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News posted on Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Day of Vintage 2017
It's an exciting time to be a winemaker in Australia, according to TarraWarra Estate winemaker Adam McCallum. “The wine industry is not prepared to be pigeonholed,” McCallum said. “They’re planting Pinot Gris, Nebbiolo, Roussanne — it’s quite refreshing. “I think it’s also an exciting time to be making wine in this country because of the progressive nature of the winemaking that’s happening here, no one’s hands are tied to one style.”

Wandin Valley’s new act
After two years in limbo while it was up for sale, Hunter tourism showplace Wandin Valley Estate is being reinvigorated with a new management team and a Chinese owner. The 40-hectare property in Wilderness Rd, Lovedale, was purchased late last year for a reported $7 million by Lap Tung Tsoi, a director of China’s Alpha Group, one of its biggest animated film studios and toy manufacturers.

Tourism ‘grand slam’ for Seppeltsfield
Seppeltsfield has completed a ‘grand slam’ of tourism award achievements – currently boasting regional, state, national and international accolades. Warren Randall, Seppeltsfield proprietor/executive chairman, said the award was “yet another milestone in Seppeltsfield’s golden decade and one in which the entire business can be proud”.

Margan wins gold at national tourism awards
The Hunter Region won gold, silver and bronze at the annual Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin last week. Margan Wines & Restaurant, at Broke, won the highest honour for Excellence in Food Tourism for the second time, having previously taken home gold in 2014. Sand Dune Adventures came second in the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category and Château Élan at The Vintage took home bronze for Business Events Venue.

Dal Zotto wines set for Melbourne outdoor cinema
Dal Zotto Wines has collaborated with Melbourne Racing Club for Melbourne’s finest outdoor Gourmet Cinema, which has returned after a sold-out run in 2016 with an extended season and menu. Dal Zotto will be bringing their much-loved Prosecco to the people, along with other wines from their portfolio, at the main bar throughout Gourmet Cinema, with a special two for one glass of Prosecco offer taking place before intermission each night of the screenings.

Pinot Noir around the world
New Zealand has become highly respected for its Pinot Noir, and even within a relatively small land mass, a plethora of styles and expressions has flowered. As the overall reputation of New Zealand Pinot has grown, that has opened up the possibility for lesser-known appellations within the country to thrive.

Confidence for vintage 2017
The annual grape harvest has hit full swing from this week and growers believe they have a promising vintage ahead. Their expectation remains “confidently high”. A small amount of harvesting was done last week as test runs for local wineries, and Wrights Vineyard and Winery at Manutuke started to pick grapes for their Verjuice two weeks ago.

Chilean wine hits the spot
The convenience channel has posted a near 20% leap in sales in an overall flat UK category. Lisa Riley reports for Harpers.

Italian wine: Strong growth potential
Current import statistics reveal the robust position of Italian wines in the United States. In 2016, Italy, the world's leading wine producer, accounted for 32.4% of the market share of imported wine in the US, representing nearly $1.8 billion in sales (6% increase vs. 2015), according to the US Department of Commerce. Italy maintained its position as the number one international supplier of wines to this country both in terms of value and volume.

Tempranillo is the star grape of Spain
Tempranillo is the trophy catch of Spain. The word itself is derived from “temprano,” which is Spanish for “early,” and it is believed that the grape got its name because it tends to ripen on the early side of the harvest season. Despite its widespread presence on the Iberian peninsula — or perhaps because of it — Tempranillo also goes by many other names in its home country.

Swiss set sights on UK on-trade
UK restaurants will be seeing a lot more Swiss wine in the years to come, if Swiss Wine Exporters have anything to say about it. Gilles Besse, president of the Swiss Wine Promotion marketing association, confirmed that the UK on-trade is a focus for the next three to five years. "With this group, we want to focus mainly on restaurants, and on gastronomy," said Besse.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017: Entries closing soon
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s largest and most influential wine awards. Entries for the 2017 awards close on March 3rd. Now in its 14th year the awards recruit more than 240 of the greatest wine experts to rigorously blind taste your wines in carefully organised flights, in the very best tasting conditions. Each panel is carefully selected for their expertise of a particular wine region or style.

Yalumba launches $350 ‘super claret’
Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba, is set to launch a $350 Cabernet Shiraz blend. The Caley, a blend featuring both Coonawarra and Barossa fruit, honours Fred Caley Smith, the grandson of Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith; and horticulturist who had a profound impact on the development of Yalumba’s orchards and vineyards.

St Hallett on board with Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia and Barossa winery St Hallett have unveiled a wine specifically blended for consumption at high altitude. ‘The Duo’ will be served on board Virgin Australia flights in business class and can be sampled in Virgin Australia lounges. Atmospheric pressure and drier air conditions on board flights are known to affect the taste of food and beverages, so Virgin Australia worked with St Hallett winemaker Shelley Cox to create a wine that delivers balanced acidity and texture when consumed in the air.

The Great South of Western Australia
Rob Geddes recently had the chance to judge the Tall Timbers Wine Show in Manjimup and took the time to explore the region. His first impressions were fantastic. He said very few quality food and wine regions share the isolation of the deep south of Western Australia. It is not just distance but climate that makes theirs a special story.

Australia’s top female business trailblazers for 2017
In the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has recognised Australia’s female business trailblazers. The 2017 inductees include viticulturist Mary Retallack – who joins more than 200 women previously inducted into this respected community.

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