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News posted on Wednesday, 7 September 2016

2016 Len Evans Tutorial scholars announced
A dozen members of the Australian wine community are set for a life-changing experience having been selected as the scholars for the 2016 Len Evans Tutorial. To give it some context, James Halliday describes the tutorial as “the most exclusive wine school in the world”.

ASVO Advanced Wine Assessment Course scholarship recipient
Stewart Byrne, the assistant winemaker at Josef Chromy Wines, has been awarded a $4,500 scholarship that will allow him to refine his palate and sensory skills. The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) and Seguin Moreau Australasia, have announced Byrne as the 2016 recipient of the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship.

Cassegrain Winery land will go under the hammer this month
A public auction on September 13, will aim to sell the Cassegrain Winery land in Port Macquarie. The land has been rezoned in the hope an investor can purchase it for tourism development. A new and secure 10 year lease for Cassegrain Wines, which will continue to trade from the site, has been established.The sale of the land will not impact on the current facilities which include the winery, Seasons Café-Restaurant, Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre and the Tesla Supercharger station.

The success of Tasmania’s wines
Can the rise and rise of cool climate wines from Tasmania continue? It has been the silent juggernaut of the Australian wine industry. With minimal marketing budget, but with a product that consumers increasingly enjoy, Tasmanian wine producers are riding a wave of success. Winsor Dobbin investigates.

If the TPP dies, Australia has other game changing trade options
The US Congress’ ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is in serious danger. But running alongside the crippled TPP, and potentially of more importance to Australian trade, has been the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Essentially, the partnership is a free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN members and the six countries with which ASEAN has existing FTAs.

Wine industry adapting to climate change
Current and future adaptation strategies will be crucial for the wine industry. Recently more than 150 scientists from around the globe gathered at the ClimWine2016 Symposium in Bordeaux. One of the participants at the conference was Dr Amber Parker, Lincoln University viticulture lecturer, who is exploring changes to the lifecycle (phenology) of grapevines in response to temperature.

Marlborough grape marc management guidelines
Marlborough wine companies and grapegrowers have sustainability guidelines around how they manage grape marc. The majority of companies in the region are members of Sustainable Winegrowing in New Zealand, a program set up by industry body New Zealand Winegrowers.

Pernod Ricard UK MD departs as company hits another year of good growth
Pernod Ricard’s UK managing director Denis O’Flynn, who has been with company for 16 years leaves at the end of the month following another good year of growth.

Burgundy wineries try to weather the storms: Hail, frost, rain — and Brexit
No way will a string of bad weather and some market turbulence keep Burgundy down. David Croix, winemaker at Maison Camille Giroud for the past 15 vintages, put it this way: “It’s been bad four of the last five years, and this is by far the worst. Other years we’ve had hail, this year frost. Some vineyards don’t have any fruit at all, but we still have to mow, and we still have to trellis the vines.”

American billionaire buys three Bordeaux châteaux
Thomas Sullivan, billionaire founder of Lumber Liquidators and Cabinets to Go in the US, has bought nearly 30 hectares of vines across three Bordeaux Right Bank estates. The estates are Château Gaby in AOC Fronsac, Château Moya in AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux and Château du Parc in AOC St-Emilion Grand Cru. These are his first vineyard purchases. Sullivan is a Boston-native and a Miami resident.

Naked Wines ‘most social media-savvy’ wine retailer
Naked Wines delivers the most engaging content to its customers across social media platforms, according to new research into wine retailers’ online activity. The study, conducted retail marketing agency Leapfrogg, analysed 10 UK online wine sellers and clubs, looking at content across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

New US on-premise research
Wine Business Solutions has just released Wine On-Premise USA 2016, the first ever research into the independently owned On-Trade in the US. More than 36,000 listings from licensed On-Premise venues were collected at random across all States of the US.

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