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News posted on Friday, 13 October 2017

ASVO workshop in Adelaide
Registrations are now open for the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO), Oenology Seminar, “Sensory evaluation – a taste of the science” to be held on Wednesday 15th November at the Waite Campus, Adelaide. Source, Winetitles.

Hawke's Bay wine production drops in 2017
The news was revealed recently by Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association chairman, Michael Henley, when speaking to the New Zealand Herald. According to the newspaper, the heavy rainfall during the harvest in March created some lower than normal volumes for growers. Source, The Drinks Business

North Canterbury winery takes top awards
North Canterbury winery Waipara Hills was the big winner at the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition and Canterbury Wine Competition judging weekend in Christchurch recently. Nearly 300 wines were judged over two days by a blind panel of international and national wine judges. Source, Scoop

Napa Valley's $74 billion industry hit hard
The fires ravaging Northern California stand to leave the area's renowned wine industry with damage that will be felt long after the final flames burn out. Though the majority of grapes have already been picked for the season, the smoke effects on those remaining may mean they have to be thrown out. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Vineyards may have stopped fires worsening
Christian Palmaz used hoes, shovels and rakes to keep flames from his family's 19th-century vineyard estate home on the flanks of Mt. St. George in eastern Napa County. But he didn't have to worry about his vines. They're green, very much alive. Source, LA Times.

Why the wine industry is failing women
Despite high numbers of women enrolling in oenology and viticulture courses in Australia, only 9% of winemakers and 10% of viticulturalists are female. And, worryingly, the number of women in the wine industry is thought to be in decline. Source, Just Drinks.

Tanker driver stole thousands of litres of wine
A tanker driver was arrested last week after allegedly siphoning off several thousand litres of wine into a basement on his parents' property near Carcassonne, south west France. The driver has likely been appropriating hundreds of litres of wine over the course of several months, or possibly years. Source, Decanter.

Orange Wine Show trophy results
Rowlee Wines has topped the Orange Wine Show for the first time with its 2016 Chardonnay. The vineyard took out best wine of show, best white wine of show, best exhibitor of show and best young chardonnay from a field of 312 entries. Source, Central Western Daily.

Swan Valley residents fighting growth plans
Swan Valley residents are fighting against plans to build a multi-level hotel, roadhouse and cafe in the heart of the wine region. The application is proposed to be built on West Swan Road opposite Sandalford Winery. Source, Community News Group.

Historic Bayswater wine cellar to be sold
The old wine saloon is on the National Trust’s Victorian Heritage Database as having “local historical significance” because of its association with the wine industry in Lilydale in the early 1900s. Should the historic Bayswater Wine Cellars shop be saved? Source, The Herald Sun.

Supreme court to hear from small BC wineries
Five small B.C. wineries seeking change to the law governing interprovincial shipping of wine and liquor across Canada will be interveners on a monumental Supreme Court of Canada appeal. Source, Revelstoke Review.

McWilliams wine group chooses UK supplier
McWilliam’s Wines Group will be joining the Enotria&Coe portfolio in November 2017. The partnership will see Enotria&Coe representing both the company’s flagship McWilliam’s brand and their iconic Mount Pleasant collections in the UK both the on and off trade. Source, Winetitles.

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