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News posted on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Aus wine producers called to UK to keep Aussie wine king
Australian wine producers are being called to head to the United Kingdom to promote their produce. Australia continues to be the market leader in the UK but Wine Australia said there could be more done to increase sales and sure up Australian exports in the country. Regional Director for Wine Australia for the UK and Europe, Laura Jewell, said Australian wine is the focus of tastings in January and the presence of Australian wine producers and grape growers at these events would help to get the story behind the wine to the British public.

Twenty-five Adelaide Hills vineyards test positive to smoke taint but fail to draw compensation
Twenty-five vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, with grapes that have tested positive to smoke taint, are unlikely to receive compensation. Smoke-affected grapes have been a concern for wineries following the Sampson Flat bushfire, which burnt through thousands of hectares in January. Adelaide Hills Wine Region president Tom Keelan said growers had not been able to receive financial assistance. "Nothing other then the government-assisted packages that were worked up for all the fire-affected victims, so nothing specific for our industry" he said.

Top 12 Australian fine wines
A new free trade agreement with Korea and “global renewed interest” in its fine wines has made Australia hit the headlines of late. But what are the names to look out for? In In a recent Wine Classification seminar in Hong Kong by Langton’s, founder Andrew Caillard guided members of the trade through the highest-rated wines as considered by Langton’s, based on auction demands and track records since its establishment in 1989.

WCA to host Australian rosé event
Wine Communicators Australia is hosting an Australian rosé tasting and panel discussion in Sydney on Thursday, 21 May. The event will explore the appeal of Australian rosé including the breadth of style, regional variation, consumer preferences and will aim to shed some light on potential for growth, not just in summer but throughout the year. As the popularity of rosé increases around the world, what opportunities are there for Australian rosé both domestically and abroad?

Where to go to customise your wine
Wine or Champagne is no longer limited to imbibing; hotels and wineries around the world are giving their guests the chance to customise their own blends. Artéis & Co., a vintage Champagne brand in France, for example, offers disgorging of a half-dozen bottles. Visitors work with the winemaker, Jean-Philippe Diot, to remove the yeast from the bottles, add a reserved wine that has been sweetened to their liking, and design a custom label.

Kiwi success may push Arunachal for more fruit wine production
After the successful launch of a drink made from kiwi fruits grown in Arunachal Pradesh, experts have suggested that the state government venture into making fruit wine from the various fruits which are abundant in the northeastern state. Arunachal, which enjoys the distinction of being the largest kiwi producing state in the country, annually produces an average of 30,945.2 MT of apples, 4,720.5 MT of kiwi, 1,76,707 MT citrus and 67,580 MT of pineapples.

Constellation appoints new marketing guru for wine and spirits
Constellation Brands, Inc., leading beverage alcohol company, announced Jared Fix has been appointed as chief marketing officer reporting to Jay Wright, president, Wine & Spirts Division. Fix will join the company effective June 8, 2015, replacing Chris Fehrnstrom who will be returning to a marketing and leadership consulting business he owned prior to joining Constellation. "Jared brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership to Constellation Brands," said Wright.

Top 10 things to know about the Majestic and Naked Wines merger
Last month following the announcement that Naked Wines was to be acquired by Majestic Plc for £70m (A$138m), harpers.co.uk had an opportunity to talk with both Eamon Fitzgerald, the managing director of Naked Wines and the new chief executive officer, Rowan Gormley of Majestic Plc about what the merger would mean for their businesses. The deal surprised many in the trade, as the two companies were able to keep the takeover quite quiet.

English bubbly booms as UK vineyards toast production record
Move over Moët, bye-bye Bollinger. The march of English sparkling wine from a mouth-puckering novelty to a player on the burgeoning global market for premium fizz has taken a further step forward with a boom in production. Burgeoning demand for brands such as Nyetimber and Ridgeview is turning parts of the South Downs and beyond into an English Épernay after a doubling of the amount of land in England devoted to vineyards in the last seven years and a 43 per cent rise last year in wine production.

Oregon wine industry eyes trade deal
PORTLAND — Oregon’s wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards from the California border to the Columbia River. Now the wine industry wants in the trans-Pacific trade agreement that President Obama came to Oregon to promote. Vineyard owners and winemakers say the trade deal would help open up foreign markets and increase job growth in Oregon.

The Great British wine fair returns
With this year’s London Wine Fair promising to be more diverse than ever, Helen Arnolds guides Harper’s through the must-attend debates, seminars and masterclasses. It’s that time of year again when the drinks trade starts gearing up for the annual jamboree that is the London Wine Fair. Now in its 35th year, the fair aims to bring together all aspects of the wine business for three days of trading, negotiating, networking and discovery, attracting a myriad of wine industry professionals

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