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News posted on Monday, 12 September 2016

Climate change affecting wine production in New South Wales central west
Wine producers in the New South Wales central west are being forced to adapt to rising temperatures which are affecting the region's "cool climate" drops.

Wine with me: James Halliday reports on Durif
Durif was discovered in the 1860s in an experimental vineyard in France's Isere region, and takes its name from the man who'd established the vineyard.

Trademark battle continues on WILD GEESE chase
Lodestar Anstalt v Campari America LLC [2016] FCAFC 92 is important because it clarifies what constitutes ‘control’ in determining whether use of a trademark by a licensee is ‘authorised use’. It is the latest, in Australia, in the ongoing battle concerning the WILD GEESE trademarks. It is a unanimous decision of the Full Bench (five judges) of the Court of Appeal of the Federal Court on appeal from a single judge on appeal, in turn, from the registrar of trademarks.

Hentley Farm is worth the search
THE Barossa Valley has some of the oldest grapevines in the world and some of the oldest labels-productions in Australia. So in terms of vinous age Hentley Farm is but a glint in the milkman's eye. Keith and Alison Hentschke searched for many years to find the right location before purchasing the 1840s-built Hentley Farm, located in the Seppeltsfield region, in the late 1990s.

Clean sweep for Granite Belt winery at state awards
A GRANITE Belt winery has dominated the Queensland Wine Awards, taking out five major accolades. Ballandean Estate Wines was named as Winery of the Year, Cellar Door of the Year and Champion Wine of Show.

New Zealand wineries seek 'Lord of the Rings' inspiration in export push
One winery is seeking inspiration from the man who landscaped Hobbiton, at least three are opening new or refurbished tasting rooms and another is renovating a restaurant. It’s all part of a plan to lure tourists to New Zealand’s premier wine region.

Wine investor Charles Banks charged with defrauding NBA star
Charles Augustus Banks IV, a noted wine investor behind such powerhouse California labels as Mayacamas and Screaming Eagle, was arrested Friday in San Antonio on charges of defrauding retired basketball star Tim Duncan. Although Banks, 48, was soon released on $1 million bail, he faces trouble on several fronts.

Official stats for August: Georgia exports 42% more wine
According to Georgia's National Wine Agency (NWA), over 28 million bottles of wine were exported to 46 countries last month, bringing $64.8 million back into the economy. In August 2016 Georgia exported 42 percent more wine year-on-year (y/y), and generated 16 percent more revenue by selling 28,156,547 bottles of wine abroad.

Wines of South Africa and CEO Siobhan Thompson
Imagine an organisation of 19 people working full time to help increase the export of wines of a country, which was negligible barely 25 years ago due to Apartheid! And only one of whose several activities is to organise the Cape Wine show that brings the South African producers on a common platform in Cape Town and gets around 60 countries to attend!

Aglianico: The Worlds Oldest Cultivated Grape is Italy’s Unknown Wine Treasure
According to the Wine Economics Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, the wine industry produced over 7.7 billion gallons of wine in 2014. That’s enough for a little over a gallon of wine for every single person on earth. Remarkably, although there are over a thousand grape varieties suitable for making wine, two-dozen varieties accounted for roughly 85 percent of the world’s wine production.

Alibaba Wants People To Drink More Wine
Alibaba’s Jack Ma anticipates that about 100 million of the company’s more than 400 million active buyers will take part in China’s first online wine festival on September 9, according to Decanter China. The Chinese e-commerce giant is betting big on this festival where around 100,000 wine and spirits will be offered online with the help of its Tmall.

Barrel hall storage cooling system transforms Peter Lehmann Wines
Peter Lehman wines adopted a new cooling technology, Climate Wizard, in 2011 when the wine industry was suffering through one of the worst economic situations on record. The technology, was presented by industrial refrigeration specialists, Cold Logic, proved to be a success and is now considered to be the beginning for pioneering change for how barrels are stored in the industry.

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