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News posted on Monday, 4 December 2017

Robots in high end vineyards
Robots may soon have a bigger role in some of the world's most prestigious vineyards, after successful trials in Bordeaux and Portugal this year, including at Château Clerc Milon, owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Source, Decanter.

Yamanashi prefecture a connoisseurs paradise
Long renowned as an agricultural hub rife with orchards and pristine water sources, a group of viticulturists, distillers and brewers are quietly developing Yamanashi into a hub of Japanese wine, whisky and beer production. Source, Japan Times.

Move over wine bottles
The wine business is slowly turning to aluminium cans in response to the consumer demands of millennials, a panel of industry leaders noted on Thursday Nov 30. To be sure, the amount of wine sold in cans is still very small. Nielsen Co. reported that retail sales of wine in cans on an annual basis increased to $14.5 million in 2016 from $6.4 million in 2015. Source, Sonoma Index-Tribune.

Protein in wine could rejuvenate immune cells
An anti-aging protein called SIRT1, commonly known for being activated by red wine, has been shown to protect against age-related diseases, such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and cardiovascular disease. A study now reveals that it could also be targeted to rejuvenate cells in the immune system. Source, Science Daily.

Hotter weather may suit more grapes
Wine enthusiasts may well be able to buy Central Otago-grown Syrah and Merlot in the next few decades, former Central Otago Winegrowers (COWGA) president James Dicey, of Bannockburn, tells Yvonne O'Hara. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

NSW puts forward alcohol ad ban
The Australian alcohol and sporting industry has rounded on proposals to ban alcohol adverts in New South Wales (NSW) claiming that it will harm the industry and, despite claims to the contrary, will not do anything to discourage drinking among young people. Source, The Drinks Business.

Shaking up the wine industry
A series of tall, clear bottles with pink-coloured wine stand side by side on a shelf, behind the counter at Usher Tinkler Wines. A rosé by any other name, and yet, the wine inside these bottles is not really a rosé ... or is it? Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Swan Valley winery defies nature
The family behind Caversham House have owned RiverBank Estate Winery in the Swan Valley for less than a year but have wasted no time in renovating, developing new wines, winning awards and securing their first export contract. Source, The West Australian.

A ‘pitch-perfect’ Stargazer Tasmanian Riesling
"It seems the Clare and Eden Valley Rieslings aren’t the only ones to do well out of the 2017 vintage, as evidenced by Samantha Connew’s wonderful Stargazer Riesling from Tasmania’s Coal River Valley. [...] In Tasmania, the prominent fruit aromas sit more in the grapefruit and green apple spectrums; such are the wonders of site and regional specific characters," writes Dave Brookes for The Adelaide Review.

Aussie wine company wins Perth Stadium contract
Crowds at Perth Stadium will have a wide range of WA wines to choose from, with one of Australia’s biggest wine companies awarded the supply contract for the venue. Treasury Wine Estates was today announced as the exclusive provider of wine to the new stadium. Source, The West Australian.

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Brits love New Zealand wine
The British are onto something that we've known for while - New Zealand is the greatest country on earth. Well, that's the opinion of 87,220 Telegraph readers who voted in this year's Telegraph Travel Awards. Wine, it seems, is a favourite with our British visitors - noting we punch above our weight with "top-quality Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs". Source, Stuff.


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