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News posted on Tuesday, 16 August 2016

McWilliam: We're winemakers not retailers
Following a meeting with the Australian Liquor Stores Association, TheShout has spoken to Jeff McWilliam regarding McWilliam’s Wines role in purchase of The Wine Society. Last month TheShout reported that a consortium called Australian Wine Finance is looking to purchase The Wine Society and that McWilliam’s has a small shareholding in that group. Then last week we reported on a meeting between McWilliam and ALSA in which he said the winemaker has no plans to move into retailing.

Pikes Wines receives $320,000 Regional Development Fund
In a major coup for the Clare Valley, Pikes Wines have been awarded a $320,000 Regional Development Fund grant. This grant will complete their two-stage upgrade. Stage-one was to get the brewery up and running, while stage-two will see an expansion to include a modern visitors’ centre showcasing regional and local produce, as well as creating an enhanced visitor experience to the region.

WCA appoints new Executive Officer
Wine Communicators Australia (WCA) has announced the appointment of a new Executive Officer as the organisation continues to build its relevance as the 'go to' resource for its members. Lynda Schenk (pictured), who has over two decades' experience in marketing and sales in the wine industry has come into the role. The WCA said that Schenk has "a demonstrated track record of developing and executing strategic initiatives, leading and managing teams and working with a diverse range of people".

Big lessons in marketing wine to the Ys
B&T’s resident favourite Millennial experts, Brian Mitchell and Evan Mitchell – Directors of Love & Wine, and co-founders of Gen Y brand specialists HOW&Y – go behind the winning of the Australian Business Awards “New Product Innovation” with Australian Vintage’s YOU Wines. The term “craft beverage” is tossed around with casual abandon. Yet surely there is only one craft beverage par excellence. Wine.

Innovative workshop for cellar door staff launched
Clare Burder, wine educator, author and winemaker, has launched an innovative new training program specifically for cellar door staff. The aptly-named ‘Vintuition’ workshop is designed to meet the unique needs of cellar door staff, and goes beyond basic wine and hospitality training, giving participants the tools to deliver an exceptional visitor tasting experience, every time.

Taste of Nelson: Whenua Matua vineyards
Jonny Hiscox is rightfully very proud of his workplace, the Whenua Matua vineyards that are home to Aronui Wines. The name Whenua Matua means significant land – and significant it is. The Whenua Matua vineyard land in the Moutere Hills has special significance to iwi in the region. It is part of tenths reserve lands and can never be sold. I spent some time walking around the Upper Moutere vineyard when the vines were only a few years old and the impression I got at the time was of a special place that was being developed with sensitivity by a passionate viticulturist.

A new generation at Matawhero Wines in Gisborne
Sip NZ Wine caught up with Kirsten Searle, owner and General Manager of Matawhero Wines in Gisborne to hear more about the revitalisation of this iconic winery. Established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, Matawhero Wines defied convention and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim and in doing so, changed the face of New Zealand winemaking forever.

UK sales of sparkling wine ‘rose by 80%’ since 2011, data shows
The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has risen by 80% in the last five years from 17.6 million gallons in 2011-12 to an estimated 31.6 million gallons in 2015-16, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. It said that the increase in the amount on sale is largely due to an increased consumer demand for products such as prosecco and cava, as well as more local English sparkling wines.

The truth about boxed wine
For years, one of the most loathed word combinations in the long history of the grape was “boxed wine” — and for good reason. For decades, poor quality wine, labeled simply as “white” or “red,” was relegated to these boxes and sold in supermarkets at bargain basement prices. But things have changed in recent years. Boxed wines, once the lowest level of the quality pyramid, are finally getting some respect. And they’re becoming increasingly popular among consumers.

Drinking Naked Wines
If you’re a big fan of wine but still want to run a startup, there may not be that much innovation you can get away with on the product side. Wine, when all is said and done, is still wine. That doesn’t mean you can’t turn the industry inside out by turning the traditional winery business model on its head — and that’s exactly what Naked Wines did. I decided to have a closer look at how a 10-year-old company can upend one of the oldest industries in the world.

Hong Kong gears up for wine and spirits fair
The ninth edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will descend on the city in November in recognition of Asia’s booming wine consumption. Over 1,000 exhibitors hailing from all corners of the globe are expected to join the Wine & Spirits Fair which will take place from 10-12 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

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