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News posted on Friday, 1 December 2017

Deal restores Dalwood name to historic estate
In a major coup for Hunter Valley wine history, the Iris Capital group of Sydney hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout has bought the right to restore the Dalwood name to the Branxton home of Australia’s oldest continuously operating vineyard estate. Source, Newcastle Herald

Henschke Peggy’s Hill a pinnacle of Riesling
Barossa Valley wineries shone at last week’s National Wine Show of Australia in Canberra, with an Eden Valley Riesling taking out the varietal’s coveted trophy. After being awarded the top gold medal in the 2017 Riesling class, the Henschke Peggy’s Hill Riesling 2017 was named best Riesling of show. Henschke senior winemaker Paul Hampton said the gong was a “great win” for the Eden Valley wine region. Source, Barossa & Light Herald

Why wine never tastes the same once you’ve flown it
A glass of wine might be the thing you enjoy most on a flight. But flying may be wine’s worst enemy. Roy Moorfield, an international wine consultant with Cathay Pacific, works to develop wines that are served mid-flight. He told News.com.au there were two things about flying that worked against wine, whether it was that in-flight glass you enjoyed with your dinner, or the souvenir bottle you brought home in your suitcase.

The story behind Margaret River's first wine
'Ignorant and possibly possessed', is how Tom Cullity described himself on his madcap endeavour to make the first wine in WA's Margaret River, 50 years ago. Cullity would drag himself out of bed, get into his Peugeot 403 and drive five hours to Margaret River to tend his newly planted vines. The locals in the farming community thought the Perth cardiologist was crazy. Source, The Australian

International gold for McLaren Vale Cab Sauv
Shark’s Block McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 staved off the competition at the Alliances du Monde International Wine and Barrel competition earlier this month. The wine was awarded a gold medal in the international show. Only two Australian wines in total received gold medals. Source, Victor Harbour Times

Marlborough worker shortage a 'crisis'
Marlborough's ongoing worker shortage has become a "crisis" that can no longer be tackled by businesses on their own, experts says. Business consultant Tony Smale said industry-wide action was needed five years ago, and warned the problem would only get worse if something was not done. The local wine industry was expected to need an extra 2000 workers in the next two to three years. Source, Stuff

Winemaker learned it all along the way
Winning the Supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards in Invercargill recently, Debra Cruikshank was overwhelmed. The Tannacrieff Wines and DC Wines owner, as she puts it, sort of fell into winemaking. From day one on her journey with her own business, she knew she had to create a niche market and she has done just that. "Everything I’ve done, I’ve learned along the way." Source, Otago Daily Times

Missouri's wine sale and shipping laws challenged
The Missouri law that bars out-of-state wine distributors from shipping directly to in-state customers is now the subject of a lawsuit. A Florida wine store, its owner and a St. Louis wine enthusiast are the plaintiffs behind the suit, which was filed yesterday in federal court. They claim that the state's unwillingness to let the shop ship to customers in Missouri is unconstitutional. Source, Riverfront Times

Canadian wine industry mourns 'founding father'
Karl Kaiser, 76, born in Austria in 1941 and who immigrated to Canada in 1969, was recognised as one of the architects of the modern Canadian wine industry. Arterra Wines Canada President & CEO Jay Wright conveyed his condolences. “Karl was one of the founding fathers of the Canadian wine industry, when he, together with his partner Donald Ziraldo, received the first winery licence since prohibition and founded Inniskillin in 1975, making it the first estate winery in Canada." Source, The Moodie Davitt Report

Harvesting data at Lebanese smart vineyard
Lebanon produces around eight million bottles of wine each year, most of it from the Bekaa Valley. At Chateau Kefraya, a smart project has seen an intelligent network monitor growing conditions. Sensors scattered around the 300 hectares of the vineyard – even on the grapevines themselves – are generating data about the terroir. Source, Internet of Business

Bordeaux wary of Chinese owners changing names
Chinese investors of Bordeaux estates are giving century-old Bordeaux estates a PR makeover with auspicious-sounding Chinese names to please domestic wine drinkers, raising alarm among Bordeaux purists. The 300-year-old Château Larteau recently got a name change to Château Lapin Imperial (Château Imperial Rabbit) by its Chinese owner. Source, The Drinks Business

French vineyards change name to tap Chinese market
The Chinese owner of four vineyards in the French winemaking region of Bordeaux has caused a stir by giving the historic chateaus new names with a distinctly Chinese flavor. Chateau Senilhac, which was once the largest wine producer in the Medoc area of Bordeaux, had been in the Grassin family for eight decades when it was sold to Chinese entrepreneur Chi Tong earlier this year. Source, China Daily


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