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News posted on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip #8: The number one exotic plant pest priority in Australia is Xylella fastidiosa. This bacterium infects grapevines causing Pierce’s disease. Make sure you know what symptoms to look out for. http://www.vinehealth.com.au/media/Pierces-disease-factsheet-PHA-1.pdf #Vinehealth

Grapevine Pinot Gris symptoms reported
In recent weeks, symptoms similar to those of Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus have been reported in Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The AWRI and Australian Vignerons have issued a joint announcement on the matter and are urging growers to check their vines.

Australian wines taking on America
"Maybe your idea of Australian wine is Yellow Tail, or maybe you picture an in-your-face monster Shiraz so thick and fruity you could practically sip it from a spoon. If you think those examples define Down Under wines, you couldn’t be more wrong." Source, Bloomberg.

How to drive wine sales in store
As the fastest growing category over the last 50 years – responsible for 26 per cent of liquor sales – wine sales are a key driver of growth in liquor stores, but according to a representative of Treasury Wine Estates, more could be done in-store to capitalise on this. Source, The Shout.

WA Chardonnay dominates national circuit
The West’s Chardonnays are improving year by year in every price range. Once again, as they did 10 and 15 years ago, Margaret River’s Chardonnays are dominating the masked national wine show circuit, despite producing just 2.1 per cent of the grape in Australia. Source, Community News Group.

Frost fans cause upset
Two separate vineyard frost fan applications in the Barossa's east which were given approval last week have been met with angst from nearby neighbours. Both applications were agreed to by the Barossa Assessment Panel, formerly known as the Development Assessment Panel. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Why does wine on a plane taste different?
When the rolling cart of drinks came your way on your last flight, maybe you ordered a wine. Did you like the wine, and if so, did you write down the name or snap a picture, and track it down when you landed? Did you still like it? If not, don't blame the airline's wine buyer. Don't even blame the wine. Blame the airplane. Source, Stuff.

Bay of Plenty wins gold twice
A Bay of Plenty wine has won gold in two New Zealand awards. Leveret Estate Winery has been awarded a gold medal for its 2017 Falconhead Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at both the 2107 New World Wine Awards and the New Zealand International Wine Show. Source, NZ Herald.

Cali wine country fires obliterate, one dead
Parts of California's wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least one person and seriously injured two others. Mass evacuations have been announced as several others are reportedly missing. About 20,000 people have fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after fires broke out across the area renown for its vineyards. Source, BBC.

Sparkling wine sales up in UK
Sales of sparkling wine are booming in the UK, with volume sales of alternatives to Champagne having shot up by 76% over the last five years. Brits quaffed 34.4 million gallons of sparkling wine in the 12 months to this March compared to 19.5 million gallons over the same period five years ago. Source, The Drinks Business.

'Natural' wine finds a lively hub
The natural wine community gravitates to Copenhagen to discover new wines and new growers, according to Marko Kovac, the founder of Vienna wine salon Karakterre, who stopped by while in town for an industry event. Source, The New York Times.

Ningxia heady with success
The Chateau Hedong Chardonnay 2014 and the Chateau Hedong Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, both made in Hedong Chateau, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, won the Gold Medal 2016 at the Concours Mondial de Bruselles, a World Cup of sorts for fine wine, in Belgium. Source, China Daily.




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