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News posted on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

WANTED: 95cm or above basket press with two cages
Wanted for vintage 2016 in McLaren Vale, 95cm or above basket press with two cages. Contact Alan, [email protected], 0408 819 108.

Australia Post partners with website to sell Margaret River wine in China
Australian winemakers open for business in China through new Australia Post partnership with Alibaba’s 1688.com. A Mandarin-only business-to-business online marketplace, 16.88.com was set up by Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group in 2010 to help foreign businesses sell wholesale into China. The site has 100 million registered users and is the world’s largest wholesale transaction platform and third biggest overall.

Sixteen exhibitors join Wine Australia at ProWine China
Wine Australia, in partnership with 16 exhibitors, staged a successful first showing at trade fair ProWine China 2015, held in Shanghai on 11–13 November. The huge Wine Australia pavilion showcased approximately 100 wines from 21 brands and 15 wine regions across five states. Exhibitors were a mix of brands already in-market and brands seeking distribution for the first time.

Vinomofo look offshore and mull capital raise
Online wine seller Vinomofo is expanding overseas, and if its entrance in new markets is successful the business will do its first capital raise. The company, which was founded in 2011 by Andre Eikmeier, Justin Dry and Leigh Morgan sells more than 35,000 cases of wine each month in Australia and now it's set its sights on larger markets in China, the United States and the UK

Closure decisions: Wine quality is king, but the customer plays an important role
Winemakers have plenty of information about closures, but when balancing consumer preferences and the performance of the product the decision-making process can get complicated. Winemakers want the closure in their bottle of wine to preserve the quality of the product, so they can send their wine out to the market confident it will meet expectations. And there’s plenty of information available to them to help decide. Nathan Gogoll reports.

New Zealand's top-end wine market growing
When was the last time you splashed out a few hundred dollars on a bottle of wine? New Zealanders are spending growing amounts on top-end bottles of wine for their cellars or tables, industry commentators say. Stephen White, owner and chief winemaker at Stonyridge, said his wines had been the highest-priced in the country for at least 25 years. Bottles sell for between $260 and $500.

Conservation key to vineyard project
Three Karearea chicks are settling into their new home at Palliser Estate's Clouston Vineyard in Martinborough. The trio were delivered to the vineyard on Thursday by Jane Lenting, who is behind the project, which hopes to establish the threatened species back into Wairarapa. More than 60 winemakers and interested community members gathered to welcome the New Zealand falcon chicks.

Global sales of Fairtrade wines reach all time high
Sales of Fairtrade wines in the UK increased by 9% in volume to over 10.8 million litres in 2014, demonstrating the category’s growing strength, according to a report by UK retailer The Co-op. Global sales of Fairtrade wines reached almost 30 million bottles in 2014, with UK sales growing by 9% in volume to over 10.8 million litres, according to a report entitled ‘Behind the Label’, published by The Co-op in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation.

The black women leading South Africa’s wine revolution
For many years, South Africa’s blacks were excluded from wine-drinking, as well as wine-making. Now, companies like Seven Sisters are blazing a revolutionary trail. It was at the very first Soweto Wine Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005 when Vivian Kleynhans offered Selena Cuffe a glass of Seven Sisters wine—the strawberry-colored rosé named after Kleynhans’ sister Twena.

Veuve Clicquot upcycles raw materials to create eco-packaging
LVMH-owned Champagne house Veuve Clicquot’s eco-friendly mission is evolving to include packaging that repurposes leftover grape skins. Veuve Clicquot unveiled its new Naturally Clicquot packaging on social media, explaining to followers that it is the first of its kind and is produced from the skin of grapes used to make its Champagne.

Wine2wine sheds light on the future of viticulture and wine making
The second edition of wine2wine, the two-day forum on the business of wine organized by Veronafiere in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), opened its doors today to more than 1,000 members of trade and press who came to attend a packed full program of events and initiatives aimed at supporting Italian wine producers in their activity in Italy and abroad.

TWE to provide calorie information online
Treasury Wine Estates has announced a new way of providing calorie information to consumers, by printing individualised URL’s on wine labels across its entire portfolio. The web addresses (eg. www.lindemans.com/calories) will direct drinkers to a nutritional breakdown of the wine online, including calorie content. The roll-out of calorie websites on TWE wine labels will commence across Europe, where there is heightened consumer interest in accessing information on the calorie content of wine and other alcohol beverages.

New yeast technology - FREE Information Webinar for wine makers
Portavin Integrated Wine Services is hosting a free Yeast Information Webinar to help wine makers learn more about the latest yeast nutrition technology now available. Working in conjunction with one of the world’s leading yeast producers Fermentis, this webinar will discuss how winemakers can gain better control of their fermentation through more accurate management of yeast nutrition.





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