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News posted on Thursday, 12 October 2017

Help shape Victoria's future energy plans
Agriculture Victoria today released an on-line farmer survey to understand on-farm energy use better and the costs to our agricultural businesses (including viticulture). Responses will help inform future programs designed specifically to support Victorian producers. Source, Winetitles.

Meet the Air NZ Wine Award judges
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, will welcome three international judges to the 2017 team when judging kicks off on Monday at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. New Chair of Judges Warren Gibson is delighted to have Charteris, Chukan Brown and Knowles join the judging panel this year. Source, Winetitles.

Port Nelson cuts wine industry carbon footprint
The success of a Port Nelson initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of New Zealand's growing wine industry, has been recognised with another national award. The company's "QuayConnect" service has more than halved truck journeys between the port and the country's largest wine producing region of Marlborough, since it began in February last year. Source, Stuff.

Fortified wines are making a comeback
A nip of sherry often evokes memories of a sticky screw-top bottle left to drip on your grandma’s doily-laden kitchen table. Not a slick city bar. Fortified wines are nothing new: they have roots in ancient Greece. But recent times have seen a renaissance of the habitually misunderstood beverage class. Source, Broadsheet.

Dal Zotto brothers buy winery from parents
Brothers Michael and Christian Dal Zotto have purchased the family’s Dal Zotto Wines from parents Otto and Elena, marking the first change of hands the winery has seen since the first vines were planted over 30 years ago. Source, Drinks Central.

A fab quartet blanc from Thorne Clarke
"Long of the belief that you can’t grow good Pinot gris anywhere that won’t grow good Pinot noir, I hit the dogma wall at this wine. [...] This lovely slurpable has a topnote that smells like Craneford when they’re baling hay," writes Philip White for inDaily.

Blue Pyrenees wine awarded best red blend
Blue Pyrenees Estate are thrilled to announce that the Blue Pyrenees Estate Red 2013 (RRP $42) was awarded the trophy for Best Red Blend at the 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge, presented last night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Source, Winetitles.

Despite strains Turkey's wine industry holds
Turkey is an overwhelmingly Muslim country and, with alcohol considered to be haram (prohibited) under Islam, many will not touch a drop throughout their lives. Yet the country is blessed with an ideal climate for viticulture, with hot humid weather, and a long winemaking tradition. Source, Yahoo.

'Boiling river of wine' flows through Napa
A boiling river of wine was spotted flowing through Napa Valley as devastating wildfires continue to grip California. The bubbling alcohol smouldered under debris at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa — one of the hardest hit areas. Source, Metro.

An illustrated guide to wine soils
Breaking soil down into singular categories is quite difficult. The concept of minerality is another factor. But, in terms of the actual successful growth of a grapevine, some soils work better than others. Source, VinePair.

Oregon Pinot Gris tops Great NW Invite judging
Earlier this month, Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell raised the profile for Elk Cove Vineyards' latest project as the Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Gris earned best of show honours at the fifth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. Source, Tri-city Herald.

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