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News posted on Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Oak & Innovative Wine Making Technologies Regional Workshop
Ausvat PTY LTD together with the Winery Engineering Association Limited proudly present 'An Oak & Innovative Wine Making Technologies Regional Workshop to be held in Willunga on September 16th 2015. Content for this exciting day will include Professor Roger Boulton’s “UC DAVIS Experimental Super Winery/Winery of the Future, new Gen Stakvats wine maturation membrane technologies and innovative Oak Stave Reclamation with an actual demonstration including patented and scientifically proven FIR toasting.

Technology wins over traditional gala for Women in Wine Awards
The way of the future for awards nights is being embraced by Australia's newest wine awards Australia's newest wine awards program, the Australian Women in Wine Awards which launched on July 30, is ditching the glittering gala night in favour of live-streaming technology in an attempt to include more women in this history making event. The awards, the first of their kind in Australia, acknowledge and reward the work of women in the Australian wine industry, as well as industry leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

NSW seals Asia export deal
THREE new multi-million dollar export deals have been created on the back of Asia's growing taste for NSW wine, natural oats, and baby formula. Mid-way through his trade mission to China and Hong Kong to promote NSW, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced the state had secured three agreements for exporting wine, oats and baby formula to Asia, buoyed by increasing demand for Australian wines and health food.

OLN profiles Wine Australia's UK head Laura Jewell MW
Laura Jewell has amassed a rare bank of knowledge over a 25-year career that has spanned wholesale to convenience and, of course, the mighty Tesco. And now she can add generic marketing to her repertoire after taking the top job at Wine Australia in March. A Master of Wine since 1997, she spent the past four years in arguably the UK’s most commercial machine, overseeing Tesco’s product development with a focus on own-label and exclusives.

Wine Detective Sarah Ahmed to join Hunter Valley Wine Show judging panel
Internationally renowned wine judge Sarah Ahmed joined a panel of esteemed wine personalities yesterday as judging kicked off for the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show. Also known as the Wine Detective, Ahmed is one of Decanter’s ‘experts par excellence’ and joined the group of judges as they work their way through 730 entries from 69 wine exhibitors from the Hunter Valley region.

Granite Belt winery Golden Grove Estate hits the right spot with drinkers
Ray Costanzo remembers fussing around his grandfather Mario’s knees as a toddler while the old man prepared the latest vintage on the family’s Granite Belt farm. More than three decades later the younger Costanzo’s Golden Grove Estate is one of the country’s most awarded winemakers and a flagbearer for the Granite Belt’s growing reputation for quality vintages. Throughout Queensland there are about 1500 hectares of wine vineyards, mostly in the southeast.

Wine Marlborough staffer returns home
Two years living in Australia was enough to convince new Wine Marlborough communications and marketing co-ordinator Harriet Wadworth it was time to return home. The design and fashion graduate grew up in the region before heading to Sydney to hone her sales and marketing skills with Sydney-based Global Events and Marketing. She spotted the vacancy for the Wine Marlborough position as she was leaving Sydney, she said.

Kiwi wine flying high with Emirates
Flying business class with Emirates and want to savour a glass of Savvy? You will be served a glass of Hãhã 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Emirates select world-class wines to complement the flavours of their gourmet meals, and as the only Kiwi wine in business class, and the only Sauvignon Blanc, we reckon Emirates selected a prime example of our flagship wine. With 24,000 bottles for business class travellers to enjoy, it is great exposure for the growing Hãhã brand.

Fake invoicing, expired wine sours reputation of China's Dynasty
Fake invoicing and selling expired wines are among the allegations that led Hong Kong-listed Dynasty Fine Wine Group to suspend its shares and begin a two-year investigation, the Chinese state-backed wine merchant has revealed for the first time in an exchange filing. China’s third-largest wine merchant by volume and formed as a joint venture between the Tianjin municipal government and Paris-listed cognac maker Remy Cointeau, Dynasty’s shares have been suspended since March 2013 after anonymous allegations were passed to the firm’s auditor, PwC.

Tesco: Jago won't be replaced
Tesco has confirmed it will not be seeking a replacement for group wine director Dan Jago, who has been appointed chief executive of Berry Bros & Rudd. Jago leaves after 15 years with the supermarket, which he joined as category director for beers, wines & spirits in 2006. He told OLN he “couldn’t wait to get stuck in” and has been handed responsibility for the whole business, overseeing the company’s wine and spirits divisions as well as its international operations.

Oregon wine producer files lawsuit over herbicide drift
Oregon wine producer Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) has filed a lawsuit claiming that it lost prized Pinot Noir grapes worth nearly US$0.5m due to a neighbouring farmer's use of a herbicide. In a case filed at Polk County Court, Oregon wine group Willamette Valley Vineyards claims that ‘herbicide drift’ from a neighbouring grass seed farm destroyed 12.7 tonnes of top Pinot Noir grapes in Elton Vineyard in 2013 – equating to 826 cases of wine, worth $413,780.24.

Portugal's wine – ready to shine?
Portugal has enjoyed a magnificent year in the consumer press and, after many a false dawn, it may finally be set for its time in the sun. “Despite the accolades, what sells most is Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, New Zealand, California, and way down the list is Portugal,” says Nick Oakley, of specialist Iberian importer Oakley Wines. “We see this as potential to tap, which is why we are still very excited about what we are doing. You can’t continue to have such praise for Portugal and for it not to translate into sales.”

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