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News posted on Thursday, 18 February 2016

Australian wine under threat from climate change, as grapes ripen early
Wine grapes in Australia are ripening between one and two days earlier each year due to climate change in a trend viticultural experts say could see some traditional varieties abandoned in warmer areas. The Victorian wine industry is partway through what could shape up to be its earliest vintage on record, thanks to an exceptionally warm spring and warm summer.

Booming China sales have corks popping at Treasury Wine
Booming sales to China have pushed Treasury Wine Estates to a 72 per cent rise in earnings to $146.8 million for the first half of 2015-16, towards the upper end of its new profit forecast range of $140 million to $150 million outlined in late January. Treasury, the maker of Penfolds and Wolf Blass, lifted its interim dividend to 8¢ from 6¢ previously, and has revamped its management in the United States with Bob Spooner, the current chief supply chain officer across the group, to take over running the Americas region for Treasury, replacing Sandra LaDrew.

d’Arenberg accused of sexism over wine label
A POPULAR South Australian winery has been accused of sexism over a new label that refers to “three young blondes”, but the winemaker says it’s just humorous marketing. d’Arenberg’s new $200 red, “The Old Bloke and the Three Young Blondes”, takes its name from a blend of grapes from old shiraz vines with those of three younger white varieties, but leading wine commentator Jane Thomson says this is an example of “everyday sexism”.

Why De Bortoli Wines built 'Facebook for growers'
As a producer of perishable goods, having a bank of trucks lined up at the warehouse at the end of the day waiting to deliver product was a situation De Bortoli Wines wanted desperately to avoid. Enter VineAccess - or what the Australian wine producer dubs 'Facebook for growers'. The web-based platform puts the onus of grape testing on the growers, and gives them the ability to record their own data on things like the quality of the fruit and how fast it is ripening.

Wine industry label rule change push to show who, or what, is really behind the brand
FAMILY-run wineries have cautiously welcomed a federal government review into the grape and wine industry. Among recommendations in the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report, released on Friday, was to change laws so labels showed if wine brands were owned or controlled by a major retailer – such as Woolworths or Coles. The two supermarket giants operate liquor outlets such as Dan Murphy’s, BWS and First Choice Liquor and promote their labels prominently.

Connoisseur Estates adds premium New Zealand winery to its portfolio
Importer Connoisseur Estates has added New Zealand producer Tohu to its portfolio and will pour the wines at the upcoming SITT tastings in Manchester and London. Tohu joins a stable that includes Oldenburg Vineyards from South Africa, Gauchezco Wines from Argentina, Château d'Anglès from La Clape in the Languedoc and Champagne Autreau. Connoisseur Estates director Andrew Steel said: “With all the changes taking place in the retail landscape right now in the UK, independents have a golden opportunity to enhance their position.”

Pinot Gris ‘strongest challenger’ to Sauvignon in NZ
After years of trying to find a ‘second’ white variety that can make an impression, momentum in New Zealand seems to be building behind Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris plantings have doubled in the last seven years, to around 2,700 hectares, making it the fourth most widely-planted grape in the country, after Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Plantings of Riesling, by contrast – thought by many to be the Next Big Thing – are falling. Chardonnay, too, is in gentle decline.

Marketing lessons from the 2016 Boston Wine Expo
This weekend I had the privilege of attending the 25th annual Boston Wine Expo, the largest wine and food expo in New England. Featuring celebrity chefs and seminars from top experts, the two-day Grand Tasting celebrated how wine has evolved over the last 25 years, and also what wine and food trends are emerging in the coming years. Considered one of the best food and wine expositions in the US, the Boston Wine Expo featured more than 1,800 wines from more than 200 wineries, and was a great place for marketing professionals to assess the current trends in the booze industry.

On wine: Importance of terroir still unsettled
As a concept, terroir raises controversy among winemakers and grape growers around the world. There are exceptions, of course, but most European winemakers claim that terroir has a direct impact on wine quality, while winemakers in California, Australia and other new world wine regions believe that wine quality is more the result of other factors than just terroir.

China's thirst for wine has Chile raising a glass
Between a sharp economic downturn and corruption scandals, Chileans haven't had a lot to celebrate lately. So when Chilean authorities announced that China had become the country's biggest buyer of fine wines, it was welcome news indeed. The national department of agriculture recently reported that Chile sold $163 million in bottled fine wine to China last year.

Champagne fraudster ordered to pay back £2.7m
A former currencies trader known for his love of expensive Champagne has been ordered to pay back £2.7 million (A$5.4) having swindled almost £5m out of investors to fund his lavish lifestyle. Alex Hope, dubbed the “Champagne fraudster” due to his penchant for expensive Champagne, was found guilty of fraud at Southwark Crown Court in January 2015 and sentenced to seven years in prison.





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