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News posted on Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Taiwan officials get a taste of Barossa ‘Old Vine’
In response to a ‘growing interest’ for high end Australian wine in the country, Wine Australia recently held a Barossa Old Vine Heritage masterclass in Taipei. Hosted by Wine Australia and Austrade together with Barossa Grape & Wine Association, the event introduced 34 media and trade guests to Barossa’s unique terroir with 10 exceptional Barossa wines produced from old vines. Martin Walsh, Austrade Taipei senior trade commissioner, said research showed a strong market for high-end wine in Taiwan.

Naked Wines to test bricks and mortar in Australia
Online wine merchant Naked Wines is looking to old-fashioned bricks and mortar as it maps the best way to reach its rapidly expanding customer base. The Australian arm of Naked Wines raises about $1.6 million a month from its network of 40,000 'angels' or customers and in the past year turnover has topped $30 million. Naked Wines International chief executive Luke Jecks said the crowdfunded business was exploring how a shopfront would complement its online business and build on its service-centric model.

Tasmania’s Duffy duo
If a husband and wife winemaking team can survive the long days of harvest together, they’ve probably got a pretty solid relationship. Tim and Bec Duffy could vouch for that. Running a small winery nestled in Tasmania’s breathtaking Tamar Valley, the Duffy’s produce quality boutique wines with the help of their two boys and a very opinionated pet pig named Pinot. Emilie Reynolds reports.

It's wine time at restaurants
Dan Stinton hears the frustration of the hospitality sector when it comes to ordering alcohol and has set about making the task easier. He has established eBev which solves the problems of multiple suppliers by aggregating the portfolios of wine and beverage suppliers in Australia to make it easier for licensed restaurants, bars and retailers to search the wholesale marketplace and send purchase orders to multiple suppliers who are all in one place.

Mark Lewis’ Green Man vineyard a connection to European heritage
People plant vineyards for a whole host of different reasons. Some want to make money (hey, good luck with that); some dream of producing the best wine in the world; some are attracted to the romance of it all — contentedly lazing under the shade of their own vines in summer, etc, etc. For Mark Lewis, planting a vineyard in Australia was a way of connecting with centuries of European heritage and tradition.

Wine Bill amendment to clarify origins
Wine industry figures expect a new law clarifying a wine's origin to come into force later this year. The industry has been lobbying government officials to amend legislation in the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act to have wine more clearly labelled. New Zealand Wine Growers legal advocacy manager Jeffrey Clarke said the Ministry of Primary Industry had been working on minor changes to the Act since legislation was passed in 2006.

NZ fruit export value reaches high
New Zealand fruit trade has become a heavy hitter as an export, helping to at least partly offset weakness in the dairy and forest products sectors. Data out from Statistics NZ showed the value of fruit exports reached an all-time high of $2 billion in the year to June, up almost 20 per cent from a year earlier. Wine was another strong performer, up 7.3 per cent to $1.4 billion in the June year.

Large fire destroys winery and barn in Charlton
CHARLTON — A massive fire consumed a 15-year-old family owned winery here Sunday night, destroying the life’s work of a couple in the process. Sarah Benjamin said she was in the family home located on the grounds Charlton Orchards and Winery when she heard two large bangs around 10:30 Sunday. She went up to her second floor bedroom where the curtains were closed - but the fire was so powerful she could see flames through the fabric.

Wine merchant Woolf Sung looks for investment as Chinese collectors drive growth
Woolf Sung, the premium wine merchant, is looking to tap investors for funding as it aims to hit £10m (A$21m) in revenue. Founder and chief executive Sebastian Woolf told IBTimes UK he is focusing on private equity and banks in order to bankroll expansion and become one of the top five spirit merchants in the country. "We're looking to raise up to £1m (A$2.14m), so we're actively seeking outside investment. It would help fund expansion, cash flow and possibly create an online platform," Woolf said.

Roederer opens private vineyard nursery
Maison Louis Roederer has been granted the status of ‘pepiniériste privé’ in France, meaning it is able to run a private vineyard nursery to grow its own rootstocks and control the process of massale selection from beginning to end. ‘This has been a gradual process,’ chef de cave and executive vice-president Jean Baptiste Lecaillon told Decanter.com. ‘We have been carrying out massale selection in our plots in Aÿ since 1980. From 1996 all our vintage champagnes have been made from 100% of our own grapes, with none bought from outside growers.

UK wine merchant Enotria buys Coe Vintners
Enotria said buying Coe Vintners would give it an ‘un-matched portfolio’ of top wines and spirits in the UK. The deal is another example of consolidation in the UK wine market, which has faced a lean few years following recession and successive duty tax rises. Enotria’s chief executive, Troy Christensen, said the acquisition was critical for his company’s growth strategy. He highlighted Coe’s strength as a bar and restaurant supplier.

Delivering Australian wine to the world
Efic understands the challenges faced by the wine industry in relation to exporting, particularly the significant lag from when grapes are crushed to when wine is ready for market. As Australia’s export credit agency, Efic can help bridge the gap when your bank is unable to assist, allowing you to expand into new markets, grow internationally and achieve export success. To find out more about how Efic could help your wine export business grow, phone 1800 093 724 or visit www.efic.gov.au/wine.

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AgroThermal Systems Introduces Thermaculture™ to New Zealand
AgroThermal Systems announced its introduction to New Zealand wineries and wine grape growers. This innovative crop management process utilizes heat treatments directly to crops from a tractor pulled machine. Benefits include improved fruit set, greater harvest yields, sustainable pest control and improved wine quality. The company will be exhibiting at the Romeo Bragato 2015 Conference in Napier, New Zealand on August 26-28.

Penfolds named official wine sponsor of 67th Emmys
Penfolds has been announced as the Official Wine Partner of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards season. This is the first time Penfolds has partnered with the Television Academy to provide their prized wines to Emmy nominees, presenters and members of the Television Academy. To celebrate, each Primetime Emmy winner will receive a bottle of Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz in a commemorative wooden box, specially engraved with his or her name.

Penfolds named official wine sponsor of 67th Emmys
Penfolds has been announced as the Official Wine Partner of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards season. This is the first time Penfolds has partnered with the Television Academy to provide their prized wines to Emmy nominees, presenters and members of the Television Academy. To celebrate, each Primetime Emmy winner will receive a bottle of Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz in a commemorative wooden box, specially engraved with his or her name.

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