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News posted on Monday, 6 November 2017

Wild yeasts make potent fungicides
In a discovery that could benefit the environment and provide a multimillion-dollar windfall for grape growers the world over, researchers from Italy’s University of Milan have identified a strain of wild yeast that is more effective than fungicides in preventing common grape moulds. Source, Cosmos.

New chair for Hunter Valley association
The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association has appointed Lindy Hyam as its new independent chair at its annual general meeting. Ms Hyam, the former general manager of Singleton Council, takes the reins following the expiration of the term and retirement of George Souris, who had chaired the board since 2014. Source, The Singleton Argus

Orange winery predicts sales to double in five years
The head of an Orange winery has forecast sales will double in the next five years thanks to an export drive and further developing its cellar door operations. Philip Shaw Wines chief executive officer Damian Shaw said there was major potential for growth among Orange region wineries. Source, Central Western Daily

The two events that shaped Washington wine
Half a century ago, there wasn’t much of a Washington wine industry - just a dozen wineries, making primarily sweet, fortified wine. And there were laws blocking all out-of-state wines. But the pioneering Ste. Michelle Vineyards was created in 1967, and two years later, the California Wine Bill was passed. Source The Seattle Times

Change the way you buy this festive season
Tyson Stelzer announces his top 50 sparkling buys of the moment and discovers that the best deals are not where you might expect. This year prices on a bottle of champagne vary by as much as 50% from one store to another. Source, Tyson Stelzer.

Burgundy leads gains on Liv-ex market
Burgundy wines led gains on the Liv-ex wine market last month while Bordeaux lagged, with a 2.5 percent monthly gain on the regional Burgundy 150 Index contributing to an overall rise of 1 percent in the broader Fine Wine 1000 benchmark. Source, Bloomberg.

A passion to grow Bathurst’s winemaking industry
You would think the chance to sniff, swirl and swish more than 800 wines would be the dream job of a life time. But for first-time associate judge at the National Cool Climate Wine Show Sam Ranzaglia, it was “ridiculously hard”. Source, Western Advocate

Atlas Wine Co wants to change budget wine
Alexandre Remy is not interested in making high-end wine. “$60 Pinot Noir is a huge financial disaster,” says the winemaker. “I know. I tried it.” Remy, a partner in Atlas Wine Co., is now trying to make a different sort of wine under his Oro Bello and Omen brands: inexpensive, available at grocery stores, and with a flavor profile that will appeal to middle America. Source, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Luna Estate shrugs off cyclone-hit vintage
Reeling from the two devastating cyclones that hit New Zealand during the April harvest, Pinot Noir specialist, Luna Estate, is nonetheless revelling in the quality of the vintage. “The wines are tasting well with plenty of bright fruit and soft tannins. Very pleased with the results,” commented winemaker Joel Watson. Source, The Drinks Business

Canadian industry heading toward pot
The Niagara region of southern Ontario is known around the world as Canada’s premiere wine destination. In among the rows of grapevines and fields of tender fruit, Niagara has also started to draw the interest of the cannabis industry as a hub for productions facilities. Source, Yahoo.

Enterprising winemaker gets award recognition
When Debra Cruikshank left school, she was not sure what she wanted to do. She grew up on a sheep and beef farm and at the very least knew she wanted to do physical work. Now, at 37, she has her own vineyard and winery and a successful business, DC Wines, that is growing each year. Source, Otago Daily Times

Winery predicts sales to double in next five years

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange hailed as one of Australia's best
Australia’s great show-off wine is the Penfolds Bin 95 Grange. Wine writers are running out of superlatives to describe the latest release. It’s the 2015 vintage and has been hailed as one of the best ever. It will set you back $850 a bottle. Source, News

NSW Wine joins forces with state government
A new Memorandum of Understanding between the NSW Wine Industry Association and the NSW Government has been signed, signaling a positive step forward for the state’s wine industry. Under the agreement, the state government will focus on the areas of export markets development, regional wine tourism, and research and innovation. Source, Open House

Teldor® 500 SC Fungicide
Advanced botrytis control. Teldor is the leading fungicide for controlling botrytis (bunch rot) in grapes. Teldor has no adverse impacts on fermentation or the taste of wine, is ‘soft’ on beneficial insects (when used as directed) to fit well into an IPM program, plus it can be applied at various stages throughout the crop growth cycle.

Orange winery predicts sales to double in five years
The head of an Orange winery has forecast sales will double in the next five years thanks to an export drive and further developing its cellar door operations. Philip Shaw Wines chief executive officer Damian Shaw said there was major potential for growth among Orange region wineries. Source, Central Western Daily

English winemaker says production up 10% in 2017
English wine producer Chapel Down has announced their second highest yield of fruit to date at the completion of their 2017 harvest. The winery said 2017 yielded “excellent quality fruit” and the second most yet by volume, up 10% from last year. Source, Business Insider

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