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News posted on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Vale Guenter Prass AM
The Australian wine industry mourns pioneering industry legend Baron Guenter Prass AM who passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12, aged 88 years. The son of a winemaker and grandson of grapegrowers, Prass’ esteemed career began in Germany where he studied viticulture and winemaking. One of the first flying winemakers, he went on to work in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia

Feral settles trademark stoush with winery d’Arenberg
Western Australia’s Feral Brewing will tweak the branding of its Sly Fox beer under the settlement of a long-running trademark dispute with winemaker d’Arenberg. The winery claimed the Feral Brewing Sly Fox Summer Ale infringed its trademark for The Feral Fox Pinot Noir, which the McLaren Vale winemaker registered in 2002. A settlement agreed in recent weeks enables Feral to keep the name, but it has to make certain changes in how the branding is displayed, national sales and marketing manager Steve Finney told Australian Brews News.

Smidge offers vegan friendly wine
How many vegans are there in Australia? More than a quarter million people say they are vegan, more than one percent of the population. Worldwide, some vegan converts might surprise you, like Mike Tyson and the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone. They all have in common a desire to live a more healthy life with a plant-based diet, and for many vegans that includes wine. Options for vegan wine have just increased in Australia, with the addition of Smidge Wines of McLaren Vale.

ARC looks to make the most out of wine waste product
Turning a waste left over from the wine-making process into a sustainable industry is the aim of new University of Adelaide wine research at the Waite campus. Researchers are looking at ways of improving the processing of grape marc - the solid waste left after crushing the juice from grapes - for increased alcohol production for use in spirits such as brandy, and for fortifying wines. “The amount of red and white grape marc produced (including skins, stalks, and seeds) depends on the size of the winery and wine-making technologies used."

The Orange Wine Festival celebrates 10 years
Celebrating 10 years in 2015, the Orange Wine Festival continues to be a standout showcase of the high quality wines that are being produced in the region. Kicking off on October 16, the festival will be held over three weekends and will also include an array of mid-week activity with a general focus on celebrating the regions wines. "The three-week format worked well in 2014, allowing visitors more time to venture out of the city to Orange for the festival," said Michelle Stivens, festival chair. "Spring is also such a lovely time of year in Orange, with the leaves returning to the vines and the blossom in full bloom."

Questions remain over Yealands sale
More questions are being asked on the purchase of Yealands Wine Group by Marlborough Lines. Both Kaikoura MP, and former New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Stuart Smith, and winegrower John Forrest, remain unconvinced the deal was in the best interests of the community. The pair say a number of questions remain unanswered from the lines distribution company board of directors after $89 million was paid to buy 80 per cent of YWG a fortnight ago. The purchase was made about the same time as two Marlborough Lines directors, James Hay and Anthony Beverley, resigned from the board.

Entry-level is an emerging opportunity for wine producers seeking exports to China – report
The slowdown in the Chinese economy and government austerity and anti-corruption measures are creating an opportunity for producers of entry-level and mid-priced wines, a new China Wine Market Landscape Report from Wine Intelligence has revealed. The market for imported wine continues to grow but average prices paid for a bottle of wine in both the on and off-trade environments has fallen, creating space for cheaper wines to thrive.

Magherafelt firm secures exclusive rights to sell top Australian wine
A Co. Derry wine distributor has secured the exclusive rights to sell Lisa McGuigan Wines in Northern Ireland. The company expects to sell 12,000 cases of the wines worth £300,000 in the first year of the deal. The McGuigan Family are one of Australia’s most distinguished wine making families and one the fourth generations jetted in to Northern Ireland recently to launch her own label distributed by Magherafelt based Cabroso Wines.

Why French wrong to think wine in screw-cap bottles won't age well
It was a small news story; the end of a decade-long experiment into the screw-cap closure for André Lurton Pessac Léognans whites. But it came just weeks after I had done a horizontal tasting of 2005 wines of that particular style where one of the Lurton estates, Château Couhins-Lurton, stood out as exceptionally young and fresh - I think I wrote about the fresh aromas of billowing cotton sheets that made me look again at the vintage to check that they hadn't served up something younger. It turned out to be bottled under screw cap.

World’s first “Smart Wine Bottle”
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), a global leader in the development of printed electronics and smart systems, today announced a partnership with the G World Group (G World), a global authentication company specializing in transparency and accountability solutions. The partnership will unveil the industry’s first “smart wine bottle” built using printed electronics technology at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015.

Spiegelau judges gather to savour wine
Twenty-one judges, 1300 wines, three days to savour. All eyes, and noses, will be centred this week on the fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Established by Wine Competition businesswomen Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell, of Blenheim, the competition brings together wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, North and South America, and New Zealand.

Spiegelau judges gather to savour wine
Twenty-one judges, 1300 wines, three days to savour. All eyes, and noses, will be centred this week on the fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Established by Wine Competition businesswomen Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell, of Blenheim, the competition brings together wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, North and South America, and New Zealand.

ARC looks to make the most out of wine waste product
Turning a waste left over from the wine-making process into a sustainable industry is the aim of new University of Adelaide wine research at the Waite campus. Researchers are looking at ways of improving the processing of grape marc - the solid waste left after crushing the juice from grapes - for increased alcohol production for use in spirits such as brandy, and for fortifying wines. “The amount of red and white grape marc produced (including skins, stalks, and seeds) depends on the size of the winery and wine-making technologies used."

Spiegelau judges gather to savour wine
Twenty-one judges, 1300 wines, three days to savour. All eyes, and noses, will be centred this week on the fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Established by Wine Competition businesswomen Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell, of Blenheim, the competition brings together wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, North and South America, and New Zealand.


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