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News posted on Monday, 17 November 2014

Yalumba turns 165
Yalumba is today celebrating its 165 birthday. The winery was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, a brewer who immigrated to South Australia from Dorset with his family two years prior. Yalumba has remained family owned throughout its lifetime, with Robert & Sam Hill-Smith undertaking a complete buy-out of other family shareholders in 1989. “In many ways today marks another challenging journey beginning all over again,” Robert Hill-Smith said. “I am confident we shall prevail.”

Wines of Provenance: a great innovation
James Halliday says the Australian wine show system has continuously evolved over the past 20 or so years. He says one of the interesting recent innovations was introduced by the Royal Adelaide Wine Show (since adopted by others), called Wines of Provenance. It requires three vintages of the same wine, the youngest the current vintage, the next between five and nine years older than the first, the last about 10 or more years older than the first.

China trade deal opportunities
TASMANIAN wine and seafood exporters are set to reap the benefits of an historic Australia-China free trade deal to be signed in Canberra. Senior government officials working on the deal, to be signed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Xi Jinping, have confirmed China has agreed not only to include wine in the agreement but also to commit to substantial tariff reductions.

Push for craft beer "equality" to wine
The founder of Victoria's oldest craft brewery wants governments to do more to support the industry. Grand Ridge Brewery's Eric Walters said Australia's concentrated beer market made it difficult for small breweries to make inroads at retail and venue level. Walters has called for "parity and equity with winemakers in terms of tax".

Emblem now registered to control Eutypa dieback in grapevines
Dr Mark Sosnowski, convenor of the 9th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, said having a registered Eutypa fungicide that can be applied post-pruning with a vineyard sprayer was a significant step forward in the bid to save Australia’s premium quality vines from devastation by trunk disease. Registration of the trusted vineyard fungicide Emblem has been extended to cover Eutypa dieback in Australian grapevines, just ahead of a major international conference on grapevine trunk diseases in Adelaide.

Wanted: Rousanne
Before 2014 draws to a close, the Wine & Viticulture Journal will be holding its first tasting of Australian Roussanes and Roussane-dominant blends. The results of the tasting will be published in the January/February issue of the Journal.

Wine Spectator reveals Top 10 wines for 2014
Over the last few days, Wine Spectator magazine has done its annual slow reveal of the Top 10 wines from the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. And this year, when the No. 1 wine came up, it wasn’t a Bordeaux, a California Cabernet, a Spanish Rioja or an Italian Barolo. The shocker is that it’s a wine from Portugal — and a port.

‘Vintage of dreams’ for UK wine industry
The leaves are finally falling off the vines at Denbies estate in Surrey but two weeks ago the stems still bore the weight of fruit as the last of the harvest was gathered in – almost a month later than usual. Christopher White, manager of his family’s vineyard, says: “We finished with a dessert wine and left the fruit out for it as long as we dared. Conditions were so good that we took the risk. The fruit looks shrivelled and grey but when the juice comes out, it’s like nectar, like honey.

O Canada, We Raise Our Wine Glass to Thee
Canadians are famously conciliatory. To be a Canadian, it seems, is to know how to apologize. A lot. This temperament has its advantages (Canadians rarely go to war) but also means Canadians are often overlooked. For example, few consumers realize one of the world’s most exciting new wine regions is in Ontario, Canada.

World's largest wine fair to open Singapore show
The world’s largest wine and spirits exhibition, ProWein, has announced it will be expanding with a new show launching in Singapore. The first ProWine Asia event will launch in Singapore from 12-15 April 2016 and will complement the existing annual ProWine China exhibition in Shanghai.

Waiheke Island winemaker named first Young Winemaker of the Year
Patrick Newton from Mudbrick Winery was crowned as the first ever Riedel New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year during a ceremony at the Canterbury A&P Show last night. Newton, 32, entered the competition with a 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Syrah and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and was judged the top young winemaker in New Zealand by a panel of experienced international wine judges.

Wine Industry Welcomes South Korea Trade Deal
New Zealand Winegrowers has warmly welcomed the announcement of the conclusion of the free trade agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Commenting on the news, Philip Gregan, the NZ Winegrowers CEO, said "the negotiators have achieved a great outcome for the wine industry. Tariff free access into South Korea at the time the agreement comes into force represents a significant boost to our export ambitions in one of the key Asian markets".

Australia Trade Tasting announces educational conference on 1 September 2015
Learn from some of the most influential professionals in the beverage industry at the Australia Trade Tasting educational conference on Monday August 31 2015. These presentations from industry leaders on today’s ideas on marketing, sales and distribution will challenge and inspire you to grow your beverage company. The educational conference is a full day experience that brings together thousands of beverage professionals from around the world. The event takes place on Tuesday 1 September 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

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