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News posted on Monday, 13 November 2017

Australia-Peru Free Trade Agreement
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has welcomed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Peru as another important step in prying open trade with the wider Latin America region. FTA’s are important in removing trade barriers and giving exporters a foot into markets on a level playing field. Source, Winetitles.

Josef Chromy awarded top tourism honour
Tasmanian industry titan Josef Chromy OAM has received the highest individual honour at Friday night’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards. The wine pioneer was named the Tasmanian Tourism Champion in recognition of his contribution to the state’s tourism industry and ongoing investment in accommodation. Source, The Examiner.

Unearthing Margaret River's wine history
A new book exploring the Margaret River region’s journey from farmland to wine country will soon be released. Co-written by freelance wine writer Peter Forrestal and wine journalist Ray Jordan, The Way It Was tells the story of Margaret River’s early wine industry, from the first plantings by Dr Tom Cullity 50 years ago. Source, The West Australian.

Hill-Smith wants Pewsey Vale recognition
When it comes to Riesling, the two instant connections are the Clare and Eden Valleys; Yalumba proprietor Robert Hill Smith calls them the “spiritual homes of the variety” in Australia, though the variety’s footprint has spread much further. Source, The Source.

Winemaker releases Trump inspired wine
“Some people could say it’s politically insensitive.” As far as understatements go, this one-liner from Margaret River winemaker Nic Peterkin is right up there. Or, depending on your feelings on the state of American politics, right down there. Regardless, it’s safe to say that a recent addition to Peterkin’s Las Vino family is raising eyebrows. Source, Broadsheet.

Albania's wine renaissance
The country’s wine industry has an image problem – even within Albania. But a new generation of winemakers are digging deep into their native grape stock, with impressive results. Albania may not be known for its wine, but that is slowly changing, as winemakers such as Flori Uka, who purchases the entire ceruja harvest, start to make a name for themselves. Source, The Guardian.

Inside Manhattan's enormous urban winery
At Manhattan’s City Winery, located in the heart of Tribeca, over 300 barrels of wine are ageing to perfection. The fully functioning winery, which produces over 6,200 cases of wine a year, is also a music venue and restaurant — creating a unique culinary experience for attendees. Source, Business Insider.

Hong Kong keen for more wine power
Hong Kong has been an international wine trading and distribution hub for years and should consolidate its position in Asia as there is no wine duty and value-added tax in the city. All duty-related customs and administrative controls for wine have been removed since June 2008. Source, The Standard.

Ohio industry in need of more vines
A winemaking expert says Ohio needs more vines to continue its growth as one of the country's biggest wine producers. Todd Steiner who directs the winemaking program in Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, says it's important to ensure there's enough fruit for the state's many wineries. Source, US News.

Wine auction breaks record
Exceptional wine and deep pockets meant this year's Hawke's Bay Wine Auction exceeded expectations. The 26th annual auction, at the Hawke's Bay Opera House Plaza, raised a total of $202,000 for Cranford Hospice yesterday. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

John Saker sings the praises of NZ Syrah
"Why don't you pull out your Cabernet and Merlot and just plant Syrah?" asked one British wine writer, with several others nodding assent. Sixteen years on, Syrah plantings have risen (though they still cover a modest 450ha), while the tide keeps going out on Cabernet Sauvignon. It now accounts for just 280ha. Source, Stuff.

Contract winemaking – Watershed Premium Wines
Watershed Premium Wines is pleased to announce that is offering contract winemaking services in Margaret River. To make enquiries for the 2018 vintage please contact Watershed’s Head Winemaker, Severine Logan on (08) 9758 8633 or by email: [email protected]

New for vintage 2018 – VitiFerm BIO – certified organic yeast strains
VitiFerm BIO Sauvage offers an attractive wild yeast solution that creates a very expressive flavour spectrum that even engineered hybrid yeasts can’t offer. Recommended for both white and red wines, it offers winemakers the fermentation security of saccharomyces with a 'clean spontaneous funk'.

New for vintage 2018 – VitiFerm BIO – certified organic yeast strains
VitiFerm BIO Sauvage offers an attractive wild yeast solution that creates a very expressive flavour spectrum that even engineered hybrid yeasts can’t offer. Recommended for both white and red wines, it offers winemakers the fermentation security of saccharomyces with a 'clean spontaneous funk'.

London Wine Competition pre-registration entries closing
The new London Wine Competition promises to assess wines for their drinkability, value for money and packaging and design. Deadline November 15, 2017.

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