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News posted on Friday, 6 November 2015

Moving an entire vineyard from one region of South Australia to another pays off
An ambitious plan to move an entire vineyard from South Australia's Barossa Valley to the Adelaide Hills has proven successful. A hectare of dormant Shiraz vines was moved from Williamstown to Kersbrook about two months ago. The brains behind the ambitious move was Kersbrook Hill Wines owner Paul Clark, who said the risk paid off. "It's worked really well and the ones that are shooting are shooting really vigorously. "So far so good," he said.

From organic family winery to ALDI supplier: how $30m from China made it possible for McLaren Vale’s Gemtree
When Melissa Brown and husband Mike converted their family’s McLaren Vale vineyard to biodynamic practices in 2008, the patriarch said they’d “lost their marbles”. Being certified organic is yet to prove profitable - yet it’s set off a chain of events that’s turning Gemtree into a global contender in the wine business. “Melissa’s a viticulturist and our ‘resident greenie’, so we were eating all this organic food at home but then coming to work and nuking the vineyards with fertilisers, herbicides and pesticide.”

Australian wine impresses at Hong Kong wine comp
Australian wine is impressing at the 2015 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) with Hunter Valley Winery Tempus Two and Eden Valley’s McGuigan Wines both picking up awards. Tempus Two has taken away two top honours at the event, winning the trophy for Best Australian Wine and Best Semillon Trophy for the 2003 Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon marking the third year in a row the winery has been at the top of the competition.

UV rays provide flavour and nutrition to grapes
Ultraviolet radiation often gets a bad press, but it seems it might be responsible for putting the "zing" into New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc. Lincoln University expert Professor Brian Jordan, says UV rays are harmful to humans because they can cause cancer, but they also enhance the quality of many crops, including grapes. He has been experimenting with grapes by exposing them to more and less light to analyse the response.

US wine industry organisation opens in New Zealand
The WISE (Wine Industry Sales Education) Academy is a Napa organisation that specialises in wine industry direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales training. The academy will be launched in New Zealand on 25 November in the Central Otago wine region with an inaugural 3 day Cellar Door Professional course, followed by a DTC Metric Intensive course the following week, both in Cromwell. WISE is led and chaired by Lesley Berglund, the preeminent DTC expert in the US wine industry.

How millennials are changing wine
They’re the reason you use emojis instead of email and Snapchats instead of real chats. But will millennials also upend the wine establishment? As Lettie Teague discovers, this relationship status is complicated. “So many millennials are interested more in the narrative of the wine rather than the wine,” said Jason Jacobeit, the 29-year-old head sommelier of Bâtard restaurant in New York. “A lot of mediocre wine is being sold on the basis of a story.”

China no longer an El Dorado for wine traders
A dramatic slump in demand is putting paid to China’s reputation as an ‘El Dorado’ for wine trading, one French importer has said. As the South China Morning Post reported that Chinese wholesalers are cutting the prices of certain imported fine wines by up to 75%, Pierrick Fayoux, the marketing manager of Shanghai-based French importer VGF China, told the newspaper: “In 2010, everyone was screaming from the rooftops that China is the El Dorado for wine and you could become a millionaire by jumping into the business.

How wines age under twist-offs
Twist-offs, aka screwcaps, prevent wines from suffering cork taint. But Harry Peterson-Nedry believes that's only one advantage. "In 20 or 30 years we're going to say that other benefits are even bigger," he says. We were pouring 10 vintages of his Chehalem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Three Vineyard Pinot Noir to see how well they have aged. No suspense, every single bottle was free of any kind of taint, and the older vintages, back to 2004, had developed extra layers of aromatics and flavors that come with time in the bottle.

'Very high quality' vintage predicted for 2015 wines
The European vintage for 2015 should be of "a very high quality" after a year marked by clement weather and succesful harvests, wine growers said Wednesday. "This year we have the opportunity to be able to present a vintage of very high quality," Thierry Coste, a French wine grower who heads the wine group within Copa-Cogeca, the main European farm union, told reporters in Brussels.

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RIVERLAND: Water and wine
Following last week’s Water Worries column a number of growers have contacted the association to in support of a ‘Water Issues Meeting’. CIT have also indicated they will participate. Some have suggested it may be timely to reform SARC, the SA River Communities Group that represented the region’s irrigators so successfully in the run-up to the MDB Plan. Details have not yet been agreed but arrangements will be notified in the coming week.

Gum Winery is pick of the bunch for sustainability
TWISTED Gum Wines near Ballandean has won the small business prize at the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards for its eco-friendly approach to vineyard management. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the award recognised Twisted Gum Wines' commitment to sustainable practices in almost every aspect of their business, from the vineyard to the bottle shop. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Granite Belt vineyard was leading the way in adopting practices that reduced its environmental impact while strengthening its commercial position.

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