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News posted on Monday, 9 November 2015

Marlborough wine making a difference
A spreadsheet error by a Marlborough winemaker helped mobilise the wine industry to raise money for Vanuatu, following the devastation of Cyclone Pam earlier this year. After selling all of their 2014 vintage, Marlborough winemakers Bill and Claudia Small realised they had 300 cases of Sauvignon Blanc left over. It was harvest time, March 2015, and the couple were left wondering how to get rid of it. "We were scratching our heads going, 'what are we going to do with this wine?'” Then Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu.

Yealands Sauvignon Blanc best in class in Hong Kong contest
A Sauvignon Blanc rated as "outstanding" by a wine expert has won first prize at the Hong Kong international wine and spirit competition. Yealands Wine Group won the best Sauvignon Blanc and best New Zealand wine at the awards for its 2015 Yealands Estate single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. The chances of getting hold of a bottle at fine wine stores are good, a marketing spokesman said, and it will be definitely available in supermarkets in the next few weeks, although production was quite limited.

China’s winemakers seek their own Napa Valley
YINCHUAN, China — On a fall evening in a fluorescent-lit classroom at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a dozen students listened intently. The speaker, Emma Gao, held a glass to the light and asked them to study the swirling liquid inside. Tsinghua is known as the “M.I.T. of China,” but this was no freshman seminar in fluid mechanics. It was a gathering of the student wine club.

Grapegrowers body seeks government aid for plastic covers to protect vineyards
NASHIK: The Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh (MRDBS), a state-level association of grapegrowers, has sought the state government to provide grant for importing plastic covers to protect the vineyards from unseasonal rains and hails. The grapegrowers body has been seeking government assistance for the import of plastic covers in a bid to protect vineyards from unseasonal rains and hails.

Behind the scenes at the wine world's big networking event
Great entrepreneurs are well aware they don’t know everything and, as a result, they surround themselves with smarter people. Well, if you are an entrepreneurial sommelier, volunteering to work the annual Wine Spectator Wine Experience at the Marriott Marquis in New York City will allow you to do exactly that. Sommeliers from all over the country volunteer their time for the opportunity to not only taste some of the world’s greatest wines, but to network with the elite in their field.

HK wine exporters open doors to China
The eighth Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) International Wine and Spirits Fair has begun with the spotlight put on the city’s role as a re-exporter to Mainland China. Hong KongOpened on the 5th November at the Exhibition and Convention Centre, John Tsang, financial secretary for the HKSAR Government, gave a brief overview of the state of the Hong Kong wine market at his opening address to the media.

Wastewater treatment – dealing with vintage
Treatment of winery wastewater can be difficult over vintage due to seasonal flow and contaminant increases. This, coupled with perceived cost of treatment, can make choosing a system somewhat daunting. While there are several options for wastewater treatment, it is very site specific, and adjusting to vintage periods is often poorly understood.

District in shock over death of Tony Mangan in light plane crash
The Sunraysia business community is in a state of shock following the tragic death of Tony Mangan in his twin engine Cessna which came down in a vineyard property near the intersection of Dyar Avenue and 17th Street. The late Mr Mangan openly described himself as a “fat boy from the bush”. His newest company website described him as ‘adventurous, loyal and bold.”

NZ, Tasmania to share ag knowledge
KNOWLEDGE sharing in the agriculture industry will be the key topic for a delegation to New Zealand next week. Headed by the Tasmanian agriculture industry and Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff, the visit is aimed at both learning and sharing information on agriculture. He said Tasmania’s dairy and wine industries would benefit greatly from the mission to New Zealand as well as enabling the group to learn about New Zealand’s biosecurity.

Victorian women offered a break into the wine industry via the Australian Women in Wine Awards
The inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards results will be streamed live around Australia on Tuesday 17th November at 7:30pm AEDST to various satellite events all over the country. Organisers of the Melbourne celebration have decided to use the awards to create a scholarship to support a woman who wants to develop her career in the wine industry through further study. Organisers Sarah Andrew & Jenny Polack, both WSET Educators, have organised a raffle for the evening with various donated prizes from wineries, distributors and other businesses in the industry.

Treasury targets young men with criminal wine brand
Treasury Wine Estates is hoping to tap into the male millennial market via two new wine brands including one that focuses on the shipping of British convicts to Australia. Both the 19 Crimes range and the Gentleman’s Collection are being targeted at millennial men aged 18-34, only 34% of which currently drink wine once a month or more on average according to recent research from Kantar. TWE believes there is huge room for growth in this currently untapped market and has created two wine ranges that seek to appeal to their rebellious spirits.

Yarra Valley: dividing the room
With a clear division between traditional, established styles and boundary-pushing examples, it’s an exciting time to be making wine in the Yarra Valley. And drinkers are reaping the rewards. Steve Webber’s mind had been rolling a lot of things around. Sometimes nothing seemed too crazy not to be considered in his new school of Yarra Valley winemaking. The ferment had been bubbling, taking hold, since arriving in the Valley in May, 1989, with his wife Leanne De Bortoli to take control of the De Bortoli family’s newest winery outpost.

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