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News posted on Friday, 8 December 2017

Wine industry frustrations over RSE staff delays
Delays by Immigration New Zealand in processing Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) staff has caused "frustration" among Marlborough winegrowers. The delays occurred in September and October, and meant the Agreement to Recruit (ATR) applications were late by a week. Source, Stuff.

Supernatural Wine goes back to basics
A Hawke's Bay company is leading the region in organic winemaking by going back to basics. Supernatural Wine Co. is an organic wine company in Hawke's Bay which produces certified organic, naturally vinified, low sulphur white and skin-fermented white wines. Source, The Country.

Treasury sells Baileys of Glenrowan
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today announced it has signed an agreement to sell its Baileys of Glenrowan assets to Casella Family Brands. TWE Managing Director ANZ Angus McPherson said the agreement with Casella Family Brands was mutually beneficial. Source, Winetitles.

Australian wine recalled, glass found in bottle
A number of popular Australian wines have been recalled after a packaging fault resulted in traces of glass being discovered inside bottles. Warburn Estate - the creator behind the Rumours and Gossip brands, have recalled 13 products from their range via Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. Source, Yahoo.

Looking through Rose coloured glasses
It's a pink tsunami. A flood of fuchsia. A rush of blush. Australia’s bars, restaurants and liquor retailers are looking at the coming summer through Rosé-coloured glasses as the biggest trend in drinking habits in years has taken the country’s thirst by storm. Source, News.

The Canberra wine region 2017 wrap
As 2017 draws to a close and we enjoy this year's Canberra whites and last year's reds, vignerons remain hopeful of another decent crop in 2018 – giving Canberra a rare run of three consecutive decent vintages. Source, The Canberra Times.

An underrated Australian wine region
The region is fairly fragmented, with a large number of small vineyards. A study initiated by Government of Victoria concluded that the cost of grape production is very high there due to low yields and high labour costs associated with vineyard management. Source, South China Morning Post.

The technology transforming a quiet Italian region
Earlier this year, the 16 member Wine Consortium of Abruzzo in Italy realized that a hindrance to local wine tourism came from winemakers themselves. Many were so focused on viticulture and fermentation that they ignored promoting their own regional mountain and coastal landscape as a destination for visitors. Source, Forbes.

Chilean wine masqueraded as Merlot
If you like rich, full-bodied dry red wine, you probably know about Malbec. Malbec is a red grape with a deep history in Bordeaux. It’s one of the five primary grapes Bordelaise wine makers tinker with to make some of the world’s finest, and most expensive, red wines. Source, The Gainsville Times.

Wildfires hit Murdoch wine estate
California Fire had issued a Red Flag Warning that conditions could lead to an increased fire risk, from ‘critical weather and dry conditions’. Moraga Winery in Bel-Air, owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has suffered some damage. Source, Decanter.

How to build a wine region
Boulder County’s foremost winemakers knew growing fruit wasn’t easy when they started Bookcliff Vineyards in 1996. Two bad growing years had imperilled the livelihood of a peach farmer in Palisade from whom they were buying land for a vineyard. Source, The Boulder Weekly.

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