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News posted on Thursday, 15 June 2017

New initiative for women in wine
The idea of empowering women in wine here in New Zealand was first mooted within the halls of New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) last year, and has quickly grown from a suggestion, to a real initiative. Source, Rural News Group.

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc
Ask most consumers what they think about wine and New Zealand, and they're likely to talk with you about Sauvignon Blanc. Which is fully understandable. But then there are the chances to talk about the other wines from these regions, and that's where people get jumpy. Source, Forbes.

Orange to be on top end of Aussie Monopoly
Move over Mayfair, push off Park Lane, Orange is the new blue chip property on the latest all-Australian version of the Monopoly board game. Nearly 1000 people voted for Orange to beat Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Lord Howe Island to score a place alongside Sydney Harbour in the new version. Source, Central Western Daily.

Vintage still going for some
It has been a case of better late than never when it comes to vintage this season. Leeton shire’s two wineries have both reported a later than usual vintage this season, due to a number of factors. For Lillypilly Estate Winery, grapes still need to be harvested for its late varieties. Source, The Irrigator.

McWilliams launches new range
McWilliam’s Wines has today launched a new range of wines, called the McW range, which comes from grapes in the cool climate regions of New South Wales. Source, The Shout.

Barossa pruning history
It is the race that stops South Australia's wine regions, and for Malcolm Parish and his family, it is an event that holds more than a century of tradition. The South Australian Pruning Championships have a long history in the Clare Valley, dating back to the early 1900s. Source, The ABC.

Four decades in vineyards
For most who visit McLeish, the cellar door provides an opportunity to try our wines and meet the team. However, there’s one team member who is very important to the business and few are given the pleasure of meeting him, and that’s Ted, the trusty vineyard manager. Source, Border Chronicle.

Chinese smuggling bust
Chinese Customs has launched one of its biggest crackdowns on smuggled wines, a move that has led to the discovery of 490 tonnes of contraband worth a total of RMB 230 million (US$33.8 million), including about 4,000 bottles of fine wines such as first growths Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and Pomerol’s Petrus. Source, The Drinks Business.

California's battle with climate change
New data released by state regulators provide a detailed snapshot of California’s battle against global warming. We’ve crunched the numbers on specific sources of pollution, including planes, cars and trucks, and how the state’s pollution compares to the size of its economy. Source, The LA Times.

Freak hailstorm in Napa causes damage
Many vineyards on Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill and in Oakville apparently suffered extensive damage from Sunday afternoon’s freak hail storm. “The hail knocked all the blossoms off the remaining vines and broke shoots,” said Thomas Dinkel, owner of Dos Lagos Vineyards. Source, Napa Valley Register.

One third of China's most popular wine imported
Around a third of China’s most popular wines are now imported from international producers, the latest research from Nielsen has found – but only six countries are represented. Source, The Drinks Business.


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