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News posted on Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Italy beckons for wine exchange student
A world of wine awaits the winner of a prestigious industry scholarship. New Zealand Romeo Bragato scholarship winner Alexandra Peter will travel to Europe to learn more about traditional winemaking methods. The 26-year-old Blenheim woman began her wine career in Marlborough and is looking forward to trying her hand at old world winemaking.Source, Stuff

Australian wines wow Japan and South Korea
Growing interest in Australian wine has been reflected in the largest ever attendances at the annual Australian Wine Grand Tastings held in Tokyo and Seoul last week, in collaboration with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Source, Winetitles.

Making wine on the edge of a volcano
Perched on the side of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, lies an ancient vineyard. At around 900 meters high, Frank Cornelissen’s wine estate sits at the limit of where viticulture was done historically, and also today. Source, South China Morning Post.

Israeli exports to china skyrocket
An Israeli winery is set to build an $8 million facility in central China, hoping to take a piece of what has become one of the largest wine markets in the world. The winegrower, Hayotzer, has signed a preliminary agreement with the Pen Dun Group to build the joint project. Source, Jewish Journal.

Business booming at Ukrainian 'wine bunker'
"Deep in the bowels of a former gypsum mine in east Ukraine, winemaker Rafail Nasyrov scrutinises a bottle of sparkling rose. Hundreds of thousands more line a winding labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves." Source, The Nation.

Beer made with wine, or wine made with beer?
Solid Ground Brewing, a new brewery in El Dorado County, combines Johnson’s winemaking background with the beer brewing experience of his co-founder KC Sare. Along with creating standard lagers and ales, Johnson and Sare are producing some of their beers by using winemaking techniques and by infusing wine into the brew. Source, The Sacramento Bee.

Rutherglen growers risk it with Saperavi
A father-daughter winemaking team has replaced some of their more established vine varieties, including Shiraz, with an 8,000-year-old variety of red called Saperavi. Only about 20 winegrowers produce Saperavi in Australia, but it is a robust variety that can be grown in a range of climates, from the Granite Belt in Queensland to the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Source, The ABC.

Adelaide-China tasting event to boost trade
More produce and wine from Adelaide’s north could soon be hitting shelves across the world following talks between local companies and a delegate of Chinese investors. More than 40 importers, distributors and buyers from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Huangzhou tasted produce from six northern business at a trade event at the Stretton Centre in Munno Para. Source, News.

State support for Grampians wineries
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the government will continue to support the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions for their economic and tourism benefits. Mr Andrews visited the Mount Langi Ghiran winery on Friday to meet wine industry representatives and tourism operators to discuss the growth of the Victorian wine industry. Source, The Arrarat Advertiser.

Trans-Tasman wines crowned best in NZ competition
An Australian red and a NZ white have been crowned winners in New Zealand Wine Society’s Wine of the Year Awards. South Australia’s Vasarelli Family Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 and New Zealand’s Hawkesbridge Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 won top red and top white respectively. Source, Winetitles

Locals back SA wine
Two Port Lincoln fishing identities, Andrew Puglisi and Hagen Stehr, have signed on to continue their role as premium food and wine ambassadors for the state. The ambassadors program is made up of prominent South Australian industry advocates who commit their time to champion the benefits of South Australia’s premium food and wine. Source, Port Lincoln Times.

Invivo appoints ex-Accolade chief as director
Boutique New Zealand wine company Invivo Wines has appointed Paul Schaafsma, the former director of Accolade Wines, to lead the company as it eyes up global growth. Invivo co-founder Tim Lightbourne described the appointment as an “incredible coup” for the NZ winery. Source, The Drinks Business

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