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News posted on Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wine export sales continue to surge as Asia drives growth
A new report shows the higher priced end of the wine market is continuing to grow, especially in China. The Wine Australia Export Report shows that for the 12 months to June 2016, the value of wine exports grew by 11 per cent to $2.11 billion, and volumes were up by half a per cent to 728 million litres. Expensive bottles of wine, especially those above $10 a litre, have driven the rise in total export values.

Wine industry staff log-on to hone wine craft
WINE industry workers looking to broaden their knowledge of the craft are flocking to enrol in a free online university course from South Australia. A new version of the University of Adelaide’s World of Wine: From Grape to Glass course was launched this month on itsAdelaideX platform and already has 10,000 enrolments following the success of last year’s inaugural course, which attracted almost 40,000 students from 160 countries via the edX platform.

Schild Estate appoints Vintage House Wine and Spirits as national distributor
Vintage House Wine and Spirits, the distribution house of Angove Family Winemakers has been appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for Barossa winery Schild Estate. Vintage House will commence distribution on 1 September 2016 and “completes” the distribution house’s Barossa offering with cult winery Cimicky being in its portfolio since 2003. Schild Estate has been under the watchful eye of patriarch Ed Schild, who this year celebrated his 60th vintage.

Schild Estate appoints Vintage House Wine and Spirits as national distributor
Vintage House Wine and Spirits, the distribution house of Angove Family Winemakers has been appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for Barossa winery Schild Estate. Vintage House will commence distribution on 1 September 2016 and “completes” the distribution house’s Barossa offering with cult winery Cimicky being in its portfolio since 2003. Schild Estate has been under the watchful eye of patriarch Ed Schild, who this year celebrated his 60th vintage.

Goodwill Wine
Drink wine and do good. In partnership with Social Traders and Australia Post, we talk to one of the social enterprises on their Good Spender website: Goodwill Wine. David Laity was one of the thousands of people displaced by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria. At the time of the blaze, Laity was living in Chum Creek and working at a nursery in the Yarra Valley.

Sydney Cricket Ground to host First Planted wine auction
Claiming back the wine roots of Australia, the NSW Wine Industry Association and Langton’s have joined forces to hold the inaugural First Planted Auction at the Sydney Cricket Ground 02 September 2016, showcasing the oldest and most diverse wine producing state in the country. “Winemakers from across NSW have been winning awards and producing outstanding vintages for decades.

Liquor retailer launches Iconic wine platform
Sydney independent retailer and former Penfolds executive John Quinn has partnered with Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane to launch Iconic Winemakers, a new online platform to showcase Australia's best winemakers. The new platform operates as a champion for Australian wine with its focus on high quality over price. Founder Quinn told TheShout: "What we're about is quality and not price.”

Vinomofo gives Kiwis taste of premium wine service
Popular Australia online wine ordering company Vinomofo is on track to reach 15,000 New Zealand members and wants to take Kiwi wines to the world. About 3500 signed up as members when the business offered a taster of its premium wine service at a pop-up event in June. Vinomofo said it was on track to expand its Kiwi membership by another 12,000 ahead of another pop-up event in August.

How new UK prime minister Theresa May might treat wine
The incoming prime minister of the UK, Theresa May, has shown a tough attitude to alcohol in the past, but is also a pragmatist by reputation. Theresa May is set to replace David Cameron as prime minister of the UK today (13 July), after becoming the last woman standing in a short but fraught Conservative Party leadership race. What might her premiership mean for wine drinkers and the wine trade?

Napa wines get better legal cover in Asia
Napa Valley winemakers can expect better legal protection for their wines in Singapore and South Korea after the countries passed a ruling to make copycats illegal. Singapore and South Korea said they would legally recognise the Napa Valley appellation as the exclusive preserve of Napa wines. Both countries are important emerging markets for wine in Asia.

Looking beyond Riesling’s bad rap
Few things are more predictable in the wine world than the yearly declaration that we have finally arrived at the “Summer of Riesling.” Despite the constant drumbeat from wine writers, sommeliers, and wine makers, American consumers have been slow to change their long-held opinions of this iconic grape: sweet, fruity, and unserious. For those of you open to changing your opinions however, the upcoming Riesling Rendezvous is an unparalleled opportunity to explore this misunderstood varietal.

New luxury wine cellar opens in Phuket
Part of a 5-star retreat called Kata Rocks, the wine cellar aims to bring premium wines to Thailand’s popular tourist destination of Phuket. The cellar will also offer wine tastings, educational food and wine pairings and the chance to rent out the whole space for private gatherings. It is part of a luxury boutique, Kata Rocks which overlooks Kata Beach in west Phuket and is located nicely underneath the resort’s infinity pool.

New Zealand wine family stick together
A group of 12 families at the heart of the New Zealand wine industry have come together to forge an identity to face the global consolidation that has reached their islands. The Family of Twelve hopes to remind the world that family-owned producers remain among the major influences of the industry. Together, they want the world to know that companies such as Constellation Brands, which is the country’s largest exporter (Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Monkey Bay) hasn’t gobbled the power all up and that the beverage giant doesn’t represent the rest of the industry.

Help for WA Wineries
Help is on its way for WA winemakers. The federal government Department of Science and Industry will fund the delivery of new Direct to Customer and Wine Tourism workshops to be delivered by Wine Business Solutions. These will be free to attend for WA wine producers. The two-day programs will cover strategy formulation, creating an unforgettable customer experience, building a fan base of loyal customers and customer engagement leveraging all of the latest tools, technology and social media.

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