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News posted on Monday, 11 September 2017

Sauvignon country comes up trumps for investment
Marlborough remains firmly in the spotlight when it comes to investment sales in the wine industry. Colliers International specialist Mike Laven said it was imperative to have good marketing arrangements. "The big Sauvignon players in Marlborough with access to the US are unstoppable," he said. Source, Stuff

The weather data is there; how do we respond?
While we adjust for the reality of longer-term global climate change, there are still local and seasonal weather patterns that shouldn’t be ignored. The good news is that we have a lot more detailed information than in the past. The bad news is the same. We need to know what to do with all these data or, as Peter Hayman puts it, ‘we have to ask intelligent questions’. Source, Wine Australia.

Sheep flocking to organic vineyards
When winemaker Bob Blue started working 30 years ago, organic farming and winemaking were considered a little out-there. Now the terms composting, cover crops, biodiversity and soil health are much more understood. Blue says it's about "getting nature to work for you, be it with other plants or even animals like bees, chicken and sheep". Source, Dallas News

Celebrity chef says only a numpty would buy English wine
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has taken a pop at the English wine industry - saying only a "numpty" would buy it. Pierre White, 55 - the youngest chef to be given three Michelin stars - also said English wine makers were "playing at it" and could never compete with the French in producing top fizz. Source, The Telegraph

Shaw Vineyard Estate nabs Cool Climate Wine trophy
Take a bow, Shaw Vineyard Estate. Their 2015 Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon wowed judges and was named best red in show at the 2017 Australian Cool Climate Wine awards. A Western Australian white, the Marchard & Bruch Villages 2016 Chardonnay, won the best white and best wine of show trophy. Source, The Camberra Times

Record heat hit California wine regions
California wine grapes, unaccustomed to those temperatures at this time of year, were left shrivelling on the vines, in many cases dehydrated by excessive daytime temperatures that weren’t cooling down enough at night. The heat episode has turned what was looking, just last week, to be a promising and average-yielding vintage into a year that looks more uncertain, in both quality and quantity. Source, San Francisco Chronicle.

Fine for vineyard developer after wetland damage
A Marlborough company has been fined for deliberately damaging an ecologically significant wetland while developing a vineyard. Gill Construction wanted to create the vineyard on its property on State Highway 63, near the Wairau Valley township. Source, Stuff

Career change a grape idea for Orange winemaker
From working in the bustling city of Sydney as a chef, to now making wine in Orange, Duncan Cook and his boutique winery – Cook Family Estate - has gone from strength to strength. Sourcing fruits from up to a dozen vineyards, Duncan says the cool climate of Orange helps with their various products.Source, Western Magazine

Chablis, a wine that speaks for itself
There’s something uniquely old-school and deliciously formal about Chablis wines. These bone-dry wines with pronounced minerality aren’t for everyone. What they do bring to the table is one of the world’s most stylish, refined and urbane dry white wines. Several factors contribute. Source, Shanghai Daily.

New high for tourism numbers in Hunter
The popularity of the Hunter Valley as a world-wide tourism destination has played a significant role in NSW’s record-breaking success in a recent International Visitor Survey. Chairman of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association George Souris said the Hunter Valley had played a significant role in the record-breaking results. Source, Maitland Mercury.

Agriculture largest contributor to GDP growth
“While grains and livestock products each contributed around $10 billion each to this export performance, other agricultural industries are also billion dollar performers. For example, in 2016-17 our pulses exports to the world were worth over $3 billion, wine exports $2.4 billion, nuts exports $822 million and citrus over $330 million,” Minister Barnaby Joyce said. Source, Food Mag.

IBWSS London: Putting Bulk Wine in the headlines for the right reasons
The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show offers a fresh new debating and networking forum for those tasked with bringing bulk wines to market.

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