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News posted on Thursday, 14 January 2016

New executive director for Wine Grape Growers Australia
WINE GRAPE GROWERS AUSTRALIA (WGGA) has announced the appointment of Andrew Weeks as incoming executive director, commencing the new role in February. Most recently employed as business manager at Riverland Wine, Weeks has previously worked in various technical and vineyard management roles including senior viticulture officer with CCW Cooperative Limited.

Indigo Shire's $1.8m plans to bring wine tourists to Rutherglen
The first works as part of Rutherglen’s $1.8 million revitalisation project will begin in just two months. The project was confirmed in December when Indigo Shire won $900,000 in federal funding from the national stronger region’s fund. When complete, the town will have new pathways, trees, street furniture and car parks to transform Rutherglen into a premiere wine destination for tourists.

Great Ocean Road fires causing more wine tourism in SA
Robe and Mount Benson wine regions in South Australia's south-east are welcoming double their usual number of tourists this summer. According to the region's vigneron association, fires on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, which destroyed 116 homes and diverted countless tourists, is a possible cause. Mount Benson and Robe are boutique wine regions and lesser known than the south-east's much celebrated Coonawarra.

Reborn Riversdale Estate vineyard agritourism enterprise grows garden and bistro drawcards
IT’S a vision 36 years in the making, and soon the largest family-owned vineyard in the Coal River Valley will open the only “Peter Rabbit” garden outside the United Kingdom. Riversdale Estate at Cambridge, under the guidance of Ian and Wendy Roberts has come a long way from a sheep and grazing property to a 38ha vineyard. Mr Roberts said the vineyard had a unique microclimate and produced single-vineyard wines.

Once an archaeologist - now a winemaker for Deakin Estate Australia
On Australia Day 2016, former archaeologist Aidan Menzies will begin winemaking at Deakin Estate, having just secured permanent residency. Aidan Menzies qualified as an archaeologist at the University of York, before deciding it was not the career for him, reasoning “Archaeology was slow going. Not like Indiana Jones or Time Team. Lots of bright coloured woolly jumpers and too much cider for my liking.”

Constellation Brands gets approval to expand Drylands winery in Marlborough
One of New Zealand's largest wine companies has been given the green light on a $50 million expansion project that will see it double production at its Marlborough winery. A panel of commissioners approved an application that will allow Constellation Brands New Zealand to increase production at Drylands winery on Hammerichs Rd, north of Blenheim, from 20 million litres a year to 40 million litres. To do so, the company will install a new "tank farm", car parks, waste treatment area, laboratory and staff building.

New Zealand to celebrate Sauvignon Blanc at 35th annual London tasting
The 35th New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting, to be held in London on January 18, will be a celebration of Sauvignon Blanc, the country’s signature varietal. Over 500 wines from some 90 producers will be available to taste at the event, which is the world’s largest international tasting of New Zealand wines.

Treasury Wine Estates adds Acclaimed Chateau Minuty to portfolio
Just days after the acquisition of Diageo Chateau & Estates, Treasury Wine Estates announced they have been granted exclusive importing rights in USA for Côtes de Provence Rosé producer, Château Minuty. Owned by the Matton-Farnet family, Château Minuty is regarded as the top producer of Côtes de Provence rosé in the Côte d'Azur region. Château Minuty is currently one of the best-selling rosé brands in the United States growing at an astonishing rate over double-digits.

Britain's wine thirst outstrips hunger
Despite calls to cut back on booze, spending on alcohol was higher than ever over Christmas. Health authorities in the UK have called for drastic reductions in how much people drink, but it will be an uphill struggle, judging by how much Britons drank over the holiday period. While the UK's chief medical officers have suggested seven glasses of wine a week is the upper limit for safe drinking, research company IRI produced figures that showed spending on alcohol over the last two weeks of the year had skyrocketed in supermarkets.

Indian wine heavily impacted by climate change
India’s largest wine producer has told of the “highly apparent” impact that climate change has made on this year’s harvest, making it the most challenging in years. Sula Vineyards began its harvest on 16 December, its earliest ever picking date, which CEO Rajeev Samant has claimed is solely down to “the effects of climate change and global warming”. This year’s harvest in India is the most difficult one in several years, the company revealed, with lower yields caused by “unseasonal rains”.

China wine consumer report: Gender
GrandView released yesterday its China Wine Consumer Report on Gender, one of ten from a online survey of 10,000 wine drinkers in China. The report looks at the differences of male and female consumers in China. Of the 10,000 took the survey, 55.2% were men and 44.8% were women. The result coincided with several other surveys in the sector.

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