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News posted on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

All the Winners of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards
The winners of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) were announced last night, 15th November, via a web broadcast that was streamed to celebration events taking place all over Australia. Seven award winners were named in six categories. “On behalf of the entire Board of the AWIWA I want to extend our sincere congratulations to all the winners,” said AWIWA Chair, Jane Thomson. “It is truly a delight to see the breadth of talent and dedication recognized. We know these awards are having a positive impact on the conversation around gender equality in our wine community, and we know that the winners of the 2016 AWIWA powerfully demonstrate the contribution that women make.”

Seppeltsfield global best of wine tourism
Barossa Valley estate Seppeltsfield has been crowned Global Best of Wine Tourism at the 2017 Great Wine Capitals awards, announced in Portugal last week. Seppeltsfield is the first Global Wine Tourism Winner to represent Adelaide, South Australia - a new member to the Great Wine Capitals network this year. The award of excellence graces Seppeltsfield as Australia’s leading property for wine tourism services. Representatives from Seppeltsfield joined South Australian government primary industry and tourism delegates in Porto, Portugal to accept the award.

Winemakers Federation of Australia changes leadership team
WFA announced today that Mr Sandy Clark, former Chairman of Brown Brothers Group and Mitchelton Wines, has been appointed by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) as its new President. Mr Clark will succeed Mr Tony D’Aloisio AM, whose second and final permitted term as President concludes at the close of today’s AGM. Mr D’Aloisio congratulated Mr Clark on behalf of the Board and said “I am delighted that such a qualified and experienced individual as Mr Clark is taking over as President. He brings an xtraordinary wealth of business acumen spanning various sectors. I wish him well.’

Jacob’s Creek appoints new winemaker
Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker Ben Bryant today announced the appointment of Trina Smith to the position of Group White & Sparkling Winemaker, based out of the brand’s home in the Barossa Valley. With over 20 years of winemaking experience and completion of international vintages in California, Italy and South Africa, Trina’s vision for Jacob’s Creek will be driven by her diverse background and specialist winemaking expertise. “Jacob’s Creek is a proudly Australian brand of world-class standards, with a strong heritage of some of the finest winemakers in the country, who continually inject their passion and knowledge into building the brand into what it is today.

McGuigan: ‘Brexit was a slap in the face’
The UK’s decision to leave the EU was “a slap in the face” but it doesn’t lessen Britain’s importance as a key wine market according to Australian producer Neil McGuigan. Speaking to the drinks business during a visit to London, McGuigan said: “Brexit was a slap in the face and caused us a lot of stress due to the devaluation of the pound but you’ve got to get on with it. “There are a lot of issues at the moment with wine brands coming into the UK from around the world but the longterm outcome could be positive if Australia negotiates a good free trade agreement with the UK, which could accelerate the change of a shift of emphasis from the Old World to the New World.

Bay wine wins Syrah category at Air NZ Wine Awards
An Otago pinot noir with "truffle-like" overtones may have stolen the show yet the Bay can still lay claim to the country's best syrah. Mission Estate Winery scooped the coveted Champion Syrah category at Saturday night's Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with its Mission Reserve Syrah Hawke's Bay 2015. It was pipped at the post by Lowburn Ferry's Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014, which claimed the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy in front of a 1000-strong audience in a gala dinner at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre.

Peter Yealands recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award
Yealands Wine Group Founder and Principal, Peter Yealands, has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016 for his continued innovation and commitment to sustainable practices. His company, Yealands Wine Group (Yealands), on the same night received a Renewable Energy Implementation runner-up award for the installation of the largest solar array in New Zealand on their winery roof. The Drinks Business Lifetime Achievement Award looks for an individual who has "excelled throughout their career in furthering environmental, sustainable or ethical practices in the drinks industry to the benefit and education of others."

Jackson family wines renews IMW sponsorship
Californian wine producer Jackson Family Wines has renewed its sponsorship of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW), the institute has confirmed. Jackson Family Wines became a ‘Supporter of the Institute’ in 2013 and joins a host of key industry players, including Constellation, Riedel and Santa Rita Estates, who act as major supporters. The family-owned Jackson Family Wines crafts award-winning wines with a focus on sustainable viticulture, and responsible vineyard and natural resource management. The family’s portfolio comprises more than 40 wineries.

South African female winemaker wins top us wine award
American publication 'Wine Enthusiast' has named a South African as its Winemaker of the Year for the first time ever. The awards honour individuals who have contributed to the success of the industry and those who show ‘groundbreaking vision’. The winner, Andrea Mullineux who is originally from California, has been running Mullineux and Leeu family wines with her husband since 2007. Together they have raked in many accolades including Platter's Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.

The drinks business green awards 2016
The winners of 2016’s Drinks Business Green Awards, which were announced last night at The Ivy in London. Countries that performed particularly well included Chile, with its VSPT Wine Group picking up the coveted title of Green Company of the Year along with The Renewable Energy Implementation Award, and California – Alexander Valley’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery was given and the The Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine, while the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) was handed out a further Amorim Sustainability Award, this time for a Generic Organisation.

Do Canadian wineries focus too much on ice wine?
They say you should try not to die with a bottle of champagne in your fridge. For most Canadians, though, that leftover bottle is far more likely to be filled with ice wine. “Everybody has a bottle of ice wine in a corner of the pantry somewhere, reserved for some unknown special occasion, and nobody ever drinks it,” says Anne Martin, head sommelier at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. “I think that, in Canada’s current wine culture, ice wine is really only given as a gift.”

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