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News posted on Monday, 1 May 2017

Tax schemes involving R&D in the wine industry
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) are working to pursue promoters who have been advising grapegrowers and wine producers to improperly apply for the R&D Tax Incentive. Source, Winetitles.

Advanced Wine Assessment Course opportunity
Applications open for the ASVO Scholarship to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC). The ASVO scholarship will be offered to one talented individual to attend the AWRI’s highly regarded, four-day intensive Advanced Wine Assessment Course. Source, Winetitles.

First Margaret River wine store opens in China
South West wine made its mark in China earlier this month, with the first Margaret River Wines retail and wholesale outlet opening in Guandong province. The outlet is expected to be one of 10 similar outlets to open in China this year. Source, The West Australian.

Penfolds Grange the highest bid
Presented by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association and supported by Langton’s Fine Wines, the Barossa Wine Chapters auction saw a total of 190 lots. Their most expensive, a six-litre imperial of Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2011. Source, The Drinks Business.

A rundown on Pet Nat
Pet Nat, short for Petillant Naturel, broadly speaking is a sparkling wine style made from white or red grapes that have yet to fully finish fermentation before being bottled. While it might appear to be the latest/newest thing on the block, it’s actually a sparkling wine style that goes back centuries. Source, The Source SA.

Climate change takes its toll on grapes
A new Global Wine Index outlines the most at-risk wine regions according to natural disasters, rising temperatures and other climate change factors. Unfortunately, some of the world's finest grapes are unlikely to survive. Source, Altnernet.

Picking with machines no loss in quality
Increasingly, grape growers are looking for ways to replace their vanishing labour force with machines. Today, by some estimates, 90 to 95 percent of Washington vineyards are machine-harvested. In fact, it is the height of wine snobbery to refuse to drink wines made from machine-harvested grapes. Source, The Seattle Times.

Canadian honey wine sees success in Japan
A small family-owned winery in southern Alberta is toasting to its growing business - in Japan. Winery owner and operator Hugo Bonjean said the company sought out additional markets for its products when Alberta's economy started to decline. Source, CBC News.

Angelo Gaja Invests in Sicily’s Mount Etna
Angelo Gaja, the Piedmont winemaking legend who for more than 50 years has helped lead Italy’s quality wine movement, announced this week that he is investing on Sicily’s Mount Etna by forming a joint venture with Etna producer Alberto Graci. Source, Wine Spectator.

Competitors and collaborators in NZ
Judy Finn, of Neudorf Vineyards, might compete with vineyards such as Nautilus Estate and Craggy Range for New Zealand wine shoppers' dollars. But when it comes to spreading the word about this country's wine overseas, she says there is strength in numbers. Source, Stuff.

French oak eggs pushing winemaking boundaries
In a historic art deco building in Napier sits a egg. But it's not just any egg – it's a large, wooden one, which sits under a spotlight in a dimly lit room. It's New Zealand's first oak egg, and is one of only about 10 in the world. It is being used to push the boundaries of winemaking. Source, Taranaki Daily.

French oak eggs pushing winemaking boundaries
In a historic art deco building in Napier sits a egg. But it's not just any egg – it's a large, wooden one, which sits under a spotlight in a dimly lit room. It's New Zealand's first oak egg, and is one of only about 10 in the world. It is being used to push the boundaries of winemaking. Source, Taranaki Daily.

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