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News posted on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wine exports pop cork breaking through $2 billion
AUSTRALIAN wine is booming overseas. Wine exports for the 12 months to March broke through $2 billion and last week Australia scored the second highest number of medals at the International Wine Challenge. According to Wine Australia, the value of Australian wine exports has grown 13 per cent to $2.1 billion and volume increased by 3 per cent to 731 million litres.

Viticulture app to use AI to support on-farm decisions
A new app to monitor on-farm growing conditions for viticulturalists is being developed by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). The VitiApp was showcased earlier in the month at Agfest and is funded by the Sense-T program and developed in collaboration with the School of Engineering and ICT at the University of Tasmania. VitiApp will use artificial intelligence to enhance the way the system supports use decisions.

WA wine industry disproportionately impacted by WET reforms, industry body says
Up to 400 of Western Australia's wine producers are participating in a survey that seeks to measure the economic and social consequences of proposed Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) reforms. The Federal Government announced a range of measures as part of its recent budget, which it said would address industry concern with the way the rebate currently operated.

A wine man for all seasons
BUILDING company chief, racing thoroughbred owner and breeder and production touring car champion – 66-year-old Graeme Shaw is a man of diverse accomplishments. His energies now pour into producing top-class cool-climate wines at Shaw Vineyard Estate, which has one of the largest privately owned vineyards in the ACT wine region.

New Zealand surges into Vinexpo
New Zealand Winegrowers will host a series of masterclasses with over 90 wines from 11 wineries during next week’s Vinexpo – including performances by traditonal kapa haka dancers. Covering the breadth of New Zealand’s diverse wine landscape including exploring the effects of low-sulphur and cool climates and focusing on the sub-region of Gimblett Gravels, the sessions will be run by New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine, Stephen Wong MW and local Hong Kong wine experts, Rebecca Leung, Ronnie Lau, David Wong and LU Yang.

Buckingham Schenk adds to NZ line up
The wine importer has taken on Rod McDonald Wines and Rock Ferry to boost its premium wine offering. Rod McDonald Wines, which is located in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, is a winery which farms 75 hectares spread over five vineyard sites with everything grown and made in small batches to ensure it maintains a unique personality. Its portfolio includes the brands Trademark, Te Awanga and One Off.

Winery loses 80 percent of its red grapes during late-season freeze
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - Philippe Coquard was up all night in his vineyard Saturday night into Sunday morning. He tried moving the cold air around and away from the grapes, but it was no use. “When it came that fast, that drastically, the temperature went from 31 to 27 in four hours. There's nothing that you can do to fight that,” Coquard said.

Jackson Family Wines to Acquire Copain Wines
Jackson Family Wines today announced that it has reached agreement to acquire Copain Wines, the acclaimed Healdsburg winery and tasting room specializing in vineyard-designated wines from Anderson Valley. Under the direction of Winemaker Wells Guthrie, who founded the winery in 1999, Copain combines French stylistic sensibilities with the best sustainably-farmed California fruit to craft wines -- most notably Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah -- that are well balanced and food friendly.

Why Burgundy is the hottest wine region in Asia now
“Asians are ferocious learners of anything they set their heart to. When they do jump on something, like wine, they do so en masse,” says Mandy Chan, partner of fine wine importing company Ginsberg & Chan. For Chan, Burgundy now makes up 40% of total sales and they carry nearly 1,000 different Burgundy wines on their list. For auction houses like Acker Merrall, Burgundy’s share of the market was larger than Bordeaux starting in 2014 – 41% compared with 32% for Bordeaux.

Montes to highlight new vintages at Vinexpo
Prominent Chilean wine producer, Viña Montes is planning to launch new vintages specifically aimed at the Asia market at this year’s Vinexpo. After launching its first sparkling wine, Sparkling Angel in the UK last year, Montes will present its method traditionelle brut label during Vinexpo and then release it in South Korea, immediately following the show.

Rutherglen Winery Walkabout Sunday tickets 2016 sell-out
THE Rutherglen Winery Walkabout has sold out of Sunday tickets for the first time in the event’s 42-year history. About 11,000 tickets have already sold for the weekend with a month to go, making it the fastest ticket sales on record for the Winemakers of Rutherglen event. About 12,500 people attended Winery Walkabout in 2015 with the number likely to hit 14,000 this year.

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