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News posted on Thursday, 11 August 2016

Major energy savings for premium wineries with Climate Wizard Supercool
With installed systems already reducing wine energy cooling costs by up to 80% compared to refrigerated systems, Climate Wizard’s Supercool Indirect/Direct Evaporative Cooling (IDEC) configuration, is clearly working. Energy-minded wineries in the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale have installed Climate Wizard with exceptional benefits.

GoFarm Australia snags one of Australia’s largest vineyards
A GROUP of Melbourne investors has bought one of Australia’s biggest vineyards. GoFarm Australia also snared one of Victoria’s biggest parcels of water with its purchase of Del Rios for $22-$25 million. The 900ha vineyard, north of Swan Hill and near the junction of the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers at Kenley, was sold last month along with its 5476 megalitres of high-sec¬urity water.

Australian wine exports grow with demand from China
Australia’s wine exports have grown to $2.1 billion annually, and the average price paid for wine grapes has grown by 14 per cent to $526 per tonne. This has been attributed to massive surge in demand from China according to wine critic James Halliday in a recent interview with ABC news. He said: "It's all being pulled by enormous demand from China. It takes more than 50 per cent of our highest-priced wines, and that's where we really want to be."

Champagne Club fraudster exposed
He was a young entrepreneur who developed a loyal following as the founder of the Perth Champagne Club, a venture promoted by celebrity chef Manu Feildel that sold expensive fine wines to customers around the world. But Nicholas Leslie Gaskin was exposed yesterday as a fraudster who tried to use stolen credit card details to fund the business and “keep up appearances” as a high-flying and wealthy businessman.

Orange Wine Festival to focus on taste and quality
Get out the calendars, it’s time to save the date for the Orange Wine Festival, the premier event for the region’s winegrowers. The festival’s program has been meticulously planned and will be available on Friday from 9am. Printed copies will be available at the city’s visitor centre and online at www.orangewinefestival.com.au, but also through the Orange NSW app.

House of Arras grand vintage wins at Sydney Wine Show
A vintage sparkling wine made in the cool climate of the East Coast has taken out a perpetual trophy at the Royal Sydney Wine Show. House of Arras Grand Vintage 2007 has only recently come on the market but was named as the winner of the KPMG perpetual trophy for best wine of show in Sydney in July. The Royal Sydney Wine Show is held between July 18-22.

Vinomofo launches in New Zealand
Australia’s number one online wine retailer has kicked off its New Zealand operation with a launch party in central Auckland last night. Vinomofo, which offers members the opportunity to buy wines from New Zealand, Australia and international markets, has taken the Australian market by storm and to date has nearly half a million regular users.

UC Davis Looks to the Future
David Block, chairman of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis, recently shared several advances results in research as well as new opportunities for partnerships with the wine industry. Speaking to an audience of members of the Allied Grape Growers during its annual meeting in Santa Rosa, Block said “Research is best thought of as an investment.”

Champagne shortage looms after frost, rot and mildew
The growing season is the most complicated Champagne has known since the very difficult season of 1956, said Eric Rodez, winemaker at the family-owned Champagne Rodez in Ambonnay. In spring, late frosts hit the Côte des Bar region, where a quarter of the Champagne vineyards are.

Wine fraud increasingly difficult to detect, prevent
Wine fraud: Is it something new? Even Thomas Jefferson was aware of it, and checked it by being among the first to have his wine bottled on site at the winery and sealed with a wax plug to prevent adulteration in shipment. The common practice back then was to ship in bulk to be bottled at the destination. Since most of the shipment in Jefferson's time was via riverboat traffic, sailors were not above pulling a few swigs of wine out of the containers and topping them off with water.

Owner of Bankrupt Wine Store Premier Cru Will Plead Guilty to Fraud
John Fox, co-owner of the beleaguered California retailer, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for alleged Ponzi scheme. John Fox, the man behind troubled wine retailer Premier Cru, will plead guilty this week to criminal charges that will likely send him to federal prison, Wine Spectator has learned. During a sealed proceeding in June, federal prosecutors charged Fox with one count of wire fraud.

Fresh Facts goes mobile
Fresh Facts, the annual statistics resource for the horticulture industry, is now available as an app for mobile devices. The app and newly launched website tool feature the ability to create graphs from the export and growing data of more than 20 crops and crop groupings published in Fresh Facts over the past 17 years. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, for Android devices from Google Play, or via the www.freshfacts.co.nz website.

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