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News posted on Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Rural Woman of the Year: Winemaker Rebecca Duffy set for cellar door tour
A winemaker from the Tamar Valley has won the Tasmanian Rural Women's Award, saying she will use it to research cellar door trends overseas. Rebecca Duffy took over at Holm Oak Vineyard in Rowella nine years ago, and has since grown wine production from 1,500 cases a year to 12,000. Duffy is also the director of Wine Tasmania and the secretary of the Tamar Valley Wine Route group.

Treasury Wines prunes around the edges
Treasury Wine Estates is stepping up plans to divert funds into higher returning assets with the sale of vineyards, vacant land and homesteads in Australia's prime wine regions in the second tranche of a broader sell-off that will deliver a combined $10 million-plus. Treasury, the maker of Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Rosemount sold off six vineyards in October, 2015 to reap close to $6 million and has now put a second group of vineyards, excess land holdings and homesteads on the market which experts expect could fetch an aggregate total of up to $4 million.

Seppeltsfield launches virtual reality tour of its winery
CHINESE wine drinkers can now be transported to the heart of the Barossa following Seppeltsfield’s launch of a virtual reality tour of the winery. The 165-year-old wine estate has teamed up with Adelaide company Schwerpunkt to produce a virtual tour of the winery, which can be accessed via both high-end and entry-level virtual reality glasses such as Google’s Cardboard product.

Levantine Hill Estate appoints new sales manager
Yarra Valley winery Levantine Hill Estate has appointed Ben Shillito as its sales manager to expand the emerging brand's presence across Australia and help launch a program for international sales. Shillito was previously the national sales and marketing manager for Adelaide Hills' winery Bird in Hand. Samantha Jreissati, managing director, said she was pleased to welcome Shillito to the team.

Australians’ drinking habits distilled into 100 glasses
In any given four-week period last year, Australian adults drank just over 426 million glasses of alcohol between them, the latest data from Roy Morgan Research reveals. While this may seem like an ocean of liquor at first glance, it actually translates to an average 23 glasses per person per four weeks. But how much of that is beer, how much is wine and how much is spirits? As we revealed recently, a higher proportion of Australians 18+ drink wine than beer in an average four weeks, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a greater volume of wine than beer is consumed.

Changing tastes at West Auckland winery
A substantial function centre in a high profile position on one of West Auckland's busiest arterial roads is up for lease following the sale of the property it stands on. The complex, known as Langtons on Lincoln, is part of the former Lincoln Wines vineyard and winery site at 130 Lincoln Rd, Henderson, and is available for immediate occupation. Millie Liang, of Bayleys Auckland, has been appointed to lease the premises on behalf of the new owner.

French winemakers hijack Spanish wine tankers on motorway
French winemakers have sent tens of thousands of litres of Spanish wine gushing onto the motorway in southern France, in protest at mass produced foreign wine entering the country. Infuriated French winemakers in Languedoc-Roussillon turned on the taps of tankers full of red wine being transported in bulk from Spain, allowing it to gush out onto the motorway tarmac.

Prosecco Players Lead Impact’s Imported Wine Hot Brands
With Prosecco surging ahead in the U.S. market, this year’s Impact “Hot Brands” imported wine line-up is dominated by entries representing that rising category—which accounted for nearly half of the 22 honourees. Constellation Brands’ Ruffino is the largest of imported wine’s Hot Brands, posting a 10% increase to 1.1 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank, with its Prosecco up 43% to 250,000 cases.

Newcastle Wine School founder receives top industry award
A Newcastle-based business owner has scooped the wine industry’s top award for education in recognition of the national success of his rapidly-expanding franchise network. Chris Powell, founder of localwineschool.com, the UK’s leading independent wine education network, has been presented with the Riedel WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Educator of the Year Award for the outstanding performance of his company, which consists of 25 franchised wine schools from Glasgow to the south coast of England.

Wine Design & Marketing Awards winners announced
MOST EVERYDAY CONSUMERS ARE routinely confounded when it comes to choosing an appropriate wine. Many multiple retailer wine fixtures constitute a veritable forest of bottles. Which to choose? A brand or a supermarket own-label? What’s the price, what’s on promotion? Drinks International invited entries to its Wine Design & Marketing Awards in an effort to highlight and reward companies that have made the effort to distinguish their wines, either through astute marketing or eye-catching design.

The case for wine tourism In Gisborne
Today’s post is the third in a series about the faces of New Zealand wine. After looking first at the more popular regions of Central Otago and Marlborough, both on New Zealand’s South Island, I’d like to turn today to the much lesser-known region of Gisborne, on the east coast of the North Island, between Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Plenty. It’s relatively secluded, but bountiful in terms of both production and innovation.

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