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News posted on Thursday, 3 December 2015

Devil’s Corner to open new cellar door and lookout in Tasmania
A new home for Devil’s Corner wine will be officially unveiled on the 16th December 2015 at the Hazards Vineyard in Apslawn, on the east coast of Tasmania. The Devil’s Corner Cellar Door and Lookout, created from dark metal and rough, textured local timber has been designed by Cumulus Studio, the renowned Tasmanian architects behind projects such as Pumphouse Point and The Apple Shed, and built by Launceston builder Anstie Constructions.

Boutique Marlborough winery produces best white wine
A family owned boutique winery’s 2015 Sauvignon Blanc has been deemed the best white wine buy of the year by renowned wine writer Michael Cooper. The Starborough Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc has been labelled as a “five-star wine at a three star price” in New Zealand Wines 2016: Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide. Cooper goes on to say; “this is benchmark stuff, hard to resist in its youth…this impressive wine is widely available at $20 and when sold on promotion it’s an absolute steal.”

30 years of Coldstream Hills thanks to James Halliday
In December 30 years ago James and Suzanne Halliday gathered with a group of friends to push the limits of viticulture and plant two vineyards straight down very steep, undulating hills in the Yarra Valley, calling them the Amphitheatre and House Block Vineyards. It was only three months earlier that James and Suzanne first admired the magnificent views from the top of the property and considered its potential for producing pinot noir and chardonnay in the style of Burgundy – 30 minutes later they agreed to buy it, and Coldstream Hills was born.

Govt says no to country of origin labels
Opposition parties are calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on New Zealand foods after four cases of hepatitis A were linked to frozen imported berries. But Minister for Food Safety Jo Goodhew says the Government has no plans to do so. The call comes after the Ministry for Primary Industries identified the source of three of the four cases of hepatitis A infection, but refused to release the name of the brand or the berries' country of origin.

Warm weather impact on ice wine
Grapegrowers in Niagara are getting a little nervous tonight. They’ve left almost 4800 tons of grapes on their vines for ice wine this year, but this stretch of above seasonal weather is a cause for concern. “As we get moving through the winter, it starts to get browner and browner.” And that brownness are the flavours being created for ice wine.

China set to become Chile’s number one
China is set to leapfrog the US and UK in a matter of months to become Chile’s largest wine market, according to Julio Alonso, Asia director at Wines of Chile. Speaking to the drinks business at ProWine China on 11 November, Alonso stated confidently, “Give me four months and China will be first”. His bullish forecast is based on the fact that Chilean wine exports to China are growing at 34% in volume and 32% in value over the past 12 month period ending September this year.

Vermont winery on wheels
Susan Swain enjoys a good glass of wine and tours the state visiting the different vineyards and wineries that are popping up. "Friends and I travel around in the summertime and check out several of them in a trip," Swain said. Over the years, the New Haven woman has thought about making wine herself. "My husband and I were toying with the idea as I had some elderberries in our backyard," she said.

US liquor, wine groups supporting TPP
The U.S. liquor and wine industries are raising their glasses to an expansive Asia-Pacific trade deal they argue will help their exporters. The Distilled Spirits Council said they will support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, joining the Wine Institute to highlight provisions in the deal that will boost growth for them and the broader economy.

Goyder's Line moving south with climate change, forcing growers to search for new varieties
Climate change is moving a line drawn across South Australian maps 150 years ago to indicate the northern boundary of the state's good agricultural land, scientists have said. Farmers have used that imaginary boundary to determine where productive land ends and marginal land starts, but agricultural scientists say climate change is shifting the line south. Clare Valley Grape grower Malcolm Parish has begun searching abroad for new varieties he can plant which will better cope with hotter weather.

Looking after the vineyard with beneficial insects
As the cold of winter subsides and spring weather brings warmer days and more sunshine, everything in the vineyard awakens and begins a new season. As the vines begin to grow so do the grasses, clovers and other plant species that are found at ground level. During the rapid springtime growth phase many insects also burst into action; the warmer weather being the key driver in their annual life cycles.

Cork pops on cheap and cheerful
A modest little Aussie sparkling wine that sells for as little as $5 a bottle is one of the highlights inThe West Australian’s Top 100 white and sparkling wine review. The De Bortoli Sacred Hill Brut Cuvee was just pipped for the best value sparkling wine in the tasting by the Jacob’s Creek Trilogy Cuvee Brut. The Trilogy was exceptional for around $176 a bottle but the Sacred Hill with a recommended retail price of $6.95 was also tremendous quality for the price.

Hunter vignerons call for controls on pesticide sprays
Vignerons in the Denman area suspect spray drift from the noxious herbicide 24D may be affecting local grape yields. The substance, which is mainly used to control broad-leaf weeds in grain and grass crops, can travel up to 70 kilometres in the air after application. Jeff Oldman from Norlana Vineyard said the herbicide causes grape leaves to become distorted. "I've spoken to a number of people in the district and also Department of Primary Industries, and they all seem to be pretty convinced that it is 24D," he said.


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