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News posted on Friday, 6 May 2016

Hobart Wine Show changes entry rules to benefit smaller wineries
Entries are now open for the 2016 Royal Hobart International Wine Show, with organisers announcing new reduced volume entries to encourage smaller vineyards from across Australia and New Zealand to participate. John Ellis, managing director of Hanging Rock Winery and chair of the show’s committee, said organisers were constantly refining and building the event.

Matthew Jukes unveils Top 100 Aussie wines
More than 300 members of the UK drinks trade turned out at Australia House in London this week to mark the launch of Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines 2016 – the 13th edition of the list. This year saw nine wineries make their debut appearance on the list. In addition to making the quality grade, all wines included on the list must be available in the UK for the coming year.

RIVERLAND: The good, the bad and the ugly
On balance, a lot more good points than bad. It would be churlish to be anything but pleased, albeit that the transition period may seem to be too generous. Legislative amendments will be necessary. There will be opportunities for further consultation around any negative or unintended impacts.

2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition Entries Now Open
Submissions for the 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition on July 3rd are Open! Get early bird pricing and enter now. The Melbourne International Wine Competition is the first major international wine competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of: buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers. Unlike other wine competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales.

Cork producers step toward TCA free future
Natural cork producers are ramping up their efforts to stay ahead of alternative closure suppliers with the development of new technology that promises to eliminate TCA cork taint. While the percentage of natural cork closures affected by TCA has declined dramatically in the past decade, it continues to impact a very small percentage of global cork production.

Marlborough celebrates International Sauvignon Blanc Day
The wine variety that put the New Zealand industry on the map will light up social media on Friday as people around the globe come together to celebrate sauvignon blanc. The seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day will start in New Zealand and follow the sun around the world as wine lovers leap to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show their appreciation of the variety.

Oz Clarke joins NZ wine hall of fame
Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke is to become the first person from the UK to be inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame. Clarke, who is credited as one of the original wine commentators to have put New Zealand Wine on the map, will receive the Hall of Fame accolade on International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday May 6, New Zealand Winegrowers announced.

40% of Burgundy affected by frost
The serious frosts that hit Burgundy last week gravely damaged almost half of the viticultural area, according to reports. Although the full impact of the frost is still being calculated, 46% of the vineyards – 13,453 hectares – were damaged by over 30% it would appear, according to the Bourgogne Interprofession. Worryingly, it appears at the moment that 23% of the vineyards have been damaged by over 70%.

Con-cours – Fakes Uncovered at Wine Competition
Two companies nabbed for supplying altered wine in a major competition. Wine fakery is no longer limited to first-growth Bordeaux: it has hit supermarkets. Two wine companies have been caught submitting different versions of their wines to the world's largest wine competition to the one they sell in stores.

New China wine import figures
Fresh customs figures shows that China’s wine import figures continue to grow in both volume and value during the first three months of 2016. Australian and Chilean wines leaped in volume, while French wines are showing significant growth in average price. 107m litres of bottled wines worth $557m were imported into China during January to March of 2016, showing a 31% growth in volume and 42% growth in value compared to the same period of 2015.

Wineries gingerly delve into beer and spirits
Santa Rosa, Calif.—With craft breweries popping up everywhere and craft distilleries growing in popularity, many winery owners have considered whether they should hop into those ponds. After all, all three businesses deal with national, state and local alcohol laws, and all three involve some of the same technology and equipment.

Meet the master of wines: Simon Berry
SIMON Berry from Kingsley Grove Estate has a passion for wine and wants to pass his knowledge on to wine enthusiasts far and wide. In celebration of Aussie Wine Month this May, he and his wife Jo will open the winery's doors for a wine tasting masterclass. Within the cellar door of the working winery, the workshop will be presented by the winemaker himself and will provide an overview of Queensland's wine regions.





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