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News posted on Friday, 14 July 2017

Counting sheep
Livestock farmers, orchardists, wine growers, arable farmers and others running about 60,000 farms receive information packs about the census in July. The census information will give farmers and other New Zealanders a complete view of agricultural trends. Source, Rural News Group.

Te Takitaki display Brick Bay sculpture
This year's Brick Bay Folly winner was Te Takitaki. Based on the structure of a Maori palisade, the orange-stained timber architectural installation was designed by graduates Tom Dobinson and George Grieve, from Patterson Associates, and Sophie Edwards and Jayne Kersten, from Jasmax, in collaboration with landscape architect Winston Dewhirst from O2 Landscapes. Source, Architecture Now.

Canada ceases sale of Israeli wines from West Bank
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency clarified that ‘Products of Israel’ would not be an acceptable country of origin declaration for wine products that have been made from grapes that are grown fermented, processed, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory. Source, Jerusalem Post.

Making wine in India
Rajeev Samant is extremely confident considering he makes his livelihood producing wine in a country where the government recently took away much of the ability of his customers to easily buy his products. Source, Decanter.

Georgian wine export to China doubles
The ancient winemaking country of Georgia exported around 31.5 million bottles of wines worth about US$70.5 million to 44 countries in the first six months of the year, representing a 59% increase in volume and a 51% jump in value compared with the same period last year. Source, The Drinks Business.

Chateau cardboard
"'Chateau cardboard’ is the dismissive nickname, ascribed to the Aussies, for bag-in-box wine. But there are sensible reasons to buy it, especially if you’re off on holiday, or to a festival, by car or train." Source, Telegraph.

Low rainfall and high AUD impacts farmers
Many of Australia's productive agricultural regions have been hit by the the driest June on record. Rabobank's Agribusiness Monthly report says wheat yields have been downgraded in cropping regions in Western Australia, South Australia and northern NSW. Meanwhile, the strength of the Australian dollar against the currencies of other "new world" wine producers is hindering returns from wine exports. Source, SBS.

Trends in China's market
Mainland China is one of the world’s largest markets for imported wine. With a population of 1.38 billion, a burgeoning middle class and modernising consumers, it presents enormous opportunities for Australian wine brands and businesses. China is rapidly changing and it’s important to keep abreast of the latest trends and insights to grow and harness its market potential. Source, Wine Australia.

Retailers report a consumer shift
The evolution of Australia’s food and wine culture has triggered one of the most telling drinking trends in many years. Winemakers, sommeliers and retailers have all reported a decisive consumer shift towards lighter and more medium-bodied reds, away from more traditional heavier and robust styles common to South Australia’s popular varieties such as Shiraz and Cabernet. Source, News.

Ararat city council rate debacle
Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins appointed commissioners late last month to investigate the council’s proposal to remove rates discounts for farmers while lowering rates for residential, commercial and industrial properties. The public hearing attracted mainly farmers, who criticised the proposal that would see their rates increase by 45 per cent. Source, The Ararat Advertiser.

Jackalope shortlisted for big design award
Australia’s best hotel is about to take the world by storm. Jackalope on the Mornington Peninsula has made the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival Awards, the largest architectural award program in the world, which will be held in Berlin in November. Source, The Weekly Review.

Malbec masterclass in Adelaide
On Friday 21, Langhorne Creek is celebrating the Malbec variety with a Masterclass at the State Library of South Australia hosted by award winning Bleasdale Vineyards Winemaker, Paul Hotker and writer, David Sly.

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