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News posted on Tuesday, 10 March 2009

New Australian Wine Research Institute chair appointed
Dr John Stocker AO has been appointed chair of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

Champagne Perrier-Jouët uncorks the oldest Champagne in the world
Last weekend, 12 of the world’s top wine and champagne experts flew from all corners of the globe to the boutique Champagne House Perrier-Jouët for the chance to taste 20 historic vintages from the House’s own cellars, including the oldest champagne in the world: Perrier-Jouët Vintage 1825.

Emerging Victorian oenologist to experience Champagne vintage
Melbourne Food and Wine, in conjunction with Melbourne Airport, is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Melbourne Airport Emerging Winemaker Award. Kelly Wellington of Yarra Glen, currently a cellarhand at Coldstream Hills, Yarra Valley, and a recent honours graduate in oenology, was selected as the winner from a strong field of applicants.

Quick stats update from CellarDoorMETRICS®
South Australia’s Limestone Coast topped the wine tourism charts last week, with an average spend of A$54.65 from each visitor through cellar doors in their region. Second was ACT’s Canberra District with A$46.16 and third was South Australia’s Adelaide Hills with A$42.51.

Sirromet takes Granite Belt wines on line for customer convenience
For wine lovers keen to experience award winning wines from the Granite Belt, ease of access to the product has often been a problem. Interstate buyers typically cannot buy Granite Belt wines at all through their local stockists, and even in Queensland, distribution and stockists have been a little patchy. Now it just got a whole lot easier to buy quality Granite Belt wines throughout Australia.

Spending up as Casella grows in SA
Griffith-based wine company Casella Wines has increased its spending in South Australia, despite slowing growth of US sales for its Yellow Tail brand.

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