one producer has claimed – with its wines being more readily embraced by the UK market. The value of California wine shipments to the US market hit $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year and a record for the golden state’s winemakers, The Wine Institute revealed in May. Source, The Drinks Business.

9/08/2017: Wine store to change names after US complains
An owner of a wine and spirits store near the gates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday said he is changing the store's name after the government accused him of infringing trademarks belonging to the Army. Source, Reuters.

9/08/2017: Sessionable wine will help boost US sales
Stephanie Gallo, vice president of marketing at E&J Gallo Winery said one of the biggest challenges – as well as the biggest opportunity – in the US market was to continue growing wine sales, but to do so, the focus needed to be not just on selling wine, but on “selling wine in the style, packaging and price points to meet the evolving needs of our consumer”. Source, The Drinks Business.

8/08/2017: Millennials warping traditional wine market
They have made the trendy pink wine the fastest growing wine segment in the country and they are buying it heavily right through winter, destroying the idea it is only an Instagram-friendly summer tipple. Source, Stuff.

8/08/2017: NZ medical authority wants supermarket wine ban
The New Zealand Medical Association said having alcohol in supermarkets normalised the drug, and made buying it cheap and easy – meaning people put a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in their trolley alongside their bread, milk and toilet paper without a second thought. Source, The Guardian.

8/08/2017: Harvest begins in California
The 2017 grape harvest began early Monday morning in the North Coast. This year’s season resembles more of the historical norm as opposed to the early harvests in recent years and should wrap up by early November. Source, The Press Democrat.

8/08/2017: A new Napa-Focused wine website
The San Francisco Chronicle, one of California's oldest and most relied-upon newspapers, uncorked their newest media property today, a new wine-focused website fittingly called The Press. The new site will act as an interactive guide to neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties. Source, Food and Wine.

8/08/2017: Dispute over Canadian wine sales
The U.S. government’s annual report on trade barriers highlights a complaint that would be shared by many Canadian consumers: in many parts of the country, province-run liquor control boards restrict the sale of wine, beer and spirits. Source, The Star.

8/08/2017: Wine compounds could prevent flu infections
A compound found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries can prevent severe flu infections in mice, according to new research published in the journal Science. The research, by the Washington University School of Medicine, also indicates that consuming the plant flavonoids before flu develops will limit its impact. Source, Spectator Health.

7/08/2017: Fraud allegations strengthens Pure Marlborough
A landmark fraud case involving a Waipara wine company is the wake-up call the Marlborough wine industry needs to protect its reputation, a winemaker says. The region is the undisputed powerhouse of New Zealand wine, it makes up two-thirds of the vineyard estate and contributes more than $1 billion toward total exports. Source, Stuff.

7/08/2017: Young winemakers drive change
Lauren Swift, head winemaker at Ash Ridge Winery, near Hastings, says while she has a lot of respect for those who have been in the world of wine for many years, it is necessary to think ahead. "Young winemakers are the future of our wine industry." Source, Stuff.

7/08/2017: Italian harvest begins 10 days early
The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer's heatwave and drought. Producers of bubbly spumante in the Franciacorta area of Lombardy, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Milan in northern Italy, officially launched the 2017 harvest on Friday, 10 days earlier than last year. Source, ABC.

7/08/2017: Rose category booms
The rosé category has reached a valuation of $389 million — and is increasing. Beer is one hundred times that big, but growth has plateaued. “There’s been a decoupling of rosé from the rest of wine; its own alcohol category,” says Rodolphe Boulanger, vice president of beer, wine, and spirits at Fresh Direct. Source, Money Web.

7/08/2017: Record year for English wine
The English wine industry is now worth over £130m a year according to a new study by Funding Options. Turnover for independent producers in England rose 16% from 2015 to 2016, hitting a record £132m in 2016. Source, RTN Newspaper.

7/08/2017: China's wine consumption grows with millennials
With more expensive imported premium products and improved margins, industry profits are predicted to grow at 8pc compound annual growth to 200 billion yuan by 2025. Source, South China Morning Post.

4/08/2017: Alleged wine fraud by Canterbury wine producer
Charges have been laid against Southern Boundary Wines Limited, former directors Andrew Moore and Scott Berry, and winemaker Rebecca Cope, alleging breaches of the Wine Act and the Crimes Act. The allegations include mislabelling of wine from vintages 2012 and 2013, and the falsification of records. Source, Stuff.

4/08/2017: A short history of NZ wine scandals
Canterbury winemaker Southern Boundary Wines and three staff are facing 156 charges around the production and labelling of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir varieties following an extensive investigation by the Ministry of Primary Industries. It is the first time charges have been brought under the Wine Act, but it is far from New Zealand's first wine scandal. Source, Stuff.

4/08/2017: Relying on animals for sustainable winemaking
For many New World producers, sustainable winemaking has started to look like an animal farm, thanks to a wave of critter-driven approaches that are becoming popular in vineyards. “Animals are an essential part of the winemaking. They close the circle,” says Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington. Source, Wine Enthusiast.

4/08/2017: The future of fertilizer
A research team from Aarhus University in Denmark has come up with a way to pinpoint the precise nitrogen needs of individual plants. Their system relies on examining the light reflecting off a plant’s leaves—they used potato plants in the testing phase—in combination with the leaf’s surface area. Source, Modern Farmer.

4/08/2017: Is it time for Pét-Nat to grow up?
Pétillant naturel, or “pét-nat,” experienced a good turn in recent years as the unofficial party wine of the naturalist movement. The wines enjoyed so much popularity, in fact, that they seeped into the mainstream—their crown caps found far and wide. Source, Punch.

4/08/2017: Colares: Vineyards snake through the sand
Colares, Portugal — The vineyards in this small wine region west of Lisbon on the Atlantic coast look like something that slithered up from the sea. Trained low to avoid the biting wind that blows incessantly off the ocean, the vines resemble green serpents snaking along the sand. It’s as if vines from a more conventional region had come to the beach on vacation and had collapsed in a deep slumber. Source, New York Times.

3/08/2017: Saint Clair Family Estate to be distributed by E&J Gallo
Known for producing some of the best Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region, Saint Clair Family Estate is the latest addition to Gallo's premium import portfolio. "Saint Clair Family Estate is well-known around the world and we are excited to introduce this award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to American consumers," said Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. Source, PR Newswire.

3/08/2017: Brothers bring shared passion to New World Wine Awards
Ben and Jack Glover share a love of wine, and a judging gig at one of the most prestigious wine shows in the country. The brothers grew up on a dairy farm in Marlborough, but each went on to forge their own distinct paths in the wine industry after the farm was converted to grapes. From time to time they sit on the same judging panel at wine shows, as was the case this week when Ben and Jack joined the panel at the New World Wine Awards. Source, Stuff.

3/08/2017: Fake Châteauneuf-du-Pape scandal
One of France's largest bulk wine companies has found itself at the centre of a storm over the alleged false labelling of large amounts of cheap table wine as being from well-known Rhône appellations, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Source, Decanter.

3/08/2017: Londoners look to Hungarian wines
When we think of fine wines from the continent, mostly we think of French burgundys, Italian rossos and Spanish tempranillos. But one unexpected land-locked Eastern European heartland is emerging as a strong contender in the London wine scene: Hungary. “Thanks to the climate, soil and grape varieties, you get the same brilliant quality of wine in Hungary as in France or Italy,” says Niki Koltai, director of Hungarian Wine House. Source, The Evening Standard.

3/08/2017: Spain seeks more cohesive industry structure
As guest of honour at this year’s Vinexpo show in Bordeaux, Spain is ramping up its international profile. Vitisphere spoke to the general director of the Spanish Wine Federation, José Luis Benítez, about the industry’s plans for the future.Source, Vitisphere.

3/08/2017: Berger on wine: Oak trends
In the 1980s, the flavour of oak was seen as essential to a fine red wine and also defined great Chardonnay. Actually, it wasn’t the oak aromas as much as the char inside the barrel that was lending wines their added aromatics and tastes. However, the use of barrels goes back hundreds of years and they weren’t employed for the flavors they imparted, but for the maturity that wine gets in older, neutral barrels. Source, The Press Democrat.

2/08/2017: Marlborough research centre decision looms
Plans for a multi-million dollar research centre for the Marlborough region could be a game-changer for the local economy - the next step is to find the right location for the facility. New Zealand Winegrowers is mulling over three options for the Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology, which was given the green light by Government last year.

2/08/2017: The importance of being a locavore
The importance of being a locavore – one who eats locally sourced food – has gathered momentum in recent times. Given far less emphasis is the liquid equivalent: being a locabiber. In Europe, there's a great tradition of locabibing. There are wine regions all over the continent whose output is almost entirely mopped up by locals. In New Zealand, as in most other new world wine countries, it doesn't work that way.

2/08/2017: What’s holding Thailand’s wine back?
Currently plying her trade at Chateau de Cabidos in southwest France, Méo Sakorn-Sériés explains how Thailand offers her a greater opportunity to teach others about winemaking.

2/08/2017: What's left in the vineyard matters
Growing and harvesting more grapes means better wine, right? While no one would fault someone for having this belief, since the idea of more grapes seems it would mean there was a healthy and fertile growing season, which in turn should mean the grapes are delicious and therefore will make delicious wine, this is not quite true.

2/08/2017: Georgia: The cradle of winemaking
France's Cite de Vin museum will toast Georgia's 9000-year history as the global birthplace of wine-making in a new exhibition from Monday. The wine history museum in the southwestern city of Bordeaux - dubbed ‘adult Disneyland’ when it opened last year - will showcase 125 objects from the Black Sea nation dating back as far as the Neolithic era.

2/08/2017: Georgia grapes contribute to US growth
Georgia’s growing wine industry currently has an annual impact of more than $7 million on Georgia’s economy, but new growers, or those curious about wine production, may have difficulty knowing whether the vineyard business makes sense for them. This month, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Viticulture Team will hold a conference for new and aspiring wine grape growers.

1/08/2017: UPS to ship wine around the world
UPS is expanding its ability to ship alcohol, wine and beer to consumers around the world. Using one of the UPS Express™ or Standard shipping services, wine connoisseurs can have their favourite cases of wine shipped directly from the vineyards to their home. Source, Winetitles.

1/08/2017: TWE stocks priced to sell
Goldman Sachs has cut Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE.AU) to sell from neutral on concerns shares in the wine maker and exporter have priced in unrealistic volume growth. Goldman Sachs says the shares in the number one importer of wine into China may have got ahead of itself. Source, Barrons.

1/08/2017: China's wine import growth is slowing
China has seen a slowdown in wine imports in the first half of 2017, and there are signs of higher demand for French and Australian wines at lower prices, show newly released Chinese customs figures. Fluctuating trends suggests there is a lag between imports and retail sales in the Chinese market, said trade professionals. Source, Decanter China.

1/08/2017: SIMEI. Seminars and Workshops
Innovation and sustainability: these are the key themes of the extensive programme of events to be held during the 27th edition of SIMEI. The event is due to take place from 11 to 15 September in Munich, Germany. Source, Winetitles.

1/08/2017: More women judging than ever before
More women than ever are involved in tasting the best wine in the country at this year's New World Wine Awards, with five female judges among the 16-strong panel. Australia's first female master of wine and senior winemaker at Helen & Joey Estate, Meg Brodtmann says it's great to see more women involved. Source, Stuff.

1/08/2017: How to choose the right wine
Always read the label, ask for help and consider any missteps an adventure - those are two of New Zealand's top wine tasters' tips for choosing a good bottle. In a sea of stacked supermarket shelves it could be difficult for consumers to know which tipple to take home. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

1/08/2017: Argentine producers pushed to premiumise
During an interview with the drinks business at Vinexpo Bordeaux last month, Keen, who is marketing manager for the major Argentine wine brand, said that an extremely small harvest in 2016 is speeding up Trapiche’s aim to sell wine at higher prices, particularly in the UK and USA. Source, The Drinks Business.

31/07/2017: NZ's first urban winery
The Urban Winery by winemaker Tony Bish is projected to open in September. The venue is being developed in the Art Deco-inspired old National Tobacco Company building in Ahuriri. Once licensing comes through, Bish hopes to offer food, live music and lounge/tasting areas. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

31/07/2017: Decanter NZ Sauv Blanc panel tasting
If you enjoy diversity it’s worth trying the lusher wines of Hawke’s Bay and the Wairarapa, and the sleeker, tangier wines from Nelson, Waipara and Central Otago. Anyone claiming New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is boring simply needs to taste a wider range of wines. Source, Decanter China.

31/07/2017: Study finds wine reduces diabetes risk
Consuming alcohol three or four days a week was associated with a reduced risk of developing diabetes – a 27% reduction in men and a 32% reduction in women – compared with abstaining, scientists found. Wine was considered particularly beneficial, probably because it has chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance, researchers in Denmark found. Source, The Guardian.

31/07/2017: Does a cork pop make wine seem better?
‘The Grand Cork Experiment’ was launched last night in London to find out whether the pop of a cork really does affect our perception of wine quality. A space in London's Soho was transformed into a laboratory to test whether the pop of a cork had a more positive impact on the wine tasting experience than the click of a screwcap. Source, The Drinks Business.

31/07/2017: Gundlach sues Cali wine merchant over Bordeaux
Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's best-known bond investors, has sued a California wine merchant he said sold him several dozen bottles of fake wine, including Bordeaux that experts consider among the greatest wines ever made. Source, Reuters.

31/07/2017: French museum acknowledges Georgian wine
France's Cite de Vin museum will toast Georgia's 9,000-year history as the global birthplace of wine-making in a new exhibition from Monday. The wine history museum in the southwestern city of Bordeaux - dubbed "adult Disneyland" when it opened last year - will showcase 125 objects from the Black Sea nation dating back as far as the Neolithic era. Source, The Local.

31/07/2017: Barbara Blanke wins WS service award
Barbara Banke, who helped her late husband Jess Jackson build a wine empire on the success of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and has led it to new heights since his passing, is the recipient of Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award for 2017. Source, Wine Spectator.

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