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News posted on Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Austrade to host Australia Business Week in India
Australian wine companies that are either exporting or seeking to export to India have an opportunity to expand business networks in the country through involvement in Australia Business Week in India (ABWI), arranged by Austrade India. The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, minister for trade and investment, will lead the ABWI mission from 12-15 January 2015.

WA wine veteran a rare vintage
Western Australia has this week lost one of its oldest citizens with the death of Swan Valley vigneron Joe Zekulich, aged 107. Zekulich arrived in Fremantle in 1924 as a 16-year-old Croatian migrant who spoke no English, had no money but was the financial lifeline to his family back home.

Finding an answer to trunk disease in grapevines
Scientists are working to unravel the mystery of why some grapevines suffer a slow death. While researchers around the world are constantly fine-tuning strategies for managing grapevine trunk diseases, until now little sustained work has been done on finding ways to make vines less susceptible in the first place.

Gold medals announced for 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judges have awarded 112 gold medals to wines from around the country at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards. This is the highest tally of gold medals handed out since the national wine competition began in 1974.

Hailstorm destroys crop of ‘holy wine’
A freak hailstorm has forced one of Tuscany’s biggest producers of “holy wine” – believed to have been used in Mass in the Middle Ages – to forgo production in 2014. Dessert wine Vin Santo is likely to be in short supply after Tenuta di Artimino’s entire crop was badly damaged in a hailstorm which hit just before harvest in September.

Asian wine producers unite
A new association for wine producers across Asia has been announced with the aim of promoting and presenting the region’s burgeoning winemaking industry to the world. Launched at last week’s HKTDC fair, the Asian Wine Producers aims to unite winemakers from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Burma, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Wine owes a debt to ancient viruses
Next time you pour a glass of wine, raise a toast to the 30-milion-year-old viruses that have contributed to the genetic make-up of modern grapes. A team of plant scientists from the University of Queensland has discovered the Pinot Noir grape variety owes a significant part of its genetic heritage to ancient plant viruses.

Bordeaux prices falling to 'pre-China boom' levels, says Liv-ex
Plummeting prices for Bordeaux first growths in the past three years serve as the latest cautionary tale in a long history of boom and bust for chateaux and negociants, according to Liv-ex co-founder James Miles, who sees no end to the pattern.

Global thirst for sparkling wine insatiable
Consumers around the world have developed an insatiable thirst for sparkling wine with global sales having surged by 30 per cent in the past decade. According to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in order to meet demand, production of sparkling wine has increased by 40 per cent, with still wine growth lagging far behind at 7 per cent.

New strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemaking
To cut down on using plant protection products in viticulture is the goal of a project coordinated by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (NEIKER-Tecnalia), to be implemented over the next three years. The aim of the initiative is to show it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of applications of plant protection treatment for fungal diseases such as mildew and oidium, two of the main pathologies affecting vineyards.

Boosting email deliverability for the holidays
The holiday season is an exciting time for wineries. A lot of people are looking for the best wine to pair with their main course of turkey, prime rib or roasted butternut squash. Others are simply looking for something to give to friends and family. The best way to get the message out to consumers is through email. But you want to make sure your contacts are actually receiving those emails. By bolstering your deliverability, you'll be able to get people reading and visiting your website, helping to make your holidays a happy one.


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