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News posted on Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Treasury Wine Estates CEO Mike Clarke paid $4.45m as it returns to profit
Treasury Wine Estates chief executive Mike Clarke has collected a handsome pay packet of $4.45 million in his first full year at the helm of the maker of Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Rosemount, with his pay supercharged by the strong turnaround in the financial performance of the group. Mr Clarke began as the chief executive of Treasury in late March 2014 and the company's annual report lodged with the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday shows his total remuneration for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015 amounted to $4.45 million.

Increasingly challenging environment: New research from Wine Intelligence
Australian wine drinkers are subtly changing their drinking habits, with research indicating that although consumers are drinking on a more regular basis, they are consuming less overall, according to a new report published today. The Australia Landscapes 2015 report from Wine Intelligence found a slight decrease in volume of wine consumed, as well as a slight overall decrease in the wine-drinking population, with an estimated 11.2 million adults drinking wine at least once every month, down from 11.5 million in 2014.

NSW growers get latest vineyard update
Winegrape growers are set to benefit from the latest research results and practical management options for the 2016 vintage by attending a National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) vine health field day at Griffith next week. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) viticulture development officers, Darren Fahey and Adrian Englefield, will be joined by some of Australia’s most respected scientists and viticulturists to deliver information tailored to meet industry priorities.

Tickets sell out quickly for Sydney's first Wine Island festival
Tickets to the Wine Island festival, which will be held over three days from Friday, November 13 on Clark Island, went on sale at 9am Tuesday, September 1, but most of the 3000 tickets sold out within 15 minutes. Some Sydney wine buffs have been left disappointed after missing out on tickets to the latest food and wine event to hit the city.

Casella expands national accounts team
Casella Family Brands has restructured, and is expanding, its national accounts team following an increase in sales for 2015. The restructure has seen a number of changes for the company, with three key appointments coming to the national accounts team.

Wine links forged through scholarship winners
Exploring New Zealand’s wine regions on his month-long Bragato exchange scholarship, Alessandro Mangiameli has encountered a few surprises. From Treviso in Italy’s Veneto region, the 18-year-old says winery machinery and winemaking processes are much the same in both countries but different vineyard practices reflect the local soils and climatic conditions.

Church Road Winery celebrates trophy win in Japan
Church Road Winery is celebrating a trophy win after their Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013 was awarded the Trophy for Best New World Red Wine at the Japan Wine Challenge 2015. The award-winning 2013 vintage, was chosen as the very best in the ‘New World Red Wine’ category - one of only 12 trophy winning wines awarded from the 1,400 wines entered across the world. Church Road Senior Winemaker Chris Scott says he is very proud of the trophy win.

Alibaba brings the taste of Napa Valley wine to China
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is betting that a country known for sipping black tea will develop a taste for Napa Valley red. The e-commerce company will offer Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and other varieties to its 367 million Chinese customers through its online store Tmall, in a partnership announced Tuesday with Mondavi-owner Constellation Brands Inc.

Bay Area vineyards withstanding impacts of drought, for now
While the 2015 vintage appears to be of excellent quality, vintners around the Bay Area who turn grapes into wine could use some divine assistance - El Niño-driven rains, perhaps - to avoid a potentially crippling fifth year of drought. This year's grape harvest began in earnest last week and is expected to continue into November.

Michaels give $300,000 to SSU wine
The Michael family, who own Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma County's Knights Valley appellation, pledged $300,000 toward the forthcoming wine education centre at Sonoma State University. The gift to the School of Business & Economics, which hosts the Wine Business Institute, will be used to build the Peter Michael Winery Executive Classroom in the planned Wine Spectator Learning Centre, the Rohnert Park-based institution.

Walla Walla vintner and vineyard named tops in Washington
What could top being named 'winemaker of the year'? Accolades for your grapes, too. Jean-Francois Pellet, winemaker for Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery, has been named by Seattle Magazine as Winemaker of the Year for 2015. The magazine also selected Les Collines Vineyard as its Vineyard of the Year in the 10th annual awards that recognize the best of the best in Washington wine.

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