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News posted on Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wet White French Oak Wine Barrels
We have available up to 500 wet French Oak wine barrels. These have seen 2 vintages and are white. Available Melbourne Warehouse. Contact Rob Ford 0424570081 or [email protected]

Get the right support for 2017 vintage trials
Vintage is fast approaching. Are you a wine producer looking to get real performance data on that new equipment you’ve had your eye on? Are you interested in one of the numerous new winemaking additives on the market, but unsure how to properly assess it? Are you a supplier looking to prove how effective your product is?

Falling consumption hurting beer more than wine
The on-going trend of falling alcohol consumption is continuing with IBISWorld revealing that in 2016-17 domestic consumption of alcohol is expected to reach its lowest level for 50 years. The trend of consistently declining alcohol consumption has played out over the last decade, falling from 10.53 litres per capita of total consumption in 2009-10 to 9.37 litres per capita in 2016-17. This trend is forecast to continue, with alcohol consumption in Australia expected to fall to 8.54 litres per capita by 2023-24, down from 10.57 litres in 1990-91.

Duffy driving Holm-grown success
REBECCA Duffy is a wife, a mother to spirited six- and seven-year-old sons, Tasmania’s 2016 Rural Woman of the Year and the 2015 winner of the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards owner-operator of the year title. Bec, as she’s mostly known, has run Holm Oak Wines at Rowella, north of Launceston, with her viticultural agronomist husband Tim since 2006. She has emerged as one of the bright young stars of Tasmania’s growing wine industry and Holm Oak holds a red five-star rating in James Halliday’s 2017 Wine Companion.

Minimum pricing of booze a dangerous move, warns Alcohol Beverages Australia
PUTTING a minimum price on alcohol will “demonise and denormalise” drinking and raise prices on all products, peak body Alcohol Beverages Australia has warned. The State Government has pledged to raise the issue of minimum pricing at a national level in response to recommendations in a review of the state’s liquor laws. But ABA says it won’t stop risky drinking – because many problem drinkers and alcoholics will pay whatever it costs to keep drinking.

Oddbins sees growth from Australia as it expands range
Buyer Ana Sapungiu said the Australian range, which she has added to on an ad hoc basis, was ripe for review as the quality of the wines had improved so much – but admitted that Chile had been more of a challenge. “There are so many good wines and such a choice coming out of Australia,” she told db at Friday’s tasting. “Lot of people are going back to doing an Australian wine as it should be, rather than doing a European-style wine in Australia as they have done in the past. And as well as going back to what they are good at, it is at an accessible price point.”

Largest solar array installed at an Australian winery passes half-way mark
The installation of what claims to be the largest solar PV array at an Australian winery – and one of the largest commercial solar installations in the state of South Australia – has reach the half-way mark. The progress of the 1.4MW array, which began construction in August, was marked on Wednesday by project partners AGL Energy and Yalumba Family Vignerons at the site of the iconic Barossa Valley winery. The PV system, made up of 5,384 panels, is being installed across three locations, including the Angaston Winery, Oxford Landing Winery and the Yalumba Nursery. It is expected to cut the wine maker’s energy bill by 20 per cent, annually.

Yealands Wine Group puts in largest solar panel installation in New Zealand
A Marlborough winery has so many solar panels it could power 86 houses. The Seaview Vineyard winery, owned by the Yealands Wine Group, has a total of 1314 photovoltaic panels across its roof. The company first had solar panels fitted at its Seddon winery over the course of 2012 and 2013, which at the time was the largest installation in the country before it was surpassed.

Sileni Estates appoints new Chief Executive Officer
Sileni Estates has announced the appointment of a new CEO for their award-winning New Zealand winery. Nigel Avery has recently returned to New Zealand from the United States and his role as CEO of Sileni Estates’ U.S operations. He has been involved in the family business in various capacities since its inception in 1997, but joined full time in 2008 as General Manager of New Zealand and Asia. Responsible for significant growth in these regions, Nigel then transferred to the U.S.A in 2013. Sileni President, Sir Graeme Avery, says Nigel has significant experience across the wine industry and brings a valuable mix of leadership, strategic skills and financial experience to the role.

Optimizing sludge treatment
Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

Autumn sun brings hope for English wine’s 2016 harvest
Hopes are rising for another strong vintage for English wine, thanks to a warm September and October adding legs to the growing season. There are few sections of the UK wine trade with as much confidence as the fledgling English wine industry in this current state of Brexit limbo. A promising 2016 harvest for English wine looks set to add to the optimism that has been building around the sector for several years now.

The war over wine, water and fuel in New York’s Finger Lakes
With the glut of natural gas from the fracking boom, the energy industry is digging deep for new ways to store it. There are already over 400 underground storage facilities across the US in places such as old mines and depleted aquifers. But still more storage is needed — and now, some residents and businesses in the Finger Lakes area of New York have found themselves tangled in a long-term standoff with Crestwood Equity Partners, which owns a vast underground storage facility in the region.

There's a Weed-Infused Wine on the Market — But There's a Catch
Pot wine has been around ever since people decided they wanted to be tipsy and high at the same time (in ancient China, it was said to have been used for pain relief), but it’s lately gotten more official by entering the marketplace. The latest is a product called Canna Vine, a commercial marijuana-laced wine from winemakers in California. The Los Angeles Times reports that Canna Vine combines organic marijuana and biodynamically farmed grapes (organic with a dose of spiritual). While it may be exciting that it exists, it’s not very easy to get your hands on.

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