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News posted on Friday, 19 August 2016

Tempranillo crafted by late winemaker Simon Burnell speaks of the man
TIM WHITE: I found out by text: "Our bloody funny buddy Simon Burnell was found dead this morning after a windsurfing incident." The message was from Virginia Willcock, chief winemaker and general manager of Vasse Felix. This was on March 23, 2015. For five years Burnell was winemaker at Willow Bridge Estate in the Geographe region, which begins (depending on which way you're travelling) at Busselton, to the north of its more famous neighbour, Margaret River.

Treasury Wine to push US brands in Asia
Treasury Wine Estates has more than doubled its annual profit and is gearing up for a big push of its US brands into China. After more than doubling its annual profit, the company behind Penfolds and Wolf Blass is set for a big push of its US labels into Asia. Treasury Wine Estates shares hit a record high on Thursday as chief executive Michael Clarke unveiled a $179.4 million profit - up from $77.6 million, and outline the next step for the company's expansion in the critical Asian marketplace.

RIVERLAND: Delivering More, Better
Achieving sustainability is a colossal challenge for the majority of Riverland winegrowing businesses. The region’s reputation for being unflappable and growers’ habits of hard work, patience, persistence, resilience, stamina, staying-power and toughness have been pushed to the limit for almost a decade, ably assisted by the millennial drought. It may be too soon to proclaim success but the indicators are pointing up at long last.

16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference winners announced
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced the winners of the best ‘Fresh Science’ sessions and the ‘In the Wine Light’ student forum, held during the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) in Adelaide. “The ASVO is committed to supporting the rich talent in viticulture and wine research,” said ASVO president Mardi Longbottom.

The future of fortified wines
It’s hard to believe that fortified wines were once all we drank as a nation. It’s time to embrace these glorious styles and celebrate our winemaking past. Let me take you back to a time before Australians thirsted for Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and Yarra Valley Pinot Noir – way back to the 1940s and ’50s, before table wine took hold. In those days, “wine” usually meant sherry or port. Fortified wines represented more than 75 per cent of all wine sales and most were sweet.

Sommelier & Junior of the Year 2016
Opening wine with precision, knowing the principles of how to decant wine and talking informatively to customers are all part of the New Zealand Sommelier Awards – the focus of two professional competitions on Sunday 11 September this year. The New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Competition and the Junior Sommelier of the Year Competition have big prizes and bring important benefits to this country’s hospitality industry as the art of wine service is elevated to new levels.

New Zealand wine exports up 10%
New Zealand’s wine industry is well on track to reach its target of $2 billion of exports by 2020, according to Chair of New Zealand Winegrowers, Steve Green. New Zealand Winegrowers’ Annual Report shows exports have risen 10 per cent in the last year to just under $1.6 billion, marking the 21st consecutive year the industry has experienced significant export growth.

Lisburn wine sales firm lands Wolf Blass contract
Lisburn-based wine sales company, Woodford Bourne, has secured the distribution rights in Northern Ireland for one of the world's leading premium wine brands, Wolf Blass. The agreement with Treasury Wine Estates covers both the on-trade, for example in bars and hotels, and the off-licence trade, and will see the introduction of several new wines to the local market.

California wine country says goodbye to crop-threatening moth
A moth that sparked quarantines and expensive pest-control measures in California’s wine country has been eradicated from the state, agricultural officials said Thursday. Little-known outside the viticultural world, the European grapevine moth had threatened crops valued at $5.7 billion, including wine and table grapes, berries and some stone fruits, since it first was detected in Napa County in 2009.

The discovery that could transform Canada’s wine industry
Dr. Mehdi Sharifi's research on indoor wine production could change the future of the wine industry in Canada. Although Canada is home to internationally award-winning wines, the cold winters and short growing season are a constant challenge. The solution is one that has never been tried with wine grapes before until now: moving production indoors.

South African wine exports predicted to grow by 13%
South African wine exports reached 313-million litres in 2015 and are projected to grow by a further 13% in the next decade. “Wine exports are up from 122-million litres in 2000 to 313-million litres in 2015. We are exporting to markets across the world and the bulk of our exports are destined for the European Union and the UK,” says Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde. He points out that exports to key markets in the rest of Africa, the US and China were also growing.

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