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News posted on Friday, 17 March 2017

Organics, the future of wine
The Pyrenees has a special place among the winemaking regions of Australia. Having been one of the few areas in Australia to avoid the phylloxera plague of the late Nineteenth Century, it has an unbroken lineage to the original plantings in Victoria of the 1860s. Mt Avoca’s Matthew Berry is the second generation of his family to make wine here. His father, an old-school stockbroker, began the vineyard in the 1970s as a hobby, one that eventually became a passion.

Australian wine wallowing at the bottom
Australia is the largest supplier of imported wine to the UK, and according to US Nielsen figures the largest supplier to the US also. But Australia's exports have recorded slight declines in volume and value in both countries. Per 750ml bottle, Australian wine is the second cheapest wine in the UK and the cheapest in the US.

Queensland: Tourism benefits from food and wine
Queensland is tempting the tastebuds of a new generation of foodie travellers in a mouth-watering bonanza for the state’s tourism industry. Statistics from Tourism Research Australia reveal that tourists spent more than $21 billion on food, wine and brewery experiences across the nation last year.

Meet the unsung heroes of winemaking
Talk to people in the industry and you’ll hear the catchphrase ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’ time and time again, so in the latest issue of Halliday magazine, the vineyard is where we went. Of all the working dynamics that exist within a winery, it’s the relationship between viticulturist and winemaker that’s most vital. And at Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale, it’s a union that’s outlasted many marriages.

Rutherglen Tweed Ride returns
Event organisers are calling all chaps, dandies and bon vivants to join them for a weekend of cycling revelry, divine food and vintage fashion in Rutherglen. The Tweed Ride is a gentle ride of approximately 20km, interspersed with three incredible food and wine experiences that showcase the very best of the Rutherglen region.

Yealands gives back to Seddon community
Every household in a small Marlborough town, rocked by three major earthquakes in as many years, has been given an emergency kit. Yealands Wine Group, which has its Seaview winery just outside Seddon, 23 kilometres south of Blenheim, distributed Grab & Go emergency packs to residents on Tuesday night.

I thought biodynamics was witchcraft
The owner of a winery that is now at the forefront of New Zealand’s growing biodynamic movement admits she thought the practice was “witchcraft” when she and her husband began applying its methods to their Pyramid Valley vineyard in North Canterbury.

Treasury Wine Estates' new European MD
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today appointed Tom King as its new European MD following the sudden recent passing of Dan Townsend.

French wine capitalising on US trends
Major trends in the US wine market including premiumisation, sparkling wine, and rosé play to the strengths of French wine leading to a 14.2% value growth, surpassing runner-up New Zealand at 13.7%, to claim the highest import growth by nation over the past 52 weeks according to Nielsen data.

Symposium works to advance women in wine
This year’s Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium in Napa brought together women and men from all aspects of the industry and from around the globe. The event kicked off Monday, March 13 with a look back at the creation of the National Women’s History Project, founded in nearby Sonoma in 1980. The project prompted the foundation of Women’s History Month, recognised each year in March.

What Millennials want from their wine
For all that 'Millennials' love about their technology, they still want to hear the story of the wine from a somm, not a tablet. In that regard, there isn’t much difference across various generations; turns out that good service is still good service.

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