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News posted on Thursday, 10 November 2016

Chinese red wine export dominance under threat
Australian wineries are forecasting growth from white varietals in China, threatening the traditional dominance of red wine in the marketplace. Local wine companies exhibiting at ProWine China in Shanghai this week were pleasantly surprised by the growing trend from buyers towards white wines as well as improved education and awareness of specific varietals. Wine Australia figures show that while 93 per cent of wine sales to China are still red wine, there has been a 33 per cent increase in white wine exports over the last 12 months.

Wine Communicator Award Winners Announced
Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) announced the eight winners of its Wine Communicator Awards at an exciting Awards Night at the Four Seasons Hotel, last night (Tuesday, November 8th), including the coveted Wine Communicator of the Year. This year, the Wine Communicator of the Year was awarded to Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, the first time the award has gone to a business not an individual. The Wine Communicator of the Year is selected by the Board of Wine Communicators of Australia from the category winners, who this year are:

Six trophies for Wrattonbully at Limestone Coast Wine Show
South Australia’s Wrattonbully wine region has won the prestigious Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’ at the Limestone Coast Wine Show - for the second year in a row! The incredible result saw back-to-back wins for Wrattonbully’s Pepper Tree Wines, with the 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Elderslee Road’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon the latest vintage to shine. The wine won the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’, the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show’ and was also named the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ before going on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’.

Moppity Wins Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
It’s all about timing and right now the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Moppity Vineyards and Southern NSW. The results for the 2016 Seguin Moreau Great Australian Shiraz Challenge have been released and Moppity Vineyards have won Best NSW Shiraz and the overall title of Best Shiraz for a second time, with their 2015 Escalier Shiraz outscoring over 350 wines from 60 different regions. Moppity Vineyards is still the only NSW winery to have won the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, and the only Single Vineyard producer to have won it twice. Further, Moppity had two wines in a tie for second place

NZ wines dominate at Sydney International Wine Competition
Marlborough wines held their own across the Tasman, making the region the most successful winegrowing area at a prestigious Australian competition. The results of the 37th annual Sydney International Wine Competition, featuring 1911 wines from eight countries, has been revealed after judging took place in October. The competition is noted for pairing food with the wines being judged, which organisers say makes it more relevant for consumers and the way they experience wine.

Donald Trump could affect NZ exports
Newly elected US president Donald Trump could hinder New Zealand's prosperity if he goes through with his policies, BusinessNZ warns. BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope said New Zealand's prosperity relied on open and free trading of export products. If the US, which was New Zealand's third largest export market, were to take a more closed approach to trade in the future, New Zealand export returns could be affected. "Trade with the US earns New Zealand over $5 billion a year in products including meat, dairy and wine, and over $2 billion a year in services," Hope said.

What a Trump presidency might mean for wine
Donald Trump has won a tumultuous US presidential election campaign battle against Hillary Clinton. What could that mean for wine collectors and producers? Donald Trump‘s victory in the US presidential election is the second time this year that markets and political pundits have been caught out. The Financial Times described it as America’s ‘Brexit‘, referring to Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union earlier this year.

Wine market in China ‘like dog years’
Justin Cohen from Ehrenberg-Bass Institute has said that China’s rapidly evolving wine consumer market is like “dog years” with one year in China equating to seven years elsewhere. Speaking at the Wine in China conference hosted by Debra Meiburg MW at ProWine China, Justin Cohen also discussed China’s gifting culture from a sales point of view. While the Government has cracked down on the policy of gifting for its officials, the traditions of buying expensive and luxury gifts is deep-rooted for consumers which can be used an advantage for companies focusing on high end wines. “If you look at the frequency people buy wine for a special occasion in China, it is maybe one to two times per year,” he said.

Winemaker Indicted for Selling ‘Napa Wine’ Not from Napa
Jeffry Hill allegedly bilked customers by misrepresenting the origin and varietals of his wines. Federal agents arrested a former Napa winemaker Nov. 2 on federal charges of fraud. Jeffry Hill, 38, of Clovis, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury in a San Francisco court for mail and wire fraud. Hill is accused of misrepresenting the geographic origin and grape variety of wines and wine products sold by his bankrupt winery, Hill Wine Company. According to the indictment, unsealed the morning of the arrest, Hill allegedly sold bulk grape juice, bulk wine and bottled wine labeled as products of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), even though the grapes came from other areas.

White House wine – what do US Presidents drink?
Election night is here, so we get you in the mood by taking a look back at the favourite tipples of the many wine-loving US presidents, with facts and anecdotes from ‘Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt’ by Mark Will-Weber. Barack Obama; During his 2012 presidential campaign dinner in Harlem, Obama supplied some top American vintages, as you might hope for $30,000 a ticket.

French connection drives Sidewood's Adelaide Hills expansion
New vineyards, a bottling plant and French-inspired wines are helping an Adelaide Hills winery rapidly expand its operations. Sidewood has this year bought a 25ha vineyard to take its total plantings to 93ha across four sites in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, making it one of the region’s largest sustainably certified growers. A bottling plant is also being built at the winery, which also makes cider. A canning line for the cider comes started up this week with the full bottling facility expected to be online by late 2017.





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