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News posted on Thursday, 9 February 2017

Scorching weather helps manage disease
A typical Riverland summer is dry and often scorching hot. But until now, the region has been experiencing more tropical conditions thanks to South Australia's wetter and cooler than average summer. The unseasonable weather has pushed the wine grape harvest back by about two weeks, and in some areas has allowed diseases to flourish. Cooltong wine grape grower Jack Papageorgiou said it had been one of the most unusual seasons he had seen in his 44 years in the industry. "Every year in the industry is different — this is very different," he said.

Hot summer could hurt ACT wine region vintage
Canberra's winemakers are hoping for an end to summer's extended hot streak, warning it could lead to a poor vintage. While last year's wet winter and late spring paved the way for a tasty vintage, this could be undone by a hot or humid summer. John Leyshon of the Canberra District Wine Association said too much hot weather could make the grapes taste more bitter. "The problem with the heat is that the vines just shut down anything over 27-28 degrees and the vines just stop working so you're not going to get your grapes ripening," Mr Leyshon said.

Australia’s new philosophy of freshness
A new generation of Australian winemakers are turning their backs on the big, beefy styles that made the country’s reputation, preferring to make lighter, fruitier expressions in response to demand from restaurants and consumers. It’s mid afternoon on a crisp spring day in Adelaide. As if teasing us, the sun flits in an out of the clouds, forcing us into a comical routine – our jumpers come off and sunglasses go on when the sun comes out, and vice versa when it disappears behind the clouds again. We’re sitting outside a church that has been converted into a wood-fired pizza restaurant called Lost in a Forest.

Meet Contentious Character
It's the sort of statement that's often bantered about amongst friends, particularly after a few glasses vino. As you swirl your shiraz around the glass, you announce, "one day, I'd love to buy a vineyard", to murmurs of agreement around the table. It's a dream that has become a reality for Tony Mansfield, Ben Jarrett, Jeremy Wilson and Ross Appleton who have bought the previous Lambert Vineyards at Wamboin. While the four have a keen interest in food and wine, none have a specific wine background - Mansfield's background is advertising and marketing, Appleton's is operations and finance, Wilson's is retail operations and Jarrett's is in sales.

The wonder from down under
Universally delicious Australian wines made a surprising splash at the International Pinot Noir Celebration. When we think of Australian wine, our thoughts immediately drift toward big, bold, ripe shiraz, the style of syrah that made winemakers Down Under both famous and ubiquitous among American and European wine drinkers. In fact, Australia’s laser focus on shiraz has helped raise it to No. 8 amid the top wine-producing nations in the world. So imagine my surprise when Australia was the featured nation at last summer’s International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Ore.

The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival has become a staple on many calendars across Marlborough. Kat Duggan sat down with Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens for an insight into what makes it tick. When grapes were first planted on a commercial scale in Marlborough nearly 40 years ago, so too was the seed for what would become Marlborough's biggest social event of the year. The 2017 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival will mark 33 years since its beginnings at Brancott Vineyard, one of the region's oldest. Not much has changed since the festival's beginnings, and Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens says that's a big part of its success.

New Zealand pinots on the rise
The most amazing fact that came out of last week’s Pinot Noir New Zealand 2017 conference here was that just 20 years ago, the country’s most widely planted grape was Muller-Thurgau, a grape that makes boring wine. Yet it’s clear that just two decades later, New Zealand has the potential to make world-class wines from its cooler climates. A key to anyone recognizing this is allowing consumers around the world to be exposed to them. Which is beginning to happen.

Biosecurity tips for #V17
#V17 tip #2: Make sure you understand the regulations and documentation required for the movement of grapes, must, unfiltered juice, marc, machinery, equipment, diagnostic samples, soil, grapevine cuttings, rootlings and potted vines, within and between states. #Vinehealth

Wine opinions vinitaly survey
Latest survey on wine consumers in the US revealed the heavy usage of social media among the young generations in their 20s and 30s when exchanging infor-mation about wine thus showcasing the importance for wineries to be socially active in order to gain competitiveness in the US. Italian wines showed their high potential in the market ranking as the most chosen imported wine by 30%, as other countries followed with France 27%, Spain 19%, Australia 12%, Chile 11%, and were most preferred by consumers in their 30s and 40s.

Italian fizz bubble continues to grow
Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is celebrating a 19% increase in annual turnover thanks to the indomitable UK favourites of Argentinian Malbec and Italian sparkling. In their end of year results released today, the importer and brand owner reported sales of 4.9m Prosecco bottles in 2016 - a 22% increase on the previous year. The wider sparkling category also drove growth, particularly Italian Spumante, through its group ownership with Schenk Italian Wineries and also Malbec.

NZ, E.U. protest B.C. wine in grocery stores
Representatives of New Zealand and the European Union have notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that they intend to join the U.S. in protesting B.C.’s initiative to have only B.C. wines in the province’s grocery stores. “The measures maintained by the Canadian province of B.C. regarding the sale of wine in grocery stores may have a substantial impact on the sale and therefore on the importation of E.U. wine into B.C." the E.U. said in a statement. "The E.U. has, therefore, a substantial trade interest in these consultations.” New Zealand representatives released a similar short statement.

Oil magnate builds international wine empire
Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni, founder of the Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, discusses his burgeoning international wine empire. He speaks with Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn on "Bloomberg Markets." Bulgheroni is opening his 14th winery in Napa Valley to join his estates founded in countries around the globe.





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