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News posted on Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Chinese business and culture workshop
Thinking about growing your business and tackling the Chinese market? Ever wanted to export to China but not sure how or where to start? The Innovation & Collaboration Centre is hosting two half-day workshops which aim to provide a deeper understanding of Chinese business culture and help build strategies for market success in China.

Increasing competitiveness for Australia's wine and grape industry
Australia has no native grape varieties suitable for winemaking or table and dried grape production. As a result, grape varieties have historically been imported from overseas, but the imported varieties did not always suit Australian conditions such as heat waves and periods of limited water supply. New grape varieties were needed that would survive in these challenging conditions.

Award-winning Hunter winery First Creek boosts its bottling services
WITH a publican grandfather and a wine maker father, Shaun Silkman was likely destined for hospitality. To his credit, Mr Silkman finished most of an economics degree before arriving at the cellar door at award-winning Pokolbin winery First Creek, of which the Silkman family is major shareholder. “I went straight from school to uni, so I dropped out, got an insight into [First Creek] and loved it,” he said.

Micro-winery creating reds in the middle of Sydney
A MICRO-WINERY is creating its own vintages in the heart of the lower north shore. English winemaker Tom Munro has been making his own brews from scratch since he was nine years old. And when love took him to a new life in Neutral Bay he kept up the tradition. “I had a basic winery in the cellar of our house in north London. That’s when I started and I’ve been making wine ever since,” he said.

Ken King’s boutique winery to become one of the faces of Eltham farmers’ market
STAYING small but increasing brand presence is a common goal for many small producers. And it’s no different for boutique winery owner Ken King, who recently added to his impressive trophy room with a gold medal at the 2016 Australian Boutique Wine Awards for his 2014 Heathcote Shiraz.

Central wines take off
Otago wines are getting exposure to international markets thanks to airline endorsements Rebecca Fox discovers. Lowburn winery Domaine-Thomson's Explorer pinot noir is the latest Otago wine to appear on the wine list of an international airline. Last week Air New Zealand announced a Fine Wines list of 47 wines, including nine from Otago, that will be served on its business premier flights from September.

Meeting highlights opportunities and challenges facing Marlborough
The state of the Marlborough visitor economy was front and centre at a Smart and Connected meeting that took place in Blenheim on Tuesday. Presentations from different sector groups highlighted the opportunities and challenges facing the region, which saw an increase in visitor spending following a bumper summer season. The most recent Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates, released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, showed visitor spending in Marlborough grew by 4.2 per cent to around $343 million in the year to June.

Demand for wine education rises
Demand has risen for wine education in key markets including China, the UK and North America, the WSET has reported, after seeing the number of candidates rise for the 14th consecutive year. The education charity for the wine and spirit industry reported a 17% increase in the number of students taking its exams in the last year, up to more than 72k.

On and off-trade: Ten tips on how to upsell
We all know how comfortable customers are with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinean Malbec – and it can be easy to let these tried-and-tested favourites rule the roost. But with the premiumisation and a thirst for diversification driving innovation in the industry, now is the perfect time for the trade to hone its upselling techniques.

Liv-Ex trades English wine for the first time
It’s official: English sparkling has joined the ranks of fine wines such a Petrus and Dom Pérignon as Sussex fizz Nyetimber trades on Liv-ex – the first English sparkling to do so. Liv-ex, which is the global marketplace for professional buyers and sellers of fine wine, traded a six-bottle case of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvée, probably England’s most famous sparkling wine brand.

Monterey fire destroys vineyard owner’s home
Thousands of firefighters have been battling to contain a large wildfire in California's Monterey County that has destroyed a vineyard owner's property and led to mass evacuations. Flames from the Monterey fire consumed the property of Big Sur Vineyards owner Lenora Carey as fire crews struggled to contain it. There was also a small, non-commercial vineyard on the land.

Former winemaker David James will not mark 2016 up as a good year
IT has not been a good year for former Hunter winemaker David James. He has been pursued by banks after the collapse of 12 companies in his wine and publishing empire. In March the NSW Police Force’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad launched Strike Force Farrington to find $5 million in missing prestige wines he once held in trust for up to 300 owners.

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