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News posted on Monday, 15 June 2015

Taylors Wines partners with the Wallabies
Taylors Wines has been named as official wine partner of the Australian national Rugby Union team, the Qantas Wallabies. The partnership will see Taylors as the official wine supplier and sponsor of all major Wallabies events and matches for the next three years. As official wine partner, Taylors will maintain a presence at Wallabies matches and events, and the brand will also run a national marketing campaign throughout the Rugby Championship.

Is there a future for Granite Belt wine and tourism group?
Granite Belt Wine and Tourism members will hold strong following an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday evening. The organisation met at the QCWT to discuss the future of the organisation and its assets. Those in attendance voted to keep GBWT going as a lobby group and voice for the Granite Belt Wine Country but to hold off making decisions about its assets until the Destination Southern Downs board had been given adequate time to organise themselves.

Penfolds in line for windfall if wine volumetric tax goes ahead
It's interesting to watch the nation's drinks companies in a tizzy, all backing that horse called self-interest ever since the Federal Government announced a White Paper into taxation. The Treasury is examining the complex way that booze in taxed in this country. The big political sticking point remains wine, and the impact a proposed flat "volumetric" tax rate of $2.20 per litre would have on the industry.

Hunter Valley’s new content marketing and publishing partner
Edge has won a competitive pitch for the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (HVWTA) account to manage their digital content and social strategy and revitalise the Hunter Valley magazine and visitor guide. The HVWTA is a ‘not-for-profit’ membership body charged with destination and wine marketing for the region and its members, comprising vineyards, accommodation providers, tour operators, restaurants and cafes.

Berardo may face lawsuit after Noosa Food and Wine failure
Rumours are building that a class action against Jim Berardo will be waged. Creditors of his failed businesses found out at a meeting with Noosa Food and Wine Events administrator John Cunningham on Thursday that the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival had not made a profit in years and had no money in the bank. The Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants administrator in Mooloolaba was open to all 120 creditors. "We're screwed. There's no money," said one beverage supplier, who was owed thousands of dollars.

Air NZ picks new wine experts for its cellar
Air New Zealand has appointed two leading international wine judges and commentators to help select the one million bottles of wine its passengers drink a year. Linda Murphy is based in Sonoma County near the Napa Valley in the United States and is one of the world's most sought after wine judges, according to the airline. Fongyee Walker is based in Beijing and is the co-founder of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, leaders in Chinese wine education and consultancy. The airline has restricted the wines served in the economy and premium economy class cabins to Villa Maria group labels but can select from all wine makers for its business class.

Villa Maria's new chief winemaker
Hawke's Bay winemaker Nick Picone has been appointed chief winemaker for the Villa Maria Group, with chief executive Sir George Fistonich describing the 37-year-old as a "shining star" of the New Zealand wine industry. Picone said he was proud to take on the role and agreed it was a long way from when he started pursuing a grape and wine certificate at the EIT back in 1996 - where after one month he knew he wanted to be a winemaker rather than a viticulturist. "It's a bit daunting but it is really exciting," he said. "I've been with Villa Maria for 18 years and with the experience I had in the regions I've worked in, and knowing the great teams of people we have, I realised I was in a position to accept the responsibility."

Majestic Wine hopes to get its fizz back
Majestic Wine’s new boss will give an early indication of how he plans to put some fizz back into the business when he presents the retailer’s annual results this week. Rowan Gormley joined the group, which has 15 Scottish sites, after it bought online rival Naked Wines, a company he had founded and run since 2008, for up to £70 million.

France fizzes at IWSC 2015
France regained its position at the head of the medal table and sparkling wine shone as the International Wine & Spirit Competition released its northern hemisphere results. After losing the top spot to Italy last year, France returned in force in 2015 with a total of 802 medals, including 15 Gold Outstanding awards and 20 Golds. These included a Gold Outstanding medal for Sainsbury’s £12 Taste the Difference Pouilly-Fuissé 2014.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2015: Results revealed
Spain has boosted its reputation as a rising force in fine wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, taking the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals over £15, in a year that produced several surprises and also saw Australian, French and South African wines prosper. In results announced yesterday, Spain’s Miguel Torres scooped the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals over £15 for its Reserva Real 2010 vintage from Penedes in Catalonia

Prosecco bottles recalled over fears they may 'spontaneously shatter'
The world's oldest wine club, UK-based The Wine Society, has recalled thousands of bottles of prosecco over concerns that the bottles could shatter at any minute. The society has received reports of bottles of Prosecco But I Duecento spontaneously shattering while lying in its member's wine racks. The bottles can only have been bought online and delivered to The Wine Society members, who pay a yearly membership fee to get their hands on the booze.

Bookings open for SA Winegrape Growers Summit
Bookings are now open for the Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) Winegrape Growers Summit on July 17 at the Adelaide Oval will give growers a unique insight into practical ways to improve commercial vineyard profitability through vineyard innovations, as well as the latest information on the state of the industry and global and Australian outlook and trends.

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