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News posted on Thursday, 4 May 2017

Australian Vintage Ltd signs exclusive deal
Australian Vintage Limited enters in to a $16.5million deal securing exclusive distribution with Vintage China Fund L.P. who are the founders of China's largest online wine retailer, YesMyWine. Source, Winetitles.

Fruit fly coordinator for Yarra Valley
The Andrews Labor Government has funded the appointment of a Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator in the Yarra Valley to help protect horticultural production and keep the area fruit fly free. Source, Winetitles.

New Zealand export milestone
New Zealand exports to the USA continue to grow and have surpassed $500million for the first time. The increase is significant in comparison to the previous year, showing potential for further advancement. Source, Winetitles.

Underpaid workers in Marlborough compensated
A Marlborough vineyard contracting company has been stung with a $40,000 penalty and ordered to pay back its workers for breaching employment standards. The company failed to provide 83 employees with minimum wage, correct holiday pay, or keep proper employment records for its workers.Source, Stuff.

Taittinger plants first English vines
Planting has officially begun at Domaine Evremond, the vineyard land in Kent purchased by Champagne Taittinger and partners. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger says that he wants to build a winery and sees the area becoming a tourist attraction.Source, Decanter.

Maria Garcia, the Wikipedia of wine
Since entering the wine world roughly a decade ago, Garcia, 34, has gotten used to defying expectations. The child of Mexican immigrants, she's petite, easygoing. She knew she had to work harder to be taken seriously. Source, LA Weekly.

Sub zero wipes out vines across England
English wine producers are counting the cost after severe frosts gripped much of southern England last week, with sub zero temperatures wiping out more than half of some producers’ crops. Source, The Drinks Business.

The new millennial wine destination
Valle is not a new wine region — some vineyards date from the 1920s — but this Mexican wine country is calling to millennials, with modern, design-y wineries and grit that can’t be found in Napa or Sonoma. Source, The New York Times.

The most unique wine region in Australia
At just 14100ha Nagambie Lakes is one of the smallest wine regions in all of Australia. It's the only region in Australia where the growing climate is dramatically influenced by an inland water mass. Source, Shepparton News.

Aldi now selling wine in Perth
ALDI has had a big win in its bid to sell booze, with the Liquor Commission granting the supermarket giant a licence allowing it to sell alcohol at its Harrisdale store after a successful appeal. Source, Perth Now.

Showcasing Coonawarra
Three international wine tourism delegates visited the district on Tuesday with the aim of unravelling what makes SA a premium wine tourism destination. Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) deputy chief executive Tim Goodes believes SA’s recently formed partnership with global wine region powerhouses can only further benefit the state. Source, Naracoorte Herald.

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