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News posted on Thursday, 17 August 2017

Changing the wine scene
It’s safe to say Patrick Cappiello is one of the most successful somms in the game right now and, to top it all off, he’s not even certified. This is a highly contentious issue among the food and beverage community, many of whom argue that sommelier certification is absolutely essential to success. Source, VinePair.

SAWIA Snapshot released
On Wednesday 16 August The South Australian Wine Industry Association, together with its Industry Partner, Bentleys, released the South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot –an inaugural study of the sentiments and views of the state’s wine industry. Source, Winetitles.

Two NZ wineries sold to fine wine start-up
Two prominent New Zealand wineries have been acquired by a newly-established fine wine company co-founded by the man who launched Craggy Range and a US-based wildlife conservationist. Pyramid Valley Vineyards in Waikari, North Canterbury, and Lowburn Ferry Wines, Central Otago, have both become the first purchases of Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates Limited Partnership (ANZFWE). Source, The Drinks Business.

Treasury profit up 55%
Treasury Wine Estates has posted a 55.3 per cent jump in full-year net profit to $269.1 million. Follow our twitter account @Daily_Wine_News for live tweets from the Treasury Annual Results Announcement from 10:30am AEST. Source, The Riverine Herald.

Brett's not always the bad guy
A brewer and a winemaker have collaborated on a new wine that aims to challenge Brettanomyces’ association with wine spoilage. Ben Kraus of Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers has teamed up with Chris Catlow of Sentio Wines to produce a Chardonnay using 100% Brett yeast. Source, Brews News.

Wine industry opens doors to tourists
Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. Source, Winetitles.

Granite Ridge showcase Queensland
FOR two decades Dennis and Juliane Ferguson have been taking their wines to the Ekka. But they are still finding Queenslanders who do not know that Stanthorpe wine exists - let along that it is becoming increasingly well respected. Source, Sunshine Coast Daily.

Napa v Sonoma
For many years, Sonoma County was the kid-brother of wine country. But now, Napa wine country is overrun by tourists, so people are abandoning it for Sonoma. Comparing the two is like apples and oranges — or Pinot Grigio and Merlot, if you prefer — because they vary so much in size. Source, Business Insider.

Lidl wine sales up 37%
UK discounter Lidl has seen its wine sales return to growth of around 37%, the retailer has confirmed, following a slight slow-down in momentum. The discounter’s share of the wine market currently reflects its overall grocery market share of around 5.4%. Source, The Drinks Business.

WIWA secures new sponsorship
Inkwell Wines has today become the sponsor of the Researcher of the Year category in the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards. The Researcher of the Year award had until now been without a sponsor. Source, Winetitles.

Women of the Vine & Spirits award 2017 scholarships
Women of the Vine & Spirits launched the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation earlier this year and has awarded its first scholarship recipients for 2017. The foundation is proud to announce the following recipients... Source, Winetitles.

New Chairman of advisory board for HoFW
House of Fine Wine (HoFW), the Australian distribution company for three of the world’s most accomplished and admired wine brands - Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB), Henschke and Villa Maria - have announced the appointment of Rob Hirst as the new Chairman of the advisory board. Source, Winetitles.


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