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News posted on Friday, 15 July 2016

Stanton & Killeen Wines appoints Déjà Vu Wine Company as its national distributor
Stanton & Killeen Wines recently announced a new distribution partnership has been formed with Déjà Vu Wine Company, effective August 17, 2016. The announcement follows Stanton & Killeen’s recent complete vineyard rejuvenation, enabling the 141-year-old wine company to create environmentally sustainable pathways to deliver unsurpassed fruit quality, thus a significant improvement in wine quality.

Limestone Coast wineries to get a grip on change
With a growing number of wine business owners were reaching retirement age, including among the wineries of the Limestone Coast, there has never been a better time to learn the ins and outs of passing a business onto family members. Generational change can deliver enormous opportunities for Australia’s family owned wineries to enter a new era of growth – but it will only happen if succession is properly planned, says leading wine law expert, Finlaysons Wine Partner, Will Taylor.

Dormilona's Josephine Perry: Young gun firing the natural cause
Margaret River winemaker Josephine Perry is on the nose, literally. With no equipment to check PH and TA levels that are critical to nearly every aspect her wine, the 37-year-old uses her senses to get the chemistry right, sending samples to a lab only if she thinks something is amiss. Margaret River winemaker Josephine Perry is on the nose, literally. With no equipment to check PH and TA levels that are critical to nearly every aspect her wine, the 37-year-old uses her senses to get the chemistry right, sending samples to a lab only if she thinks something is amiss.

Treasury Wine Estates jumps on bullish China outlook
Treasury Wine Estate could boost its margins from 14 per cent to almost 20 per cent by the middle of 2020 if it can continue to build its strong sales momentum in China. That's the view of JPMorgan analyst Shaun Cousins, who set a fire under Treasury's share price on Thursday by slapping a target price of $10.25 on the stock. Treasury shares leapt 5.4 per cent to $9.72 on Thursday and have now climbed 89.6 per cent over the past 12 months.

Goodwill Wine
Drink wine and do good. In partnership with Social Traders and Australia Post, we talk to one of the social enterprises on their Good Spender website: Goodwill Wine. David Laity was one of the thousands of people displaced by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria. At the time of the blaze, Laity was living in Chum Creek and working at a nursery in the Yarra Valley.

Marlborough iwi Rangitane O Wairau 'outraged' by settlement with Heritage New Zealand
Marlborough iwi Rangitane o Wairau have hit out at Heritage New Zealand and one of their own trustees following an out-of-court settlement relating to an important historical site. Trustee Haysley MacDonald and his father Phillip MacDonald were charged with interfering with the Kowhai Pa site, near the archaeologically significant Wairau Bar, near Blenheim, but reached an out-of-court agreement with Heritage New Zealand on Tuesday.

Winemakers put themselves on map
Bannockburn vineyard owners are putting themselves on the map. In a five-year collaboration, they have produced a highly detailed map of their vineyards of a type commonly found in the world's fine wine regions. The map shows details of the Central Otago wine subregion - just south of Cromwell - such as vineyard ownership, varieties planted, topography, row orientation and individual vineyard blocks. Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter has been driving the project, which was instigated by the winery's owner, Nigel Greening.

Smoking alcohol warned to be more dangerous than drinking
Residents in the United States are being warned that the re-emerging trend of smoking alcohol is more harmful than just drinking. A number of videos have recently appeared online apparently giving youngsters tips on how to vaporise alcohol to inhale it, and more dangerously, there is no need for any kind of device to implement this. However, there are alcohol bongs, dry ice cocktails and people even free-base alcohol over an open flame, according to 10News WTSP.

Montes experimenting with dynamite
Pioneering Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes Sr has revealed that he is experimenting with dynamite to monitor its effects on sub soils in his vineyards. Speaking during a comparative tasting in London last week of his wines and those made by his son, Aurelio Montes Jr, at Kaiken in Argentina, Montes said: “I’m putting dynamite in the sub soil in some of my vineyards at the moment to see what effect it has.”

Cru Beaujolais is the wine world’s rising star
At the tail end of Burgundy—France’s revered wine region whose Côte-d'Or slopes are praised as pinot noir’s perfect fit—a different grape takes over. Here, in the Beaujolais zone, the best sites, running along the forest-topped granite hills in the area’s north, are given over to gamay—a variation more specifically named gamay noir à jus blanc.

Scientists prep for effects of climate change on wine
McMinnville, Ore.—All management is local, a point underscored in several presentations at the 11th International Terroir Congress taking place this week in McMinnville. The congress kicked off Monday with a day of presentations that surveyed the potential effects of climate change in wine-producing regions around the world, including changes in how grapes are grown and how consumers will perceive wines.

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