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News posted on Thursday, 14 September 2017

Final week for entries to 38th Sydney Intl Wine Comp
Wineries have one more week to enter the 38th Sydney International Wine Competition – the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food. Entries need to be submitted by Friday 22 September. Source, Winetitles.

Double Gold for Pa Road Rosé at China wine awards
te Pa Family Vineyards has cleaned up at the annual China Wine & Spirits Awards, with its 2017 Pa Road Rosé winning a sought-after double gold medal. The China Wine & Spirits Awards are the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China. Source, Scoop

AWRI board election results announced
Dr John Harvey of Bathe Wines in South Australia was elected in the small producer category and Wendy Cameron, a Winemaking Consultant from Victoria, was elected in the medium producer category. Iain Jones of Treasury Wine Estates was the only nominated candidate from the large producer category and was therefore elected unopposed. Source, Winetitles.

Every second visitor at drinktec plans to invest
Ahead of drinktec 2017, there are signs of very good post-fair business and good market trends in general. According to previous trade fair data, every one in two visitor to drinktec is planning to increase investments at their company in the next twelve months, by an average of 23.7 percent. Source, Winetitles.

Berri Estates seeking 35 redundancies
Australian wine company Accolade Wines has announced it is seeking approximately 35 redundancies from its Berri Estates operations in South Australia's Riverland. The company met with employers and union representatives on Wednesday, citing changing market conditions and a consumer preference for bottled wine as drivers behind the decision. Source, The ABC.

Investing in metal posts
Grape growers have faced an ongoing issue when disposing of wooden posts which support the vines to grow. Conma Industries — which used to supply to the automotive industry — has developed an environmentally-friendly metal post for grape growers to use instead of traditional wooden posts. Source, The ABC.

How one Lebanese winery became an icon
In an industry beset by trends, Château Musar, an 87-year-old Lebanese wine producer, has garnered a cult following. It’s the only Middle Eastern wine offered by Thomas Keller’s legendary French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, California, and it displays prominently at New York City’s Rouge Tomate. Source, Vine Pair.

Minnesota wine industry gets serious
“Every year we keep getting better and better,” said Sam Jennings, winemaker at one of the state’s largest operations, Cannon River in Cannon Falls, Minn. Part of the enhancements comes from an evolving mind-set, including embracing the natural tendencies of cold-climate grapes to be high in acids and sugar. Source, Star Tribune.

Wine culture maturing in Mexico
Don Leo Vineyards is celebrating 17 years in Coahuila this year but some state officials believe that winemakers should be getting more support from government to permit them to continue to grow. A buoyant wine market would translate into benefits for tourism, and provide a boost to local artisans. Source, Mexico News Daily.

What to expect with an EU free trade deal
Australian consumers could buy cheaper European-made designer goods and wine while farmers could win massive new export contracts under plans for a free trade deal with the EU to be completed within two years. Source, News.

Waitaki Valley Pinots impress
Mark Henderson, from the Otago Daily Times, was joined by fellow tasting panellists to delve into the world of Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir. He says Pinot Noir is very much the flagbearer for this young region, which has barely a dozen or so harvests under its belt. Source, Otago Daily Times

Berri Estates seeking 35 redundancies





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