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News posted on Friday, 15 September 2017

Marlborough and Ningxia sign deal over a glass of wine
The leading wine-producing areas in NZ and China have joined forces and signed a sister-region agreement to share training and expertise. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett signed the agreement with Ningxia Governor Xian Hui during a visit to the north-central Chinese region.Source, Stuff

SA's seven best wine tourism experiences
Seven of South Australia’s wine tourism experiences have been awarded as the state’s best, and will now compete at a prestigious international competition. The South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Award winners run the gamut, from a small family enterprise in the Riverland to one of the state’s most glamorous locations. Source, News.

Fiona Kerslake joins superstars of STEM
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture viticulture researcher, Fiona Kerslake, was one of 30 Australian women picked to join Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM to develop science role models for girls. Source, Weekly Times Now.

How Vinomofo got back 70% of their business
Australian wine e-retailer Vinomofo was still in its early days and seeking to scale up fast when co-founders Justin Dry and Andre Eikmeier decided to sell 70% of the business to another e-commerce company. But a year into the new structure they realised they’d made a big mistake. Source, Business Insider.

A 'freaking good' Riesling
"Hughes only does one thing and he does it well: Riesling. Now I’ve gibbered on about how Riesling is Australia’s most undervalued wine style for yonks, and as one of the lab-coat wearing judges at the Royal Sydney Wine Show, I must say, I was pretty stoked to see this particular wine get the kudos it deserved when the awards night came around," writes Dave Brooks for The Adelaide Review.

Ben Ean sale a win for Hunter heritage
The Hunter Valley’s matchless wine heritage becomes more secure this month as the 147-year-old Ben Ean estate at Pokolbin passes into the ownership of Brian McGuigan and Colin Peterson. The $5 million to $8 million sale of the former asset of the Lindeman’s arm of ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates was announced last week. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Women in wine in Virginia
Melanie Natoli is one in a growing number of women rising to leadership roles in the traditionally male-dominated field of wine. In 2015, the graduating class from UC Davis’ enology and viticulture program was about half female, up from one-third in 1999, Wine Enthusiast reports. Source, Washington Top News.

Monty from Le Marche making itself known
Steadfast and reserved, the region of Le Marche in central Italy is celebrating two 50th anniversaries this year, one in honor of a locally storied red wine, the other for a white made of a familiar grape from an unexpected area. Source, Forbes.

Fine wine investment: the currency of wine
Tracking the ups and downs of the currency and fine wine markets over the past few years, it’s surely no coincidence that they match up rather closely and with that correlation come opportunities. Source, The Drinks Business.

How a UK hairdresser became a wine pioneer
Linter spent a decade as a hairdresser, later going on to teach hairdressing. On becoming a mother-of-two, she yearned to continue work, this time in the family fold. She studied winemaking at nearby Plumpton College. ‘In 1995, it was still early days for English wine and our five acres.’ Source, The Evening Standard.

The bomb for micro oxygenation
The Wine Grenade will not deliver “fire and fury” like your winery has never seen before, but it might change the approach to maturation of wines which otherwise won’t be spending time in barrel. This lunchbox sized device can mimic oxygenation levels offered by oak maturation. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Dusting off machinery
Got any grouse tips for prepping your machinery prior to vintage? Grapegrower & Winemaker would like to hear them.

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