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News posted on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Hunter 2016 vintage underway with first whites
USHER Tinkler was feeling good on Thursday after harvesting half of his chardonnay grapes from the family vineyard on Pokolbin Mountains Road. “We have a long way to go yet,” the winemaker said. “We’re only 10 per cent of the way there. But it’s nice premium chardonnay. It’s a good start.” Andrew Margan at Broke was also satisfied with the 50 tonnes of chardonnay picked for his wines this week.

Sydney cellar door eyeing producers
New South Wales wine producers are being encouraged to sign up for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Cellar Door event, which brings together the best of the state’s produce. Highlighting NSW’s wine, food and produce the Cellar Door event will take place in Hyde Park over the weekend of 26-28 February 2016.

Jacob's Creek campaign stars Djokovic for second year
Jacob’s Creek presents ‘Made by Moments’ for the second year starring Novak Djokovic in promotion of the Australian Open. The Australian wine brand launched 13 short videos that features Djokovic being asked questions including what is your ultimate BBQ (prawns, asparagus and aubergine) and where did you go on your first date?

How collaboration and culture underpin innovation at Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard Winemakers places immense focus on innovation as core of its strategy when developing wines for different markets and tastes worldwide. Samuel Tait met with Gwenola Hanaut, innovation director, to discuss their broader approach to innovation and how it is driving growth for the business at a global level.

Busy summer season for Marlborough cellar doors as wine tourism grows
Wine tourism is on the rise and cellar doors around Marlborough are reaping the benefits, with one of their busiest seasons yet. Saint Clair restaurant cellar door manager Stefan Wernli said the number of people visiting the cellar door had grown on last season. "It's been really busy lately, much busier than last year, especially during the Christmas and New Year period," he said. During the holiday period, the cellar door restaurant was routinely doing up to 140 lunches a day.

Owners put boutique winery on market
One of the Bridge Pa Triangle's boutique wineries has gone on the market with the owners wanting to spend more time with family. Triangle Vineyard, which was set up by Adrienne and Bryce Campbell in 2006, has gone on the market through Bayleys Hawke's Bay with the price set as "by negotiation".

MALTA: New vintage beginnings
Like the art of origami, winter pruning in the vineyard is a long, laborious practice: each snip of the secateurs as deliberate and precise as a paper fold, each cut as dedicated as the next to the creation of an amazing three-dimensional sculpture of a perfectly manicured vine. After midwinter, when the Maltese weather turns colder, grape growers are to manually trim back last year’s woody canes, making sure to pay careful attention to the equilibrium and harmony of each knobby vine foot.

Exclusive: TWE launches Treasury Chateau & Estate to handle luxury import stable
Following Treasury Wine Estates’ $600 million deal to acquire most of Diageo’s wine business late last year, SND has learned that TWE will also take on U.S. import rights for a number of prestigious European brands that Diageo formerly handled. To house this import line up, effective immediately, TWE has formed Treasury Chateau & Estate, which will be managed by Jonathan Nahrgang, the company’s luxury import export director.

Organic wine sales consistently growing in the UK
Sales of organic wine in the UK have grown across the independent on and off-trade in the UK, according to organic specialist company, Vintage Roots. The company, which supplies specialist and organic food shops as well as bars, pubs and restaurants, said turnover had surged 20% in the last two years, following a three-year “flatline”. Director and co-founder Neil Palmer told db it was good to see the growth returning to the UK, especially at a time when the multiple retailers were cutting back and honing their ranges, rather than pushing organic.

Lower alcohol wine shows potential, despite barriers still in place
A new report published yesterday has found that lower alcohol wines remain a complex, yet interesting category, with several markets showing encouraging signs of growth, despite significant barriers still existing. According to the Wine Intelligence Lower Alcohol Wines – A Multi-Market Perspective 2016 report, which analyses lower alcohol wines in eight markets across the world, North America has shown good signs of growth in the category over the last 12 months.

Push for aged care facility for Swan Valley growers
A CONTENTIOUS bid to create an aged care retirement facility in the Swan Valley will be put to a vote at this week’s City of Swan council meeting. The site of the proposal, at lot one and two Dale Road, is between Oakover Wines and Houghton Wines in Middle Swan and is zoned rural. “Many grapegrowers are now middle aged or older (and) a generational change is required to continue to run the vineyards, however, the ageing parents are keen to remain local to both the operation and the family."

Richmond winemaker doubling down on Chinese market
The recent economic slowdown in Asia is unlikely to impact one of the biggest B.C. wine exporters to that market. In fact, John Chang, president of Richmond’s LuLu Island Winery, says local winemakers should be doing more, not less, business across the Pacific. The wine markets in China, Taiwan, Japan and emerging economies such as Vietnam remain profitable for B.C. producers, if they know where to look.

How Super Tuscans rescued Italy's Chianti wine region
Nellie Ming Lee charts the history of Tuscany's rebel winegrowers, who broke origin rules to raise quality and eventually earned official recognition from the quality control authorities. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Super Tuscans came into being during the 1970s, when rebellious winemakers in Chianti, in Tuscany, began to experiment with different types of grape.

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