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News posted on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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Alternative variety standouts
From November 9-11 the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show brought a whirlwind of different wines to the town of Mildura. The show attracted 233 exhibitors, pouring 101 different varieties from 66 different wine regions around Australia. Here are the results. Source, Winetitles.

Peru deal could impact South Burnett
Maranoa MP David Littleproud has said a new free trade agreement with Peru could be beneficial for South Burnett winemakers. In the past, Australian wine has been shut out of the Peruvian market because of tariff barriers. "This agreement has virtually eliminated them, putting our exporters in pole position to capitalise on this growing market." Source, South Burnett Times.

China opens all trade ports to Hong Kong
China has opened up all of its ports to wine imports from Hong Kong in a further boost to the territory’s position as a gateway to mainland China, the General Administration of Customs has announced. Effective from 9 November, the country has made all ports accessible for wine imports from Hong Kong. Source, The Drinks Business.

The cult of 'natural' wine
That rise is not solely down to flavour. Like craft beer, natural is both a drinks category and a movement: a revolutionary sect in the vanguard of a radical new wine culture. “Natural very much gets away from that ‘serious’ blazer-and-jeans wine world,” says Nuttall, of a scene that – hence the disparaging tag “hipster wine”. Source, The Guardian.

Evidence of oldest wine dated back 800yrs
On a small rise less than 20 miles south of Tbilisi, Georgia, a clutch of round, mud-brick houses rise from a green, fertile river valley. The mound is called Gadachrili Gora, and the Stone Age farmers who lived here 8,000 years ago were grape lovers. Source, National Geographic.

Mexico gives Cali a run for its money
It’s easy to make a comparison between California’s Napa Valley and Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. Both places offer incredible culinary experiences. The only problem is that the Mexican up-and-comer wants nothing to do with such a comparison. Source, The Independent.

ASVO Awards for Excellence results
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence which recognise professional excellence in viticulture, winemaking and research. The ASVO Awards were presented to the winners last night at a ceremony held at the historic Carrick Hill property at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. Source, Winetitles.

Riverland shortage signals 15% price hike
In Australia's largest wine-growing region — South Australia’s Riverland — there are no spare grapes, and supply has not been as tight for at least a decade. It comes at a time of severe shortages of wine grapes internationally. Source, The Weekly Times Now.

Blackwood Valley celebrates boutique
Great local results at the 2017 Western Australian Boutique Wine Show and 2017 Blackwood Valley Wine Show saw several of our region’s winery owners proudly step up to claim a majority of trophies during the recent awards presentations. Source, Winetitles.

Independent merchants impressed by Aussie drop
Ten leading wine professionals from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland have been won over by Australian wine after an immersive 10 day trip hosted by Wine Australia. Having explored a broad range of regions and tasted more than 400 wines during the trip, Wine Australia stated that “feedback was extremely positive from guests who were impressed with the quality and diversity of wines." Source, Winetitles.

US billionaire buys North Cantebury vineyard
US billionaire Brian Sheth? and his wife have acquired Pyramid Valley Vineyards at Waikari in North Canterbury for $8 million. They bought it from Claudia and Mike Weersing, who will remain on the property until new managers settle in. Source, Stuff.

Smaller vintages means fewer entries to award
arlborough is yet again the big winner in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. A total of 794 medals were awarded, including 80 gold medals, 221 silver medals and 493 bronze medals. But the number of gold medals awarded across the board were down from last year's total of 91, and NZ Wine global events manager Angela Willis said the number of entries were down from last year. Source, Stuff.

Premium upgrade for Swartland
Wine grape cultivation was traditionally a sideline for farms in the Swartland, with the majority of grapes produced being sold in bulk. Winemaker, Chris Mullineux, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how producers have turned the Swartland from a bulk producer into one of South Africa’s premium wine-producing regions. Source, Farmers Weekly.

Washington winegrape acreage growth declines
The rate of wine grape vineyards growth in Washington has been slowing down for the past six years. There were 43,849 acres of wine grapes in 2011 and that has only raised by 26.4 percent in the last six years to 55,445 acres of wine grapes in 2017. Source, iFibre One.

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