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News posted on Monday, 11 December 2017

WA buyer splashes big for Penfolds Grange collection
The top end of town is spending on alcohol again, with a full, vertical collection of Penfolds Grange selling for $225,000 to a Perth buyer. The sale was organised by Vince Salpietro, managing director of Mt Lawley’s Grand Cru, who said the buyer did not bat an eyelid at the price. Source, The West Australian

Strong sales growth for online wine marketplace
In the midst of closing an $800,000 funding round Stephen Mobbs, co-founder of online wine marketplace Winery Lane says the startup is currently seeing a “hockey stick” of sales growth. “We’re only looking for Australian wineries, and only ones we think are from premiere growing regions. We want ones with a really good reputation, and ones that well represent their growing region,” he said. Source, StartupSmart

Unconventional cellar door opens in Tasmania
The Tamar Valley Wine Route gains a new cellar this week as sparkling specialist Clover Hill opens its architecturally distinct tasting rooms. “There's a huge movement in the Australian industry at the moment with regard to landscape integration and impactful designs that reflect a winery’s uniqueness, and I can safely say you’ll see no other cellar door like this,” said chief executive Adam Torpy. Source, Wine Companion

Wine tourism boom ripe for picking
Tourism New Zealand and NZ Winegrowers have joined forces to support the growing trend of international visitors seeking out a "wine experience" while touring New Zealand. About 25 per cent of international tourists sought out a wine experience, latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's international visitor survey showed. Source, New Zealand Herald

d'Arenberg Cube open in McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale's distinctive 'd’Arenberg Cube' has been officially opened at a ceremony on the weekend. South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, cut the ribbon on the $15 million facility, which is expected to substantially increase the number of wine tourists to the region. The building, located at the family-owned d'Arenberg winery, has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard. Source, Winetitles

Unearthing a new Shiraz
Winemakers Mike Brown and Josh Waechter decided to shake things up with their next drop – specifically, ageing their wine in the very earth from which it was sourced. The pair’s single-vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz was buried in a wax-coated French oak barrel underneath the vines where the grapes were hand-picked. The soil provides a natural temperature-controlled cellar for the wine to mature, said Brown. Source, Broadsheet

Sniffer dogs latest tool in plant biosecurity battle
The Marlborough District Council said rescue dogs from the SPCA are being trained to sniff out biosecurity threats from plants on farms and vineyards. Biosecurity officers say Chilean needle grass affected about 2500 hectares in Marlborough, dotted across about 200 properties, with the biggest problem on high country around vineyards. Source, Stuff

Wine clubs for those who actually care about wine
Over the past three years, a wave of sommelier-curated wine clubs has emerged. Viticole Wine, SommSelect, and Weekly Tasting all feature personal selections from Master Sommeliers — to overwhelming success. SommSelect has over 2000 regular members, and Viticole’s popularity necessitates a wait list. Source, VinePair

Rare Lebanese wine sold at auction
A bottle of Château Ksara 1942 Vin D’Or has been sold for £1,500 at a charity auction in London. Author and wine expert Michael Karam hailed it as a “great night” for what he called “one of the most historically significant Lebanese wines still in existence". Source, The Drinks Business

Sth African wine industry braces for effects of drought
The South African wine industry is bracing itself for the smallest harvest in more than a decade as drought and water shortages in the Western Cape threatens wineries that employ thousands of seasonal workers. “Most of the industry’s large irrigation dams are 30% to 40% full," said Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager for the wine industry organisation VinPro. Source, Independent Online

Drinking red wine can make you smarter
There's another reason to raise a toast as according to one expert, it can also make your brain function more efficiently. According to Yale neuroscientist, Gordon Shepherd, drinking wine stimulates more grey matter in the brain than solving math equations. Source, The Economic Times

Wine is making you smarter
Not only does wine leave a delightful taste on the tongue, but drinking it could make you smarter. According to Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd, drinking wine activates more grey matter in the brain than listening to music and solving maths equations. Source, Independent Online

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