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News posted on Monday, 6 June 2016

Distribution shake up at Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants
Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia have announced changes to their portfolios effective from 1st July 2016. After a 23 year distribution partnership with Negociants Australia, Wirra Wirra is moving to the Samuel Smith and Son portfolio, effective 1 July 2016. They will be the first McLaren Vale winery to be featured in the Samuel Smith & Son offering. Paul Midolo, director strategy and trading, said the Samuel Smith & Son team were excited to add the iconic McLaren Vale brand to their portfolio.

Rymill Coonawarra joins Oatley Fine Wine Merchants portfolio
Oatley Fine Wine Merchants announced they will manage the Australian distribution of Rymill Coonawarra wines from July 1, 2016. Oatley Fine Wine Merchants has established a strong foothold in the Australian on-premise market – a key reason why Rymill Coonawarra has joined the Oatley portfolio. John Rymill, Rymill Coonawarra owner, said the wine company was looking to grow with a new and supportive distribution partner.

Wine Australia announces new Head of Market, Americas
Andreas Clark, Wine Australia chief executive officer, today announced Aaron Ridgway has been appointed as Wine Australia’s new Head of Market, Americas. Clark said he was delighted Aaron was joining the Wine Australia team. “He is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Australian wine with a sound track record in our important US market, Clark said.

Rising temperatures spark 'race to Tasmania' for winemakers escaping heat
They are one of the oldest families of wine in Australia, and after more than 120 years in Victoria, Brown Brothers' decision to expand outside of its traditional growing area because of rising temperatures is paying off. Warm springs and hot summers can affect grape quality and produce lower-quality, more alcoholic wine. Wine companies big and small are scrambling to adapt, with vineyard managers changing things like the way they prune, how they sit the vines on the trellis, different grape varieties, and the location of vineyards.

Former Hunter winemaker is spreading the Joiy
RULES were meant to be broken, or so the old saying goes. Winemaker Chris Archer certainly thinks so. The Tyrrell’s protégé who gets a kick out of “blending” glasses of wine at restaurants to improve the flavour has gone one step further and blended Australian and New Zealand Riesling grapes to create a consumer-friendly sparkling wine in a 250ml bottle. Archer describes it as “the first Australasian sparkling” and in direct competition with so-called lifestyle drinks.

Wine creates a powerful pull
Wine in New Zealand has become both big business and a big talking point. So anyone arranging an incentive event needs to 'know their onions' when it comes to wine. Wayne Harris, general manager of planners Go Conference & Incentive in New Zealand, says Kiwis' wine knowledge has grown exponentially - and woe betide the planner who does not arrange wine of a quality consistent with the group's knowledge in any incentive event in Australia.

Matua winery sold to family business
The original Matua winery in Auckland has been bought by a family-owned business. Sutton Group Holdings Lts has acquired the Waimauku winery where Matua claimed to have planted the first Sauvignon Blanc vines in New Zealand. Sutton Group is a family-owned business with a 30 year history of engineering, packaging, food and beverage experience.

Matua winery sold to family business
The original Matua winery in Auckland has been bought by a family-owned business. Sutton Group Holdings Lts has acquired the Waimauku winery where Matua claimed to have planted the first Sauvignon Blanc vines in New Zealand. Sutton Group is a family-owned business with a 30 year history of engineering, packaging, food and beverage experience.

Making a case for consolidating wineries
There have been some dramatic acquisitions in the wine business the past several months. Most recently, Jackson Family Wines purchased Copain winery, a highly regarded boutique Sonoma County producer of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In April, Ste. Michelle Estates, the parent company of Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest wineries, purchased Patz & Hall, another Sonoma County specialist in chardonnay and pinot noir. The sale amounts for these purchases were not disclosed.

Supermarkets selling 'British' wine made from imported grapes
Wine producers in the UK are concerned that the labelling of cheap wine made from imported grapes as 'British' could damage the reputation of British-grown produce. Major UK supermarkets are selling ‘British’ wine made out of imported grapes from elsewhere in Europe, prompting concerns about the reputation of wine grown in England. Tesco, Asda and Lidl are among those selling wines made from cheap grapes grown and pressed abroad and labelling them as British produce.

How ripe is too ripe for red wines: the debate rages
THE debate about what constitutes quality and complexity when it comes to South African reds (and by extension, red wines everywhere) shows no signs of abating. From the flippant view that this country’s well-heeled punters prefer over-ripe, heavily oaked reds, to the counterattack from the Swartlanders who eschew these strategies, it seems that it’s not a discussion susceptible to any useful resolution.

Vintners act to block counterfeits as China’s thirst for Canadian ice wine grows
The Niagara peninsula, a flat strip of lush farmland that separates Lake Erie from Lake Ontario, feels like the Klondike right now, with eager farmers ripping out stately orchards of pear and peach trees to plant row upon row of grape vines on every possible scrap of soil. Someday soon, the farmers may ring the doorbells in the little subdivision that crowds the fields in the village of Virgil, to ask permission to grow a few grape vines in their front yards.

Breakfast reunion for Roseworthy and The University of Adelaide past wine graduates and staff
The University of Adelaide Wine Alumni network is holding a breakfast Reunion at the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide in July. The breakfast will be held from 7.00-9.00 am, Wednesday 27 July 2016, in Hall K of the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide, at a cost of $37.

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