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News posted on Tuesday, 9 May 2017

New Zealand School of Wine in Marlborough
Marlborough college students could soon be learning to make wine, tend to vines and the ins and outs of the commercial side of the industry that put the region on the map. The school would focus on wine production, viticulture practices and wine business. Source, Stuff.

Promising vintage after poor start in Central Otago
Winegrowers are looking forward to a promising vintage in Central Otago as the grape harvest ends after a challenging growing season. A nip of frost and a cold summer some wineries are still picking their Sauvignon Blanc. Source, New Zealand Herald.

Bleasdale success at Langhorne Creek Wine Show
Bleasdale Vineyards has been named the 2017 Producer of the Year, announced at the Langhorne Creek Wine Show. They were also awarded two class trophies for Best Shiraz and Best Malbec, as well as nine gold medals. Source, Winetitles.

The Passing Clouds story
Clouds passing over the Leith family venture have at times been very dark and in 1984 involved the vicious murder by a drug addict of beloved 21-year-old daughter Ondine and her boyfriend. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Cool 2016 sees English wine yield dip 20%
Volumes of English wine dipped nearly 20% below the average production in 2016, due to a combination of cool conditions during the summer and a lack of moisture in the later part of the growing season. Source, The Drinks Business.

Best wine of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage
Lafite has been declared the wine of the 2016 vintage by the trade in Liv-ex’s annual survey in what is also slated to be a successful campaign. The vintage was rated 95.9 overall. Source, The Drinks Business.

Greek wine exports to Canada up 66%
Greek wine exports to Canada are up 66 percent since 2010 and are up 7.5 percent so far this year, a trend expected to grow further, the Greek embassy’s economic and trade affairs bureau said in a report. Source, Greek Canada Reporter.

Beaujolais Nouveaux all year round
Marcel Lapierre was known for two things: producing delicious, aromatic Beaujolais wines on his family’s home turf of Morgon and pioneering a “natural” style of winemaking from the 1980s on. Source, Wine Spectator.

Wine grape forum in Mildura
The Murray Valley Winegrowers are holding an industry information forum alongside the Australian Wine Research Institute's Grape & Wine Roadshow. The day will include specific talks for Murray Valley growers as well as vineyard management information from the AWRI. Source, Winetitles.

Weather shrinks 2017 vintage
Tasmania's 2017 vintage will take a significant hit following unkind weather in the lead-up to the picking season. The total grape harvest is predicted to be 10,000 tonnes, a big drop from 15,000 tonnes in 2016. Source, Brand Tasmania.

Treasury Wine Estates reshapes leadership team
Treasury Wine Estates has reshuffled their team includsing international positions. Robert Foy,e who is currently the President and Managing Director for Asia and Europe will now assume the role of President of the Americas. Source, Winetitles.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #15: Regularly inspect your vines for anything unusual or different. Seek help to identify what the problem is. #Vinehealth

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