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News posted on Thursday, 19 May 2016

Family-run Best's Wines still going strong after 150 years
The Europeans might consider Best's Wines as a new-world wine producer, but the 150-year-old Great Western-based winery holds secrets to old-world wines. On April 18, 1866, Henry Best was given permission to clear the land near Concongella Creek in western Victoria. The site has some of the oldest vines in Australia because Mr Best planted everything he could get his hands on at the time.

Fowles Wine trotted out for US magazines
NE small Victorian winery is making a name for itself on the world stage. Fowles Wine, at Avenel, has recently been visited by three of the world’s top wine publications. Wine Spectator, the world’s largest wine magazine, dropped by last month, as well as Wine Enthusiast earlier this month and Wine Advocate late last year. The magazines — all from the US — made the trip specifically to Fowles for a taste of the Strathbogie Ranges.

Top 10 tips: Facebook for wine brands
Facebook is widely used in the wine sector and last year a three-year research project funded by Wine Australia revealed how important it is to think about what you post, when you post and how much you post. Researcher from the project Dr Rebecca Dolan – who has since moved from the University of Adelaide to the Department of Marketing in the University of Auckland Business School – gives her top tips for wine brands using Facebook.

Holistic farming the way to winery's sustainability
SHEEP are not something that you expect to see if you’re wandering around a vineyard, but a flock or two is rapidly becoming one of the options that a vineyard owner can use to improve the quality of their soil, and in the end, their wine. Holistic farm management was one of the terms being readily used at a sustainability workshop organised through the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, an alliance between DPI, Charles Sturt University and NSW Wine Industry Association.

Banking on a bottling passion
A LOVE of fine wine and the outdoors saw Stephen Wood leave the security of a job in the banking industry to make his own wine. “I fell in love with wine when I was given James Halliday’s Australian Wine Compendium when I left a job in my 20s and took it on a tour of some of South Australia’s vineyard regions,” he said.

Canberra's winemakers welcome backpacker tax delay
Canberra region winemakers have warned of potentially devastating impacts on harvest and business if the delayed backpacker tax was eventually introduced. The government announced on Tuesday it would push back the start of its fraught with challenge backpacker tax by six months, pending a review.

Labour jobs and growth caucus committee visits Marlborough
Creating more jobs and alleviating a lack of housing in the region are two of the biggest challenges facing Marlborough, Labour's financial spokesman says. The Labour jobs and growth caucus committee was in the region on Wednesday for a fact-finding mission, visiting businesses, industry representatives and the council to hear about economic challenges and opportunities.

NZ Chamber of Commerce to host Wine Festivals in Busan and Seoul
The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as "The Kiwi Chamber," will host annual wine festivals and promises this year’s event to be more special as it comes after the Korea-New Zealand FTA lifting all tariffs on New Zealand wine as of December 2015. New Zealand Wine Festivals will be held on May 28th at the Park Hyatt Busan, and June 4th at the Waterfall Garden of the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

English wine achieves significant milestone in US
The British Bottle Company has agreed a deal with US-based Vine Street Imports to distribute the wines of four English producers, making it the largest portfolio of English wines available in any market outside of the UK. Described as a “major export breakthrough” for English wines and spirits, the deal will see twenty brands represented by the British Bottle Company imported by Vine Street and sold via the New Jersey-based firm’s network of state distributors.

Europe’s biggest wine drinkers
Which countries in Europe drink the most wine? According to research conducted by the Wine Institute, the top country for per capita wine consumption in Europe may come as a surprise. The Vatican City drinks more wine per person than anywhere else in the world with residents of the Holy See consuming 54.26 litres every year.

Laytons reinvigorated by new strategy and revamped wine list
Laytons has boosted it wine range by around 15% as it focuses on a new strategy to reinvigorate its wholesale business. The independent wine merchant, which constitutes the wholesale arm of London retailer Jeroboams, has virtually doubled its range of Italian wines with the addition of 53 new wine. It has signed up 22 new producers, the majority of whom are unavailable elsewhere in the UK, in a conscious bid to build its reputation as a supplier of boutique and niche wines.

Riesling Rendezvous to feature Winemakers from around the World
Winemakers from seven countries will converge at Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle on July 17th, giving wine lovers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the finest Rieslings from around the world in one location. Hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, the Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting will be held on the picturesque grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.

Large winegrape crops predicted for 2016
Nat DiBuduo, president and CEO of Allied Grape Growers in Fresno, says California’s smaller 2015 winegrape crop will end up having been sandwiched between two three-year periods of big crops, running from 2012 to 2014 and from 2016 through 2018. While predicting the 2016-18 crops will exceed 4 million winegrape tons in production each year.

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