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News posted on Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fancy a trade research trip to Tasmania?
Wine Tasmania has issued an invitation for Australian wine trade representatives to participate in a wine-focused visit to Tasmania in July 2017. Source, Winetitles.

Bad news for dealing with lees
A Wine Australia project just completed at the Australian Wine Research Institute has filled that knowledge gap, but was unable to find a way to avoid the process of moving juice or wine and cleaning a tank each time settled lees need to be removed. Source, Wine Australia.

House of Fine Wine to launch June 1
Société Jacques Bollinger, Henschke and Villa Maria have come together to create House of Fine Wine, an Australian distribution company that will offer nationwide supply of premium wines from a single, focused portfolio. Source, Winetitles.

Lightbulb Winemakers
Five small Clare wineries have joined forces to form Lightbulb Winemakers, a collective that will showcase grass roots winemaking as part of The Clare Valley’s Gourmet Weekend and beyond. Source, The Adelaide Review.

Bonking Frog wine rebrands
Bonking Frog winery in Dardanup has confirmed it will rebrand this year to become Windfall Wine Estate. Twenty years since grafting their first Merlot from the Schwartzman rootstock vines, the company has embarked on a restructure that includes a name change. Source, The Bunbury Mail.

Rothschild and Alvarez families launch new winery
In mid-June a new winery building, or bodega, will open in Rioja in northern Spain and house the production of Macán wines. This official opening marks a milestone after a decade and a half of focused collaboration between two renowned winemaking families. Source, Forbes.

London Wine Fair looking to change dates
The London Wine Fair could ditch its traditional Maytime slot in the calendar and take place at either end of the year, according to exhibition director Ross Carter. Source, The Drinks Business.

The problem with labelling wine 'organic'
Organic wine seems stuck in a paradox. It keeps growing in popularity, yet most consumers are disinclined to pay more for it. In the case of highly rated wines, those that are explicitly labelled organic often fetch lower prices. Source, The Globe and Mail.

Swapping white for red and black
LangeTwins Collection of Family Wines is proud to announce a makeover of its Caricature Wine brand. This month, Caricature's 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon will trade in their signature white labels for a sleek black and red combination. Source, PR Newswire.

Grape harvest growth for Delegat Group
Delegat Group recorded a small gain in its Australian and New Zealand grape harvest but has enough stock on hand to meet its projected sales targets for the coming year. Source, New Zealand Herald.

High producing contract vineyard for sale
Zaccarat Vineyard in Renwick on the outskirts of Blenheim consists of some eight hectares of grape plantings – encompassing 6.55 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines and 1.43 hectares of Pinot Noir. The vineyard currently produces grapes for one of NZ's largest contract winemakers. Source, Scoop Business.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #16: Talk to Vinehealth Australia on (08) 8273 0550 or email [email protected] about how you can improve your farm-gate hygiene practices. #Vinehealth

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