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News posted on Thursday, 20 April 2017

Stuart McGrath-Kerr will retire from his role as EO at The New South Wales Wine Industry Association at the end of the month. Stuart started in this role in 1997, just a few years after the NSWWIA was formed, and has seen great change and growth in the wine industry in NSW.

What do 457 visa changes mean for wine?
The 457 visa changes are set to hinder university researchers and international staff. To the wine industry this could have a ripple effect, restricting a flow of new information and techniques to the wine science community. Source, ABC News.

Controversial WA anti drinking ad targets red wine
The advertisement, known as “Spread”, uses an animation of red wine spreading into the bloodstream, increasing the risk of cancer in the liver, bowel and throat. A study of 83 alcohol education advertisements from around the world, published in the British Medical Journal Open, found it was the most effective at motivating drinkers to reduce their consumption. Source, The West Australian.

Vintage Cellars Best Of Awards winners
Vintage Cellars has revealed its Best Of Awards winners for 2017, which recognises the retailer’s top performing Australian and international wines, whisky, spirits, craft beers and cider. Source, The Shout.

Sam's Club (Walmart) launches wine brand
Sam's Club wants in on the wine boom. The Wal-Mart Stores-owned wholesale club chain is launching its first ever house brand wines this year, with its eyes firmly on the bonanza reaped by arch rival Costco Wholesale, the largest wine retailer in the country.

A strong dollar and your wine business
The strength of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies has been developing since June 2014, but is becoming more acute, creating a combination of issues. Here's what you can do about it. Source, The North Bay Business Journal.

Napa grape values jump 33%
Napa County, California’s 2016 crop report details a $737 million value in agricultural production, a whopping 33 percent increase over 2015, according to Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark. Source, The Western Farm Press.

Brexit not affecting wine sales
The Wine Society’s head of buying Pierre Mansour said the members’ organisation had expected to see tough trading and a possible change in consumer behaviour towards the end of last year in the wake of last summer’s Brexit vote, but that this fear had not materialised. Source, The Drinks Business.

New grape variety to watch in NZ
Two of New Zealand’s most respected wineries - Villa Maria and Babich – have named Albariño as one the next big white varietals following the blazing trail set by Sauvignon Blanc. Source, The Shout.

State government to work with wine industry
Victorian wine producers will have more say on criteria for grants after being invited to take part in consultation on a state government $10 million Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program. Landsborough’s Glenkara vineyard owner Ian O’Brien said the announcement would help bolster the wine industry in the state. Source, The Stawell Times News.

Villa Maria aims for organic certification
Villa Maria is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainable practices, and produce a number of certified organic wines. While an impressive 30 per cent of their company-held vineyards already certified organic, its long-term plan is to have all vineyards achieve this benchmark.Source, Stuff.co.nz.

Vineyard for sale in Avoca
The property’s Glenmona Ridge, for which it is named, offers picturesque views 30 to 40km across the Pyrenees region. The vines, spread across three main blocks, produce about 16 to 20 tonnes of grapes in a good year and 10 to 12 during drought. Source, The Weekly Times.

Australian-made ‘orange’ wines wanted for tasting
If you make extended skin contact white wines, Wine & Viticulture Journal invite you to submit your wine for tasting. The results will be published in the May-June edition.

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