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News posted on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

IBIS World report: Domestic alcohol consumption slump to hit wine
DOMESTIC alcohol consumption is expected to reach a 50-year low, making wine exports more important than ever. A recent report by market research analyst IBISWorld revealed that in 2016-17, domestic consumption of alcohol per capita is expected to reach the lowest level of the past 50 years — part of a trend of consistently declining alcohol consumption over the past decade.

The price of gold in the wine world
Whitey considers the current tendency among wine critics and publishers to award more wines higher scores. “If you’re not a good farmer in this country, you just don’t survive,” the respected ABC Landline reporter, Pip Courtney, recently told us. After the release of James Halliday’s latest guide to the wines and wineries of Australia came the annual frisson of excitement about the large number of wineries awarded five stars. It would seem James and his team believe that most wineries that survive are pretty good, too.

Wine aficionado seeks $2.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Australia
Halfway along the secluded mountain drive of Buckland Valley Road in Victoria's Alpine region is the exclusive Villa Gusto. Replete with a recently-built swimming pool, a swanky restaurant and a convoy of flash Jeep Cherokees in the driveway, the resort has been locked away for the sole use of Fiat Chrysler Australia's marketing operations since 2013.

Showstopper wine design
Australian sparkling wine has never been better, particularly if it’s from Tasmania. Although many people think of Australia as a hot country, Tasmania – the island at the bottom of the continent – not only has a moderate maritime climate, but is the gateway to the Antarctic. Temperatures rarely rise above 24°C, and thanks to its mild summers and long autumns, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive. Since the turn of the century, Tasmania has attracted Australia’s top sparkling winemaking talent, and their wines have won multiple accolades, trophies and critical acclaim.

Industry clusters can create a wave of business success
Successful clusters of competing, complementary and interdependent businesses can boost the wealth of regions – including South Australia – if they are developed and supported in the right way, writes Richard Blandy. The wine industry is our classic economic cluster, of course: myriad small, high-tech firms, networked together with strong intellectual and research foundations, and brilliantly marketed. Collectively, they produce a world-class product that sells competitively all over the planet.

Second man appears in court charged with receiving stolen wine in Marlborough
A second man has appeared in court following a $50,000 wine heist in Marlborough, denying a charge of receiving stolen wine. Robin Glen Hauwai, 49, of Blenheim, denied a charge of receiving stolen property at the Blenheim District Court on Monday. Police allege Hauwai received wine worth $4455 from persons unknown on September 7.

New World Wine Awards 2016 releases results
The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards. The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

Burgundy grape wars: Harvest thefts hit new levels
There has been a sharp rise in grape thefts during the Burgundy 2016 harvest, say police and winemakers, with reports of extra surveillance being set up around vineyards. A Beaune police source confirmed to Decanter.com on 7 October that there have been at least four separate complaints of stolen grapes from the Burgundy 2016 harvest. That’s a new record for the force.

Georgian winemakers concerned about possible growth in excise duties in Russia
As reported, the Russian government is discussing the possibility of increasing the excise tax on wine, especially imported. Georgian winemakers fear that this decision could have a negative impact on the export of wine to Russia. According to General Director of "Tbilvino" Zurab Margvelashvili, if the decision is adopted, the export of wine from Georgia would be hampered.

Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 winners revealed
See all the winners of this year's Decanter Asia Wine Awards, including more than 140 medals for Chinese wines, a platinum best in show prize for Japanese Koshu and strong performances from Australia, France and several other wine producing countries.

Syrah – Wine's International Success Story
Syrah, if you think about it, is a wonder grape. It results in wines with deep color, tantalizing black fruit, a charming spiciness and moderate tannins. It is grown in many countries, with notable efforts from cool climates (such as Monterey County and Chile's San Antonio Valley) as well as warm ones (Sicily and the Barossa Valley, to name two). A few of the finest examples, such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie are world famous.

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