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News posted on Tuesday, 3 May 2016

National survey reveals damning state of gender equality in the Australian wine industry
A national survey has revealed for the first time the state of workplace gender inequality in the Australian wine industry from the perspective of women working in the industry. The survey, the first of its kind ever undertaken, asked the all-female respondents to report on their experience in four key areas: pay, maternity and child care, sexist behaviour in the workplace and career advancement.

Durif showcase in Griffith
For the first time, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will showcase the red wine variety, Durif, in Griffith on Wednesday May 11, with a view to firmly establishing the wine grape in the Riverina. Darren Fahey, DPI viticultural development officer, said Durif was well-suited to the Riverina and the variety has been making a splash with Australian wine lovers.

Strong potential for Tasmanian sparkling wine in UK
The future for Tasmanian wine in the UK looks bright, trade representatives have said following a Tas-manian wine tasting in London. Wine Tasmania, supported by Wine Australia, hosted a trade and press master class for more than 50 guests at Australia House on Thursday. Presented by Michael Hill-Smith MW, co-owner of Tasmania’s Tolpuddle Vineyard, the two-hour master class featured 12 premium wines from the cool-climate island state that is making headlines around the world.

Gumeracha winery plans relocation, restructure
A boutique Adelaide Hills winery will “rationalise” its operations through a shutdown of current operations, including its cellar door, and co-locate with another winemaker. Chain of Ponds Wines will exit its Gumeracha facility after 31 years to move to Project Wine’s Langhorne Creek facility, resulting in the loss of two full-time and four casual jobs.

A new HIP SIP for St Leonards Vineyard
ST LEONARDS VINEYARD, the historic winery in the Rutherglen Wine Region, Victoria has launched a new range of compelling fortified wines. The first wine to launch is the Tawny, which is predominantly made from Shiraz grapes. The wine has a mix of ripe berry and rancio characters on the nose from 2 - 5 years barrel maturation. On the palate there is rich fruit giving a generous mouth feel with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The wine has an attractive dry finish and is perfect with coffee and cheese or mixed into cocktails.

NZTE makes a play for the Asian dollar via virtual reality wine tours
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has teamed up with Samsung to use virtual reality as the latest tool to attract Asian buyers to New Zealand food and wine. Visitors to Singapore's Food Hotel Asia 2016, an international exhibition of food and drinks attracting tens-of-thousands of buyers from Asia and the rest of the world, were treated to a virtual trip to New Zealand and taken on a wine tour to showcase the country's landscapes, the origin of New Zealand wine.

4000 Brits back NZ winemakers first vintage
A New Zealand winemaker has fulfilled a lifetime ambition of creating his own wine label following a crowdfunding campaign involving 4,000 UK wine drinkers. Dominic Maxwell, who has previously made wines for Greystone and Muddy Water in New Zealand, as well as winning New Zealand’s Winemaker of the Year award in 2011, appealed to Majestic-owned online retailer Naked Wines to support him in his ambition to create his first solo vintage through crowd-funding.

South African wine's U-Turn on terroir
Although it was once home to generic blends, James Lawrence finds plenty of variety in the country's rejuvenated wine landscape. The pace with which South Africa has transformed its wine industry is one of the most dramatic changes to have occurred in recent times. The widespread air of prosperity and freedom – not to mention more than 500 private wineries – would certainly surprise any South African returning home after 50 years on Mars.

Proposed tax bill to benefit US wine industry
Bill aims to modernize federal wine taxes, some of which are dated from the Prohibition era. California U.S. Representative Mike Thompson has teamed up with fellow representative Dave Reichert from Washington to propose a series of federal tax breaks for the U.S. wine industry. Thomp-son and Reichert are proposing an overhaul of laws that “brought in $1.07 billion in federal excise taxes from the U.S. wine industry during the last fiscal year,” reports The Press Democrat.

Taxes on wines in Europe may impact market
Last week's column on the evolution of India's wine industry over the past three decades noted that a complicated range of taxes made wine very expensive. Indeed, taxes impact heavily on the pocket book of any visitor to that country: We typically noted six different taxes on top of the bill at restau-rants, adding about 40 percent to the advertised cost on the menu. This leads us to consider the issue of taxes on wine among European wine-making nations compared with the high cost of wine in the United Kingdom.

Why is eBay opening an online wine shop?
eBay recently announced that it is launching a new destination on its platform called eBay Wine where users can browse for a wide selection of wines including collectibles, rare and everyday wines for all occasions and purchase them online. The company is partnering with Drync, a mobile app platform for wine, to bring a wide selection of wines to its U.S. shoppers through Drync’s retail network.

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