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News posted on Friday, 10 November 2017

California wine regions report strong harvest despite fires
The Wine Institute has reported that the majority of California’s 2017 winegrape harvest was not negatively impacted by the wildfires that burned through more than 245,000 acres of the state’s wine regions last month. Source, Beverage Daily

Chinese lovers of French wine buying Bordeaux vineyards
Chinese consumption of wine has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. This is having a profound effect on the world's wine making regions like Bordeaux. But some Chinese are interested in more than just tourism in the region. "At that moment, more and more Chinese importers began to think: 'Why not buy a chateau in Bordeaux?'" says Chinese businesswoman Lina Fan. Source, NPR

Argentina ditches controversial wine tax proposal
Argentina’s government has decided to ditch a proposed tax on wine after vineyards complained the measure would cripple the industry, the governor of the country’s top wine-making province said on Thursday. Argentine President Mauricio Macri backed down from the proposed 10 percent tax on wine and increased tax on champagne. Source, Reuters

Research finds there are four types of wine drinker
Wine drinkers fit into four different preference categories according to Tim Hanni MW, who believes that wine preferences are determined by genetics. Hanni asserts that people can usually be grouped into one of four ‘vinotypes’: sweet, hypersensitive, sensitive and tolerant. Source, The Drinks Business

Research shows drones remove guesswork on taint
VIGNERONS could have access to drone-powered technology to detect smoke taint in grapes this fire season. Preliminary models will be presented at a conference in Argentina at the end of the month before being trialled in South Australia in December-January. Developers are hoping to have something available for use in vineyards by March. Source,The Weekly Times

Brokenwood Wines breaks ground on new cellar door
The next big Hunter Valley development is officially underway with Brokenwood Wines breaking ground on their highly anticipated cellar door complex, due to open in late 2018. Along with the aim of boosting business, the new space will also bring more people to the Hunter region and increase local jobs. Source, Winetitles

New platform to bring greater industry collaboration
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) has introduced an innovative communications platform to enhance collaboration in the sector that includes 5000 grapegrowers and around 2000 wineries. WISA has partnered with South Australian social learning start-up, Opentute, to launch WINE Portal, a national wine innovation networking and e-learning platform. Source, Winetitles

Rochford Winery to represent Oceania at China festival
Shanghai, China is a long way from the rolling hills and vineyard sprawled landscape of the Yarra Valley, but that’s not stopping Rochford Wines sales manager, John Bright from delivering a speech at the Double 11 Global Shopping Festival, talking all things online shopping, wine and Alipay. Source, Food & Beverage

Central Otago wineries dodge frost bullet for a second night
Viticulturist James Dicey said it was warmer overnight than they expected. He says they will continue to take precautionary measures by deploying choppers and keeping wind machines on standby. "It's just a matter of waiting it out," he said. Grape growers aren't in the clear yet however. Tonight and tomorrow night temperatures are forecast to be around five degrees, dropping to three by Sunday night. Source, TVNZ

Wine makers and lovers gear up for charity auction
More than 600 wine lovers will descend on the country's premier wine event this weekend for the 26th annual Hawke's Bay Wine Auction. The auction will draw together the region's most talented winemakers who have provided more than 40 lots of wine to be sold under the hammer, some specially blended for the occasion. Source, NZ Herald

Winemaker who drained rival's wine sentenced
A Barossa Valley winemaker who deliberately destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Shiraz and Chardonnay at his former family business has been handed a suspended jail sentence. Trevor David Jones, 60, pleaded guilty to two counts of property damage. Source, The ABC

Winemaker who drained rival's wine sentenced
Trevor David Jones emptied 27,000 litres of Shiraz and Chardonnay from Barossa Valley’s Kellermeister Wines worth almost $300,000, following family breakdown. Sentencing Jones in the district court in Adelaide on Thursday, Judge Jane Schammer jailed him for three years and seven months with a non-parole period of 18 months. But she suspended both terms, placing him on a two-year good behaviour bond. Source, The Guardian

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