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News posted on Friday, 5 August 2016

Sale looms as Chinese develop a thirst for Accolade Wines
Accolade Wines is set to appoint investment banks for a dual-track process within the next month, according to sources, as the company becomes the latest target of Chinese conglomerates in search of opportunities in the Australian food and healthcare space. Suitors from China for some months have been courting the private equity-owned operation that counts Hardys as among its brands, as first reported by this column.

Farmers welcome partial backtrack on CSIRO climate cuts, but call for all jobs to be reinstated
Farmers have welcomed a partial backtrack on CSIRO cuts, but have called on the Government to invest more in climate change adaptation research for agriculture. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt, has instructed the CSIRO to renew its focus on climate science, promising it would be a "bedrock function" of the organisation. He has revealed the CSIRO will create 15 new climate science roles.

Casella Wines buys vineyard Dunvar in NSW
CASELLLA Wines is continuing its Australian expansion with the acquisition of Dunvar, one of NSW’s biggest vineyards. It is the latest acquisition for Casella Wines, which recently acquired full ownership of Morris Wines at Rutherglen from Pernod Ricard Winemakers. Real estate agency CBRE recently offered the prominent Riverina District vineyard near Darlington Point for sale on behalf of Belvino Investments.

Stelzer to host HK Champagne masterclass
The Champagne Guide author, Tom Stelzer will host a September masterclass in Hong Kong comparing several brands of non-vintage and vintage Champagne. Tyson Stelzer was named International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year in 2015 and is also the host of Australian television series, People of the Vine.

Is the global wine industry really embracing sustainability?
The wine sector is severely threatened by the impacts of climate change, but is it doing enough to prevent them? In New Zealand, the wine industry has put a large focus in recent years on becoming more environmentally sustainable. An industry-led initiative introduced in 1997 known as Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) has delivered considerable success, with an estimated 94 per cent of New Zealand's vineyard producing area now certified.

Marlborough couple Krystal and Jeremy Beal start Vino Van business
A new on-demand bar service is on the road in Marlborough; they call it the Vino Van. Krystal? and Jeremy Beal have retrofitted a beat-up 1960's caravan transforming it from "rats' nest" to "portable bar". They found the caravan festering on a Grovetown farm, inhabited by chickens and rodents. In April, the couple started the refit and have spent about $14,000 converting it from ruin to fully functioning bar.

Growing trend for seasonal wine lists
Wine lists at innovative restaurants are becoming ever more seasonal in nature, reflecting both the time of year and what’s on the menu. In London, at wine-centric venues like The 10 Cases, The Quality Chop House, Sager + Wilde and Noble Rot, what’s in your glass is considered equally as important as what’s on your plate.

No terror in the terroir
Despite the headline attached to a press release from UBC Okanagan, vineyards aren’t degrading soil quality, at least according to local grapegrowers. Tim Watts, who has operated Kettle Valley Winery on the Naramata Bench for 25 years, said the headline “UBC researchers determine vineyards adversely affect soil quality,” was misleading. When he received the interview request from the Western News, he was at a conference where Miranda Hart, one of the research team, was the next speaker.

California wine shows strength in challenging economy
The California wine and winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state’s economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy according to a new report commissioned by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

$70 million vision for grape market, 120 full-time jobs
A WINE company from outside Sunraysia has lodged a development application with Mildura Rural City Council to establish a winery at Red Cliffs, which is expected to create about 120 full-time jobs and 100 casual jobs during the vintage. Mildura planning consultant James Golsworthy said the company was expected to invest between ­

Syrian refugee Ninorta Bahno crowned 'wine queen' in Germany
A Syrian refugee has been crowned "queen" of one of Germany's top wine-making regions, the first asylum seeker to receive such an accolade. Student Ninorta Bahno, 26, fled the civil war in Syria more than three years ago. The Syrian Christian was crowned wine queen in the city of Trier, western Germany, in the Moselle wine region near the border with Luxembourg. She said that she hoped the prize would encourage integration.

Second Wine Business Workshop for South West
Wine Business Solutions’ Direct to Customer and Wine Tourism Strategy workshops have had a huge response with 85 West Australian wine business owners and senior managers registering for 5 workshops to be run in August and September.

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