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News posted on Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sunraysia growers say they have received worst prices in nearly a decade
Sunraysia wine grape growers say they have received the worst prices from wine companies in nearly 10 years. The 2015 grape harvest has seen good quality and consistent fine weather, and will finish up earlier than normal. But Mike Stone, from Murray Valley Winegrowers, says unsustainable prices from wine companies will see those who have just been hanging on leave the industry this year. "Winegrape prices must improve in 2016 or the industry in this region will continue to shrink," he said.

Early wine vintage creates production problems for SA growers
An exceptionally early vintage is creating production difficulties for wineries and added pressure for grapegrowers in South Australia. On average, this year's vintage was about a month earlier than normal due to a combination of local seasonal factors and climate change, SA's Winegrape Council executive officer Peter Hackworth said. "What it's meant is a lot of the varieties that normally would ripen distinctively apart have tended to come in at the same time," Hackworth said.

Birdwood High students become winemakers after donating grapes to Kersbrook Hill Wines
WINEMAKER Paul Clark remains a glass half full kind of guy, despite the devastation the Sampson Flat bushfire wrought on his vineyards. So when Birdwood High School offered to donate its crop of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to Kersbrook Hill Wines, he saw an opportunity to inspire a new generations of Hills vintners. About 50 students picked more than half a tonne of grapes to send to the winery, where Clark is now working with a smaller bunch of mostly Year 10s to produce a special 600-bottle vintage.

Chateau Tanunda regains its former glory
The rebirth of Chateau Tanunda is one of the most remarkable stories of the Australian wine industry. This massive, iconic stone and brick building was South Australia's second-largest building when it was built in 1890, second to Elder Smith's Port Adelaide wool store, and was part-funded by 200 Barossa Valley grapegrower shareholders. It's hard to believe, but by 1998 it was unoccupied, unloved, unkempt, inhabited only by pigeons, and under threat of demolition.

Hawke’s Bay ripe for export boom
A Hawke’s Bay winemaker has suggested that a recent surge in investment from major producers has put New Zealand’s second largest wine region in a prime position to raise its profile abroad. “We’re kind of like where Marlborough was 15 years ago before Sauvignon Blanc took off,” observed Miles Dineen, winemaker at Crossroads, a 55-hectare property that came under the Yealands Estate portfolio following a merger in 2011.

Grape crops hit by mildew
Powdery mildew has been spotted in vineyards across Marlborough, and contractors have their workers fighting to keep the disease at bay. Some are spraying their vineyards, while others are simply cutting off the affected fruit. Alapa Viticultural Services owner Alan Wilkinson said at least three vineyards had been written off as a result of powdery mildew. "It's quite significant. It's definitely worse than last year," he said. "It gets into the bunches and taints the fruit and the fruit gets sooty white spores. "It's not very pretty."

APW boss dodges questions at wine firm wind-up
Furious seems a fair way to describe the mood at a creditors’ meeting of the latest wine investment firm to bite the dust. Around 600 investors have been left in the lurch by the collapse of APW Asset Management Ltd, formerly known as Australian Portfolio Wines. Except that it might not have collapsed at all. What was supposed to have been the creditors’ meeting descended into farce when sole director Chima Maduabuchukwu – Madu for short – declared that he had not appointed a -liquidator after all.

Argentina’s Mendoza must change bulk wine production, Perez says
(Bloomberg) -- Argentine grape growers for low quality, bulk wines must improve standards, create new products or switch to other fruits and vegetables to return to profitability, Mendoza Governor Francisco Perez said. A drop in consumption of box wine and over production of the grapes has kept the price paid to producers unchanged for the past three to four years amid inflation above 20 percent, the governor said in an interview in his office in Mendoza after hosting the annual harvest festival.

Seven of England's leading wineries to fly the flag at ProWein
Seven leading English wine producers will be heading to ProwWein this weekend to help further cement the reputation of home grown wines in the international marketplace. The English wine stand has become a key focus for international buyers at the show in recent years as the reputation and global status of English still and sparkling wine grows. This year, the English Wine Producers will be brushing shoulders with New World wine producing countries.

Stuart Broad signs up as Hardys ambassador...just don't mention the World Cup
With all the excitement of last week’s March for the Independents events we missed out on news that England fast bowler has been signed up by Australian wine brand, Hardys, to be one of its ambassadors as part of its ongoing sponsorship of English cricket. Broad was even on hand to officially launch the link up at Hardys’ Tintara vineyard in McLaren Vale as he is in the country for the Cricket World Cup.

Canada world's sixth largest wine importer
VinExpo chairman Xavier de Eizaguirre has released his biannual global wine report in advance of the giant French wine show in June. Among the numbers was Canada’s prowess as imported wine drinkers. We now rank sixth at 32.7 million cases. Canadian wine consumption is also projected to jump by 7.8 per to 14.4 litres per adult by 2018. de Eizaguirre predicts “Over the next five years, Canada’s wine consumption growth rate will be twice that of the rest of the world.”

Melbourne International Wine Competition 2015 - Submissions Are Now Open
Submissions for the Melbourne International Wine Competition is now open. MIWC is the ONLY Competition that is also focused on Export and Trade benefits for producers in Australia and is judged by real buyers. Melbourne International Wine Competition is the first major international wine competition in the Pacific with TRADE ONLY judges from top to bottom that consist of people who are buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant owners, sommeliers, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers.

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