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News posted on Monday, 16 May 2016

OPINION: A fine time for Australian wine
IT’S been a good week for Australian wine. On Monday, Seppelt winery announced it would keep its historic Great Western cellar door. This comes after Seppelt’s owner, wine giant Treasury Wine Estates, announced in October last year it would close the Seppelt winery and sell vineyards in Great Western and the Yarra Valley to save itself some cash on an underproductive facility.

The entrepreneurs trying to tap into a new generation of wine-loving millennials
Impressing guests with great wine at a dinner party isn’t always easy. It’s even harder if you’re young and only just starting to take fermented grapes seriously. Thankfully, help is at hand. Tech entrepreneurs around the world are creating apps and websites to help young people educate themselves on wine, while hopefully turning a profit for their company at the same time.

Six generations of winemaking in Rutherglen
Madden Morris has the world at his feet and a weight on his shoulders. Newly graduated with a winemaking degree, and back in his home district of Rutherglen in Northern Victoria, the 21-year-old is the sixth generation of his family to carry on the family tradition of winemaking. Winemaking is a highly competitive career choice, but Mr Morris feels no pressure from anyone else's expectations — he has heard the talk all his life.

Jorg Gartelmann concerned about future of Gartelmann Wines following changes to WET rebate
Hunter Valley winemaker Jorg Gartelmann is concerned about the future of his business following changes to the wine equalisation tax from 2019. Wine equalisation tax is currently set at 29 per cent, and is calculated on the wholesale price of wine. For retail sales, the wholesale price is deemed to be half of the retail price. For example if a winemaker sells a bottles of wine at a cellar door for $40, they would have to pay 29 per cent tax on $20, which equals $5.80.

Orange winemakers over a barrel as Kiwis show the way on tax system
WE know Australians make better wine than the Kiwis but there could be something our New Zealand counterparts are doing better. Instead of implementing a wine equalisation tax (WET), which means wine is taxed at 29 per cent of its wholesale value, in New Zealand alcohol is taxed on its volume. This means New Zealand is protecting its high-end industry by making cheap Australian wine more expensive comparatively to New Zealand’s high-end wine.

Villa Maria wins Best New Zealand Pinot Noir in London
From a field of 155 of New Zealand’s top Pinot Noirs, Villa Maria’s Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 has been awarded the Platinum Medal (Trophy) for best New Zealand Pinot Noir over £15 at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. Held annually in London, the Decanter World Wine Awards is widely recognised as the world’s largest wine competition and this year’s competition had 16,000 entries.

CEO role offers just the right flavour
FROM the corridors of law to the vines of the wine industry, it is fair to say the change in Melisa Beight's career path has been a fairly marked one. Seven weeks ago she stepped into the role of Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Association executive officer which was vacated by James Medina who left to take up a role at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. "I absolutely love my role," she said. "The wine industry is something I have long wanted to move into."

Pernod Ricard USA: New organization to accelerate momentum
"Winning in the USA is a top priority for Pernod Ricard. We must win in this battleground to deliver our Group mid-term topline 4 to 5% growth objective,” says Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard. In line with this ambition, the Group launched DART 18 months ago, a business transformation project aiming at accelerating the current momentum in the U.S. It has a simple objective: grow value market share in a sustainable way.

Protecting European wine: Vinbot rover optimises harvest and quality
With warmer winters and drier summers, climate change might even be having an effect on your favourite bottle of wine. Winemakers are already witnessing changes. In France, the Burgundy region had its driest July in 66 years in 2015, while Italian producers are planting different grape varieties due to more intense summers.

Tips to minimise heat stress on the vines
Understanding how heat stress affects the vines can help reduce the impact of high temperatures. Although grape vines thrive under conditions of warm, dry days and cool nights, vine growth and fruit quality begin to suffer once the thermometer rises past the 95-degree mark. That’s when metabolic processes start to decline, says Ashraf El-Kereamy, University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor for Kern County.

Marche Sparkling could be new Prosecco
Former Constellation Europe chairman Christopher Carson believes he has found the perfect big volume sparkling wine to fill “a gap” in the UK as Prosecco prices creep upwards. Speaking to the drinks business at the London Wine Fair last week, where the well-known UK wine trade figure officially launched Carson Wines – an agency business run with his son, Jonathan – Christopher said that there was a gap in the market for a big volume Italian sparkling in UK retail as the price of Prosecco increases.

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