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News posted on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Australian Pinot Noir stands among best in world at SIPNOT
The sixteenth annual Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT) has highlighted the impressive standard of Australian Pinot Noirs which shone alongside some of the world’s finest contemporaries from Burgundy, Oregon, Sonoma and Central Otago. Held in October at ZINC Federation Square, SIPNOT showed local Pinots from Mount Mary, Shadowfax, Stonier and Home Hill alongside benchmark international examples.

The X-factor
Xanthe Hatcher believes winemaking is an industry that exudes love and passion. The Hunter Valley winemaker has put her heart and soul into a career that is well and truly taking off. At just 32-years-old, Hatcher has established herself as a rising star in the wine world. As well as gaining national accolades with her nomination for the Wine Society young winemaker of the year, Hatcher has been offered the opportunity to sit as a judge at the Hunter Valley Wine Show this year.

Aussie wines travel Europe
Autumn has arrived in Europe and Aussie wines started its promotion in UK and rest of the Europe. First was the inaugural Premium Australia Tasting in London and then team Wine Australia went on tour with its annual Nordic Roadshow. Wine Australia said that they saw a strong presence of winemakers and principals travelling to each of these events. The Premium Australia Tasting, held at Australia House in London, saw more than 30 winemakers and principals pouring wines and sharing their stories with the UK trade.

Australia gives nod to China trade deal
THE Australian Senate yesterday passed two pieces of legislation relating to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), clearing the final hurdle to the deal’s enactment. Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said Australian businesses are “another step closer” to realizing the opportunities created by the agreement.

Gold medals announced for 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Following 1,407 wines being entered in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, judges have awarded 84 gold medals to wines from around the country. Michael Brajkovich, chair of judges and Master of Wine said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varietal styles and regions. “Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 18 golds,” he said.

Book toasts Bay's wine story
The colourful history of winemaking in Hawke's Bay, and the equally interesting personalities behind it, have been bottled in book form to create a rich, literary vintage. The book, entitled Wine: Stories from Hawke's Bay, was sparked late last year by Tom Belford who gathered a writing, archival and photography team to turn what he said was a dream to reality.

New crowdfunding rules seen as wine-direct boon
Entrepreneurs, particularly in the wine business, can use the coming expansion of U.S. crowdfunding rules to convert “social equity” for the brand or operation into financial capital, and boost higher-margin direct-to-consumer wine sales at the same time, according to advocates of the funding method. “Crowdfunding is an opportunity for businesses to engage their community — their tribe,” said Kim Kaselionis.

A clean green future for Champagne
While the big houses see the attraction of sustainability, can they bring the growers along? A cleaner greener viticulture has been very much the topic of the year in Champagne. Vincent Perrin, the Comité Interprofessionel du vin de Champagne's new director-general, started the ball rolling when he stressed the importance of a more environmentally friendly way of grapegrowing for the region in his first official speech at the occasion of the Saint Vincent de l'Archieconfrérie de la Champagne in January.

Red blends are stirring up US wine sales
Take a stroll down the aisles at your favourite shop and you’re bound to come across some new labels. That’s because many wine shops, liquor stores and supermarkets are carving out space for the sector’s red blend trend—perhaps one of the fastest-growing vines in the wine segment. Across the total off-premise wine landscape measured by Nielsen, red blends account for more than 13% of the $13 billion that consumers spent on table wine during the 52 weeks ended Sept. 12, 2015.

Stars align for Chile in the US fine wine market
Wines of Chile USA is proud to celebrate the brilliant performance of the Chilean wine industry in the 2015 edition of Wine Enthusiast magazine's Wine Star Awards. Chilean winery Santa Carolina was named New World Winery of the Year and Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes was honoured as Innovator of the Year. For the past 15 years, the Wine Star Awards have recognized individual leaders, wineries and wine regions notable for their groundbreaking vision, risk-taking courage and the skill to succeed.

Graduates ready to influence the future
Sixteen potential game-changers in the Australian grape and wine community have graduated from Future Leaders 2015 following a successful six-month program. More than 90 alumni have now completed the leadership program over the past decade, including winemakers, grapegrowers and viticulturists, business managers and marketers, suppliers and researchers.

40 years of wine science education at CSU
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is celebrating 40 years of educating professionals for the wine industry with an event on Friday 27 November and Saturday 28 November. Since 1975 more than 1,000 students in the fields of viticulture, wine science and wine business have studied at CSU and its predecessor institutions, with these graduates now working in Australian and International wine industries.

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