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News posted on Friday, 20 May 2016

Dave Brookes at World Bulk Wine Exhibition
Dave Brookes, renowned Australian wine consultant and journalist, has been announced as a jury member for the International Bulk Wine Competition. The competition will be held at the eighth World Bulk Wine Exhibition, running at Amsterdam’s RAI from 21-22 November, 2016. Brookes is a main consultant at Wine Marketing Labs, and also a regular collaborator in the media such as the Australian Gourmet Traveller or Vinofreakism.

London Wine Fair, Riverland success
For over 35 years, the London Wine Fare has been a launch pad for new wines and businesses supplying wine into the UK. The fair is one of the world’s leading wine trade events, with over 500 exhibitors from across the globe showing some 13,000 wines. In recent years, the programme seminars, masterclasses and tastings that take place at the fair have been increasingly important and form a key part of the trade fair's make up.

Grampians wine growers to benefit from WET rebate
ALONG with its $50-million commitment to the wine industry on budget night, the Turnbull government announced its plan to strengthen the integrity rules for the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate starting July 1, 2019. In Victoria, the rebate has reduced the liability for many small wine producers, providing them with an opportunity to produce quality wine by taking risks with new varietals, styles and even wine tourism experiences.

Aussie wine region flaunts Italian style
A WINE region more than 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles. Many of the more than 100 wineries in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia are making Italian style wines with some of them receiving recognition on the world stage. In a competition first at the prestigious International Wine Challenge this month, wineries Bird in Hand and Mr. Riggs were both awarded Gold medals for Adelaide Hills wines made from Montepulciano grapes. It was the first time a non-Italian Montepulciano has won Gold.

The wines and spirits that Singaporeans like best: Vinexpo Hong Kong
Singaporeans love their Australian wines. At nearly 40 percent, Australian wines dominate the import market in Singapore, thanks in large part to geographical proximity. Following Australian wines, the second biggest source market for imported wines is Chile followed by France. Those are among some of the highlights out of a Vinexpo study which paints a portrait of consumption trends up to 2019.

Last chance for ICCWS 2016 tickets!
With just a few days to go organisers are urging anyone thinking of coming to the ICCWS 2016 to buy their tickets now! Non delegates are invited to the evening networking events, so if the conference isn’t for you, but you want the chance to meet the great and the good of the international cool climate wine producing community, why not come to the Cool Wine and Canapé tasting at Brighton Sealife Centre?

New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes modernisation of Customs and Excise regime
New Zealand Winegrowers has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Minister of Customs around the modernisation of New Zealand’s Customs and Excise legislation. Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive officer, said the legislation was becoming increasingly outmoded and an update has been badly needed.

Winetopia opens its cellar doors today
The Greatest Celebration of New Zealand wine opens its doors from 5.00pm this afternoon at Auckland’s Shed 10. WINETOPIA presented bySingapore Airlines is the most comprehensive and entertaining public wine tasting event with all major regions fully represented and stunning varietals exclusively showcased.

Winemakers claim New York's first commercial rooftop vineyard
NEW YORK: Millennial US winemakers have established what they call the first commercially viable rooftop vineyard in New York, hoping wine harvested from the Brooklyn Naval Yard will hit the market next year. The young wine enthusiasts intend to produce 300 bottles a year from 50 specially commissioned urban planters installed on the roof of an industrial building overlooking the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Insights into future of wine market
HONG KONG – After ten years of exponential growth, followed by a slump resulting from austerity measures, is China’s wine market now bouncing back? It certainly looks that way, with French exporters cashing-in on the strength of a weak euro, and winemakers ‘Down Under’ celebrating a new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Are you ready for a 1000-point wine?
A new wine website develops a scale that also takes price and availability into account when scoring wines. A new website has just launched offering a "360-degree perspective" on the tangible value of fine wine. Wine Lister, the brainchild of journalist Ella Lister, uses existing data to present an aggregated, objective analysis of a wine's quality, and of its selling power in the marketplace.

Duty free wine and spirits suffer 2.7% decline
Global sales of duty free declined by 2.3% in 2015, with the wine and spirits category reporting a 2.7% drop in sales, according to the Tax Free World Association (TFWA). Fragrances and cosmetics were the only categories to show an increase in sales, growing by 2.3%, according to prliminary figures released at the 21st TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, which took place in Singapore last week.

Canberra wineries put growth plans on hold due to budget changes
Canberra winemakers fear many emerging brands will abandon expansion plans and cut jobs due to changes to tax concessions that could cripple their business model. Smaller vineyards have relied on the wine equalisation tax rebate for more than a decade, which subsidises businesses for a 29 per cent tax on the wholesale value of their products.





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