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News posted on Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Winemakers warned of increasing natural disaster risks
Winemakers could be hit harder by natural disasters as changes to climate continue. Researchers looking at disasters such as earthquakes, hail and bushfires say that globally, earthquakes do the most damage to winemakers, as seen in Chile in 2010 and Napa in the United States in 2014. Dr James Daniell, who works at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, said that while earthquakes were not common in Australia, if a big one hit growers may not be prepared.

NILWA announces major changes
National Independent Liquor Wholesalers (NILWA) has announced major changes to its membership today. Paramount Liquor VIC, Liquid Specialty Beverages QLD and Liquid Mix WA resigned their membership effective Wednesday 6 April 2016, and are expected to to pursue their own marketing strategies. In a press release issued by NILWA, CEO Martin O’Mara commented, “The NILWA Board thanks Paul Murphy, Mark Rowe and Darren Terlich for their service to the company spanning many years.”

Thieves steal Rosemount wine from McLaren Flat
POLICE are urging the public to be on the lookout for stolen bottles of Rosemount Estate Balmoral vintage wine, which may be offered for sale. A significant amount of the wine — valued at $180 a bottle — was stolen from a storage shed on Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat, between March 23 and April 7. The stolen wine — similar to that pictured — may be offered to local businesses for sale.

Local Lands look at a damaging grapevine pest
Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Biosecurity staff from the NSW Department of Primary Industries will be hosting a workshop on April 18, for grape growers and the local wine industry on what the ramifications for the Central West would be if an outbreak of grape phylloxera were to occur. Grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) is one pf the world’s most damaging grapevine pests.

Aldi faces resistance to cheap grog sales
German retailer Aldi faces significant opposition as it seeks a liquor licence for its fifth WA store, where it plans to sell cut-price alcohol, including $4 bottles of wine and $1 cans of beer. Aldi’s application to the Liquor Licensing Commission for a 30sqm display area in its planned Wattle Grove store boasts that it is the best value liquor retailer in Australia.

Central Otago Winegrowers' Association releases new-look wine map
A new-look Central Otago wine map showcasing 58 wineries will make it easier for people to plan their winery experiences. After a year in the planning the Central Otago Winegrowers' Association has launched their new-look Central Otago Wine Map. James Dicey, President of the Central Otago Winegrowers' Association and brain child behind the new wine map said based on feedback, a number of changes were made, including the move from a fold out map to booklet that featured each of Central Otago's wine regions.

Yealands Launches NZ’s First Vineyard Tour Guide App
The first kiwi wine app that allows the user to take a self-guided vineyard tour - and take in Yealands’ famous White Road hot-spots. One of the only vineyards to actually let visitors drive through its vineyard, wine innovators, Yealands Wine Group have released a mobile application that allows visitors to its Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough the unique opportunity of taking their own self-guided vineyard tour.

Diageo chairman to step down
Drinks giant Diageo has confirmed its chairman is stepping down, sparking speculation of an imminent shake-up of the company’s board. The £48 billion company confirmed over the weekend that it is seeking a successor to Dr Franz Humer, the Swiss-Austrian businessman who moved into the chairman’s suite in 2010. “As a matter of good governance process, the board has clearly started to think about succession and a process is under way.”

Jack Ma plans new Alibaba wine sales day in China
A new sales day devoted exclusively to deals on wine and dubbed 9/9 is to be held by online retailer Alibaba in China on 9 September, company founder Jack Ma has announced. Jack Ma confirmed speculation in the trade about a new, annual Alibaba wine sales day on 9 September during a public discussion with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Vinitaly show in Verona yesterday, according to a report by Italian press agency Ansa.

London Wine Fair 2016 what to expect
With pop-up stands showcasing unsung regions, the launch of a first-of-its-kind data platform and a tie-in with May’s International Cool Climate Symposium, the London Wine Fair taking place at the beginning of May will present its most diverse offering yet. t returned to Olympia two years ago with a new purpose and direction. This year, the London Wine Fair (LWF), the UK’s largest wine trade show, is keen to keep its appeal diverse.

Why is Vinitaly International so obsessed with native grapes?
After this year's Vinitaly International Academy Certification Course, the 25 newly minted Italian Wine Ambassadors will return to their home countries of Canada, China, Brazil, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Russia, France, the UK and the US, armed with a new depth of knowledge of Italian wine, and in particular, Italian native grapes. Friday in Verona, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) concluded its second Italian wine certification course, an initiative launched in 2015 to educate wine professionals in the finer points of Italian varietals.

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