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News posted on Friday, 8 July 2016

Barossa’s stories inspiring environmental best practice
Barossa’s wine grape growers are forging ahead with modern viticultural practices to prepare for the changing climate – highlighted with the first launch of a poignant six-part video series that demonstrates Barossa’s environmental best practices. The video series, entitled Environmental Champions of the Barossa is an initiative of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA), which represents Barossa’s 550 independent grape growers and 170 wine brands.

Wolf Blass named ‘red winemaker of the year’
Wolf Blass has been named ‘red winemaker of the year’ at last night’s 33rd International Wine Challenge in London. The South Australian based winery topped more than 15,000 entries from over 50 countries, demonstrating their strength and consistency of winemaking across wine styles. Chris Hatcher, Wolf Blass chief winemaker, said he was humbled to receive the award on for the third time on behalf of the winery following wins in 2008 and 2013.

Cloudy Bay and Loveblock look beyond Sauvignon Blanc
Two of New Zealand wine’s most prominent luxury players—Cloudy Bay and Loveblock—see openings to diversify the kiwi category by moving beyond the core Sauvignon Blanc varietal and secondary offering Pinot Noir—but they aren’t necessarily agreed on what comes next. Created by New Zealand industry veterans Kim and Erica Crawford following the 2003 sale of their Kim Crawford brand to Vincor (now part of Constellation), Loveblock launched in the U.S. in 2013.

Growers and wineries: Think ‘lean’
Wine Australia’s commitment to help Riverland growers and wineries improve their businesses and their bottom line by reducing waste and improving efficiency is moving up a gear. A Lean Production for Growers and Wineries workshop will be held in Renmark at Angove Family Winemakers on Tuesday August 9. The principles and benefits of ‘lean production’ will be outlined along with ways of doing things to identify and help eliminate hidden, non-essential activities and production steps in the vineyard and the winery.

Padthaway Grape Growers Association celebrate annual Wood Duck Award
More than 80 members attended the Padthaway Grape Growers Association annual dinner on June 17. It was great to be back at the Limestone Coast Wine cellar door with the fires roaring and local Padthaway wine pouring. Everyone enjoyed a three course menu catered for by Finn’s Fine Foods, and enjoyed the local Padthaway wines.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Invests in Wine Grape Research Program
Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay today announced $400,000 to support a wine grape research program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Kentville Research and Development Centre.

Pacific Rim moves to ease bottleneck in wine trade
SINGAPORE — Wine lovers and exporters around the Pacific Rim will have reason to pop the cork after officials slashed red tape on shipments in the region that will ease an expensive bottleneck. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group said in a statement that the 21 member economies had agreed on a standard, simplified certificate, replacing the multi-layered system that had led to losses of about US$1 billion a year in the industry.

All change on Austrian wine labels
Out with Neusiedlersee-Hu¨gelland and Mittelburgenland, in with Ried, or single vineyard. These and other long-discussed amendments to Austrian wine names have at last been incorporated into official wine law. Appellations and quality designations have been a work in progress for many years, as I discussed last year in Austria wrestles with vineyard classification. (The map shows the work in progress in Kremstal and Kamptal to identify top vineyard sites.)

Uruguay’s rising red and white grapes
In recent decades, South American wine, particularly Malbec from Argentina and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, has earned a spot at American dinner tables. But if you want to explore the ­contintent’s wines beyond Argentinean and Chilean vino, head to Uruguay, a country lodged between Brazil and Argentina. Unbeknownst to most aficionados, Uruguay has a long history with wine.

Bayer Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced
Cameron Price from Villa Maria has been named as the Bayer Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year for 2016. Price said he was thrilled that the experience he had gained from having entered the competition twice previously and the hard work he put into preparing for this year finally paid off. Most contestants enter several times before taking out the title and this is an important part of the competition as it builds confidence and skills along the way.

Australia’s finest wine sparkles as it makes history
A Tasmanian wine has made history by becoming the first sparkling to take out The Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show at the Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) Awards announced at the Brisbane Showgrounds this morning. The quality of the House of Arras 2007 Grand Vintage has been described by Chief Judge David Bicknell as being “up there with some of the great champagne houses”.

Bayer Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced
Cameron Price from Villa Maria has been named as the Bayer Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year for 2016. Price said he was thrilled that the experience he had gained from having entered the competition twice previously and the hard work he put into preparing for this year finally paid off. Most contestants enter several times before taking out the title and this is an important part of the competition as it builds confidence and skills along the way.

Sweet taste of success for local wine show
TWO major changes are in store for the National Cool Climate Wine Show when it returns to Bathurst in October. The first of the changes is the introduction of early bird tickets for the public wine tasting. Publicity officer Michelle Kerr said people are always eager to sample the wide variety of cool climate wines entered in the show. “They will only be available during July,” she said. “Because the public tasting was so popular last year we thought it would be good to have early bird tickets.”

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