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News posted on Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wine industry warns it can’t wait any longer for overhaul of rorted tax rebate
MAJOR investment decisions in South Australia’s wine industry are being delayed amid warnings many growers and winemakers will face financial ruin unless the Federal Government moves quickly to overhaul the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate. A Federal Government investigation revealed in August that the rebate system was being rorted by “virtual winemakers’’ - some of which exist solely to claim tax concessions.

Coonawarra winery Bellwether uses boutique status as way to battle climate change
As world leaders unite in Paris to hash out a global response to climate change, a boutique wine maker in South Australia's Coonawarra is taking matters into her own hands. Award-winning winemaker Sue Bell of Bellwether winery said being a small winery was a distinct advantage to factoring climate change into her business plan.

'Anything but pinot' could be motto of this north-west Tasmanian winery
One of Tasmania's smallest wineries, situated in a non-vintage area, has a unique approach to growing the pinot variety, a mainstay of most Tasmania wineries. The motto of the Motton Terraces winery could be "anything but pinot" as there are no pinot grapes on the property, unlike most other wineries in the state. The winery is situated on a bush block off the beaten track and inland from Ulverstone in the north-west.

A dog of a Christmas party at Murrumbateman Winery
Winemakers are becoming more reliant on a good dog these days. The trend is so entrenched that books are appearing about winery dogs and their colourful backgrounds. At Murrumbateman Winery one dog, Mollie, has become so useful at welcoming visitors to the cellar door her name appears on one of the wine labels. A husky-kelpie cross, Mollie has a Facebook following, evident in the large number of dogs who attended a Christmas party at the winery on Sunday.

Special Sileni bottling to help celebrate Hawke's Bay's Art Deco festival
Sileni Estates has brought the glamour of 1930s Art Deco to life with the launch of the limited edition Art Deco Sparkling. The special bottling celebrates Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and the partnership between Sileni Estates and the Art Deco Trust. "We’re excited to release this special wine which celebrates our home town. Art Deco Sparkling has lively bubbles, beautifully aromatic stone fruit flavours and nicely balanced acidity," says Sir Graeme Avery, Sileni Estates CEO and President.

Jewelstone see gold for both red and white
Mission Estate winemaker Paul Mooney was a happy man back in May when the Jewelstone label turned gold at the International Wine Challenge competition staged in London. He was smiling again last month when Jewelstone was again read out as the winners of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. In a way he has done the Jewelstone double - as the May gold medal was for the 2013 Jewelstone Syrah while the recent Pure Elite Gold and Trophy win was for the 2014 Jewelstone Chardonnay.

Champagne Taittinger to produce English sparkling wine in Kent
Taittinger is to become the first French champagne house to produce fizz in the UK after investing in a former Kent apple orchard. The company has teamed up with British wine agents Hatch Mansfield and private investors to buy 69 hectares of farmland near Chilham and expects to fill its first bottles in five years.

Napa Valley wine gets new name protection
People buy a bottle of “Napa Valley” wine with certain expectations -- the biggest being that the wine is actually made from Napa Valley grapes. However, in an attempt to cash in on the cache of the Napa Valley name, some unscrupulous producers try to sell “Napa Valley” wine using grapes from other areas or even countries. “Napa Valley has had its name ripped off around the world on bottles of wine that don’t really come from here,” said Rex Stults.

Battle over coveted Bordeaux wine classification comes to court
Bordeaux’s small but fabled wine village of Saint Emilion has become the focus of a bitter legal battle as three chateaux argue its coveted Grand Cru Classé rankings should be cancelled for demoting them. Tension has been simmering in the cobbled streets of the Unesco-protected village since France’s wine governing body, INAO, published its long-awaited new classification for Saint Emilion in 2012.

New insights into who drinks wine and why
Americans are enjoying wine at a wider variety of occasions than ever before, according to a new survey paid for by the nation’s largest winemaker, E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto. It found that 85 percent of frequent wine drinkers now believe that wine is appropriate for casual and formal settings alike. “By going beyond the findings of last year’s inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey, we are developing a more complete and robust profile of wine drinkers in the United States.”

Hunter Valley named Australia's best wine region
For the second year in a row, the Hunter Valley has been chosen as Australia’s best wine region in the 2015 Australian Traveller People’s Choice Awards. The prestigious annual Australian Traveller People’s Choice Awards were announced on November 30 at an exclusive event in Sydney. The awards were voted for by more than 4000 Australian travellers and recognise the best travel experiences and destinations for 2015.

New Wine Fermentation Barrel: Perle de Quintessence
Cooperages 1912 Australia has introduced a premium wine barrel for fermentation: Perle de Quintessence. Its unique shape and technical specifications were carefully designed and crafted in creative collaboration with a Grand Cru Classé in St. Emilion, where it was trialled over two vintages. Now unveiled to the world, it offers an elegant touch well suited to premium wine programs.


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