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News posted on Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jancis Robinson says awards "seriously worthwhile"
With two weeks to go before entries close in the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards, Jancis Robinson has called the awards “seriously worthwhile” and has said that the Australian wine industry historically “may have been a bit backward” in terms of gender equality. Source, Winetitles.

Head of wine school retires
Diane Marshall recently retired after 11-plus years as head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science, rounding off a career in education that spanned more than 41 years. Under Diane’s aegis, the school’s suite of programmes has developed into New Zealand’s widest range of viticulture and wine science qualifications. Source, Winetitles.

Wine fraudster on the run after sentencing
An Italian wine fraudster who smuggled millions of pounds worth of wine into the UK has been sentenced to 14 years in jail – even though he has fled the country. Source, The Drinks Business.

Regions most iconic winery hits market
Robert Channon Wines in Stanthorpe hit the market last November for an asking price of $2.45 million. Now the winery has dropped in price to $1.95m. The couple's property and homestead which adjoins the winery is also for sale, with the two titles selling for $3.85m. Source, The Chronicle.

Young rural leaders
Angaston’s Rebekah Starick was a worthy representative of the Central District Shows Association at last Friday’s Young Rural Ambassador Award State Final, claiming runner-up. PIRSA director agriculture, food and wine Justin Ross said the winner and finalists contributed greatly to country shows around the state. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Hunter Valley talks wine with Marshall & Blair
It's been busy lately with official visits hosted by Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association. In addition to the separate visits by the Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall and the Minister for Trade, Investment and Agriculture Niall Blair. The talk at meetings was strongly focused on regional wine tourism. Source, The Cessnock Advertiser.

Delegat predicts rise in profits
Record wine production of 2.65million cases has prompted producer Delegat Group to upgrade full-year after-tax profit guidance by almost 7% to $38.5million. Delegat yesterday upgraded its unaudited forecast of operating profit after tax from $36million to $38.5 million for the year, scheduled for release in late August. Source, Otago Daily Times.

Resurrecting vines to survive climate change
In Vilafranca del Penedès, an hour outside of Barcelona, the local winery Bodegas Torres is researching and rediscovering wine varieties long thought to be extinct. It just so happens that many of these revived regional varieties thrive in hotter, drier climates. So Bodegas Torres is regrowing these ancestral vines to assuage the wine industry’s looming climate-change crisis. Source, The Atlantic.

Domenico Clerico dies at 67
Domenico Clerico, the renowned vintner who helped build a new wave of enthusiasm for the wines of Barolo, died yesterday at his home in Monforte d'Alba after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Source, Wine Spectator.

Vintners curious but wary of cannabis
Increasingly, these two worlds are bumping into each other as the state’s newly legalized cannabis industry steps out from the shadows and begins to vie openly with California’s long-established wine industry for workers, water, land and customers. The two industries find themselves facing a common question: Are they competitors or collaborators? Source, Sonoma News.

Forbes praises Hentley Farm
"The Australian wine industry is nothing if not flexible, and these days there is a growing emphasis on more sophisticated styles, more polish and nuance, a response, at least in part, to the evolving palate of domestic, Australian that is, consumers," writes Nick Passmore for Forbes.

Biosecurity Tips
Tip#9: Ensure visitors and contractors wear clean clothes before starting work on your property. Ensure all footwear worn onto your property has been cleaned of soil and plant material and disinfested in accordance with Vinehealth Australia’s Footwear and Small Hand Tool Disinfestation Protocol. http://www.vinehealth.com.au/media/Vinehealth-Footwear-and-Small-Hand-Tools-Disinfestation-Protocol-White-A3.pdf #Vinehealth

Hotel proposed for Wirra Wirra
A McLaren Vale winery has plans to develop an on-site luxury resort. Wirra Wirra Vineyards has lodged designs with Onkaparinga Council for a 42-room hotel at its property, on the corner of McMurtrie and Strout roads. The design shows that the rooms – some single and some double – would be divided among three two-storey circular buildings called “pods”. Source, The City Messenger.

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