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News posted on Friday, 13 November 2015

Winemaking Tasmania planning a series of new vineyards
Tasmania's biggest contract winemaker Winemaking Tasmania is planning a significant vineyard development to shore up supply and enhance Tasmania's wine brand. Winemaking Tasmania's chief winemaker Julian Alcorso said a 30 hectare vineyard was in the planning stage and it was expected to be the first a series of developments. He said one of the biggest issues being faced was sourcing enough grapes for clients who either did not grow their own grapes or who needed to supplement their supply.

TWE sales in Asia jump again as CEO polishes local gems
Treasury Wine Estates' chief executive Mike Clarke says sales in Asia have accelerated even faster over the past few weeks as flagship brand Penfolds and Wolf Blass deliver strong gains. He now wants to replicate their reinvigoration by revving up a cluster of 13 smaller brands he calls "gems". Clarke has set up a new internal structure whereby 13 regional brands, including Saltram, Leo Buring, Seppelt, Coldstream Hills and Devil's Lair, will be managed under one roof by a specialist team rather than in "silos".

Changes to wine scheme slammed
Plans to convert investor’s wine scheme units into listed shares have been abandoned after strong opposition from the scheme’s investors around the country. The manager of the wine scheme Cabonne is currently involved with the Central Highlands Wine Grape projects and has held six investors meetings’ around Australia to explain the deal, but received a frosty reception from investors in most capital cities.

Trans-Pacific trade deal another step closer
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has welcomed release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty information. Tony Battaglene, WFA international affairs general manager, said the TPP promises to level the playing field for Australian wine exports into the 12 signatory economies which last year accounted for 45 per cent of Australia’s total wine exports – or around $837 million out of the total $1.9 billion in total wine exported in 2014.

Intoxication: the business of wine and weed
As Australia edges toward relaxing its laws around medicinal marijuana, Philip White finds some links between wine and cannabis. On October 2, 1729, Benjamin Franklin and a mate bought The Pennsylvania Gazette and set about building it into the equivalent of the New York Times of its day. Their first issue devoted most of its front page to the promotion of hemp, “by naturalists call’d Cannabis… ”

NZ wineries dare to pink this summer
New Zealand wine & lifestyle website Sip NZ Wine (sipnzwine.com) is launching a Rosé campaign this February, joining forces with New Zealand wine producers to make a rumble about Rosé. With over 15 wineries already on board for this inaugural collaborative campaign, "Dare to Pink #sipnzrose" is set to make NZ Rosé THE summer drink. “Australia, Europe and the US all have their own Rosé campaigns so it is finally time for New Zealanders to "Dare to Pink".

Brian Kelly catches up with Michael Brakovich about the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Over 1400 entries, with 84 Gold medals awarded, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards are here again. The competition is organised by the New Zealand Wine growers and has been running for over 30 years. This year the Trophy and Elite Gold Medal winners will be announced on November 28 in Nelson. Brian Kelly caught up with the Chief Judge Michael Brakovich to talk about this year’s entries.

Why organic and biodynamic wines matter
We hear a lot of talk about organic and biodynamic wine but do we understand its importance in the world of wine? And its impact on the planet? It’s pretty big picture stuff. In the early 1920’s, a group of farmers, concerned with the decline in the health of soil, plants and animals (yes, even back then it was a concern) worked with Rudolph Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy (spiritual science). He had spent his adult life researching and investigating the subtle forces in nature that influenced the health and wellness of all life.

Spanish winemaker praises 2015 potential
One of Spain’s leading winemakers has declared that his fruit this year was as good as any he could remember, raising the potential of this year’s vintage. Antonio Sarrion, who makes one of only 15 vinos de pagos in Spain, the country’s self-styled Grands Crus, said that weather conditions could hardly have been any better on his vineyards in two DOs, Utiel-Requena and Valencia. The highly respected Sarrion, a former civil engineer, is optimistic that he can produce the same quality of wine from this year’s harvest as his award-winning 2014 vintage.

New grape harvester leaves MOG in the field
Washington vineyards are moving closer to the day of total mechanisation. New devices use laser eyes, position sensors or potentiometers, and other technology to take vineyard tasks a step closer to the future. Though hand picking is still preferred by winemakers for fruit destined for high-end wines, mechanization has a fit for production-based wine grapes and growers who face labour shortages.

South African wine doubles market share in China
South African wines are having a particularly good year in China, with commentators describing the country’s wines as the surprise of the year, IndependentOnline reports. In the first half of 2015, South Africa doubled its Chinese market share from 2 percent to 4 percent in volume, Chinese customs statistics showed. China is South Africa’s sixth-largest export market for packaged wines by volume, and the largest in Asia, accounting for around 8.99 million liters for the year ending September 2015.

Wine retailer seeks Everett location
Total Wine & More, a national liquor retailer, is proposing to develop a new store on the site of the former OfficeMax at the Gateway Center on Mystic View Road in Everett, according to Edward Cooper, a spokesman for the Maryland-based company. The city’s licensing board is holding a public hearing on Nov. 16 on a request by Stadium Gas & Convenience, 35 Everett Ave., to transfer its liquor license to the retailer.

Wine retailer seeks Everett location
Total Wine & More, a national liquor retailer, is proposing to develop a new store on the site of the former OfficeMax at the Gateway Center on Mystic View Road in Everett, according to Edward Cooper, a spokesman for the Maryland-based company. The city’s licensing board is holding a public hearing on Nov. 16 on a request by Stadium Gas & Convenience, 35 Everett Ave., to transfer its liquor license to the retailer.

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