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News posted on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

One million Champagne vines for the UK
British wine producers will plant a record one million vines over the next 12 months, allowing growers to produce two million more bottles of wine a year in the south of a country not historically known for its viticulture. The figures demonstrate that wine is one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in the UK. Source, The Guardian.

Labels influence more than recommendations
Australian consumers pay more attention to the flavour descriptions on the back of a wine bottle than to shop staff recommendations, according to a report by global market research firm Wine Intelligence. Source, ABC News.

A hand for the small guys
With their huge array of brands, the industry giants dominate bottle shop shelf space but that shouldn’t allow us to ignore smaller players who give the Australian scene such unique richness, character and diversity. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Fluctuating weather and a challenging harvest
It has been a few years since we have had a vintage run comfortably past Easter. Some of the cool sites in Orange still have fruit to pick and with the weather taking a distinctly cool turn this week ripening will be slow. Source, The Central Western Daily.

Plenty of love for Tassie
More than 650 Australian wines, including several Tasmanian choices, were showcased to leading sommeliers from UK, US, Thailand, Japan, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia as part of Wine Australia’s Somms of the World program. Source, The Examiner.

2016 Bordeaux looking good
Transparency is one of the key characteristics of this vintage. It was a vintage that defined how the chateaux see themselves. What is their identity and personality? With ideal weather conditions, there was a lot of room to define exactly what this vintage meant and how each chateau defined their ideal ripeness. Source, Forbes.

China will be producing fine wines
Jean-Guillaume Prats, CEO of Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, predicts that China will become a fine wine producing country, affirmed by the luxury group’s first ever high-altitude wine ‘Ao Yun’ produced in Shangri-la. Source, The Drinks Business.

Maisons & Domaines Henriot acquires Beaux Frères
The French family-owned wine group Maisons & Domaines Henriot today announced it has acquired, through its American subsidiary, Maisons & Domaines Henriot America, majority ownership in Oregon-based Beaux Frères Vineyard, a leading producer of Oregon Pinot Noir. Source, Yahoo Finance.

Sunday wine sales bill proposed for Texas
Sen. Bill Ketron is pushing for legislation that would allow wine to be sold on Sundays in grocery stores, but liquor store owners say the legislation may hurt their businesses. Source, UT Daily Beacon.

Sauvignon Blanc country
It was the vine that helped launch a billion dollar industry, a single sauvignon blanc plant imported from California that set New Zealand wine on its course towards global acclaim. Now the grape makes up to 86% of all wine produced in Marlborough.

Huge loss for wine exports from NZ
NXT-listed winemaker Marlborough Wine Estates has more than halved its expected sales to a related party that's a major distribution channel in Asia. The move is likely to impact New Zealand's international bottled export market by up to 10%. Source, Share Chat.

2017 Winewise Championship
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Looking to distribute quality NZ wines?
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