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News posted on Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Growth and cycles in Australia’s wine industry
In an effort to provide the Australian wine sector with clearer insights from its long history, world-renowned wine economist and University of Adelaide Professor Kym Anderson has compiled a statistical account of the wine industry’s evolution over the past 170 years. The new book, Growth and Cycles in Australia’s Wine Industry, was jointly funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) and the University of Adelaide’s Wine Futures project. With annual data of the wine sector’s booms and contractions between 1843 and 2013, the book focuses on Australia’s many wine regions and their evolving winegrape varietal mixes.

One week left to apply for Future Leaders 2015
Applications for Future Leaders, a leadership development program aimed at go-getters in the industry, close in one week. The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) are offering 15 spots to applicants with open, creative, inquisitive minds and already demonstrating leadership potential. Since 2006, there have been 75 Future Leader graduates across the grape and wine community including winemakers; grapegrowers and viticulturists; business managers and marketers; suppliers and researchers. Tom Ward, Swinging Bridges’ winemaker who was part of the third Future Leaders intake in 2009, said the program for him was life changing.

Regional grape harvest ramps-up after early start
THE Clare Valley is known for its quality wines, particularly its outstanding riesling. The region is a hive of activity this time of year, with the grape harvest well underway. Taylors Wines vineyard manager Colin Hinze said it had been a very variable growing season. "We had a very wet winter and then a very dry spring," he said. "In June and July it was quite wet, and we had good, soaking rain. Having the wet winter did benefit the vineyards, as it was good for leaching salinity from the soil.”

Wine Train dream back on track
A renewed push to get the dormant Barossa Wine Train back on the rails is a step closer to realising its ambition. The prospective operators, headed by regional radio station 5MU announcer Barry Martin, have an option to buy the three Bluebird rail cars, which used to ferry passengers from Adelaide to Tanunda for winery tours. The major sticking point has been gaining access to the track – but, after inquiries from InDaily, the track’s owner Genesee & Wyoming Australia has now expressed a willingness to consider the proposal.

Wineries ready to celebrate
THE end-of-vintage has finally arrived in the Swan Valley. Vignerons are wrapping up a tumultuous two-month process of checking sugar, acid and tannin levels of grapes, then picking, crushing and turning them into premium wine. But this weekend they celebrate. The season has been marked by extended mild weather and early starts to the picking season. Over at Olive Farm Wines last week, owner Anthony Yurisich was getting the last of the red varieties off the vine. “We just picked Cabernet, Petit Verdot, and a new one called Durif,” he said.

Giesen wins over China
Giesen Wines are enjoying popularity among Chinese wine drinkers, after winning the Malborough wine of the year trophy as well as two double golds and five golds at the China Wine and Spirit Awards (CWSA). China’s largest and most prestigious wine competition brings together winemakers from all over the world to compete in a blind tasting and judges were particularly impressed with Giesen’s offerings. Kyle Skene, Giesen’s general manager, said it was an honour to receive acclaim at this year’s CWSA.

Marlborough wine exports top $1 billion
Wine exports for Marlborough are estimated to have topped $1.02 billion last year. The latest figures provided by New Zealand Winegrowers show wine exports hit a new record, exceeding $1.37b, propelling wine to the country's sixth biggest exporter. Wine export figures were not collected by region but as Marlborough contributed 75 per cent of the country's production, Wine Marlborough estimated that the region's exports were worth about $1.02b.

Napa Valley officials tackle wine industry growth questions
More than 400 people crowded an unusual joint meeting by Napa County Supervisors and Planning Commissioners Tuesday morning to hear the opening round of discussion of potential problems facing the county, including the proliferation of wineries and changes in the business model of the winemakers. The two boards met in response to growing questions from the public in connection with various winery and vineyard projects. Concerns include too many wineries becoming glitzy event centres that overshadow agriculture, generate too much traffic and use too much groundwater.

Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report
Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions. The report looks at the volume and value of wine listings achieved by the major wine producing countries in the UK across the mainstream on-trade sector. Its 2014 findings reveal that Spain is the fastest growing country, and has increased its share of listings by 25 per cent in the last year and Argentina is the next fastest growing, up by 12 per cent.

Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old vineyard replanted in Milan
A vineyard that once belonged to Leonardo da Vinci has been recreated down to the last detail by Italian experts nearly 500 years after his death. After a decade of research including genetic testing, they now hope to be able to produce the same crisp white wine that the Renaissance genius once enjoyed from his own estate. Leonardo may be best known for his remarkable paintings, sculptures and scientific inventions, but true to his Tuscan roots he was also a keen lover of the grape.

Booze salesmen suspended over lewd strip club pics
Their bubble has been burst. A major booze distributor has suspended several top salesmen for texting lewd photos of themselves in a strip club to a female champagne company exec after the vintner severed ties with the firm. Southern Wine & Spirits director of sales Joseph Eger and district manager Dimitrios Kaloudis were both pictured Tuesday on The Post’s front page pouring $1,000 worth of Laurent-Perrier rosé into an ice bucket at the Hustler Club — as a stripper gripped Eger’s crotch.

Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report
Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions. The report looks at the volume and value of wine listings achieved by the major wine producing countries in the UK across the mainstream on-trade sector. Its 2014 findings reveal that Spain is the fastest growing country, and has increased its share of listings by 25 per cent in the last year and Argentina is the next fastest growing, up by 12 per cent.

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