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News posted on Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Kiwi trio bringing ‘artisan wine’ to NZ tables
Everyday Kiwis may soon be enjoying the fruits of artisan winegrowers’ labours with their evening meals, thanks in large part to a grape loving trio leading the democratisation of independently produced wine across New Zealand. Source, Winetitles

AWRI & Wine Australia enter RDE agreement
Wine Australia and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have entered into an eight year agreement covering research, development and extension activities at the AWRI from 2017–25. This long-term partnership reflects a high level of strategic alignment between the two organisations. Source, Winetitles.

Biosecurity tips
Tip#3: Are you biosecurity ready? Have you trained all vineyard staff including contract and casual labour on farm-gate hygiene practices? #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

USA world's most 'attractive' export market
The USA remains the world’s most attractive wine market, with China entering the top five. For the fourth consecutive year, the USA holds pole position with Germany and Canada earning second and third position respectively. Source, Winetitles.

Bilyara wins SA Employer of the Year
Solid investment in employees at Treasury Wine Estate’s Bilyara Packing Centre earned them Employer of the Year recognition on Friday night. The South Australian award highlighted the company for heavily investing in the capability of their employees with a mindset built on continuous improvement. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Giesen Wines invited to pour at New York event
Marlborough's Giesen Wines has been invited to pour at the prestigious Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience in October. Only wineries that have received the highest tasting scores of 90+ point ratings from the magazine’s tasting panel are considered. Source, Scoop Business

Myrtaceae winery using rare Reidel glasses
Wine tastings at the Myrtaceae cellar door are conducted using Reidel rolling taster glasses. The glass holds 20mls in a reservoir in the stem and it can be laid flat and rolled without spilling any wine. “As the wine moves across a much greater surface area a greater depth or flavour is revealed, first via the olfactory nerve and then on the palate,” winemaker Julie Trueman said. Source, The Herald Sun.

Orange wineries owed by local restaurant
The bankrupt owner of the failed Orange restaurant Stepping Stone has apologised for leaving creditors with debts totalling $236,974. Swinging Bridge Wines owner Tom Ward said after working in hospitality in Sydney, he was “used to it” and he was not expecting to get anything back. Source, Central Western Daily.

Can wine submerged in stormwater be damaged?
"The question I have subsequently asked myself - and others have asked me - is whether wine can be damaged when bottles get submerged in any kind of water, never mind some seriously brown, smelly, almost gooey stuff," writes Dale Robertson, for the Houston Chronicle.

European growers turn to robotics
At a vineyard in Tomar in Portugal, scientists from the University of Lisbon are testing out a new robot designed to increase the productivity of winegrowers. It can climb slopes up to 45° and generate maps that accurately assess the yield of vineyards. Source, Euro News.

Fine wine jumps in value
The super-rich have seen their jewellery, fine wine and musical instrument collections jump in value again. Now in its twelfth year, blue-blooded UK bank Coutts’ ‘passion’ index of the finest things in life returned to positive territory in 2016 after a dip in 2015 - this includes a near 10 percent jump in wines. Source, Reuters.

South African drinks group sells off brands
South African drinks group, Distell, has divested itself of several vineyards and estates as it seeks to concentrate on just four key brands. The news came as Distell announced its half-year results last month. Source, The Drinks Business.

Chinese import change blamed for wine company demise
A wine-making descendant of one of Hawke's Bay's wine pioneers has been made bankrupt and will soon have his liquidated company removed from the Companies Register. According to a liquidator's report Robbie Bird put his company's demise down to a change in policy by Chinese president Xi Jinping. Source, Stuff

Deloitte and ANZ announce wine survey collaboration
Deloitte and ANZ Bank have announced a new collaboration on the 2017 wine industry benchmarking survey. The survey is designed to assist NZ wine businesses to make more informed decisions about their relative financial strengths and weaknesses compared with others in the industry, and is open for a period of around four weeks. Source, Stuff





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