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News posted on Thursday, 6 July 2017

Grower wins $7m case
A north-west Victorian grape grower, whose 60-hectare property was permanently damaged by chemical overspray from a neighbouring property four years ago, has been awarded more than $7 million. Source, Sunraysia Daily.

Robert Wood wins German wine scholarship
The talented son of Yenda farmers has won a prestigious wine scholarship to Germany – to work there as a consultant winemaker. Robert Wood, 25, who works at Calabria Wines, has been awarded the Esther Knewitz Memorial scholarship. Source, The Daily Advertiser.

Victorian tourism boost
The Victorian Government has helped secure a $1.15million investment in Seymour. Family owned winery, Wine x Sam, will create 10 local jobs and increase regional tourism by an estimated 10000 visitors a year. Source, The Seymour Telegraph.

Man faces court over Swan Valley painting theft
The man charged over a bizarre painting theft in the Swan Valley last month has appeared in a Perth court. Jake Dugles Seagrim, 19, appeared in the Midland Magistrate's Court today charged with stealing a 2.5m, 50kg painting worth $8000 from the Chapel Farm winery in Middle Swan on June 10. Source, The West Australian.

Rocks now roll vineyard prices
Recent record vineyard prices are relevant to top geologies common to both Barossa and McLaren Vale, Philip White reports. Source, InDaily.

RSE conference to be held in Blenheim
A conference to mark the 10th anniversary of a migrant labour scheme crucial to the success of the Marlborough wine industry is being held in Blenheim on Thursday. The Horticulture New Zealand-organised conference on the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme runs over two days at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Source, Stuff.

Could our farmers cash in on legal cannabis?
Dairy, wine … hemp? If the currently restrictive laws on the cultivation of cannabis were loosened, it could change the agricultural landscape of New Zealand. "I think it will be up there with dairy and other agricultural commodities," says Richard Barge about low-THC industrial hemp. "It will catch up with wine industry and things like that." Source, Stuff.

How Sideways reshaped the wine industry
Thin-skinned. Temperamental. In need of constant care and attention. In the film Sideways, those descriptive words aptly captured the character of angst-ridden, wine-obsessed protagonist Miles Raymond. The same words also tell the story of an equally important, but liquid, character in the film: pinot noir. Source, Maine Public.

Learning Italian grapes
Forbes contributor Susan H. Gordon writes on her experiences attending the Vinitaly International Academy. Susan joined McLaren Vale local Gil Gordon-Smith in completing the course to be labelled an Italian Wine Ambassador. Source, Forbes.

Six amazing bottles hurt by bad art
Bloomberg contributor Elin McCoy has picked six bottles of wine that boast "bad art". Her claims is that the label is detracting from some fine wine. Hint: there's a Clare Valley bottle thrown under the bus. Source, Bloomberg.

Harrods to invest in million dollar wine rooms
While a report in the Evening Standard at the end of last year claimed that Harrods was closing its wines and spirits department, food & restaurant director Alex Dower said that the opposite was the case, as it was dedicating a huge sum to creating a new set of rooms just for alcoholic drinks. Source, The Drinks Business.

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