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News posted on Monday, 13 July 2015

United States set to overtake Australia for NZ wine exports
Winemaker Alex Giesen is tipping the United States to become our biggest export market in one to two years, but it may happen even faster. Giesen predicts the US will overtake Australia and the United Kingdom as the biggest quaffers of New Zealand wine in 12 to 24 months. Giesen and his brothers founded Giesen Wines in 1984 in Canterbury. Now much of its grape growing is in Marlborough. He said New Zealand wine exports to the US had doubled in five years to 5.88 million cases in the year to April 2015.

World Famous Wine Critic Jancis Robinson Announced for Pinot Noir NZ 2017
The world’s most influential wine commentator Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, is heading to New Zealand for Pinot Noir NZ 2017. Bringing Robinson to New Zealand, with her world leading reputation as one of the most authoritative wine critics and writers, is seen as a major coup for the country’s Pinot Noir producers. It is the biggest international wine conference held in the southern hemisphere. Robinson is the first in a leading line-up of 15 guest speakers to be announced for the highly anticipated three-day event being held on Wellington’s waterfront from 31st January 2017.

Rescue plan for historic Chilean Malbec
A small enclave containing 140-year-old vines is trying to get growers to choose vines over lumber. A group of southern Chilean farmers is seeking government funding to help preserve their ancient Malbec vines, some of which date back to the time when Ulysses Grant was in the White House. It's one part of an initiative – the Traditional Vines Rescue Plan – launched by the Chilean marketing consultancy Andes Wines, its aim to persuade holders of old vines and rare varieties to preserve and nurture what they have.

The power of a good wine label: It sells more wine
It’s a simple truth: most of us purchase wine based on our instant reaction to the wine label. “The wine label really only has about 1.5 seconds to make an impact,” notes John Lawlor, co-founder of Real Picture Research, a visual engagement research company. Lawlor and fellow co-founder, Don White, spend their days researching the impact of wine labels. “At the point of purchase the only real info the consumer has is the label, and within that 1.5 seconds we draw so many conclusions. Wine is such an image product so the label is a big part of the impression.”

Rustic meets refined in Mexico's blossoming wine region
Forget Sonoma: North America's trendiest wine region is located south of the border. The burgeoning region between the Baja California town of Tecate south to Ensenada boasts brand-new wine-tasting rooms, striking natural landscapes, unique boutique hotels and boundary-pushing restaurants. So, why haven't you ever heard of it? Mexico has been making wine for centuries, but Baja's Mediterranean-esque wine country, the fertile Valle de Guadalupe, has been flying blissfully under the radar of most oenophiles.

Redding company Best Bottle producing new reality wine show
Different wine regions around the world will go head to head, in a new reality show called Best Bottle, to see who can make the best bottle of wine. Scott Krauger, CEO, founder, and executive producer has been in the wine industry for about 25 years. Wine is his passion. "The concept was really created from my love of wine," Krauger noted. With the reality show, Krauger wants to show the world what it takes to create a bottle of wine.

‘Iron Chef’ a new ally in winemakers’ export push
QUEENSLAND wineries have gained a valuable ally in the battle for supremacy within the Asian wine market. Hiroyuki Sakai, made famous through his role as 'Iron Chef French' in the popular Japanese television show 'Iron Chef', has supported Australian wine by assisting with the launch of Tokyo-based Winetree's premium Queensland wines. Ko Nagata, managing director of Winetree's parent company, Global Sky Group, commented: "Sakai-san is known for his refined tastes and we're confident he will help put premium Queensland wines on the map in Japan.

Research identifies growing fungicide resistance
Fungicide resistance across Australian vineyards is on the rise, with new research identifying higher–than–expected populations of powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot with resistance. Powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot are the three most economically significant diseases in Australian viticulture – costing the sector in lost crops and disease management.

Wine Communicator Awards open for entries
Entries for the WCA's annual Wine Communicator Awards have opened today and this year they will include a category for Best Wine Educator. There will be nine award categories in all this year, including the Wine Communicator of the Year, Digital Wine Communicator of the Year and Best Wine Website or Wine App. WCA Chairman Angus Barnes said: "These awards are open to professionals across Australia.”

Ghost Rock opens new commercial winery on Tasmania's central coast
In winter you would expect things to slow down at a vineyard. Vines fall into a deep sleep from the cold, grape juice is fermenting in tanks and the tourist traffic at the cellar door tends to drop off. At Ghost Rock near Port Sorell on Tasmania's central coast, it is far from quiet. Vineyard staff are busy pruning and tying down canes. Deliveries are coming in and leaving the property. Inside the winery, the extended Arnold family plans its week ahead.

Top US award for Print Hall wine list
WA wine buffs need not travel to Europe or the US to experience one of the finest wine lists in the world — one of the best is here in Perth. The American wine “bible” Wine Spectator magazine has bestowed its highest accolade, the Grand Award, on the city’s Print Hall restaurant, the flagship fine diner in the Print Hall complex of restaurants, bars and a bakery cafe. In the 35-year history of the Grand Award, only 73 restaurants have won it. Just two of those have gone to Australian venues.

Fresh. Energetic. Altmann.
Making wine, saving the world. It’s all in a day’s work for Vanessa Altmann. Emilie Reynolds caught up with the Langhorne Creek winemaker to chat about her journey so far and the exciting chapters to come. Vanessa Altmann says sometimes it’s the wines you least expect that surprise you. Perhaps, sometimes it’s the same with winemakers. At 32 years of age, Altmann has been in the wine industry for 14 years but her journey into winemaking was certainly unique. Too busy serving wine to study it, Altmann said she caught a big break when she was just 19-years-old.

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