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News posted on Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Stellar year for Aussie wine exports
Beginning in the mid 2000s, the Australian wine industry entered a difficult period. The combination of low grape prices and the entry of a lot of new producers resulted in a grape oversupply and poor results. But last year things turned around.

The next step for Seppeltsfield in McLaren Vale
Warren Randall is promising to resurrect the defunct Ryecroft brand, and build a cellar door at the site of the newest acquisition. There's also possibility of a restaurant to attract visitors to the winery, which has been hidden away in the heart of the massive former Rosemount wines production complex.

Auldstone Cellars auction date set
A slice of history will go under the hammer when Auldstone Cellars near Taminick is sold next week. The property has been operating since the 1880s and has become a much-loved establishment in the area. There will be a clearing sale at 9am the morning after the auction.

Tourism numbers leap 14% in 2016
The Murray is on a roll – tourist numbers in the region just keep going up, with Murray Regional Tourism reporting 63,600 international visitors to December 2016. That’s up a big 13.9 per cent on the previous 12 months. Domestically, nearly 2.6 million overnight visitors came to the Murray in 2016, up .09 per cent and they spent more than $1 billion in the region.

Extreme weather overall impact
The sensitivity to different extreme events, like flood, drought, wind, frost and bushfires is evident across all agricultural industries (the recent flooding in Queensland and NSW will have large financial impacts on farmers, processors, retailers and consumers).

Italy to benefit most from wine consumption rise
“China is the market of the future,” observes Marilisa Allegrini, head of marketing for her namesake wine company in the Veneto, “and we’ve already been prepared for quite some time: we’re relying on Cremonini’s distributive platform, which Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit are also involved in.”

Buckfast to lose charity status
The Charity Commission is launching a probe into the Buckfast Abbey Trust, where monks produce wine which has been associated with a surge in alcohol-related violence. The National Secular Society - which works to challenge religious privilege - has claimed Buckfast Tonic Wine, known as "Buckie" in Scotland where it is most popular, is a scourge on society.

France suffers most from bad weather
While wine output dropped worldwide last year, France’s output volume saw the largest decline, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). France, the world’s second-biggest wine producer after Italy, lost 3.5 million hectolitres (mhl) in output volume.

Reaching for Israeli wine
Even the most finicky wine snob won’t be able to “pass over” the new generation of kosher wines. Increasingly, the current mindset is that because Jews are commanded to drink four cups of wine at the Passover seder, they might as well drink high-quality wine in the process. When they’re combing the supermarket shelves this time of year, many consumers reach for wines from Israel.

Cleaners prevent potential bio-security risk
Three motel cleaners have been hailed as heroes after spotting a nasty invasive insect that has the potential to decimate New Zealand's horticultural industry. Investigations by the Ministry for Primary Industries concluded the bugs hitch-hiked here in luggage from predominately American visitors. "Those housekeepers are the unsung heroes of New Zealand horticulture," said kiwifruit farmer James Trevelyan.

Corkage: why the cost?
The term ''corkage'' may be seen simplistically as the cost of opening the bottle in a BYO establishment, being as it is, part of the ritual and theatre of dining out; but in fact covers a gamut of costs incurred by the restaurant.

Braid achieve first 14001 accreditation for bulk liquid distribution
With a head office in Glasgow and a global network which includes three offices in Australia and one in New Zealand, Braid Logistics is believed to be the first major logistics organisation to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation for its entire distribution management system.

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