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News posted on Wednesday, 2 August 2017

#V17 report: Upward trend in crush and price
The 2017 vintage intake was the largest in Australia's grapegrowing history. The national crush is estimated to be 1.93 million tonnes – an increase of five per cent from the 2016 vintage – and just ahead of the previous record high of 1.92 back in 2005. The national average purchase price increased to the highest level since 2008.

Jim Chatto takes the top job for two wineries
Jim Chatto has taken the top job for two wine brands, Kreglinger Wine Estates and McWilliam’s Wines Group. Chatto will oversee the entire portfolio of Kreglinger Wine Estates; Norfolk Rise from South Australia and the Tasmanian portfolio of Ninth Island, Pipers Brook and Kreglinger Vintage Sparkling. He will also continue to be involved with, and oversee the McWilliam’s Wines Group portfolio.

John Gladstones: 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence
Esteemed scientist Dr John Gladstones has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence. The Award, now in its second year, has been established by the Cullen family to honour the legacy of Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen, who founded Cullen Wines in 1971. Together they worked tirelessly to promote the potential for Margaret River to produce world class wines.

Letter from the vineyards
Philip White takes a tour of the Vales vineyards, where budburst is looming, locals are dreaming of what variety will be the 'next big thing', and a long-table winery lunch is highly recommended.

Entries open for Australia’s dedicated sparkling wine show
The Australian Sparkling Wine Show is now open for entries across six classes. This year, given the surge in interest in Prosecco in Australia and the increasing number of quality expressions being produced here, a new class has been dedicated to the style.

Marlborough research centre decision looms
Plans for a multi-million dollar research centre for the Marlborough region could be a game-changer for the local economy - the next step is to find the right location for the facility. New Zealand Winegrowers is mulling over three options for the Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology, which was given the green light by Government last year.

The importance of being a locavore
The importance of being a locavore – one who eats locally sourced food – has gathered momentum in recent times. Given far less emphasis is the liquid equivalent: being a locabiber. In Europe, there's a great tradition of locabibing. There are wine regions all over the continent whose output is almost entirely mopped up by locals. In New Zealand, as in most other new world wine countries, it doesn't work that way.

What’s holding Thailand’s wine back?
Currently plying her trade at Chateau de Cabidos in southwest France, Méo Sakorn-Sériés explains how Thailand offers her a greater opportunity to teach others about winemaking.

What's left in the vineyard matters
Growing and harvesting more grapes means better wine, right? While no one would fault someone for having this belief, since the idea of more grapes seems it would mean there was a healthy and fertile growing season, which in turn should mean the grapes are delicious and therefore will make delicious wine, this is not quite true.

Georgia: The cradle of winemaking
France's Cite de Vin museum will toast Georgia's 9000-year history as the global birthplace of wine-making in a new exhibition from Monday. The wine history museum in the southwestern city of Bordeaux - dubbed ‘adult Disneyland’ when it opened last year - will showcase 125 objects from the Black Sea nation dating back as far as the Neolithic era.

Georgia grapes contribute to US growth
Georgia’s growing wine industry currently has an annual impact of more than $7 million on Georgia’s economy, but new growers, or those curious about wine production, may have difficulty knowing whether the vineyard business makes sense for them. This month, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Viticulture Team will hold a conference for new and aspiring wine grape growers.

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