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News posted on Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bowen Estates to join Negociants
Bowen Estates is the newest brand to re-sign their distribution deal. Negociants Australia announces the commencement of distribution, in all States apart from Western Australia, for Bowen Estate from 1 June 2017. Source, Winetitles.

Wine in a can, for a cause
Today, socially conscious Australian alcohol brand, The Sparkke Change Beverage Company, is adding to its range with white wine bubbles. The brand's newest product, sparkling wine in a can, will join its collection of ginger beer, hard lemonade, apple cider and lager. Source, Winetitles.

Budget proposals could hurt Tasmania
At first glance the federal government’s budget announcements regarding grants to promote Australian wine domestically and internationally sound positive, but Wine Tasmania chief executive Sheralee Davies warns the funding could actually hurt the industry. Source, The Examiner.

Cool-climate wines in demand
Woolgrowers on the state's east coast, who diversified into wine grapes years ago, are expanding and more farmers are following suit. The growth in premium wine sales, lucrative grape prices and long-term contracts is making Tasmanian viticulture very appealing. Source, ABC.

Sauv Blanc Day success
Wine Marlborough’s recently completed post event survey garnered a fantastic response from wineries, cellar doors, tour operators, restaurants, and bars to be involved in the inaugural ‘16 Days of Sauvignon’ in celebration of Sauvignon Blanc Day. Source, Winetitles.

TWE in hot water after promoting drinking games
A promotion by Harvest Cidery’s distributor for the Scrumpy brand has led to a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Winemaking and brand marketing company Treasury Wine Estates’s Facebook post alluded to a drinking game. Source, The Gisborne Herald.

Edible packaging
"Apart from the Australian wine industry’s revolutionary abandonment of the dreaded cork and adoption of the screw cap, not much has happened in containers." Philip White implies that Ooho, a cellulose-based product, could change the game for wine packaging. Source, InDaily.

Wine industry to expect Brexit boom
There has been a significant rise in the sale of British wines overseas, with Richard Balfour-Lynn, wine producer at Hush Heath Wine Estate thanking Brexit for its impact. Source, Express.

Russian wine fraud jailed in France
A Russian man has been fined and jailed for his part in selling counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. Aleksandr Iugov appeared in court in Dijon on 15 May and was sentenced to four years in prison. Source, The Drinks Business.

Portugal's cork industry fights back
A decade ago, shares in the world's largest cork producer, Corticeira Amorim, didn't look like a great bet. That was then. The cork industry has since staged a comeback. Source, Yahoo News.

Shanxi wine region
Known as a major coal mining province in China, Shanxi’s coal production has fuelled the country’s fast-track economic development for decades. Its ancient courtyards, traditional Yaodong or cave dwellings are dotted around the landscape of the arid Shanxi Plateau, part of the Loess Plateau in northwestern China. Source, The Drinks Business.

Young Gun top 12 released
The Young Gun of Wine top 12 list has been released. The 12 finalists consist of six winemakers from South Australia, two from Western Australia and Tasmania respectively, and one from both Victoria and NSW/ACT. The winners will be announced 20 June. Source, Winetitles.

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