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News posted on Friday, 11 November 2016

1.8 million support for South Australia’s wine industry
The Limestone Coast and Coonawarra wine regions will reap the benefits of a new $1.8 million State Government scheme designed to attract visitors and grow our wine industry. Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme would help to ensure growth in the state’s wine sector and further cement South Australia’s reputation as a producer of premium wine. “Funding from the scheme will not only directly benefit individual cellar doors but also extend to grape growers, winemakers, individual wine brands, culinary tourism operators, restaurants as well as regional food and wine events,” Mr Bignell said.

Women who know their wine
It was just over a year ago when Maygars Hill Winery owner Jenny Houghton facilitated the district’s first Australian Women in Wine Awards event. The Longwood-based viticulturist, along with renowned wine writer Jeni Port, will again host the event this month in Euroa. Conducted in a slightly different format, the awards are broadcast to celebratory events across the country, with Euroa’s being held at The Naturally Made Store.

Shares in Treasury Wine Estates have surged
Shares in Treasury Wine Estates have surged more than eight per cent as the wine supplier provided a bullish outlook at its annual general meeting. TWE shares were 81 cents, or eight per cent, higher at $10.93 at 1402 AEDT. Chief executive Michael Clarke told shareholders gathered in Adelaide that TWE, whose labels include Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Lindeman's, had a very bright future. "I am confident that we can continue to deliver outstanding results and, therefore, further value creation for you," Mr Clarke said.

De Bortoli wines wins Asian success aspire award
De Bortoli Wines efforts in growing its export business has seen the family-owned company named the winner of the ‘Asian Success’ category at the AFR & PwC’s Private Clients Aspire Awards. Announced last night at a ceremony in Sydney, the awards celebrate outstanding achievements made by Australia’s private and family businesses. The quality of the 2016 entrants were as high as ever, as businesses from all of Australia’s major vertical industries presented the solid business practices that successful companies portray.

Len Evans Tutorial Dux named
Stuart Hordern, senior winemaker at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley, has been named the Len Evans Tutorial Dux for 2016. This year, the Tutorial was held in the Hunter Valley from 31 October to 4 November. Hordern is only the second Hunter Valley-based attendee to dux the week-long tutorial, following Liz Silkman (nee Jackson) in 2006. As dux, Hordern has been guaranteed judging positions at two of Australia’s most respected wine shows, the Sydney Royal Wine Show and the National Wine Show in Canberra. He will also be flown Business Class to Europe with invitations to some of the world’s best wine houses.

Donald Trump presidency risk to NZ wine exports
The election of tee-totalling winery owner Donald Trump to the White House may pose a risk to the meteoric growth of New Zealand wine exports. The United States is the largest export market for New Zealand wine, with about $470 million worth of the luxury good flowing stateside in the year to September. But the election of Trump as the 45th president of the US is raising eyebrows among exporters concerned by his protectionist stance, or restraining trade between countries, and the falling US dollar.

NZ winery named New World Winery of the Year
Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Kim Crawford winery ‘New World Winery of the Year’ in their annual Wine Star Awards, which honour outstanding achievements in the international wine and beverage industry. "I’m so proud that we’ve brought this one home for New Zealand wine against the new world competition," said Kim Crawford Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst. "My team and I work hard to make wines that people love to drink and we’re really pleased to get a pat on the back for it from our peers and industry leaders." In the U.S, New Zealand’s largest wine export market, Kim Crawford is now New Zealand’s most purchased wine brand, and produces the #1 selling Sauvignon Blanc.

Simply brilliant shiraz
Just when you thought it had sunk without trace, shiraz is back with a bang. t’s not often that you spot a marked trend in the wine world. Mostly things trundle along much the same as usual. Prosecco, New Zealand sauvignon blanc, malbec, yada, yada, yada… But what’s this? Suddenly a whole load of delicious shiraz is hitting the shelves. This is particularly welcome from Australia, whose output had shrunk to a choice between sickly-sweet cheapies and overextracted, chewy monsters that were practically a meal in themselves.

Amazon UK now offering one-hour deliveries
In a bid to boost its Prime Now offering in London, Amazon has teamed up with a pharmacist and a wine dealer to deliver more than 7,000 additional products in under an hour. The company announced today that customers in selected London postcodes can grab "luxury health, wellbeing and beauty products" from John Bell & Croyden and fine wines and spirits from Spirited Wines. Amazon already offers a small selection of beauty products and alcoholic drinks but its new alliances will expand its product offering by around 47 percent. One-hour deliveries will cost £6.99 but a two-hour delivery slot won't cost a penny.

Wine Investments That Pay Dividends in the Glass
Master sommelier Ian Cauble founded SommSelect to serve collectors who are more interested in laying down wines to drink than saving them for auction. Here, Cauble shares insights on under-explored regions, cellar-worthy wines that pay dividends in complexity and taste, and trophy bottlings that may disappoint. In 2014, Ian Cauble and Brandon Carneiro decided to give their dreams the old college try. Classmates at Sonoma State University in Northern California, they found themselves in separate parts of the wine business, yet each had a desire to do something on his own—something that met a specific need in the marketplace.

I Buried a Cow Horn Full of Shit for Good Wine
It's a Monday afternoon in the Willamette Valley and I'm standing over a bucket of shit. Cow shit, to be precise. It has been sourced from a nearby biodynamic farm, and today that bucket will draw the attention of about a dozen or so farmhands, interns and wine tasters, all gathered on this perch high atop the Eola-Amity Hills. I visited Brooks winery in Amity to take part in one of the central activities of biodynamics, a holistic approach to agronomy first preached in the early 20th century by an Austrian philosopher, architect and woo-woo true believer named Rudolf Steiner.

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