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News posted on Friday, 8 September 2017

Silver chloride not permitted as winemaking aid
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have approved an application to add several new processing aids to the list of aids permitted to be used in winemaking. Three new processing aids will soon be available to Australian winemakers - but silver chloride is not one of them. Source, Winetitles

Voting closing soon in AWRI board election
An election is underway to fill vacant positions on the AWRI Board of Directors in the small (<2,000 tonnes) and medium (2001 - 50,000 tonnes) producer categories. Producers in these two categories are being strongly encouraged to vote for their preferred candidate. Source, Winetitles

Chandon uncorks rare grape varieties from Champagne
The winemaking team at Chandon, Moët Hennessy's outpost in Victoria's Yarra Valley, is headed up by Dan Buckle, Glenn Thompson and Adam Keath. Between them the trio travel to France three or four times a year. Beside checking in with head office, they also take every opportunity to check out the champagnes produced by the company's competitors. Source, Australian Financial Review

Penfolds wins top social media award
Penfolds has been awarded Best Presence in Social Media at the 2017 Australian Drinks Awards. Australia's most iconic wine brand not only has a strong heritage, having been making wine in South Australia since 1844, but it has also embraced the digital age with huge success. Its Facebook page has more than 91,000 followers. Source, Drinks Bulletin

Chinese investor delegation visits Barossa
Forty opportunistic international investors have visited the Barossa to source premium local products including food and wine. The visit, organised through the state government and supported by Barossa Regional Development (RDA) Australia, has meant another crucial link between Chinese investors and the Barossa brand to further open up export doors. Source, Barossa & Light Herald

Matawhero takes gold at Bragato Wine Awards
A number of Gisborne wines were awarded medals in the annual Bragato Wine Awards, with a gold for Matawhero Rose 2017 made from fruit grown by Paul Tietjen. The objective of the awards is to give recognition to viticultural excellence, and to recognise the influence of grape growers and their vineyards in creating the unique qualities of NZ wines. Source, The Gisborne Herald

Marlborough ahead in gross margin benchmarking
When it comes to net cash income, the latest Gross Margin Benchmarking survey shows Marlborough was head and shoulders above other wine producing regions this year. The survey which is co-funded by MPI and New Zealand Winegrowers, surveys a number of growers in each of the five main regions focusing on dominant varieties. Source, New Zealand Winegrower

Rescue mission underway for rare wine menaced by Irma
Swooping in ahead of Hurricane Irma’s feared weekend arrival, an emergency response team is rescuing rare treasures - some of them survivors of world wars and all of them liquid - from harm’s way in Florida and Louisiana. Source, Reuters

Wine exec enters prison, sells stake in Napa vineyard
Former wine executive Charles Banks reported to a federal prison camp this week, beginning a four-year sentence for fraud. The former financial adviser and founder of Terroir Life, which owns or manages nearly a dozen wineries in California, New Zealand and South Africa, pleaded guilty in April to defrauding a retired basketball star client. Source, Wine Spectator

Poland, Taiwan and the UAE wine markets upgraded
The latest iteration of the Global Compass 2017 report, recently published by Wine Intelligence, has changed the status of Poland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates from Emerging markets to Growth markets, in an annual ranking of the world’s 50 most attractive wine markets. Source, Winetitles

Bulk wine prices to hit 'record highs' due to European shortages
The bulk wine market will be hard hit by the 2017 vintage, according to an Italian bulk wine broker, and prices are likely to hit record highs. With a shortage of both white and red grapes across Europe, largely due to the spring frosts in April, and hailstorms that caused major damage to vineyards in many areas, the president of Intermediazioni Lazzaretto has described the next harvest as “one of the most problematic we have seen in the past 30 years”. Source, VINEX Weekly eNews

Playing the long game with NZ wine
One can scarcely talk about NZ wine without mentioning Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the two are inseparable, so intertwined that it’s difficult to remember what the country’s winemakers did before striking gold with Marlborough Sauvignon. Source, The Drinks Business

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