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News posted on Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Australian wine brands targeted by 'trademark squatters' in China
Australian winemaker Mark Arnold almost lost his Picarus wine label to a Chinese company. "We were tipped off and managed to lodge our claim one day earlier," Mr Arnold said. But he said he did not manage to save another wine label, Ocean Grove, which he cannot now sell in China. "You go to all the effort of developing a product and a brand and to find out someone else has taken ownership of it in any market is a major shock," he said.

Empty wine bottle sells for $10,000 at Canberra auction
It's not unheard of to pay through the nose for a good bottle of wine but what about for an empty bottle? An incredibly rare six-litre bottle of 2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier sold for more than $10,000 at a charity auction on Thursday - but it wasn't the signature by Murrumbateman winemaker Tim Kirk which sent buyers into a frenzy.

Old world decline in Aus opens Argentine opportunity
Wines of Argentina is upping its efforts in Australia, now one of its fastest growing markets, after revealing that exports to the country have increased 400% in volume in the past four years. While historically a combination of New Zealand and Old World countries have taken the lion’s share of Australian imports, some of the more traditional areas of countries such as France and Italy are starting to see a decline, according to Andrew Maidment, Europe and Asia head of Wines of Argentina, giving New World and emerging wine regions an opportunity for growth.

South West wine region welcomes two new faces, Sampson and Bowen
The new look Sampson and Bowen, formerly Duckstein Brewery has officially opened, with guests welcomed to a cool and relaxed opening night on Saturday December 12. Internationally award winning local winemaker Robert Bowen and long term business partner Stewart Sampson acquired the lease of the property earlier in the year, renamed it and given the property a new look and vibe.

Wine industry agrees on a plan for reform
Wine industry leaders and representatives came together in Adelaide on December 1 to progress discussions and agree on a plan for undertaking industry reform and enable representative organisations to contribute to a return to profitability. According to a joint statement from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) the meeting reached consensus on a number of issues and agreed on a plan moving forward.

Strong outlook for primary sector exports
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) expects meat and wool, horticulture and forestry export revenues will support New Zealand's primary sector export growth to 2017, and help offset the recent year's fall in the dairy sector. The signs across the primary sector are encouraging with New Zealand's primary sector export revenue expected to increase to $37.6 billion in the year ending June 2016, up $1.9 billion from the year ended June 2015.

Kono Rides to Victory in Texas
Cowboys are alive and well in Texas and Kono NZ rode well in The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. The competition attracted nearly 2,500 entries from 20 different countries, including Chile, Croatia, France, New Zealand and Portugal. Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 emerged as a winner, being awarded a Double Gold Medal and Reserve Class Champion.

Insight from Women of the Vine Founder
In 2006, Deborah Brenner wrote ‘Women of the Vine,’ to share collected stories of women in the wine industry. Today, this idea has grown into the Women of the Vine Alliance that supports and empowers women in the beverage alcohol industry worldwide. We asked Deborah to share her story and some of her insight into the wine world. We hope you enjoy this post! Back in 2004, I took a trip to Napa and Sonoma in the hopes of finding a new career path far away from my corporate life in New York City.

A Q&A with winemaker André Mack
For a busy man, André Mack is remarkably chill. He runs two companies, designs labels and coloring books and wine pun T-shirts (one reads "Beaune Thugs"), is in anupcoming documentary on minority winewakers in Oregon, and does some wristwatch modeling on the side (it's exactly what it sounds like). Oh, and he has two kids under 10, with a third on the way. "I woke up today, so that's plenty to be thankful for," h4y e tells me when we talk.

Ten 2016 trends the wine world needs to watch
It’s traditional to look back at the end of the year and assess what’s been. However, it’s much more fun, and profitable, to take what you’ve seen and look forward with an attempt to anticipate what’s to come and what trends will emerge. Since we are all about fun and profit, we choose the latter. Below is a list of the trends we believe deserve watching. Some listed below we see as being solidified in the coming year.

Bordeaux wine auction for Paris victims: 10k euros raised
Classified Bordeaux châteaux in the Graves area have raised more than 10,000 euros for victims of the Paris terror attacks by auctioning double magnums of their wines. All 14 member estates of the Crus Classés de Graves donated double magnums in the wine auction for Paris victims, which raised €10,100 (A$15,000) and ran online between 1 and 11 December.


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