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News posted on Tuesday, 2 May 2017

NZ rural ambassador of the year search
The Rural Agricultural Society is on the hunt for New Zealand's next rural ambassador. Applicants have access to mentoring and are encouraged to bring friends along to the question-based contest. The winner will become the "future voice in the rural sector". Source, Winetitles.

China trade visit wrap up
A 10 day visit from sixteen influential wine trade and educators from mainland China has recently wrapped up. The experience covered WA and SA wine regions and will hope to demonstrate an ongoing commitment between the Australian and Chinese wine industries. Source, Winetitles.

18th annual Salary & Benefits survey
Details on the South Australian Wine Industry Association's 18th annual Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey. Participants in the survey will receive a discounted rate if they wish to purchase a copy of the results. Source, Winetitles.

Sarah Marquis acquires Mollydooker
Sarah Marquis, half of one of Australia's best-known wine partnerships, has acquired a controlling share of the prominent Australian winery Mollydooker from her ex-husband, Sparky Marquis. The transfer was finalised April 28. Source, Wine Spectator.

Treasury wine estate case goes in to mediation
Litigation funder IMF Bentham says the Federal Court has ordered that a class action brought against wine producer Treasury Wine Estates go to mediation before mid-August. Source, News.

Invivo wines official wine of Eurovision
Invivo Wines has announced it is the official wine of Eurovision 2017, a singing contest to be held over three days in the Ukraine. This marks New Zealand's first involvement with the event, which attracts more than 200 million people. Source, Stuff.

China invests three fold in Aus agribusiness
China’s investment in Australian agribusiness has tripled in just a year as China strives to meet rising demand for high-quality food among its growing middle class. Source, The West.

Ugandan's make banana wine to avoid loss
During the peak season of bananas, many farmers incur losses because they are paid low prices yet there are little known technologies in Uganda to preserve the ripe ones. Source, All Africa.

China import growth slows
After the import growth report by The Drink Business published through DWN on April 28th, Decanter have now published a more in-depth analysis of the import growth. It also serves a dual purpose as a warning that the market is not completely stable. Source, Decanter.

Wine's battle with climate change
Vineyards deal with drought, temperature swings and fruit that ripens too early. To keep producing top-notch grapes, viticulturists may need to relocate their operations. Source, High Country News.

Half of Napa certified "green"
Napa’s wineries and vineyards are steadily going green amid efforts to promote environmental best practices within the county’s core industry. Half of the region have now sought sustainability via the Napa Green program. Source, Napa Valley Register.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #13: Ensure visitors and contractors wear clean clothes before starting work on your property. #Vinehealth

Eleven Madison Park somm joins Lucas Group
Jonathan Ross, who was the former head sommelier at Eleven Madison Park in New York City has made a sea change and will be working alongside Chris Lucas at his soon to open restaurant, Kisume in Melbourne. Source, Winetitles.

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