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News posted on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Premium wine export hit fresh highs, but many winemakers continue to struggle
A growing appreciation for premium Australian wine has driven the value of wine exports up 13 per cent in the year to March, to $2.1 billion. Wine volumes also increased, with the United States holding its position as Australia's largest export market. China is now the second largest market, overtaking the United Kingdom.

Wines of WA calls for WET reforms to respect core principles previously agreed
Wines of Western Australia has called on the Federal Government to respect and adhere to the core principles it agreed with winemakers with respect to WET reform. The Federal Government has said that for its 2016 Budget it will be introducing WET rebate reforms which is calls, “well designed and sustainable”. Last year Wines of WA engaged in an extensive consultative process with the Winemakers Federation of Australia, and made a pre-Budget submission to the Government.

Possible effects of changes to alcohol taxes: IBISWorld
Industry analysts at IBISWorld have compiled an analysis of the beer, wine and spirits industries and assessed how the sector could be affected by switching to a flat volumetric tax. Performance of the wine, beer and spirit categories was mixed over the analysis period. Wine production in Australia has struggled over the past five years with a persistent oversupply in both the Australian and overseas markets.

Hunter Valley's Hermitage Road wine trail in Pokolbin boosted by Andrew Thomas
Hermitage is a famous appellation in France, and the Hunter Valley road of the same name no doubt honours its northern Rhone namesake, famous for "limited quantities of seriously long-lived reds". The boutique wineries that take in the Hermitage Road at the north-eastern corner of Pokolbin also have a reputation for limited quantities of seriously good red wine (and Semillon), if its cluster of much-awarded medallists is anything to go by.

Evans and Tate strives to be the 'best' in WA
Evans & Tate is Margaret River’s biggest winery, but brand manager George Stupart says its marketing strategy is to ensure it is viewed as not just the biggest but also the best. “We are strongly focused on our customers’ needs and approach everything we do with the mantra ‘how can we add value to our customer’s business?’ We continue to place strong focus on the basics – range, pricing, logistics – and our sales teams work closely with all our customers at various levels to uncover specific opportunities for growth,” Stupart said.

Marlborough to be 'full' within years
The Marlborough wine growing region is expected to be fully planted within the next few years and several changes are expected to impact the globally-recognised area. Peter Yealands, one of the largest producers in the region famous for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, told TheShout he believes all the land available for growing wine may be developed within the next few years.

Growers quietly confident for grape harvest
Bringing in the grapes is a nervous time for a co-operative's growers, but there is nothing but smiles on their faces during a "dream" harvest. Marlborough's annual wine harvest is drawing to an end but there will be no let up until the last grape has been picked. Working 24 hours around the clock have been harvesters, truck drivers, supervisors and growers for the past two to three weeks throughout the region.

Winemaker Denis Malbec cast large influence over North Coast wine industry
Denis Malbec was born to be a winemaker, family and friends said. In fact, Malbec was born at the Château Latour in Pauillac, France, where his father and grandfather both worked and where he later would become the cellar master and enologist. He later moved with his wife, May-Britt, to the North Coast, where he became a consulting winemaker at prestigious brands throughout Napa and Sonoma counties.

World wine trade buoyed by rebound in China demand
Wine exporters toasted an upturn in Chinese wine consumption in 2015 after a two-year decline, as a growing taste there for reds helped global wine trade expand, the International Vine and Wine organisation (OIV) said on Monday. Chinese imports jumped 44 percent to 5.5 million hectoliters, while overall consumption in the country grew by 3 percent to nearly 16 million hectoliters. "Chinese domestic demand was the single biggest contributor, in volume terms, to growth in trade in 2015," the OIV said in a report.

New grape varieties for Champagne
On April 12th the CIVC, Comité Champagne, in Epernay announced a 15 year program to develop grape varieties for the future. Champagne makers face two main challenges in the following decades. In the worst case scenario temperatures could rise 4.5°C by 2100. There’s also the pressing need to develop vines that have a high resistance against diseases such as powdery and downy mildew. These new varieties would lead to a decline in the use of chemical products and so help the environment.

Submissions for the 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition are Open!
The Melbourne International Wine Competition is the first major international wine competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of: buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers. Unlike other wine competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales.

Organic wine consumption doubles in Italy
The number of organic wine consumers in Italy has doubled over the past two years to 10.6 million, or 21 per cent of the population over 18, according to the Nomisma Wine Monitor. The percentage has been constantly growing in recent years – in 2013 it was 2 per cent and in 2014, it was 12 per cent. Global sales of organic wine reached €205 million in 2015, of which €68 million was achieved in domestic markets.

Evans and Tate strives to be the 'best' in WA
Evans & Tate is Margaret River’s biggest winery, but brand manager George Stupart says its marketing strategy is to ensure it is viewed as not just the biggest but also the best. “We are strongly focused on our customers’ needs and approach everything we do with the mantra ‘how can we add value to our customer’s business?’ We continue to place strong focus on the basics – range, pricing, logistics – and our sales teams work closely with all our customers at various levels to uncover specific opportunities for growth,” Stupart said.

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