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News posted on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #12: Ensure all people who come onto your property disinfest their footwear upon entry and exit in accordance with the new Footwear and Small Hand Tool Disinfestation Protocol. #Vinehealth

Henschke releases new Hill of Grace
At this week’s launch of the latest Henschke Hill of Grace 2012 Shiraz, Stephen Henschke was overcome by emotion, choking back tears as he explained why this extraordinary vineyard was a very special place to him. “It’s not just the vineyard, but also the history of the family – we benefit enormously from the sacrifices they made,” he says. Source, The Source SA.

Positive export growth across NSW
Bunnamagoo Estate Wines has been used as a shining example of positive export growth, across NSW. From small beginnings four years ago when exporting represented five per cent of the company’s business, export activities now account for more than 25 per cent of the operation. Source, Mudgee Guardian.

High hopes for Canberra wineries
The sweet, spiced smell of Shiraz grapes wafts through the shed of Frank Van de Loo's Mount Majura winery. As the growing season draws to an end, he reflected on what he initially estimated to be a season of low-yield after an unexpectedly warm season. Source, Canberra Times.

Travel, tourism and exports
Travel and tourism generated US$7.6 trillion (10.2 per cent of global GDP) in 2016. Together they accounted for 6.6 per cent of total global exports and almost 30 per cent of total global service exports. This week, we look at the opportunities for Australian wine exporters arising from travel and tourism. Source, Wine Australia.

Tasmania positively perceived
Perceptions about Tasmania are overwhelmingly positive according to the recently released results of Brand Tasmania’s Brand Health Survey 2016. The survey drew 731 respondents from Australia and overseas and asked how Tasmania is perceived. Source, The Examiner.

Canadian supermarket in battle with local winery
The owners of a Comox Valley vineyard say they are involved in a David vs. Goliath style battle against a major Canadian retailer. The family-run 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery sells a popular local wine called "Ziggy," named after their whippet. But the Ziggy brand has also been used by Loblaws Supermarket. Source, CTV News.

Can Italy finally crack China's wine market?
On paper it seems as obvious a pairing as a glass of spicy Gewurztraminer with crispy duck and pancakes. Yet Italy, the world's biggest wine producer, is lagging in the fight for sales in China, tipped to become the world's second biggest importer of wine by 2020. Source, The Local.

Maryland's wine region on the rise
At 370 years old, the Maryland wine industry is ready for prime time. From Nebbiolo to Barbera and unnamed Russian hybrids, the state produces some unique wines. Maryland is enjoying a wine renaissance. The Free State had only 12 wineries at the turn of the century; that number was up to 85 at the beginning of this year. More than 900 acres are planted to vines. Source, Wine Enthusiast.

Terlato Wines acquires Klipsun vineyards
Terlato Wine Group recently announced the acquisition of its newest vineyard property, the renowned 120-acre Klipsun Vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State. The vineyard is widely known as one of the preeminent in the world and was named one of the "25 Great Vineyards of the World" by a top wine publication. Source, Yahoo Finance.

From wine to kiwifruit
After 23 years as owner manager of Colin Contracting, Colin Limmer has sold his business to Paul and Christine Donaghy. Colin will remain with the business as a director and advisor to the Donaghy’s. Paul comes with over 20 years in the wine industry and most recently seven years as General Manager of Rockburn Wines Central Otago. Source, Scoop Business.

2017 vintage report for New Zealand
The Rural News Group and New Zealand Winegrower have compiled this year's 2017 vintage report from across the country. The report compiles information gathered in early March, at the time of writing. Source, New Zealand Winegrower.

Henschke releases new Hill of Grace

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