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News posted on Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Australia named country of honour for Vinexpo
Australian wine will take centre stage at Vinexpo Hong Kong, as Australia has been selected as the Country of Honour for the exhibition in May 2018. Source, Winetitles.

Measuring deliciousness
Wine researcher Dr Sigfredo Fuentes runs the University of Melbourne's brand new sensory lab. The lab is focusing on calculating the deliciousness of food and drink through a series of reactive tests. Fuentes notes the importance of cultural differences when breaking in to a Chinese taste market. Source, Pursuit.

Developer's vision for Dalwood-Wyndham estate
The Iris Capital group of Sydney hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout aims to return the historic Dalwood-Wyndham wine estate at Branxton to its glory days as a venue for celebrity concerts, family gatherings, wine sales, weddings and social and corporate events. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Power price crisis for South Australian growers
Riverland irrigators are facing soaring water costs due to surging power bills, which an industry leader says could destroy South Australia’s horticulture industry and lead to fruit and vegetable imports. Source, The Weekly Times.

Wine review: Yangarra’s graceful Grenache
"But putting pen to screen and writing about them is part and parcel of coming to terms with my affliction, so please allow me to continue. Though we are spoiled for great Grenache in this fine state of ours, Yangarra do it better than most, and this, the High Sands Grenache, is their flagship wine from the esteemed variety." Source, The Adelaide Review.

John Sacker on Grenache
"Their rise in popularity caused a Grenache rethink in other parts of the world, including Australia. The variety has been called Australian wine's best kept secret. Plantings there go back to the 19th century, and the surviving plots of those gnarly old bush vines are now coveted by a new generation of winemakers." Source, Stuff.

Call of the wild
"The call of the wild draws some to don hiking books and head into the wilderness; for others, it’s hunting wild animals. For winemakers, though, the call of the wild is something rather different. Yeast is a crucial part of the wine-making process." Source, Otago Daily Times.

UK wine vote for single industry body rep
The United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers have voted to merge to form one single-industry representative body. Source, The Drinks Business.

SA wine label adds Fairtrade wines
The new Kumala Fairtrade Pinotage Shiraz, which launches exclusively in The Coop this month is the result of a two-year project with the Accolade-owned wine brand, and comes amid “buoyant” sales of Fairtrade wine, the Co-op said. Source, The Drinks Business.

A wine resort opens in Tuscany
A new wine 'town' with holograms of famous Italian winemakers, tastings, restaurants and self-catering apartments has opened in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. It has been 15 years in the making, with €12 million of funding from private investors and banks. Source, Decanter.

Russians told to drink more wine
"We are a country which generally drinks strong alcohol like vodka or moonshine," Alexander Tkachyov, head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry told Russian television channel NTV. "This not only robs people of their health, but also of their lives. By drinking more wine, Russians could see the country's health and demographic problems change for the better.” Source, The Moscow Times.

Biosecurity Tips
Tip#7: Sending pruning gear interstate for servicing? Ensure you act responsibly by being aware of the quarantine requirements for pruning gear leaving and re-entering your state. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

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