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News posted on Monday, 14 August 2017

New president for the RWA
Andrew Calabria of Calabria Wines was confirmed as the new president of the Riverina Winemakers Association at the Association’s annual general meeting on Thursday 10th August 2017. The announcements include a new vice president and Treasurer. Source, Winetitles.

Ag groups push for UK-AU free trade agreement
Key segments of Australian agriculture believe that Brexit creates an "unprecedented opportunity" to lift exports to Britain, and potentially generate significant new export earnings from products as diverse as beef, lamb, rice and wine. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

AAVWS Fellowship applications open
The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellowship invites applications from wine professionals and knowledgeable enthusiasts who are excited by the opportunity to explore and celebrate Australia’s alternative varieties and share that new found fervour with their networks and industry groups. Source, AAVWS.

St Anne's taste success
The Echuca-Moama wine producer won the trophy for Best Cabernet Family Wine with its Tatalia 2015 Heathcote Cabernet. The win is yet another feather in the cap for the expanding company, which scooped the pool with seven awards at the Dookie Wine Show last year. Source, The Riverine Herald.

St Hallett's single vineyard Shiraz
"At St Hallett in the Barossa Valley, the winemaking team sniffs, tastes and spits its way through each parcel from separate blocks or vineyards in recognised sub-regions of the entire Barossa Zone, from the Valley floor to the higher and cooler Eden Valley," writes Tony Love for The Source, SA.

Step up for wine regions
Central Otago produces about 60 times more wine than the Waitaki Valley but impending intellectual property rights registration for Otago’s two wine regions has benefits for both, Hamish MacLean reports for Otago Daily Times.

Treasury boosts wine presence at Auckland airport
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has partnered with Lagardère Travel Retail to launch prominent new product displays for its wine portfolio at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand’s main gateway. Best-selling TWE wines and duty free exclusives from Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Matua will feature in the displays, after the companies signed a seven-year partnership. Source, Moodie Davitt Report.

Mexico's wine industry fears climate change
Mexico's wine industry produces more than 25 million bottles of wine a year and it is gathering momentum. The Valle de Guadalupe is crammed with small vineyards and has been called the country's Napa Valley. But its winemakers are already worrying about its future because of a warming climate. Source, Al Jazeera.

Mixing vintages in Switzerland
Valais winemakers can mix their 2017 regional vintages with wines from other cantons. This exceptional economic measure, granted by the cantonal government for one year, follows serious frost damage to the grape harvest. But not everyone is happy. Source, Swiss Info.

Heatwaves burn Umpqua vineyards
As temperatures rose to over 100 degrees last week, wine grapes began to shrivel on the vine. The Umpqua Valley produces award-winning wine from its 30-plus vineyards across the county, and vineyard owners are glad the heat wave stretching from Portland to Redding at the beginning of August didn’t last for more than a week. Source, The News Review.

Making wine with hybrid grapes
When it comes to wine, it’s been that black and white for the past hundred years. In short, native American grapes and hybrid American-Euro vines — varieties like Concord, Frontenac, and Vidal Blanc — are just not good enough for wine. Or at least not fine wine. But that could be changing. Source, VinePair.

UK Police uncover million pound wine scam





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