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News posted on Friday, 19 August 2005

SA, Australian wine industries blend
Reported on South Africa's Sunday Times website, www.sundaytimes.co.za, Paul Chambers, president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) and Johan van Rooyen, CEO of the South African Wine and Brandy Company (SAWB), have identified areas of co-operation as well as a necessity for a closer working relationship between the two wine industries, the two organisations said.

Tough times ahead for wine
Geoff Easdown reported in The Advertiser on 19 August 2005 that the party might soon be over for Australian winemakers. The sector faces its toughest challenges in over a decade, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation warned, saying the disastrous grape glut, heavy discounting by overseas distributors and fallout from a spate of mega-mergers at home was hurting the industry.

Wine challenge
The Barossa & Light Herald reported on 18 August 2005 that Bethany Wines' Geoff Schrapel said the Barossa "brand" could be marketed more strongly for the benefit of the whole region. This came after Mr Schrapel attended the fourth Australian Wine Marketing Conference held in Adelaide recently - where industry experts explained that opportunities still exist across all markets.

Family run wineries urged to have succession plan
A law firm which specialises in the wine industry says many of Western Australia's small family-owned operations are passing on a ‘poisoned chalice’ when they hand over the business to the next generation, as reported on ABC online on 18 August 2005.

Entries roll in for wine show
Entries are rolling in for the first New England Wine Show to be held in Glen Innes in October, with organisers confident it has the potential to become a major wine and food festival.

Entries roll in for wine show
The Glen Innes Examiner reported on 19 August 2005 that entries are rolling in for the first New England Wine Show to be held in Glen Innes in October, with organisers confident it has the potential to become a major wine and food festival.

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