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News posted on Friday, 1 September 2017

Vinehealth encouraging responsible tourism
South Australia is enjoying the tourism limelight, with visitor numbers rising each year. With this focus, Vinehealth Australia is creating a campaign to encourage responsible tourism in South Australian wine regions. The campaign will promote visitation to SA regions while delivering targeted messages of biosecurity and farm-gate hygiene to protect our vines and wines. Source, Winetitles.

Cab Franc comes out on top
A Cabernet Franc from Canterbury has come out on top at this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Lindsay Hill, in the Waipara West vineyard located in Canterbury, The Boneline Cabernet Franc 2016 picked up two significant trophies. Source, Winetitles.

No stink bugs allowed
Emergency measures introduced in 2014 to prevent an exotic stink bug establishing itself in Australia were so successful that similar measures have been implemented annually during the highest risk period for this pest, from 1 September to 30 April. Source, Winetitles.

Kent vineyard pioneer says English industry is healthy
Viticultural consultant Stephen Skelton planted 40 vineyards across Kent over four decades. It is not surprising he is busy, given the growing appetite for English sparkling wine. In the past eight years, the amount of land covered by vineyards has more than doubled in England to nearly 5000 acres. Source, Kent Online

Kalleske wins gold in China
The outcome of a Chinese winemaking contest, two-years in the making, has brought huge honour to Kalleske Wines at Greenock and to the Australian wine industry. On Saturday, manager Tony Kalleske picked up top honours at the Ningxia Winemakers’ Challenge. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Analyst: high Napa Valley vineyard values won't crash
Growing global interest in California's North Coast wines has uncorked fast price escalation for the vineyards they come from, particularly in Napa Valley, but forecasts about bursting asset bubbles and crashing vineyard values may be getting ahead of reality, according to a closely followed agribusiness analyst.Source, North Bay Business Journal

Santa Carolina winery presents rare vertical tasting
One of Chile’s oldest wineries, 142-year-old Santa Carolina, is set to present a one-off vertical heritage tasting next month. A phoenix from the ashes, many of the wines to be tasted date back to the 1950s and were discovered in a secret cellar amidst the rubble of the devastating 2010 earthquake. Source, imbibe.com

Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year winner
Congratulations to Tim Adams from Obsidian, Waiheke Island, who is the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017. Tim was representing the Auckland/Northern region and it is the first time the trophy will be going back to this region. Source, Winetitles.

Flametree wins best wine in show
A West Australian wine that regularly sells for less than $10 has won four trophies, including best red wine of the show, at the Perth Royal Wine Show. The Houghton Stripe Range Shiraz 2015 was judged best Shiraz, best 2015 wine and best West Australian red wine. Source, The West.

Star Wars' George Lucas buys Provence estate
George Lucas’ Skywalker Vineyards has acquired a wine estate in Provence, adding to a growing portfolio which already includes vineyards in California’s Marin County and an estate in Italy. Skywalker Vineyards acquired Château Margüi, an estate winery in the southwestern Bessillon mountain range, in April. Source, The Drinks Business

QLD wine sells for $450
A single bottle of Queensland wine has sold for a record price of $450 to a Toowoomba man. The triple gold medal wine, a 2005 Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Kominos Wines at Glen Aplin, achieved a record price for the winery. Source, The Chronicle.

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