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News posted on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mudgee wine show results
The 46th annual Mudgee Wine Show results have been released at the annual wine show dinner on Friday September 8. As well as the trophies for best varietals and champion wines, the Mudgee Wine Show has introduced a new award, The Winemaker of the Year. Source, Winetitles.

Biosecurity tips
Tip#5: Spraying? Herbiciding? Slashing? Vine training? Disbudding? Do you always ask where your contractors have been before coming onto your vineyard? #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

WCA Wine Media Cadet winner
The 2017 Wine Communicators of Australia Wine Media Cadetship winner has been announced. Barossa wine marketer Emily Hay will be telling South Australia’s wine story in her new role as 2017 WCA Wine Media Cadet. Source, Winetitles.

$113,000 in funding for Kangaroo Island wine
Three wineries on Kangaroo Island will be offered up to $25,000 each as part of the State Government’s Cellar Door Grants Program. The funding will help them upgrade and diversify cellar doors, to attract tourism through premium experiences. Source, Winetitles.

US an open market for NZ Sauv Blanc
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's star is still in the ascendant in the US, but producers are underselling themselves in a market willing to pay more. Data collected between July 2016 and July 2017 shows some wine producers are missing out when it comes to charging more. Source, Wine-Searcher

$1.2 million for SA cellar doors
South Australian wineries will share $1.225 million in funding, to help them upgrade and diversify their cellar doors and provide visitors with a premium experience. The funding program follows the result of the newly revised Wine Equalisation Tax rebate. Source, Winetitles.

Central Otago's talent for aromatic white wines
Yvonne Lorkin, co-founder and chief tasting officer of winefriend.co.nz and a Wine Writers of NZ member, tries three of the best white wine releases from Central Otago. Source, Spy

Hurricane Harvey spares Texas vintners
"In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I think anything you can do to support the state, its workers and its economy would be much appreciated, and one of the smallest and easiest gestures would be to forego whatever other bottle of wine you were about to buy and pick up one from Texas," writes Larry Olmsted for Forbes.

Wine maven Kurniawan, convicted of fraud
The convicted Indonesian wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan on Monday failed to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million of wine. Kurniawan is housed at the Taft Correctional Institute in California, and not eligible for release until January 2021. Source, Reuters.

China foods predicts tough wine market
China Foods Ltd, who manages China’s domestic winery Great Wall and COFCO Wine & Wine, has reported a 7.5% revenue growth for its wine business to HK$1.38 billion (US$176.35 million) during the first half of the year, driven by its imported wine sector despite Great Wall’s sluggish performance. Source, The Drinks Business.

Greece backtracks on excise tax
The Greek government will soon table an amendment to abolish excise duty on wine as it has not brought the desired financial results, Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food Evangelos Apostolou said. Source, Euractiv.

Final week to enter 38th Sydney Intl Wine Comp
Wineries must submit entries to the 38th Sydney International Wine Competition by Friday 22 September. Competition entry is eligible from wine producers from around the world, with entries capped at a total of 2000 wines to ensure the most rigorous judging process. Source, Hospitality Magazine.

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