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News posted on Friday, 3 November 2017

Expert exporters in McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale based Mollydooker Wines has been announced as a finalist in the 55th Australian Export Awards. Australian Export Award winners will be announced on 5 December 2017.

Wineries prepare for earthquake disruption
The wine industry's ability to prepare for future earthquakes is the focus of new research being funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries. The November 2016 earthquake affected growers in North Canterbury and Marlborough, causing the loss of several million litres of wine as well as damage to important infrastructure. Source, Radio NZ.

Cantebury wine for a cause
An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked or sold into slavery each year – making up around one child every 27 seconds, according to Unicef. A North Canterbury wine label's name was inspired by this "overwhelming" statistic. 27 Seconds is donating all of its profits to help survivors of slavery. Source, Stuff.

It's that time of year again
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is well into the annual delivery of France’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine ahead of Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Nov. 16. This year, WFS is coordinating delivery of more than 3,000 tonnes of the wine to customers in Asia. Source, Air Cargo World.

Why we need to stop fetishising wine expertise
"We’re at a funny time in this country where wine expertise is concerned. A handful of once-powerful wine tastemakers are now much less powerful. Wine drinkers today are more self-assured than ever, and less reliant on point scores," writes Jon Bonne for Punch.

It's man who makes faulty wine, not nature
Calling the gap between over processed technological wines and extreme natural wine in today’s wine world as “big” and “stupid”, Peter Sisseck of Pingus wants winemakers everywhere to bridge the divide and concentrate on making wines with, “great respect for tradition, great respect for origin, and great respect for knowledge.” Source, The Drinks Business.

English wine demand is growing
English wine producer Chapel Down has announced their second highest yield of fruit to date at the completion of their 2017 harvest. The winery said 2017 yielded “excellent quality fruit” and the second most yet by volume, up 10% from last year. Source, Business Insider.

NSW maximises ERWSP opportunities
As part of the 2017 NSW Wine Awards celebration, a new Memorandum of Understanding between the NSW Wine Industry Association and the NSW Government has been announced, signalling a positive step forward for the state’s wine industry. Source, Winetitles.

Off-grid winery named business of the year
Moores Hill Estate owner Fiona Weller was settling in with a glass of wine at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards when she was again called up to the stage. After winning the opening award for Best Environmental Practice early in the night, she thought that would be the end of her public recognition. Source, The Examiner.

No worries with hail, it's vine
The Hunter’s recent deluge which included a fair share of hail, has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Pokolbin vignerons. Keith Tulloch of Keith Tulloch Wines and Jeff Byrne from Agnew Wines (Audrey Wilkinson, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Poole’s Rock) are happy with the way their vines stood up to the pounding. Source, The Maitland Mercury.

Halliday Grenache challenge results
The James Halliday Grenache challenge invited producers from all Australian wine regions to participate, encouraging an honest gauge of Australia’s winemaking form and to catch the styles and movements developing across our landscape. See the full list of results here. Source, Winetitles.

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