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News posted on Monday, 1 August 2016

Morris Wines confirms status
MORRIS Wines has taken out a prestigious award at the Sydney Wine Show. The Rutherglen winery’s Non-vintage Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque was awarded the JCM Fornachon Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Fortified. The award caps a positive month for Morris Wines which was bought by Griffith-based winemakers Casella Family Brands last week.

Champion pruning of winegrape vines in South Australia's Clare Valley
It's the competition where getting trimmed down to size is elevated to an art form. Pruners from South Australia's premium grape-growing regions - Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and the Barossa - have faced off at the fifth annual South Australian Pruning Championships in the Clare Valley. Veteran workers from the wine industry tested their pruning skills armed with hand snips and electric shears, cutting off surplus wood left over from the previous year's harvest.

Casella, goFarm snap up Belvino vineyards
Hong Kong-backed Belvino Investments has sold its Dunvar vineyard in the NSW Riverina to Casella Wines for about $12 million and its Del Rios vineyard on the Murray River in northern Victoria to GoFarm Australia for between $22-$25 million. In a third big vineyard sale, family-owned Kingston Estate Wines snapped up the 252-hectare New Residence vineyard near Loxton in South Australia's Riverland region from a Seven Fields investment syndicate for an undisclosed sum.

Iain Riggs named legend of the vine
Iain Riggs, the driving force behind Brokenwood Wines and one of the industry's most passionate advocates, has been named the 2016 NSW Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators of Australia. The award was appropriately presented at WCA's annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch on 29 July. Iain has been involved with the Show for more than a quarter of a century and was Chairman of Judges for six years.

Inside the life of a Halliday wine reviewer
When people think of the idyllic life of the wine writer and how you get a job like this, they usually think you must have demonstrated somewhere along the line that you have a highly consistent palate and the word skills to describe what your palate is telling you. The truth is, such skills are just the beginning. To really survive and thrive in this business, you must have a far more humble ability. You need to know how to collapse cardboard boxes. Fast. And flat.

Gisborne Wine and Food Festival turns 20
TWENTY years ago local winemakers opened their cellars for the first Gisborne Wine and Food Festival. Annie and James Millton, who own Millton Vineyard, started the festival alongside a small number of other wineries. “It helped bring fun into the hard work that goes into creating a wine,” Mr Millton said. On Monday, tickets will once again go on sale for the festival taking place on October 22 and 23. However, this year’s Labour Weekend event will be unique.

International judge joins panel at New World Wine Awards
High profile international guest judge joins judging panel at New World Wine Awards. Sue Hodder, one of Australia’s most well-known winemakers and an international wine judge, will be part of the 13-strong team of wine judges that today begin judging the 1,325 wines entered in the New World Wine Awards 2016. Ms Hodder said this is especially timely, off the back of her attendance last week at the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide, which is one of the biggest international wine conferences in the world held only every three years.

The top issues facing grapegrowers world wide
There are a number of different pests and diseases that affect vineyards worldwide and each presents a different challenge depending on the climate and growing practices of that region. These viticultural criminals that affect grapevines come in several different forms including insects, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. To be considered a “most wanted” suspect they must have the potential to inflict severe economic impact on the industry in that particular region.

Three grape farm workers dead, possibly from heat-related illnesses
According the United Farm Workers, three women have died this week, possibly due to the heat. All of the women were grape farm workers. The UFW stated that a woman died at a vineyard in Arvin. She began feeling bad and sat down to rest in the shade, where she died. Another woman died at a vineyard near McFarland, according to the UFW. This woman felt sick and went to the bathroom to vomit.

Loire: a new opportunity?
While the Loire was among the highest climbers of France’s wine regions in terms of UK exports in 2015, frost this year has forced several independent Loire producers to redistribute and raise their prices of existing allocations. Loire specialist, Matt Wilkin, director of UK important and distributor H2Vin Limited, says many of the well-established independent producers have insufficient stocks to meet the overall rise in demand for Loire wines.

Sekt and Death of Germany's Bubbles
With sparkling wine on a roll internationally, James Lawrence wonders why a German style can't get any traction. It's no secret that sparkling wine sales have been a phenomenal success story in recent years. In the cheap and cheerful corner, Prosecco is on-target for world domination while global Champagne sales continue to increase in both volume and value.

You’re invited to Innovate Live @ Howard Park, Margaret River
Join us for an educational seminar, morning refreshments and a catered lunch at beautiful Howard Park, in Margaret River for Innovate Live. Innovate Live is an educational seminar focussed on helping wine businesses navigate the ecosystem of technology. It's 2016, and let's face it, modern technology moves fast...

INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION DEADLINE FOR AUSTRALIA EXTENDED TO AUGUST 5TH
To ensure you have enough time to ship your wines to the IWSC, we have extended the deadline for Australia to next Friday (August 5th). Please note that this is the final deadline for your products to arrive at our dedicated competition cellars in the UK at the below address.

Time to Leave Our Much Loved Property!
A great location that still remains a hidden secret. Why not consider Lot 9 Robinson Road South, Ocean View, Qld 4521 your new address. Ocean View is well recognised for it's internationally Award Winning Winery, 'Ocean View Estate' numerous B&B's and the Award Winning 'Birches Restaurant'.

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