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News posted on Friday, 10 June 2016

Emerging technologies revolutionise vineyards
New and emerging technologies are allowing vineyard growers to increase efficiency, yield, fruit quality, or a combination of these, last month's International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton heard. "There have been major advances in several technologies which we will see in our vineyards," Australian viticulture consultant and Curtin University lecturer Dr Tony Profitt said.

Murray Valley Winegrowers forum: Wine on the rise
SHORT term indicators are largely positive but there is a long way to go on the road to recovery for the wine industry, growers were told yesterday. Murray Valley Winegrowers held its annual information forum with about 100 people given presentations by Wine Australia, Best Bottlers, Goulburn Murray Water, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Sunraysia Rejuvenation Project.

Over 27,000 people expected for McLaren Vale Sea & Vines festival
On the eve of the 24th Festival, the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival, event organisers are expecting a record attendance of over 27,000 people. The June long weekend will see over 35 dedicated events taking place across McLaren Vale, with themed dinners, structured masterclasses and demonstrations. Jennifer Lynch, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association general manager, said she was excited to showcase the region’s world-class wineries, unique personality and picturesque landscapes.

Biggest event for winemaking region
THE organisers of this year's Winery Walkabout are hopeful recent rainfall in the region will hold out for the event. Tickets for Sunday have sold out and a small number of tickets are still available for Saturday. Rutherglen Wine and Tourism executive officer Natalie Ajay said about 14,000 people would attend the event and a further 6000 would enjoy the region's attractions at the weekend.

Wine research centre needs Marlborough District Council funding
A world-class wine research centre in Marlborough looks set to get the green-light from Government, an industry group says. The proposed New Zealand Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology is one of three finalists seeking to capture $25 million in government funding and be established as a Regional Research Institute. The proposal is being led by New Zealand Winegrowers. New Zealand Winegrowers general manager for science and innovation Simon Hooker said there was a strong indication from the Government they would be backed.

Loveblock Makes New Zealand Wines with Heart & Soul
A conversation with Loveblock winery founder Erica Crawford reminds you that love isn't just an emotion - it can be a catalyst for creating something truly special. When wine industry veteran Ericaand her award-winning winemaker husband Kim stood on the hills overlooking Marlborough's Awatere Valley in New Zealand, they fell in love with the stunning view. They purchased the property in 2006 and to make the wines, Erica jokes that she “hired the best winemaker I know – my husband."

Why Constellation Brands wants to spin off a key business line
As early as this fall, beer, wine, and spirits manufacturer and marketer Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) may spin off its Canadian wine business in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Bloomberg News, which reported the details on a move management had previously disclosed it was considering, reports that the IPO could be worth $1 billion in Canadian dollars, or about $787 million at current exchange rates.

Majestic Wine raises store managers' pay in attempt to retain staff
Britain’s biggest wine retailer is to increase pay for its store managers in an attempt to prevent one in four of them leaving the business each year. Majestic Wine is introducing new share incentive plans and overhauling cash bonuses for its 213 store managers, who typically earn a £30,000 salary – up from £28,000 in November – plus an annual bonus.

Meet the French Hipster Winemakers Changing the Natural Wine Scene
While the thought of Anjou wine tends to conjure up rosés that go down easy with the promise of a headache, the vineyards of the Loire Valley, land of natural wines—to whom Anjou belongs—are rethinking their identity altogether. Historically, there are few prestigious appellations here, making it a blank slate for winemakers. And invention is precisely what the Mosse family focuses on, ever since they started cultivating vines in 1999.

Investors Target English Sparkling Wine to Challenge Champagne
With the increasing success of the English and Welsh sparkling wine industry, investors are looking to help expand the wineries and challenge traditional French Champagne. The popularity of Champagne worldwide opens an obvious and large market for English bubbly that winemakers and investors are eager to join. Hedge-fund Exile Mark Driver is spending over 14 million pounds to transform Rathfinny Estate, located in the South Downs in Sussex, into the UK’s biggest vineyard.

Hunter Valley Wine Festival attracts record crowds
More than 1300 people and 60 exhibitors attended the 4th annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival on the weekend, breaking all previous records. The record crowd turned up at the Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre at the Crowne Plaza despite the threat of torrential rain caused by the East Coast low, which fortunately delayed moving inland till the Festival was over, and then brought very-welcome rain to the Hunter Valley vineyards after a prolonged dry spell.

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