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20/02/2018: Wine Masterclass with 2017 ASVO Australian Winemaker of the Year
As part of the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Festival, 2017 ASVO Australian Winemaker of the Year, Mike Hayes, is holding eight masterclass opportunities from Feb 24 to March 4. It’s an opportunity for wine lovers to learn about some of the world’s rarest wine varieties and be guided through the origins, aromas and flavours of the most exotic wine styles in the world.

Australian Wine Industry News

23/02/2018: Automatic grape harvesting with 3D technology
With EasyPilot, the manufacturer of multi-equipment carriers and harvesters, Grégoire, has created a sensor-assisted automatic line guidance system that boasts a precision of 3 cm without needing a GPS position signal. No other beverage holds so many secrets and divides so many opinions as wine. Source, Foodmag.com.au

23/02/2018: Australian Vignerons CEO steps down
Australian Vignerons announced today that its CEO Andrew Weeks has resigned to pursue a new opportunity in the wine industry. Australian Vignerons thanks Andrew for his commitment to the national peak body working on behalf of growers and makers of wine and wishes him all the best in his new appointment. Source, Winetitles

23/02/2018: ASVO Wine Show Judge register
As the 2018 Wine show calendar starts to roll into action and show Chairs form their judging panels, it’s time to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity to be selected. If you are not currently on the judge register you should create your online profile today and if you already are, it is important to ensure that your profile is up to date. Source, Winetitles

23/02/2018: Water? In your wine?
Like in winemaking, we’ve long made it illegal to add water. This law was regularly, perhaps habitually broken by cheats attempting to increase the volume of their product cheaply and by those more responsible makers who wanted their wine to be a more elegant, less gloopy, more drinkable affair. Source, InDaily

23/02/2018: #V18 Biosecurity tips
#V18 Tip#2: Looking to upgrade your biosecurity signage? Vinehealth Australia has multi-lingual tourist-facing signage options for you to consider. Check out our website or call us on 08 8273 0550 for suggestions. #Vinehealth http://vinehealth.com.au/tourism/operators/posters-signs/ http://vinehealth.com.au/industry/resources/farm-gate-hygiene/vineyard-signage/

22/02/2018: Tas wine grape harvests go-ahead in fruit fly control zones
Protocols have been put in place to ensure vineyards in the North and North-West fruit fly control zone can still harvest their grapes and make wine. On Tuesday, the control area was extended to the East across the Tamar River, affecting some of the Tamar Valley Wine Route. It followed an initial control zone in the Devonport area, which was also expanded last week. Source, The Advocate

22/02/2018: How QLD wineries turned around a tough season
South Burnett wineries have found new and innovative ways of producing wine after less than ideal weather conditions this harvest season. Determined not to let the unpredictable storms and intense heat ruin his winery's prospects, Simon Berry from Kingsley Grove Estate picked his grapes earlier than originally planned. Source, South Burnett Times

22/02/2018: Wine: McGuigan's star Chardonnay
17 years ago James Evers honed his winemaking skills on his parents’ charming little Camyr Allyn vineyard at East Gresford and this month a wine he made for the McGuigan brand has been judged the 2017 Australian wine of the year and chardonnay of the year. Source, Newcastle Herald

20/02/2018: $400m-plus debt deals for Accolade Wines
Financial sponsors bankers know Accolade Wines well; it is one of the oldest assets in CHAMP's stable, was an initial public offering candidate this time last year and has been through a few refinancings. So they have been understandably quick to pull together preliminary debt packages. Source, Australian Financial Review

20/02/2018: Investing in Aussie wines
For the first time in over 300 years, wine is getting an update. Here's how the CSIRO are future-proofing our industry and making wine even more delicious (if that's even possible?). For over 300 years, grapevines have remained pretty much the same. Source, Phys.Org

20/02/2018: $10 million expansion for SA's Salena Estate Wines
Salena Estate Wines, a medium-sized family winery located in Loxton in the Riverland, is currently in the process of undergoing a $10 million upgrade and expansion to their warehouse and cellar door. The expanded warehousing facilities will include 3,000sqm of undercover additional storage and a new workspace for the maintenance department. Source, Winetitles

20/02/2018: Orora sees growth through wine exports to China
One of the country's largest packaging companies is facing a soaring demand for wine bottles, and could soon be manufacturing a billion glass bottles a year, amid a surge in Australian wine exports to China. The ASX-listed Orora Group on Wednesday revealed its Australasia business had delivered an 11 per cent rise in earnings to $121 million in the six months to December, partly attributed to large growth in bottled wine exports. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald

20/02/2018: 2018 Barossa Winemaker and Viticulturist of the year
The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa has named Richard Langford the 2018 Barossa Winemaker of the Year and Daniel Falkenberg the 2018 Barossa Viticulturist of the Year at the annual Declaration of Vintage. Source, Winetitles

19/02/2018: TWE takes copycat wine producer to court
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it has filed legal proceedings against ‘copycat operator’ Rush Rich in the Federal Court of Australia for trade mark infringements that exploit TWE’s iconic Penfolds brand. This includes the unauthorised use of TWE’s BEN FU trade mark (the Chinese transliteration for Penfolds). Source, Winetitles

19/02/2018: Mild season in WA prompts early picking
Binduli Wines owner Geoff Paynter is preparing for an earlier harvest than usual when grape picking begins on his property tomorrow. Mr Paynter, who has been operating the small vineyard in West Lamington since 2004, said because of a relatively mild summer, picking would begin this weekend. Source, The West Australian

19/02/2018: Seppeltsfield drives efficiency in fungicide programs
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Manager, Kingsley Fuller, is responsible for the company’s 1300ha Barossa vineyards, which is 70% Shiraz, with the remaining vines made up of varieties such as Cabernet, Grenache, Riesling, Mataro, Palomino, Touriga and Nero d’Avola. Kingsley has been managing the drip-irrigated vineyard for eight years and is proactive when it comes to controlling pests and diseases. Source, Winetitles

19/02/2018: Success in wine and spirit education courses
At the end of last year, the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (HVWTA) facilitated courses in Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Levels 1 and 2. The results were tremendous, with 22 Level 1 and 19 Level 2 participants successfully graduating. Source, Cessnock Advertiser

19/02/2018: China’s growing taste for Aust wines
Wine is seen as a prestige product in China, and Australia sells ‘a few vineyards a month’ to Chinese buyers — but can the buying spree last? Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more. So he asked to buy the entire vintage. Source, Business Day

12/02/2018: New members for Wine Communicators of Australia
In a positive start to the year, Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has announced the appointment of new National Board members Simon Clark and Marni Ladd. Bringing to the table a plethora of experience and skill, WCA Chairman Angus Barnes echoed the sentiments of other board members. Source, Winetitles

12/02/2018: Yeast research discovers some sensitivities
The Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) commitment to better understanding the nature and behaviour of the wide range of yeasts available to winemakers is bearing fruit both scientifically and practically. Source, Wine Australia

12/02/2018: Hunter Valley campaign reaches $300,000
The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance (a cooperative between the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and Cessnock and Singleton Councils) is very pleased to announce that the target of $300,000 in pledges from our councils, wine, tourism, local chambers and businesses has been reached and an expression of interest to Destination NSW has now been submitted. Source, The Cessnock Advertiser

12/02/2018: Upping the ante against stink bug bandits
Australia is upping the ante against one of our most significant pests, the stink bug, after a spike in detections on cargo from the USA and Italy. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the Coalition Government had increased inspections and treatment at the border to protect Australian horticulture growers from the pesky intruder. Source, Winetitles

12/02/2018: Chris Hemsworth gets a taste of winemaking
The 2018 vintage at Jacob’s Creek got the VIP treatment, as acclaimed actor Chris Hemsworth joined the team to get an insider’s view on creating one of the world’s most unique wines, Double Barrel. During his first visit to the Barossa, South Australia, Hemsworth spent a few days getting to know the Jacob’s Creek winemaking team and the celebrated wine region that’s home to the winery. Source, Winetitles

9/02/2018: Release of 2,4-D damaged Riverland vines
The vines across Loxton North all had a good sniff on that December morning and several weeks later the evidence was there for all to see. The harm had been done. Young vines are particularly susceptible. In some cases the vines will grow out of it but it takes time and causes lots of unnecessary re-working and loss of crops. Source, Riverland Wine

9/02/2018: The Big Chair: Pinot Noir from a veteran winemaker
It's a Pinot Noir that Garry made in 2016, just two barrels, foot-stomped and basket-pressed by the 74-year-old himself. It's full of sentimental value, a return to first principles after more than three decades of making wine. Source, Australian Financial Review

9/02/2018: Save time and your vines with the Wine Baa
While watching a tractor pass up and down the interrows of a McLaren Vale vineyard, David Robertshaw had an idea. 10 prototypes later and Robertshaw is just about to release his new product – the Wine Baa. The Wine Baa is a lightweight plastic snout guard that stops sheep from being able to reach up and access hanging grape leaves or bunches. Source, Winetitles

9/02/2018: Wine a 'liquid asset' for investors
This advice comes from the head of Langton’s Fine Wine Auctions, Tamara Grischy. According to Ms Grischy, the first step in accessing this alternate asset class is the same as any other investment decision; do your research. Source, Nestegg.com.au

8/02/2018: Call for entries: Decanter WWA 2018 comp
Decanter, one of the most well-respected publications in the wine world, extends a special invitation to Australian wineries to enter their global wine competition. Now in its 15th edition, The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition judged by top wine experts from around the world. Source, Winetitles

8/02/2018: $11.1 million to support Australian vineyards
Wine Australia and PIRSA’s South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) have signed a five year $11.1 million co-investment agreement. Through a dedicated research and development program in disease management, vineyard resilience and clonal performance, the agreement will support the profitability of the Australian grape and wine sector. Source, Winetitles

8/02/2018: Calabria Family Wines appoints chief winemaker
Calabria Family Wines has announced the appointment of Emma Norbiato to the role of Chief Winemaker. Calabria Family Wines was established in 1945 and has grown to be one of Australia’s top producing family winemakers under the leadership of director and winemaker, Bill Calabria. Source, Winetitles

8/02/2018: WA wineries test themselves in wine show
Organisers of Manjimup Rotary Club’s Timber Towns Wine Show are pleased more wineries are entering this year. The show will feature 121 entries from 25 wineries including new local wineries 10 Chains and Chateau June-Jerome. Source, The West Australian

8/02/2018: Pesticides inquiry announced
The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources has begun an inquiry into regulatory reforms undertaken by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This inquiry was initiated following the release of the Auditor-General’s Report no. 56 (2016-17), Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Regulatory Reform. Source, Winetitles

7/02/2018: #V18 Biosecurity tips
#V18 Tip#1: Are you aware of who’s coming onto your property and potentially spreading pests and diseases? This is a great time to upgrade your sign-in procedure for all visitors to your site. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au http://vinehealth.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Visitor-Sign-In-Book.docx

7/02/2018: Australia's oldest winery back in business
It has been a lonely three years for Australia’s oldest winery, Dalwood Estate. Formerly known as Wyndham Estate, it shut down in 2014 when owner Pernod Ricard restructured his winemaking business for “commercial reasons”. A strong Australian dollar was making life difficult for winemakers across the country. Source, Newcastle Herald

7/02/2018: Urban Winery Project explores winemaking
Grapes, fermenters, barrels and basket pressers will travel from Vinteloper in Adelaide to Sydney, where event-goers can get into the grape-to-glass winemaking experience on one of two nights this month. “Making wine definitely takes time and in that time there are critical control points,” Bowley said. Source, Broadsheet Sydney

7/02/2018: Wine Review: Seppeltsfield Grenache
Bursting with fruit this 2017 vintage of Grenache from the hallowed Seppeltsfield is as good as its label would have you think, writes Dave Brookes. Seppeltsfield is ace. If you haven’t visited their mothership in the western Barossa, just do it. Source, The Adelaide Review

7/02/2018: Researches call for wine-tasters in study
The University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute is calling for volunteers to taste-test a new style of wine as part of consumer behaviour research. Researchers of the independent study can’t say which tipple volunteers will be trying, only that it is a popular variety with a fresh production process. Source, Newcastle Herald

6/02/2018: Grape expectations for Gold Coast wines
Wine lovers don't need to travel to Europe to experience boutique varieties like Tempranillo or Verdelho, better known for coming from vineyards in Spain and Portugal. Nestled in the hinterland of Queensland's Gold Coast, a number of award-winning vineyards are producing these wines too. Source, Daily Mail

6/02/2018: New campaign for Australian wine tourism
The unique campaign, backed by $1.5 million from the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package), was officially unveiled with a new ad broadcast to a TV audience of more than 100 million people during the ‘Super Bowl’. Source, Winetitles

6/02/2018: Vinehealth Australia launches vine awareness campaign
“Tourists could walk through a phylloxera-infested vineyard in Australia or overseas, and unknowingly, pick up the tiny insect on their shoes or clothing, then be in a phylloxera-free vineyard later that day or weeks later and spread phylloxera there,” said Inca Pearce, CEO of Vinehealth Australia. Source, The Shout

6/02/2018: Treasury Wine Estates market insight
Macquarie analysts went as far as to call the likelihood of such a deal "high and accretive". Credit Suisse analysts told investors to expect something at a higher multiple "in pursuit of a growth brand with grape supply" and a target with grape supply. Source, Australian Financial Review

5/02/2018: Rabobank Wine Quarterly: sourcing strategies
The report says while “2017 was an unusual one for the wine industry, forcing all players to rethink their short-term strategies” – changing consumer behaviour, global shifts in demand volumes and changing trading frameworks, could represent long-term structural changes. Source, Winetitles

5/02/2018: An early Hunter Valley harvest
Months of dry weather meant the grapes were ready to come off the vines several weeks earlier than usual. This year’s harvest started on January 8 – one of the earliest Mr Byrne has seen in his 20 years in the industry. Source, The Maitland Mercury

5/02/2018: Reducing pesticide use with... insects?
Vineyards have traditionally been managed as a monoculture relying on ever-growing inputs of fertiliser and pesticides to remedy decline in productivity, but times are changing. We are seeing increasing biodiversity in the vineyard with cover crops, shelterbelts, birds, insects and soil organisms being encouraged, and Insectarium as the new buzzword. Source, Newcastle Herald

5/02/2018: Sheer incoherence on wine tax
Today's tax system combines two elements: the first is an excise (and excise-equivalent) duty which taxes beers and spirits produced or imported in Australia based on volume and alcohol content; the second is an ad-valorem or value-based tax applied to domestic and imported wine. Source, Australian Financial Review

International Wine Industry News

23/02/2018: NZ’s Matua Wines introduces new label technology
Matua, the first producer of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, is using innovative thermographic label technology to bring the symbol of Matua’s story to life when a wine is chilled at its optimal drinking temperature. Source, Winetitles

23/02/2018: Stink bug invasion could cost NZ billions
An invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug - the pest discovered recently in three Japanese car shipments - would devastate New Zealand's fruit, vegetable and wine industries, destroying more than $4 billion of export value and costing thousands of jobs, according to a new report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER). Source, Radio NZ

23/02/2018: ‘Sweet wine is going out of fashion in France’
Younger generations are turning away from sweet wine and consuming more dry white wine in France, according to Domaine Cauhapé. The wine estate owned by Henri Ramonteu in Monein, France, is known for mainly producing sweet wine but in the last couple of years it has started to produce a lot more dry white wine. Source, Beverage Daily.com

23/02/2018: Wajiu: Leading the way in the Chinese wine market
Since it was founded in Beijing in 2014, Wajiu has expanded across China to major cities including Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chengdu, and is now importing bottles from over 500 wineries in 20 different countries. How has Wajiu achieved this success? Source, Decanter

23/02/2018: UK wine and the Japanese market
English sparkling wine has been one of the great recent successes in UK food and drink. Several vintages and wineries have achieved multiple accolades and opened up new export markets, including in Japan. But following behind in terms of recognition are the country’s array of still wines, many of which make use of German grape varieties, such as Bacchus and Ortega, that have been largely ignored by the global wine industry. Source, Japan Today

23/02/2018: The pros and cons of different wine stoppers
Corks, screw caps, synthetics, glass tops — there are all sorts of ways to seal a bottle of wine (or whiskey). “Closures” or “stoppers” have come a long way in the past 20 years, but some people still think a screw cap or a rubber “cork” signals a low-quality wine. It doesn’t. Source, The Manual

23/02/2018: A structural shift for South African wine
According to the Vinpro Production Plan Survey - a financial benchmark among 495 farming units on the season leading up to the 2017 harvest - a structural shift is on the cards for South African wine grape producers who continue to face financial pressure due to the drought and economic challenges. Source, Biz Community

22/02/2018: White Burgundian sales spike 'unusual for Asia'
White Burgundian wine exports to Hong Kong experienced a marked rise in volumes in the first 11 months of 2017, according to the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), a trend which it described as “unusual in Asia” where red wines normally dominate. Source, Vinex Market IQ

22/02/2018: German winemakers reveal how they express terroir
When Johannes Hasselbach took over running the esteemed Gunderloch winery in Rheinhessen from his parents Fritz and Agnes a few years ago, he was fully aware of the reputation of the Riesling vines the family owned in some of the German winemaking region's most prized vineyards. Source, Australian Financial Review

22/02/2018: A bad year for bulk wine
Last year was unkind to wine producers across the globe. Bordeaux, one of France’s best known regions, was ravaged by frost. California’s wine country endured soaring temperatures and forest fires. Italy’s prossecco region was hit by a heat wave, frost and hail. Spanish viticulturists also experience brutal weather extremes. Source The Financial Times Ltd

22/02/2018: Sonoma grapegrowers battle frost
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost. Source, The Press Democrat

20/02/2018: Why volcanic wine is becoming a hot topic
“Volcanic soils nurture the world’s most prized coffee shrubs and intensely flavored vegetables, and, to get to the point, wine grapes,” Szabo kicks off his book with, adding, “…I’d like to share my belief that volcanic wines represent a worthy collection of highly distinctive, individual expressions—stubborn holdouts in a world of merging flavors.” Source, Forbes

20/02/2018: 20 year strong US wine boom tailing off
While the US has experienced a boom in wine sales over the past two decades, that growth is now levelling off, according to the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) 2018 State of the Wine Industry Report, with retiring baby boomers and “frugal” millennials driving a “rotation” of consumer preferences. Source, The Drinks Business

20/02/2018: UK consumption trends lead with Prosecco
The UK is bucking the trend towards lower alcohol consumption, according to Vinexpo in its report on the wine and spirits market. Sparkling wine has enjoyed soaring sales in the UK over the past ten years, up from 8.7 million 9 litre cases in 2011 (1.6 litres per head) to 14.1 million cases by 2-16 (2.6 litres a head). Source, VINEX Market IQ

20/02/2018: Wine Portfolio: 522ha of vineyards for sale
More than 250 hectares of Hawke's Bay vineyards, responsible for some of the region's award-winning wines, are up for sale. The Wine Portfolio sales and marketing director Fiona MacDiarmid confirmed to Hawke's Bay Today that the company had put four Hawke's Bay vineyards up for sale. Source, NZ Herald

20/02/2018: Female winemakers in 'The Napa Valley of China'
Leading the generation is pioneering winemaker 'Crazy Fang', whose top Chinese reds have just landed in Australia, just in time for Lunar New Year. Her real name is Wang Fang, but in the wine world, she’s known as “Crazy Fang” for her innovative winemaking. Source, SBS

20/02/2018: MPI targets vehicles and machinery from Japan
The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries has introduced new measures to reduce the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs arriving in vehicles and machinery from Japan. The changes will require all used vehicles (cars and trucks) to undergo inspection and cleaning at an MPI-approved facility in Japan prior to export. Source, Winetitles

19/02/2018: Waimea's Gewurztraminer wins Blue Gold award
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst wine shows in the fact that wines are judged twice – once in a formal traditional judging atmosphere, and only those reaching Gold Medal status are then judged with a dish created by the competition’s in-house chef. Source, Winetitles

19/02/2018: NZ grapes are coming in early
It's time to raise your glasses — 2018 is the earliest wine harvest in Central Otago’s modern history. Cromwell’s Quartz Reef Wines started picking grapes for its sparkling wine varieties from its vines in Bendigo yesterday, the earliest harvest in the region since modern harvests began in 1987. Source, Otago Daily Times

19/02/2018: New vine varieties and care
he French wine industry has announced the creation of four new vine varieties. The National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) has made Floreal, Voltis, Artaban, and Vidoc vines which are resistant to major disease. The development of these unique varieties required eighteen years of research. Source, French Tribune

19/02/2018: Will Chile be UK's second biggest wine importer?
Chile will have leapfrogged France, Italy, spain and the US to become the UK’s second biggest importer after Australia by 2021, according to Vinexpo and the IWSR. In 2016 the top five producing countries supplying the UK in volume terms were, in order, Australia, the US, France, Italy and Spain, with Chile bringing up the sixth position. Source, VINEX Market IQ

19/02/2018: South Korea's 2017 wine imports data
South Korea's wine imports increased at the fastest pace in four years in 2017 on the back of strong demand for white and sparkling wines and mini wines targeting a rising number of single-person households, government data showed Saturday. Source, The Korea Herald

19/02/2018: California wine country bounces back
Since the autumnal fires, Sonoma and Napa counties have been in deep recovery mode while the grapevines have been sound asleep. But come spring, the region will shift from restoration to renewal. The plants will bud, the winemakers will pour and the visitors will raise their glasses to California Wine Country, which needs a drink now more than ever. Source, The Washington Post

12/02/2018: Bordeaux's lost vintage hits small growers
Surveying a nearly empty cellar, Frederic Nivelle of Bordeaux's prestigious Chateau Climens, reflects on what might have been an outstanding year for the sweet white Sauternes wine. "We have nine batches which are satisfactory but not enough to produce a Climens," Nivelle says of the 2017 harvest. Source, 7 News,

12/02/2018: A view of NZ's 'Villa Maria family'
Helen Morrison always had an awareness of the wine industry - hardly surprising, given her Nelson upbringing and the vineyards that predominated in the region. But it took years of living and working overseas, and a completely different original career path, before Helen realised her true calling back in her old homeland. Source, NZ Herald

12/02/2018: South Africa's bulk wine trade and premiumisation
“The exponential increase in South African bulk wine exports continues to threaten our emerging green shoots of premiumisation,” said Mike Ratcliffe, the managing director of family owned winery Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Source, VINEX Market IQ

12/02/2018: Old World wine versus New World wine
At some basic level all wine-making is a collaboration between nature and man. You couldn’t make wine without grapes and all fruit is a product of nature. But equally, a bunch of grapes is not the same as a bottle of wine. Source, The Navhind Times

12/02/2018: 12 NZ bottles beyond a Sauvignon Blanc
Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a powerful thing. The grape occupies two-thirds of the country’s vineyards, accounting for a whopping 86 percent of its wine exports. And as a New Zealand national, no wine has ever invoked the feeling of home for me quite like a grassy, herbaceous glass. Source, Vinepair

12/02/2018: California's 2017 wine crush
California’s 2017 wine grape crush totaled slightly more than 4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from the 2016 total, according to a preliminary report released Friday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Source, The Sacramento Bee

9/02/2018: Where are all the Kiwi wines?
New Zealand makes some of most consistent wines around, and not just that ubiquitous Sauvignon. So why are they so thin on the ground right now? Their absence is odd, though, because the country consistently produces some of the most reliable wines around, with great Pinots and excellent, aromatic whites joining that ubiquitous Sauvignon. Source, The Guardian

9/02/2018: Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is officially open for 2018 entries via www.champagnesparklingwwc.com and back with a brand new website. The CSWWC is the first and only terroir-driven competition judged exclusively by internationally renowned experts, who taste each and every wine submitted to guarantee an unprecedented level of consistency and accuracy of judging. Source, Winetitles

9/02/2018: Austria escapes frosts to produce bumper harvest
Austria has bucked the trend prevalent throughout much of Europe and is predicted to see a hefty 36% increase in its yields on 2016, which weighs in at 23% above the five year average. Willi Klinger, managing director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), said that the 2016 vintage had been severely hit by early frosts, but that 2017 had escaped a similar fate by only 1°C. Source, VINEX Market IQ

9/02/2018: Taiwan authorities bust fake Argentine wine
A Taiwan-based wine company has been busted by local authorities for mixing grape juice, alcohol and spices to produce fake Argentine wines which were selling for as much as NT$ 1,800 (US$61) a bottle. During the police operation, another 18,000 bottles of finished wine were also uncovered. Source, The Drinks Business

9/02/2018: US vineyard owners to buy Central Otago vineyard
The OIO said the investment would generate export receipts and employment, and enhance the Sauvage's other investments by providing them with an additional secure supply of quality grapes for its premium wine manufacturing. Source, Stuff

9/02/2018: B.C and Alberta dispute hurting wine industry
It’s grapevine versus pipeline as the B.C. wine industry faces significant economic losses following a ban on the export of wine to Alberta. The ban was put in place this week by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley who said her government would stop the import of B.C. wine. Source, New Westminster Record

9/02/2018: Five tips for tying grapevines
Vine tying may seem simple, but growers often make avoidable mistakes that ultimately may mean wasted time and decreased productivity, according to Michigan State University viticulture extension educator Thomas Todaro. He offered the following advice for tying vines on a vertical shoot position (VSP) training system. Source, Good Fruit Grower

8/02/2018: China's Yantai wine gets trademark recognition
According to a report by Chinese state news portal People.cn, the new trademark will cover 12 districts within Yantai including Laishan, Fushan, Muping, New Development district, Longkou, Xixia, Haiyang, Zhaoyuan, Laizhou, Laiyang, Zifu and Penglai, where Domaine Baron de Rothschild’s Domaine de Penglai is based. Source, The Drinks Business

8/02/2018: What warm temperatures mean for US Wine
If the warm temperatures continue, the wine industry here in the Willamette Valley could be affected, according to a King Estate Winery Viticulturist. Right now, the winery is preparing its methods for a successful growing season, continuing their yearly pruning. Source, KVAL Eugene Oregon

8/02/2018: Using palissage to slow vigorous vines
Wine grape vineyards need canopy control to produce high quality fruit, but the hedging technique commonly used in cool growing regions is a Band-Aid, not a solution. Hedging just spurs more shoot growth, which leads to more hedging, and spurs unwanted lateral growth, said Cornell University viticulture professor Justine Vanden Heuvel. Source, Good Fruit Grower

8/02/2018: South Africa’s signature varietals
The vineyards of the Western Cape are amongst the planet’s most beautiful. It has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting wine countries, with premium Chenin Blanc, amongst other grape varietals, showing the potential for South Africa to make wines as beautiful as the scenery. Source, The Chronicle Herald

8/02/2018: NZ winemaker rises to the top
In the last six months, Daniels has become a New Zealand resident, purchased a house on the same day she came second in the Tonnellerie de Mercurey South Island Young Winemaker of the Year, and a month later she took out the national title. Source, New Zealand Winegrower

8/02/2018: NZ's John Barker nominated to head 'UN of wine'
John Barker is the first person outside of Europe to be nominated for the role of director general of Paris-based organisation International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which represents about 85 per cent of the world's wine production. Source, Stuff

7/02/2018: Not all in wine is black and white
The vast majority of grapes - whether they be white, red or anything in between - have white flesh. The colour that you see in red wines comes from pigments called anthocyanins that are found in the skins of red grapes. Source, Otago Daily Times

7/02/2018: 2017 China wine imports
China’s wine imports rose further in 2017, with Australian, Chilean and Georgian wines showing significant growth. Meanwhile, Higher average prices for bulk and sparkling wines suggest the market’s increased demand for quality. Source, Decanter China

7/02/2018: Why produce organic wine?
For a growing number of wine producers, organic is not just an expanding market to tap into: it’s a fundamental philosophy of their business and a necessity for the longevity of their enterprise and land. Source, Beverage Daily.com

7/02/2018: Georgian Qvevri-made wine showcased in France
The exhibitions, supported by the Georgian National Wine Agency, offer wine professionals, media and business representatives the chance to taste several traditionally-made Georgian wines and learn more about Georgian wine culture. Source, Agenda.ge

7/02/2018: An academic explanation of terroir
In a paper sponsored by the American Association of Wine Economists titled, “Trade and Terroir: the Political Economy of the World’s First Geographical Indications,” Meloni and Swinnen make an effort to show that rather than being indescribable or inexpressible beyond words, terroir may be a reflection of trade and politics. Source, Forbes

7/02/2018: Drought forces Cape wine industry to 'rightsize'
Indeed, the majority of areas in the Western Cape have seen their water rights cut in half, forcing producers in the north of the region to select which vineyards to save. (Cooler valleys like Elgin or Constantia have been less severely affected). Source, The Drinks Business

7/02/2018: Wine words and terminology
Words are important in recommending and selling wine. When faced with hundreds of bottles of unknown brands, consumers first choose based on varietal, then on location, and the final confirmation before purchase will be confirming that the words on the back of the label go down easily, because that’s what they expect the wine will do. Source, New Zealand winegrower

6/02/2018: What is ullage in wine and should you worry?
The ullage, or headspace, is one of the key things that wine buyers should look for, particularly in more mature vintages. Buyers for auction houses, for example, will pay close attention to ullage as part of their assessment of the wine’s health. Source, Decanter

6/02/2018: Changes ahead for NZ wine
Ms Castroviejo said as a direct consequence of the tighter volumes, prices had increased. "Grape buyers have already been hit by it and some wine buyers, as well," she said. However, most companies are at present negotiating their 2018 deals, which was when the full impact of the rising prices would spread across the wine sector value chain, she said. Source, Otago Daily Times

6/02/2018: Grapevine trunk disease – the ‘next phylloxera’
Many challenges keep winegrowers awake at night, but none is more insidious, more threatening to their livelihoods or more exhausting to resolve than the ever-worsening problem of grapevine trunk disease (GTD). Source, Decanter

6/02/2018: Why wine corks are on the upswing
The year 2009 struck a nadir point for the cork industry. Sales of wine corks had been declining since 2000, replaced by alternative closures that included aluminum screw caps, plastics and glass. The fall of cork had been predicted multiple times in the past. Source, Forbes

6/02/2018: Support for wine courses
Victoria Wines will be supporting the Wines and Spirits Education Trust wine courses in Fiji for the fifth consecutive year. In a statement, the company said this was in line with a commitment to develop wine appreciation and knowledge among its 900-member wine club. Source, The Fiji Times

6/02/2018: NZ Sauvignon Blancs available in India
The Sommelier India Tasting Panel recently tasted a range of Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand available in India. New Zealand’s vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of its maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120 kilometres or 80 miles, from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes. Source, Sommelier India

6/02/2018: Oregon wineries DtC sales show strong growth
Oregon wineries have experienced the biggest increase in direct to consumers sales compared to any other US state, up by 31% year on year. This is more than double the increase of  the total DTC US market, which experienced a 15% increase in sales. Source, VINEX Market IQ

5/02/2018: NZ Rosés are in the pink
By the 1980s and 1990s, the sweet space was filled by oaky, rich Chardonnays. More recently, it's versions of Pinot Gris and Rosé that perform the role. I also suspect the popularity of Pinot Noir is in part due to the sweet juiciness (although the wines are fermented dry) of so many Kiwi pinots. Source, Stuff

5/02/2018: Burgundy on a budget
Thanks – or, rather, no thanks – to the region having been hit by hailstorms and frost over the last couple of vintages, volumes of the top wines are down and prices inevitably up (and not helped by our current exchange rate – thanks, Theresa). Source, The Guardian

5/02/2018: Will Brexit hit Italian wine industry?
Brexit could have a huge impact on the European wine industry, with Italian producers facing a €52million loss in funding once the UK stops stumping up its contributions to the bloc, according to a new report. Source, Sunday Express

5/02/2018: New chairman for Wine Intelligence
Chris Hancock, a former corporate finance director for JP Morgan, has been appointed as the chairman of market research firm Wine Intelligence. Hancock’s appointment follows the retirement of former chairman David Scotland after a decade in the role. Source, The Drinks Business

5/02/2018: Medal-laden wineries from San Diego
The San Diego County Vintners Association reports that local wineries tallied 55 medals at the 2018 judging of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The awards haul included four gold medals and six double golds. Source, San Diego Reader

5/02/2018: Misty Cove Wines: one can at a time
Misty Cove Wines is pushing the boundaries one can at a time. Once written off as a passing fad, canned wines have taken the world by storm and it’s clear that the trend is here to stay. Source, Scoop Independent News

5/02/2018: U.S grapegrowers beware spotted lanternfly
Orange — Watch out for the spotted lanternfly. That’s the word from Shawn Appling, associate extension agent for horticulture, serving Orange, Culpeper and Madison counties. The invasive insect was spotted in Frederick County in early January, and it is menace of potentially devastating proportions. Source, The Daily Progress

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