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News posted on Monday, 11 July 2016

MCI’s Treasury Wine suit an ‘abuse of process’
Treasury Wine Estates has escaped one of two class action lawsuits filed against the winemaker after a shock $160 million writedown and profit warning three years ago, with the Federal Court ruling the pursuit by controversial litigator Mark Elliott was an “abuse” of the court process.

Australian Inland Wine Show & National Moscato Challenge
The Australian Inland Wine Show is an event that showcases wines made from the ‘engine room’ of the Australian Wine Industry and is run by a small group of volunteers in Swan Hill. 2016 marks the 36th year this event has been held. Past and prospective entrants are encouraged to enter their wines that qualify under the regulations.

Australia’s oldest wine club is in a world of hurt
AUSTRALIA’S oldest wine club is in a world of hurt. The Wine Society has lost money for years, squeezed by discount bottle shops and rival online retailers. Now the non-profit cooperative wants its 25,000-plus members to ratify a restructure that would see external investors provide a $3 million banking facility. The money will be used to help pay down debt, including $4.2 million owed to suppliers.

Kingsley Grove Estate winery turns to the bottle to create exotic ice cream flavours
THEY’RE two of the great joys in life – wine and ice cream – and now one Queensland family has combined the pair to form the ultimate sweet treat. Kingsley Grove Estate is churning out wine ice cream from its small vineyard near Kingaroy to widespread acclaim. “We often have people come to our cellar door just to try the ice cream,” winemaker Simon Berry said.

Solar power the answer to Queensland wineries’ weather woes
QUEENSLAND winemaker Grant Casley has found a way to fight back against the state’s unpredictable weather – and he’s encouraging other wineries to do the same. The owner of Casley Mount Hutton Vineyard and Winery in the Granite Belt said installing solar power on his property had not only helped save his business $6000 a year in electricity costs, it helped see him through when a hailstorm destroyed his entire yearly grape crop.

Tasmanian wine list award finalists announced
Finalists in the 2016 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year competition have been selected and voting is now invited from members of the wine loving public. Now in its third year, this program is presented by Wine Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association to recognise Tasmanian businesses supporting the island’s outstanding wines.

Vilagrad Winery toasts to the future a year on from fire
A blaze that took every fire crew in the Waikato to put out has done little to taint Vilagrad's vision. Last week, the Nooyen family sat down to dinner to acknowledge the anniversary of the fire that tore through 60 per cent of their winery. The blaze destroyed the offices, kitchen and other parts of the 100-year-old wine cellar.

Marlborough Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker 2016 Announced
Jordan Hogg from Seresin has been announced as the Marlborough Young Winemaker for 2016. The competition took place on 8 July at MRC in Blenheim where six contestants spent the day battling it out across various activities. Hogg scored very strongly across the board showing a great degree of knowledge and professionalism. Matt Fox from Hyland Viticulture placed second while Shelley Young from Delegat came third in the competition

Nova Scotia wine industry to be studied by federal scientists
The federal government is investing $400,000 to support a wine grape research program in Kentville in an effort to help Nova Scotia's award-winning wine industry grow with new information about varieties, growing techniques and processing. That kind of information will help grape growers and wineries take full advantage of the region's unique microclimates and land. "I think it's kind of a really important step in the progression of our future," said Mike Mainguy, executive winemaker at Luckett Vineyards.

Does a grower’s personality enter into the wine?
In our ongoing attempt to understand terroir, or cru–the sum total of influences upon the character and quality of a wine—we now come across the statement by Eric Lebel. He is (or was, when Champagne, Uncorked was published, earlier this year), the Chef de Cave, or cellarmaster, at Krug Champagne. The book’s author, Alan Tardi, interviewed him extensively; Tardi wanted to know in particular what makes for the highest quality in a Champagne.

A return program for wine bottles? Glassworker union supports idea
How often have you put your empty wine bottles in the recycling bin? It's almost habit for most Quebecers, thinking they're doing their bit for the environment. But one the province's biggest unions says we may just be fooling ourselves. Le Syndicat des Métallos, which represents glassworkers in the province, were handing out flyers in front of SAQ outlets Saturday morning.

France in a flap over bidding adieu to vine herbicide
A looming ban on the use of glyphosate in grapegrowing industry has left a country divided. Glyphosate's future in European viticulture has been on very shaky grounds recently – what was supposed to be a breezy 15-year re-authorization process of the popular herbicide turned into a political impasse when the EU Standing Environmental Committee failed to come to an agreement.

The State of the Australian Bulk Wine Market
The Australian bulk wine market is in a positive place, it’s in a pretty healthy state. With low volumes of back vintage stocks there has been an early interest in 2016 irrigated wines. This interest has been further driven by the 2016 yields across these warmer inland regions. With these irrigated regions producing only average crops for 2016, buyers have picked up volumes early. There looks to be a stabilising of price now and opportunity for a small increase as the stock levels reduce.

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