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News posted on Thursday, 8 September 2016

Men urged to ‘step up’ on gender equality
The Advisory Board of the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) is calling on men in the Australian wine community to join women in taking action to address the issue of gender diversity. “Gender equality is not just a women’s issue, it’s an issue for the entire wine community,” said Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair.

UK tops list of foreign investments in Australian farmland; China owns 0.5 per cent
The Federal Government's long-awaited farm register reveals investors from the United Kingdom have easily the biggest stake in foreign-owned farmland in Australia. The register, compiled by the Australian Tax Office, shows 13.6 per cent of Australia's farmland is foreign-owned. UK-based investors own 27.5 million hectares or almost 53 per cent of that portion.

Thirteen new Masters of Wine named
Thirteen new members from eight different countries have joined the Institute of Masters of Wine, including Bree Boskov from Australia. Boskov started out as a sommelier in Canada before moving back to Australia and spending a decade in key account sales and brand management with De Bortoli Wines.

Canned wine: convenience and a new generation of wine drinkers
In Australia, Barokes created the first successful wine in a can in 1996 and patented the technology, known as Vinsafe, in 2002. Barokes now licenses their technology to producers in Australia and overseas. Barokes’ marketing director Irene Stokes says of the technology, “The Vinsafe technology ensures wine is canned to maintain the product's integrity (colour, taste, aroma), stability and longevity.”

Riverina winery winning over fans across the globe
A winery from the Riverina in southern New South Wales continues to fill the cellars of oenophiles across the world. Chalkers Crossing vineyard, located on the outskirts of the country town of Young, currently exports to the UK, China and Canada, and will soon begin selling to Thailand.

Wine ambassadors wanted: Kiwi vineyards turn to tourists for help
Vignerons in the Marlborough region are on a building spree, adding infrastructure to help them leverage off record tourist arrivals. The aim is to turn winery visitors into life-long advocates of Kiwi vino. Almost 612,000 foreigners visited New Zealand vineyards in the year through June, 11 per cent more than a year earlier, and government figures show that wine buffs typically stay in the country longer and spend more.

Kiwis too lazy, too drugged up to work: PM
New Zealand is forced to rely on foreign workers to fill jobs because locals are too lazy and have problems with drugs, its own prime minister said. “You don’t get a second chance when harvesting fruit – it needs to be picked in its prime. So if workers don’t show up, that hugely affects the business," said Leon Stallard from Hawke’s Bay.

Why cabernet sauvignon is the big kahuna of wine grapes
Today it is the most widely planted wine grape on earth, prominent in everything from the world's premier wines to the serviceable, reliable bottles that crowd grocery store shelves and sell for less than $15. You can surely find decent bottles of Cabernet for less than $10 too. Cabernet grows well pretty much everywhere you find sunlight and warmth, from Chile to China.

Pernod Ricard eyes acquisitions in China
Pernod Ricard is prepared to consider potential niche acquisitions to bolster its business in China and widen the appeal of its portfolio in what is now its second largest market, accounting for about nine per cent of its global sales.

Winery worker, Napa resident killed on the job
A Napa winery employee was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics after a stack of metal wine barrel racks fell on him, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. "This is a terrible tragedy that is felt throughout our organisation” said CEO and Chairman Roger Trinchero. “As a family-run operation, every employee is part of our extended family and the loss is very painful for all of us.”

Looking to Italy for new winegrape varieties
Growers in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada gathered recently to hear what Professor Novello had to say about their region. Novello, from the University of Turin, was invited by University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich to tour foothill vineyards and share his thoughts. Growers in the region are finding success producing Italian grape varieties, owing in part to the ideal microclimate and soils the foothills provide.

NSW Small Winemakers Show 2016: Trophy winners
The NSW Small Winemakers Show celebrated its 25th year of competition this year with the highest number of medals awarded in recent years. This year also saw the largest diversity of wine regions and styles awarded medals in the shows history from 96 small producers that crush a maximum of 500 tonnes annually.

Innovate Live arrives in South Australia
After great success in Victoria and Western Australia, Innovate Live is headed to South Australia. Innovate Live is an educational seminar focused on helping wine businesses navigate the ecosystem of technology. It's 2016, and let's face it, modern technology moves fast...

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