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News posted on Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cold, hard facts about new-generation concrete tanks revealed in latest issue of Wine & Viticulture Journal
The quality improvements that concrete fermenters and tanks can bring to wine and the potential pitfalls inherent in their use is explored in the just-released September-October issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal. Tackling the subject is the Journal’s regular contributor Cathy Howard, who recalls her first encounters with concrete tanks during her early winemaking career when open-topped versions were used extensively throughout the Australia wine industry.

Young winemakers 'incredibly optimistic' despite industry downturn
Young winemakers say they are still optimistic about the future of their industry despite difficult conditions faced by Australia's wine sector. A senate inquiry hearing last week heard evidence of the economic woes faced by growers and wine producers, with an oversupply of grapes among key factors driving the industry's downturn. Stuart Horden, from Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley, is among a group of young winemakers taking part in a future leaders program in South Australia's Riverland region this week.

IWSC announces wine trophy winners
The IWSC has announced its 2015 varietal wine trophy winners, following seven months of judging wines from more than 30 countries. A total of 24 trophies have been awarded, with wines from the Southern Hemisphere faring particularly well. Both South Africa and Australia received four trophies each. urning toward Australia, which was awarded a total of 50 gold medals this year, House of Arras’ EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2002 was awarded the Bottle Fermented Sparkling Trophy.

Marlborough hosts international wine celebration
Sauvignon Blanc producers from around the world will gather in Marlborough in February next year for the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. The event, organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is set to become a fixture on the wine calendar. The celebration will provide an opportunity for the wine industry to host producers and experts from seven countries, including Australia, South Africa, Chile, France, Italy, the United States and Austria.

Locally produced wines world class, says judge
Mark Robertson has been keeping a close eye on the Hawke's Bay wine industry since he left the region. The Australian-based winemaker has a close connection with the Bay. And now the former Raureka Primary School student is a judge for the oldest regional wine competition in New Zealand - the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. He spoke at a sponsors' function at Black Barn Vineyards last night after completing two days of judging.

Burger King launches Whopper Wine
Not content with freaking us all out with black burger buns for Halloween, Burger King has now launched Whopper Wine – with the strapline: ‘fire is what we do best’. Which doesn’t really make any sense, but then none of this really makes sense. The red wine has been launched in Spain to celebrate 40 years of serving burgers to the country’s senors and senoritas.

Ningxia to speed up tech exchange via international winemaking competition
Ningxia has launched its second international winemaking competition with significantly increased number of participants. With more local wineries involved, this young region is set to absorb more hands-on know-hows from its international peers. Launched by the wine authorities of Ningxia Helan Mountain East, the second edition of Ningxia Winemakers Challenge will see 48 winemakers from 18 countries, including Argentina, Australia, South Africa and Italy.

Constellation Brands employees donate $100,000 for California wildfire Relief
Constellation Brands, Inc. and its employees have joined together to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross, which is providing disaster relief to the people and communities impacted by the recent wildfires in Northern California. The company offered a two-to-one match on all employee donations made to the American Red Cross from September 15 - 25. "This collaborative effort shows how committed our employees are to giving back to their communities.”

Naked Wines responds to angry Angels article
The following materials arrived via email following the September 28 publication of “Majestic: Angels angry over Naked Wines closing of Kenwood tasting room without warning. Naked Wines did make an effort to notify its Angels, but apparently some did not get the message as evidenced by numerous emails received by Wine Industry Insight and by the perplexed Angels we interviewed Friday afternoon at the site of the former tasting room.

New AGWA directors commence roles
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) have welcomed the new directors of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) as they begin their roles today. “We congratulate the Chair and Board appointees and we look forward to working with them,” said Tony D’Aloisio, WFA president. D’Aloisio and Vic Patrick, WGGA chairman, thanked the interim board members for their work over the past year through the establishment phase of the new authority.

Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner to partner with key wine conferences in July 2016
McWilliam’s Wines, the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference & Trade Exhibition (AWITC) and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) announced today that the 2016 McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Event will be held in Adelaide on Monday 25 July 2016. The Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner will take place in conjunction with the 16th AWITC and the WFA Outlook Conference which are being held as a combined event in Adelaide from 24 to 28 July 2016.

Tonnellerie CADUS is replanting trees!
The tree gives us the barrel, and now the barrel is replanting the tree: for each barrel delivered, Tonnellerie CADUS has committed to planting a tree in France! This is a major innovation in the world of cooperage, a generous and altruistic contribution to nature and one which every customer may be proud of. In partnership with a Burgundy nursery, a French leader in re-forestation with a policy of compensatory planting, Tonnellerie CADUS will replant sessile and common oak in several regions in France.

Immediately reduce electricity bills with Beacon Solar
As Commercial Solar specialists, Beacon Solar is committed to providing our clients a seamless experience when switching their business to solar. Beacon Solar have been involved in the Commercial Solar power market for over 7 years and have assisted many businesses reduce their electricity consumption with reductions of up to 42% through incorporating Solar Power systems into their facilities. We have an experienced team that can tailor system design and configuration to suit individual site characteristics.

Celebrations to mark 40th Anniversary of wine education at CSU
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of wine education at the Wagga Wagga Campus of CSU and its predecessor institutions. Since 1975, the University has graduated more than 1,000 students in the fields of viticulture, wine science and wine business, with these graduates now working in Australian and International wine industries. This significant event will be celebrated in Wagga Wagga on November 27 and 28.




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