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News posted on Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Discovering Western Australia's largest wine region
How long does it take for a wine region to become an overnight success? For WA’s stunning Great Southern region, it looks like just a little over 50 years. The recommendation for lovers of very fine wines? Stock up – while the region remains ‘undiscovered’! It’s remote, windswept, miles from nowhere, incredibly beautiful and is home to some of Australia’s finest wines.

Chinese winery sets sights on Aussie grapes
China’s third biggest wine company could soon become the first ever to vertically integrate its production between Australian vineyards and its home market. RJ Whitehead reports for Beverage Daily.

Winery owner criticizes State Government
Chateau Tanunda owner John Geber said SA is “governed by a bloody bunch of drongos” and the state energy policy is driving investment interstate. He has recently learnt that a $40,000 annual power bill, which includes power for his company’s hostels in McLaren Vale and the Barossa, will increase to as much as $100,000-a-year from July.

Winemakers happy with Bay's mixed grape harvest
The drought conditions of December through to mid-February had effectively "saved our bacon" in terms of how the grapes across Hawke's Bay had weathered persistent and potentially damaging bouts of rain over the past six weeks. However, there was likely to be a drop in overall volumes along with a drop in sugar levels and in individual cases a possible rise in the cost of harvesting, leading winemaker Rod McDonald said.

Wild weather worries wineries
Nelson winemakers have had to harvest early as Cyclone Debbie threatens to destroy crops still hanging on the vine. The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are expected to hit New Zealand over the coming days, bringing heavy rain and high winds across many parts of the country. Agnes Seifried of Seifried Estate in the Moutere Valley said staff had been working flat out during dry weather days to harvest as much as possible.

Oatley to distribute Pikes Clare Valley wines
Oatley Fine Wine Merchants, Australia’s fastest growing distributor to the trade, will take on Clare Valley producer Pikes from May. Pikes will be distributed by Oatley in Australia both direct and through broad range wholesalers.

UK merry on organic wine as sales soar
Sales of organic wine are booming in the UK as part of the growing trend for “conscious consumerism”. According to the organic food and farming group the Soil Association, sales of organic beers, wines and spirits rose by 14.3% last year to reach nearly £6m. Still a relatively small share (2.2%) of the overall UK organic market, sales are now growing at double the rate of the market as a whole.

From San Francisco to Swartland
Andrea Mullineux, co-owner and winemaker at the highly successful South African company Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, was recently named Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year. This is a first-ever win for a South African winemaker and makes her only the third female winner in the 17-year history of the awards.

Innovation and technique with wine yeast
Steve Matthiasson has earned commercial and critical acclaim for his line of wines from vineyard sites throughout Napa Valley. Matthiasson produces his wines at the custom-crush facility Bin-to-Bottle in Napa and prefers a “nice slow and cool fermentation,” so he inoculates with a specific strain so that the fruit and vineyard will shine through in the finished wine.

Angry French winemakers destroy Spanish wine in south
Angry French winemakers have staged a protest against Spanish wine lining French supermarket shelves that they say is losing them business. Xavier Fabre of the Gard region winegrowers' union said Friday that around 100 protesters removed and destroyed boxes of Spanish wine Thursday on display in local supermarkets.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #10: Ensure all machinery and equipment used on your property complies with state quarantine regulations for cleaning, sterilisation and proof of origin and is accompanied by required documentation. #Vinehealth

Kellermeister’s UK awards success
Kellermeister has added another international award to its trophy cabinet after being named Fine Wine Producer of the Year – Barossa Valley at the UK’s Food and Drink Awards 2017. The winery, which is owned and run by the Pearce family, also took out best Australian Shiraz Cabernet with its Ralph’s Ensemble blend.

Deviation Road: Sparkling needn’t be from Champagne
Champagne is big business and Australia’s steady rise up the league table of fizz drinking nations — at present sixth overall per capita. However, here in Australia, Kate Laurie at Deviation Road in the Adelaide Hills make what Nick Ryan considers to be Australia’s most precise sparkling wines, a product of Kate’s academic training in the Champagne town of Avize.

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