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News posted on Thursday, 11 May 2017

Budget breakdown with Anne Ruston
Election commitments for winemakers have been delivered through Budget. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, comments on the documented changes which include a $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Source, Winetitles.

Young Gun shortlist released
Here's the final top 50 list for the Young Gun Winemaker's Awards for 2017. The list was compiled after a two-day tasting event with the shortlist of 200 candidates. Source, Winetitles.

Samuel Smith & Son to distribute Mt Difficulty
Samuel Smith & Son and Mt Difficulty Wines enter in to exclusive national distribution partnership. The partnership will bring more of the premium New Zealand wines to Australia. Source, Winetitles.

Climate change and Australian farmers
The wine world is totally confused by the changing climate, and knowing the agonising extended time-scales of its cycles and propensity to make bad errors of judgement when times are tough, this writer worries about its capacity to respond in a scientific way which is best for all. Source, InDaily.

Australian Saperavi makes UK debut
Cool climate regions are contributing to the evolution of Australian wine. To tap into the interest in cool climates and acquaint the trade with Australia’s high altitude regions, Wine Australia ran a seminar on 5 May in London. Source, Wine Australia.

"Essence" of oak
Your next glass of red wine could be aged in a metal or even plastic container using “wood in liquid form”‚ and you may not even know the difference.

Ross Carter steps down from London Wine Fair
Having described this year’s fair as “the most challenging” of his career, Ross Carter has announced that he is to step down from his role as director of the London Wine Fair. Source, The Drinks Business.

Debra Meiburg MW opens wine school
Debra Meiburg MW has announced the opening of her new wine school, MWM Wine School in Hong Kong, which promises to “reshape wine education into a total lifestyle experience”. Source, The Drinks Business.

The Swiss are drinking less wine
The amount of wine consumed by Swiss residents in 2016 was down on the previous year, partly due to lifestyle choices and partly due to poor stocks of homegrown wine in the past few years, according to an official report. Source, The Local.

Kerikeri winery up for sale
One of the country's northern-most vineyard/wineries is for sale. Marsden Estate, located near Kerikeri, is one of the region's biggest licensed function venues - with more than 85 per cent of its production sold either on-premise or through its cellar door retail outlet. Source, The Country.

Alternative flavours from New Zealand
Like many vine-growing areas in New Zealand it benefits from the cooling maritime influence from proximity to the sea. This creates wines with a natural tangy fruity style that is very evident in white wines even those that are not Sauvignons. Source, The Herts Advertiser.

Do you produce dry-grown grapes?
If you grow winegrapes with minimal or zero irrigation or watering, get in touch.

Gill Gordon-Smith earns a prestigious title
Winemaker and educator, Gill Gordon-Smith of Fall From Grace, has earned a prestigious title at the Vinitaly International Academy. She is among two other women in Australia to have ever received the title. Source, Winetitles.

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