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News posted on Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Pernod Ricard asks SA court to overturn irrigation licence denial due to frost risk
Pernod Ricard, maker of wine including Jacob’s Creek and Wyndham Estate, has filed court action against the Environment and Heritage Department. It wants the Environment, Resources and Development Court to overturn the department’s refusal to allocate extra River Murray irrigation water to its South-East vineyards over winter. The department denied the allocation application, saying it was filed two days after the deadline, but Pernod Ricard claims it can prove otherwise.

Ghost Rock opens Coasts first commercial winery
NORTHDOWN is home to the first commercial winery on the North-West Coast after Ghost Rock officially opened its $1 million venture yesterday. Hundred Acres is a winery and food interpretation centre that will allow the Northdown vineyard to grow, pick, make and bottle its own wines on-site. The food interpretation centre has been equipped to host food and cooking workshops that will be matched with the vineyard's world-class wines.

Tyrrell's shines the light on solar power
Tyrrell’s Wines has unveiled one of Australia’s first commercial solar power purchase projects as part of a string of environmentally-friendly measures that the winery has introduced. The 1350 solar panels were installed by Sunlease (a Solgen Group company) after Tyrrell’s had the dream five years ago to reduce energy production per dozen by 20 per cent. They didn’t know where to start or if the economic investment would be worth it, so approached Solgen three years ago to get the ball rolling.

SA producers seize exports re-boost brought by ChAFTA
South Australian wine producers are seizing opportunities to boost their wine sales in the Shandong province, as part of the recently signed China Australia Free Trade Agreement. Barossa-based winery Seppeltsfield said last week that it has secured a 1.5-million-litre annual exports deal with the Shandong-based Nanshan group, as one of the several business agreements signed during an official visit of South Australian Premier's delegation to the Shandong province, China.

NZ primary sector exports to fall 8% in 2015 but shows signs of recovery
New Zealand's primary sector export revenues will probably drop 8 percent to $35.2 billion this year, due to a substantial decline for dairy and forestry products although the outlook for the next four years is rosier. The Ministry for Primary Industries’ latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries shows revenue for dairy, the traditional heavyweight in the primary sector accounting for 40 percent of total export revenue, is expected to decrease 22 percent to $14.2 billion in the year ending June 30, 2015.

French wine sector seeks end to alcohol ad ban
France could be about to loosen its strict control over the advertising of alcohol with wine industry chiefs once again complaining they are being shackled as they try to promote the country's most famous product. Alcohol helped spark an almighty row in France on Monday with the government and its health minister on one side and wine industry chiefs on the other. What caused the rumpus is France’s tight controls over advertising of alcohol, which were brought in back in 1991 as part of a bid to cut a worrying rise in alcohol consumption - especially among young people.

Genetic engineering could help wine industry face challenges
We are decades away from seeing commercially planted genetically engineered (GE) grapevines, but the research has already begun. All major grape-growing countries in the world are studying grape genomics and engineering, including Australia, Italy, Germany, USA and South Africa, with research mostly focused on disease resistance. When the pathogenic apocalypse descends on the world’s grapevines, scientists will be ready to fight back.

South African winery recalls overseas batches due to glass scare
Cape Town - The Distell Group has had to recall tens of thousands of bottles of wine after a hiccup at one of their bottling plants left small fragments of glass in some wine bottles. Several different brands of wine were recalled from the UK, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Liberia. Distell said the tiny glass fragments had come to light when one of its agents in Japan had carried out quality assurance tests on the South African wine.

Digital age includes wine
The digital future of wine was the topic recently in a conference in Germany and one of the clear outcomes as reported by Meininger’s Wine business was: “Retailers hoping to avoid the online revolution simply by offering better customer service or an enriched retail environment are making a grave mistake. The challenges facing retailers are also going to affect wine producers.” All signs point to catalogue and direct marketing declining, according to Dr. Kai Hudetz, managing partner of the Institute for Retail Research.

Cracking the Chinese wine market: part 1
The Chinese wine industry has been in the spotlight over the last 12 months with talk of plummeting sales amid President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown. But China still remains an important market for New Zealand wine producers. If you are already exporting your wine to China or are intending to do so, devising a brand strategy is crucial. In this two-part series, we look at how to best protect your key brand asset - your trade mark - and pitfalls to be aware of, like counterfeit wine.

NZ Winegrowers predict Sauvignon Blanc shortage
On the back of the 2015 vintage, New Zealand Winegrowers have announced a possible shortage of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, an iconic drop for the country. Although vintage sized totalled 326,000 tonnes - down 27% on the record 2014 vintage, Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive officer, said the wines from the 2015 vintage are sure to further enhance the country’s reputation as a world class premium wine producer.

Wine Business Solutions to host new workshops in NSW and Victoria
New wine business workshops will soon be held in NSW and Victoria by Wine Business Solutions. This year’s theme is improving sales and sales profitability. The focus will be on the best emerging opportunities, the leading edge of direct to customer marketing including what the 20% of wine businesses responsible for 88% of sales are doing right as well as how to get the best from your distribution partners.

Exhibit in Melbourne or Sydney or Both Cities and Grow Your Distribution with Australia Trade Tasting
If you are still thinking, and looking to grow distribution in Australia, now is the time to become an exhibitor at Australia Trade Tasting. Book your table now and get involved with Australia Trade Tasting. Exhibit in Melbourne or Sydney or Both Cities and get 1 day Conference pass included. Once again here is the link to register. Don't miss this remarkable content this year and a chance to meet distributors, key retailers and press of Melbourne and Sydney.

Local wine trade take a field trip to iconic wine regions
Ten Australian wine professionals who scored top results in Wine Australia’s One Day Wine School (ODWS) will embark on the third annual Trade Immersion Program (TIP) trip tomorrow. Aimed at encouraging the guests to develop a deeper understanding of the fine wines being produced in their own backyards, the trip will cover Riverina (NSW), King Valley (VIC), Mount Benson and Langhorne Creek (SA) over six days.

Spencer Hill Wines hit spot from start
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Phil and Sheryl Jones' purchase of land in the Moutere Hills to establish Spencer Hill Wines. The most well-known wine from this producer is the Tasman Bay label, gaining this recognition after the very first chardonnay produced at Spencer Hill in 1994 was named Champion Chardonnay, Champion White Wine and Reserve Wine of Show at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in 1995.

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