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News posted on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Distinguishing winery repairs from improvements
As the economy continues to recover, winery owners will spend increasing amounts of capital to update their production facilities and attract patrons to their tasting rooms. The scope of these projects can vary from simple refreshes involving paint, updated floor coverings and new signage to complete renovations that include new exteriors, expanded footprints and facility layout changes.

Accolade Wines confirms bid for Grant Burge
The consolidation of the family-owned Australian wine sector is stepping up pace after Accolade Wines confirmed rumours swirling through South Australia’s famed Barossa Valley that it was in talks to buy fifth-generation winemaker Grant Burge Wines. Accolade Wines is controlled by private equity and owns Australian wine business BRL Hardy.

Chinese FTA holds fortune for Orange winemakers
Orange winemakers who export to China will be given a more competitive edge if tariffs are phased out as a result of a free trade agreement. The agreement, which is close to being signed after nine years of negotiations, could result in the phasing out of Australian wine export taxes, making the process easier and more cost effective for the region's red wine producers.

A piece of history back as drawcard for Brown Brothers
Brown Brothers executive director Ross Brown had two reasons to boast at the weekend. The vineyard at Milawa hosted about 3000 people during the annual Spring Wine and Food Festival that coincided with 125 years of making wine in the Milawa region.

Workshop plants the seed for precision viticulture in the Hunter
More than 20 Hunter Valley viticulturists and winemakers came together in September to see and experience firsthand the tools and techniques associated with precision viticulture. Viticultural consultant Liz Riley said the workshop was an opportunity to plant the seed and start a conversation about opportunities for small to medium-scale producers to implement precision viticulture tools and techniques.

Farm buyer eyes Chinese wine market
A winery, accommodation complex and 100 hectare vineyard expansion are on the cards for an Awatere Valley property bought by a Chinese-owned company this year. The Ling Hai Group purchased the Castlebrae farm in April from long-time owners the Marfell family.

Hawke's Bay wines take medals in Hong Kong
Three Hawke's Bay wineries have had silver medal success at the recently staged Hong Kong International Wine sand Spirit Competition. Havelock North vineyard Chateau Waimarama picked up four of the nine silvers that came the Bay's way.

Quealy-McCarthy winemaking team returns
Quealy Winemakers has announced Kevin McCarthy will join the team, reuniting the work of the original couple who introduced Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio into Australia. McCarthy, together with his wife Kathleen Quealy, first established T’Gallant Wines in 1990 on Mornington Peninsula. After leaving T’Gallant in 2006, Quealy formed Quealy Winemakers on the family property in Balnarring. McCarthy stayed on at T’Gallant to help pay the bills as Quealy Winemakers grew. Both McCarthy and Quealy have now decided it's time for Kevin to return to the family business.

Wine trade prepares for ‘seismic change’, says Wine Vision director
Wine Vision 2014’s executive director is set to kick off the global conference by telling delegates the wine trade is preparing for “seismic change” in wake of Tesco’s accounting scandal.

Italy’s ‘other’ Ferrari steps up a gear
A Trentino producer is confident it can carve an export niche in the growing sparkling wine category, even at prices to rival prestige cuvée Champagne. “We are not afraid of being priced much higher than most Champagne,” said Matteo Lunelli, president of traditional method sparkling wine producer Ferrari, which has been managed by his family for three generations.

How a tweet nearly cost a wine producer its liquor licence
Simple tweets are causing trouble for some local vintners and brewers who wanted to get the word out about a Sacramento event. Grape Escape was billed as one of the largest wine tasting events in northern California this summer. SaveMart sponsored the event but if you’re providing the booze, you’re not allow to say so, according to the California Alcohol Control Board's deputy division chief.

Adama announces winner of Custodia and Solaris Promotion
On Friday 14 November Adama drew the winner of the 2014 Custodia/Solaris WIN $5000 promotion. The promotion encouraged growers to try Custodia® – for Powdery Mildew and now Downy Mildew and Botrytis Bunch Rot control – and/or new Solaris® - for targeted Botrytis control – with the opportunity to win $5000 to spend on anything they wished at their place of purchase.

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