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News posted on Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Peter Gago receives Queen's Birthday honour
Penfolds’ chief winemaker Peter Gago has been recognised for his service to the Australian wine industry with his appointment as a Companion of The Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Source, Decanter.

New Victorian Strategy
Expanding export markets and a greater focus on premium wines are crucial to the future profitability of the Victorian wine industry, according to a road map for the industry. The plan also calls for a better narrative for how to sell Victorian wine domestically and around the world. Source, The Age.

Dawine launched between China and Aus
Sales of Australian wine in China grew by 40% last year. Dawine has officially launched its online platform that will sell premium, authentic foreign wine to the people of China. The company will sell wine through online sales. Source, Proactive Investors.

Moffatdale Ridge solidify export deals
BY Chinese New Year, people dining in restaurants in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong may be enjoying a bottle of Moffatdale Ridge Verdelho. Moffatdale winemaker Jason Kinsella travelled to China and Hong Kong last month and is working with distributors in southern China and Hong Kong to export South Burnett wine. Source, South Burnett Times.

Cowra Wine Show judge announced
There will be a different flavour to this year’s Cowra Wine Show with a separate show being held for the Single Vineyard varieties. Cowra Wine Show committee member Jenni Fagan said there would be a familiar face heading the judging for the Cowra Wine Show. Source, Western Magazine.

Challenging growing season for South Africa
South African vintners dealt with an extremely dry growing season in 2017, resulting in a small crop. But vintners are enthusiastic about quality, noting that the wines are rich and concentrated, thanks to small berries and moderate temperatures throughout the season. Source, Wine Spectator.

A study on mold and wine flavour
The researchers found that both bunch rot and powdery mildew caused subtle changes in the composition of aroma substances, which ‘significantly affected’ the wines’ aroma quality. The study, published in Frontiers in Chemistry, found that bunch rot infection boosted the fruity-smelling lactones characteristic of Tokaji Aszú wines, as well as the curry-like smelling lactone sotolone. Source, Decanter.

Japanese winemakers get competitive
Competition has been intensifying among domestic wine producers following the government's step to deregulate wine production. Wine producers in the central Japanese prefecture of Nagano have been stepping up efforts to capture larger shares of the market, currently led by Yamanashi Prefecture, also in central Japan. Source, Japan Today.

Proprietary wines for P.F. Chang's
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has teamed up with Browne Family Vineyards of Walla Walla, Wash., to introduce two wines available only at the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based chain’s 215 restaurants. The wines are labelled “Browne Family Vineyards &,” and don’t mention the P.F. Chang’s name.

Small vintage for New Zealand
New Zealand’s 2017 grape harvest has been smaller than expected, down 9% on last year, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. However, wineries are positive about the vintage quality. Source, Beverage Daily.

Rose fares well despite rocky vintage
An early pick has resulted in an early bottling of one of the most sought-after rose wines produced in Hawke's Bay - or anywhere for that matter. While the late rains had created challenges with some later varieties, the earlier pick whites and rose wines had fared well. Source, NZ Herald.

Biosecurity Tips
Tip#4: Thinking of importing propagation material from interstate? Be aware that some states have requirements for dormant cuttings and rootlings to be hot water treated prior to entry. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

CRUSH 2017 – Expressions of interest open
Expressions of interest to present at this year’s CRUSH symposium are open and will close on June 30.

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