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News posted on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Trifecta talk for 2017 wine show
Can leading grape grower Peter Balnaves make it three in a row at next week’s Limestone Coast Wine Show? The back to-back winner of the highly coveted Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show is remaining humble about the prospect of a trifecta. Source, Winetitles.

Prosecco name claim
The name wars have reared their head once more, in what surely has to be one of the most dubious claims in the geographical indicator game. Australian winemakers are preparing to fend off another challenge from Italy over use of the Prosecco name — the second in five years. Source, The Weekly Times.

Tourism encouraged to Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley Wine Country tourism operators are throwing their support behind a major destination marketing campaign worth around $600,000, to encourage more visitors to NSW’s leading wine making region. Source, Maitland Mercury.

WA's top 50 wineries revealed
The sniffing, swirling and spitting is done and it's now time to savour the flavour of the state's 50 highest-pointed wines. In 2017, there were 965 entries for the show from 137 wineries, with 68 gold medals awarded, 162 silver and 387 bronze. Source, WA Today.

An ambitious cellar door for Mornington Peninsula
“When you first arrive, the most stunning thing is this one piece of sculpture by Inge King, called Grand Arch,” says Lubbock. “Then, when you walk into the space, you’re hit by all three elements: vineyards on the left, amazing sculpture through the front door, and the dining room on the right.” Source, Broadsheet.

Viticulture resurgence, Akarua invests
The Cromwell Basin is enjoying a resurgence in investment and development. Mark Naismith, Akarua Winery's vineyard manager since 2013, is embarking on his fifth vintage with the company and says the resurgence in development is primarily, but not only, focused on the wine industry. Source, Stuff.

Taste of success at Hawke's Bay wine awards
Close to 500 people clinked wine glasses at the region's ultimate wine celebration last night, the 17th annual Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. Te Awa's Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was named this year's Champion Wine of the Show. Source, NZ Herald.

China foods to sell Great Wall brand
China Foods Ltd, owned by China’s state-owned conglomerate COFCO, is planning to sell its wine and other non-beverage business, which mainly comprises of the production and distribution of Great Wall wines, for more than HK$5.069 billion (US$649.2 million). Source, The Drinks Business.

Weather pushes Washington harvest
Wine grape harvest is 80 to 90 percent done in Washington and pickers are trying to beat the rain and lower temperatures in the forecast. Washington’s harvest appears to be relatively normal compared to Idaho’s freeze damage from last winter and Oregon and California dealing with wildfires and smoke. Source, Capital Press.

Austria confirms new DAC region
Austria has named its tenth DAC wine growing region – Schilcherland DAC in the far south of the country – known for its production of rosé using the red grape Blauer Wildbacher. Schilcherland is located in the west of the federal state of Steiermark (Styria), formerly known as ‘Weststeiermark’. Source, The Drinks Business.

Barbera gains new recognition in Italy
New appellations spring up like mushrooms in Italy (and are often meaningless), so it's comforting to see recognition for an area that deserves it. The Nizza subzone, long known for its excellent Barberas, received DOCG status with the 2014 harvest. The wines are now showing up in the United States. Source, Wine Spectator.

Viticulture resurgence, Akarua invests
The Cromwell Basin is enjoying a resurgence in investment and development. Mark Naismith, Akarua Winery's vineyard manager since 2013, is embarking on his fifth vintage with the company and says the resurgence in development is primarily, but not only, focused on the wine industry. Source, Stuff.

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