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News posted on Friday, 7 April 2017

Grape marc prosecutions delayed
Peter Yealands, Babich Wines, Growco Limited, John Sowman and Michael Gifford were first supposed to appear in the Blenheim District Court in December over the discharge of their grape marc, which has had adverse affects on the local environment. The Marlborough District Council has pressed charges in relation to the discharge but the prosecution has now been delayed for a fourth time.

The value of Southeast Asian trade
South Australian businesses are visiting Indonesia and the Philippines this week to seize international trade opportunities as part of the State Government’s 2017 business mission program. Two thirds of Southeast Asia’s more than 600 million citizens are less than 35 years old which suggests high economic and consumer demand growth will continue in to the future.

Riverland spray drift: more concerns
Two more reports have come to hand in the past week of alleged chemical incursions from spray drift in the Riverland region. Indications are that one of these incursions appears to be the result of 2, 4 – D (ester) drifting in from a nearby Broadacre property and the other appears to be the result of Bromacil used as a pre-emergent or residual herbicide on an adjacent citrus property.

Selling wine in pubs
As pub patrons begin to drink more wine it's important to consider the movements and opinions of customers as well as managers. Knowing a pub operator who takes the drink seriously can be the difference between successful supply and failure. Here is a quick insight in to the minds of pub operators in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Kyneton on how their sales and customers are doing.

Corked wine reality check
It is estimated by various sources—everyone from cork manufacturers to the screw cap folks and a whole crowd of agendas in between—that anywhere between 1-7% of all wines bottled under cork are “corked” to some extent. So, pick a figure somewhere in the middle and that’s about how likely you are to get a bad bottle.

Peter Barry assault charges dropped
Prosecutors have dropped assault charges against Clare Valley winemaker Peter Barry. In a case held at Adelaide Magistrates court, Barry was accused of assaulting John Litchfield in an incident in North Adelaide on June 30 last year. "“I am, of course, pleased that the charge has been dropped. I have not had the opportunity to tell my story. […] My reputation has been damaged," Barry stated.

Should you put wine awards on your bottle?
To examine the effect of wine awards on purchase behavior, a group from the University of Otago (New Zealand) performed a qualitative study using focus groups to gain a better understanding of how consumers perceive wine awards on a bottle, and how these awards influence their purchase decisions in the store.

Is Chile scrambling to save their under-supply?
A new Chilean grape is set to become an exclusive offer from Chile, but will this be enough to save their short supply? Similar to malbec in Argentina, carménere came to Chile from France in the 1800s. An offspring of cabernet franc, it now is grown almost exclusively in Chile. While still in the shadow of cabernet sauvignon, it's could become Chile's signature grape.

Tough grape harvest nearly in
This has been a tough vintage for Gisborne grapegrowers and while the grapes have been harvested in remarkable condition, this will be a “mean” year for growers, said Gisborne winegrowers spokesman Doug Bell. Thankfully, the end of the 2017 vintage is in sight with 90 percent of the region’s grape crop now with the wineries. Will quality be enough of a savior?

Marlborough contractors breach standards
Two Marlborough vineyard contracting companies owned by the same directors have been stung for employment breaches and ordered to pay arrears to their workers. The Labour Inspectorate issued improvement notices to Vinepower and Provine after stepping in to mediate between Provine workers and the company during a pay dispute.

Graham Norton's wine goes international
New Zealand's Invivo wines has signed up two big international retailers to sell its Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc. The wine launched three years ago and is now available in six countries. This month Invivo revealed it was selling the wine in Britain's largest retailer, Tesco, and that it would also be available in the US with Kroger, the country's second-largest retailer.

Chinese students imbibe Burgundy secrets
Nearly one-third of the Dijon wine school's 135 students are Chinese, willing to pay up to 13,000 euros ($14,000) for the coveted expertise. "For most Chinese consumers, French wine is the best, because it has a long history, and it is very famous in the world," said Dijon wine school student Chen Yafen. While China has grown into a prolific buyer of wine, the country has also set its sights on making its own.

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