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News posted on Friday, 1 April 2016

Scientists use DNA from mix of coffee and Shiraz grape to combat climate change
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens will today announce that they have mixed the DNA from a coffee plant with that of a Shiraz grape vine to produce a hybrid that could in the future see viniculture in the Hunter Valley replaced by coffee production due to the impact of climate change. The coffee beans will grow on vine-sized bushes which will mean that the crop can be gathered without the need to replace costly machinery already in place for mechanised harvesting of grapes.

Interim Winemakers’ Federation CEO announced
Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) announced Tony Battaglene as interim chief executive officer (CEO) after the resignation of current CEO Paul Evans. Tony D’Aloisio, WFA president, said the board met in Adelaide last week to discuss the arrangements and begin the process of appointing a permanent CEO.

Winery applications now open for Wine Island
CLARK Island will be transformed into a wine and food-lovers paradise again this November with the return of Wine Island. Held over four days from Thursday 10 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, the event has been hailed of one of Sydney’s most unique wine festivals and sold out almost immediately last year.

How much do you know about Australian Vintage?
Australian Vintage Limited (or AVL as it is sometimes known) is one of Australia’s largest wine producers and the architect of some of the country’s most recognisable brands, including McGuigan, Tempus Two and Nepenthe. But despite brand notoriety and years of award-winning winemaking under the belt, some confusion remains around just who Australian Vintage Ltd is. So drinks sat down with General Manager for Australasia and North America, Cameron Ferguson, to set the record straight.

Treasury Wine boss Michael Clarke a winner after ditching Oxo cubes for Grange
Would you believe that two years have passed since Treasury Wine Estate boss, Michael Clarke, kicked in the front door of our favourite wine shop. The sound of chainsaws has subsided at HQ, the barbarians from KKR and TPG are no longer at the cellar door. And the share price has soared from $3.50 to $9.50 during Clarke's tenure which means his stash of multimillion dollar stock options are maturing nicely in the cellar alongside the Grange.

Worms turn grape waste to good use
A central Otago vineyard is embracing worms as the secret to turning wine by-product into fertilising "black gold''. Mt Difficulty in Bannockburn this year bought 60kg of tiger worms to convert composted grape marc, made from grape seeds, skins and stalks, into vermicast, or worm poo. Mt Difficulty viticulturist James Dicey said vermicast was filled with nutrients and known as "black gold''.

Wine industry greats Terry Dunleavy and Tony Laithwaite take time out to reminisce
Like a fine vintage, a friendship between two stalwarts in the wine industry has stood the test of time with more than two decades between get-togethers. Terry Dunleavy MBE and Tony Laithwaite are known for doing great things. Dunleavy, the inaugural CEO of the New Zealand Wine Institute and patriarch of Waiheke Island's Te Motu Vineyard Dunleavy family, was instrumental in taking the New Zealand wine industry to the overseas market.

English wine drinkers must be more like the Germans
ONE of the county's top wine merchants has said British drinkers have to be more patriotic if our industry is to grow. Colin Munday, owner of the English Wine Centre in Alfriston, called on this country's wine lovers to be more like the Germans and French in favouring their own products. His comments come after Prime Minister David Cameron praised Sussex winemaking in an exclusive piece for The Argus on Saturday.

Moet Hennessy closing E-Commerce site
Moet Hennessy has announced its direct-to-consumer website, Moet Hennessy Collection, will close on April 28. The website was highly controversial when it launched two years ago. Many retailers argued that it was in direct competition with their businesses and several threatened to delist Moet Hennessy products from their stores. But the introduction of a new digital strategy for Moet Hennessy based on “collaboration with its trade partners” was unrelated to the backlash, Managing Director Andrew McLaren told drinks bulletin.

Millennial Joey Wölffer forges a path for next gen winery
Nearly 30 years after the late Christian Wölffer openedWölffer Estate Vineyard, his children, led by daughter Joey, have transformed his vision, his vineyard and the portfolio into a true lifestyle brand. Joey Wölffer is at the helm of running the largest vineyard on the East End, on a 175-acre estate in Sagaponack, New York, which also encompasses a stable, a tasting room and a restaurant, Wölffer Kitchen.

Italy activates wine-fermenting robots
Meet Genesis, an Italian-designed wine fermentor used for small-batch winemaking by Dr. Donato Lanati at his applied-research center Enosis in Fubine, Italy. From the outside, the tank looks, well, like a wine-loving cousin of R2D2, with a head, body and handles that look like ears. “The almost-human extraterrestrial has a superior mind, but especially a big heart,” a spokesperson for Lanati hopefully joked.

USA Trade Tasting 2016 Toasts to Overwhelming Success
Over the three-day international trade fair, 180 exhibitors, including industry-leading organizations from a number of popular wine-growing nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Australia, South Africa, and Portugal poured their product, and award-winning spirits, ciders and craft beer companies enjoyed a debut with over 2000 visitors in attendance.





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