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News posted on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tasmanian wineries urged to offer greater experiences at cellar door
Tasmanian wineries are being told to take risks and enhance and diversify their cellar door operations. State grape and wine industry peak body Wine Tasmania said too many producers were playing it safe, and missing out on a significant opportunity to attract more customers and boost their profits. Cellar door experiences - where a winery sells its products direct to the public - was a key topic at Wine Tasmania's annual conference in Launceston.

Industry cool on SA bid to become a Great Wine Capital
The Weatherill Government wants to formalise South Australia as a Great Wine Capital, but the industry isn’t convinced. The Great Wine Capitals scheme is a network of international cities which, according to the group’s website, “share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions”. Rodney Harrex, chief executive of the SA Tourism Commission, confirmed in a Budget and Finance Committee hearing last week that SATC and the Department of Primary Industries were spearheading a push to enrol SA in the group.

Pernod and Treasury agree on tax reform
Australia's two leading winemakers, Pernod Ricard (PRW) and Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), have put forward their case for wine tax reform to the Federal Government. Yesterday, the pair urged the government to change to a system that they say will restore growth and will secure a more sustainable future for the industry. Submissions to the government as part of its discussion paper on tax reform have now closed.

All grain, no grape in Margaret River
The first Single Malt Whisky distilled in the Margaret River Wine Region has been released by The Grove Experience distillery. A fine way for The Grove to celebrate 20 years in the region. A special limited 90 bottle release distilled by The Grove's artisan distiller James Reed who has mastered the craft of distilling spirits by travelling the world to gain knowledge and experience for his passion in creating fine top shelf spirits.

As volume continues to slide, Aus wine sees premium progress in US
While New Zealand wine continues to thrive in the US, Australia has seen little let-up in its U.S. struggles. However, the ailing category is seeing a silver lining in the premium tier. Plagued in recent years by both oversupply issues and a rising domestic currency, Australian shipments to the U.S. slipped nine per cent to just over 17.8 million cases in 2014. But much like top imported wine player Italy, the category has benefited from trading-up trends, with declines skewing heavily toward Australia’s low-end and bulk segments and higher-end wines demonstrating gains.

Central Otago's fruit and wine productivity threatened
An extra 600 beds are needed to keep up with predicted labour demand within the horticulture and viticulture industries in Central Otago, a new labour market report says. The Central Otago Labour Market Survey was released on Monday and highlights labour issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries in the region. Accommodation provision was one of the biggest issues to resolve, with the report predicting labour demand to grow with an additional 600 beds required by 2018/19. The report also highlights a lack of suitably trained staff.

World experienced sommelier joins Craggy Range
One of the country’s most experienced sommeliers has been appointed customer experience manager at Craggy Range Winery in Hawke’s Bay. Advanced sommelier Michael Bancks is working towards becoming New Zealand’s second only Master Sommelier and returns to Craggy Range after three years in France. Formerly manager of Craggy Range’s Terrôir Restaurant for six years from 2004, Bancks was awarded the title of Sommelier of the Year at the Culinary Fair in 2008 while in that role.

French vintners feel heat as leaders seek carbon consensus
France’s wine industry faces a major shake-up over the next three and a half decades as the impacts of a warming atmosphere force changes to traditions that have lasted generations. Already the grape harvest, which was once in late September, is routinely brought forward. In Bordeaux, the harvest has gone from the end of September to the end of August at times as farmers battle increasing levels of ¬alcohol in the grapes caused by heat. Champagne grapes are regularly being harvested two weeks earlier compared to 20 years ago.

Georgian wine export to decline by 50% in 2015
Due to the Ukrainian crisis and devaluation of the Russian Rouble, Georgian export of wine is predicted to decrease by over 50% in 2015, in comparison with the previous year. Leading Georgian companies are expecting over 20% of an export drop with the help of a market diversification policy. Meanwhile there still remain companies that were strongly dependent on the Russian market. The U.S., UK, Poland and China will be the target countries for promoting Georgian wine in 2015.

Boss bids to cheer up Majestic Wine
Majestic Wine reported a slide in annual profits today as its new boss pledged to scale back new store openings and warned that earnings would take a further hit as he tries to inject some fizz into the business. Chief executive Rowan Gormley said he wanted to make the shopping experience "simpler, easier and more fun" for customers as part of a series of initiatives to turn around the group's fortunes and will cost around £3 million to achieve.

Asia market ‘has matured’
This year’s en primeur campaign has been hailed a success by several Hong Kong-based wine merchants, with many Asian consumers having changed their buying habits to reflect personal consumption. Speaking to db as the 2014 en primeur wraps up, Eric Desgouttes, general manager for Kerry Wines in Hong Kong and China, said: “What worked well for us were Left Bank First Growths. The price was right all across the board and obviously the weakened euro is helping tremendously.

Fruit flavoured wines are drinks of the future
Fruit-flavoured, wine-based drinks will soon flood the UK market and bulk shipping firms can help retailers and suppliers capitalise on the trend, according to a leading wine consultant. Henry Powles, of bulk shipping and bottling firm Encirc, said fruit ciders have led the way and wines will follow in a bid to cash in on the love of sweeter drinks among younger adults. He told OLN: “I think we are going to see more wine-based drinks produced in the coming years, with flavours added, both in a sparkling format and table wines.

An afternoon of 'vinnovations' at the WGCSA SA Winegrape Growers Summit in July
The WGCSA SA Winegrape Growers Summit on 17 July at the Adelaide Oval will give growers a unique insight into practical ways to improve commercial vineyard profitability through vineyard innovations, as well as the latest information on the state of the industry and global and Australian outlook and trends. The morning will be dedicated to providing expert analysis of the outlook for Australian wine in domestic and global markets and a variety-by-variety examination of supply and demand including the release of price and tonnage figures from the 2015 vintage.

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