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News posted on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Cuisine mag's top Sauv Blanc for 2017
Our Sauvignon Blanc tasting always offers the Cuisine panel a first look at a vintage. 2017 has been described by many – though not all – around the country as "challenging", and that was borne out in the results of this tasting. Source, Stuff.

The growing market of wine experiences
Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers have joined forces to support the growing trend of international visitors seeking out a "wine experience" while touring New Zealand. About 25% of international tourists sought out a wine experience, latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s international visitor survey showed. Source, Otago Daily Times.

Drought stricken Western Cape impacts industry
The South African wine industry‚ which is reeling because of the severe drought in the Western Cape‚ is bracing itself for what might be the smallest harvest in more than a decade. The South African wine industry is the ninth-largest producer of wine in the world and contributes 4 percent to global production. Source, ENCA.

Replacing Sauvignon Blanc with cannabis
Rebel Coast removes the wine’s alcohol and infuses each bottle of its premium Sauvignon Blanc with 16 milligrams of organic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient found in cannabis responsible for a euphoric high. Source, New Cannabis Ventures.

Deutsch Family acquires Layer Cake Wines
California-based Vintage Wine Estates has acquired the Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay brands from One True Vine for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Vintage Wine Estates partner Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits will now handle sales and marketing for the Layer Cake brand nationally—by far the biggest brand in the deal. Source, Wine Spectator.

No deal on Brexit not acceptable
In evidence submitted to a UK parliamentary committee inquiry on the implications of Brexit for UK businesses in the processed food and drink sector, the WSTA said the "continued success" of both EU and UK wine and spirit businesses depends on trade between the jurisdictions being "maintained after Brexit with minimum disturbance". Source, Out Law.

Kilikanoon bought by Changyu
An opportunity for an outside investor to take over a share of Kilikanoon Estate Pty Ltd has resulted in 80 per cent of the company’s shares being bought by Chinese investors. One of China’s largest and oldest specialist wine businesses, Changyu Pioneer, will take on the majority of Kilikanoon shares. Source, The Northern Argus.

Broadland becomes distributor of Pinnacle Drinks
UK bottler Broadland Wineries has secured “a significant deal” with Australia’s largest wine retailer.The partnership sees Broadland become the distributor for Pinnacle Drinks, which is part of Australia’s Woolworths Group. Source, The Drinks Business.

Winery seeking 750k payout after bushfire
The owners of Gecko Valley winery near Gladstone were left reeling when a bushfire torched their 7000-vine vineyard in 2011. But with the end in sight of their six-year battle for compensation, Tony and Coleen McCray have big plans to expand their business into a tourism Mecca within the next two years. Source, The Gladstone Observer.

Raising a glass to the shire's wine regions
Visitors to Passing Clouds Winery in Musk will soon be able to catch the Daylesford Spa Country Railway to the cellar door. Passing Clouds, in partnership with Daylesford Spa Country Railway, will receive $30,000 to expand its tasting room and build a railway platform as a stop for the tourist train. Source, The Advocate.

Hot 100 wines announced
An Adelaide Hills staple is crowned the most drinkable wine of 2017/2018: Shaw + Smith’s 2016 Pinot Noir. The Pinot was revealed as this year’s Hot 100 Wines winner at the old Regent Cinema on Friday, December 8 in front of around 500 people. Source, The Adelaide Review.

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