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News posted on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Treasury to sell French wine to China
Australian wine supplier Treasury Wine Estates is seeking a bigger share of the market in China by adding French wine to its Australian and US offerings. Many Chinese consumers still hold French luxury wines in the highest regard, so, Treasury Wine has launched a new brand for the China market. Source, SBS.

De Bortoli looking for joint ventures
Following a successful year of new product development and vineyard acquisitions, De Bortoli Wines is open to expanding its portfolio through joint ventures or agency agreements. The company is interested in looking at new opportunities, but only wants to work with organisations with a family tradition. Source, The Shout.

On the Grapevine in Cessnock
"The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (HVWTA) was pleased to receive a visit from the Minister for Trade and Investment, Primary Industries and Regional Water, Niall Blair last Wednesday." Source, The Advertiser.

Students bottle fruits of labour
First year Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking students in Blenheim have been sipping the sweet taste of success as their own creations were finally bottled last week. It's the culmination of months of hard work for the students who all hope to pursue a career in the industry. Source, Stuff.

Final call to enter awards
Wineries from the Hawke's Bay region have been encouraged to get their entries in for the 2017 New World Wine Awards before the competition closes on Friday. Last year 193 Hawke's Bay wines were entered into the competition with six winning a gold medal award and six winning a top gold medal award. Source, New Zealand Herald.

2500 year old tablet reveals "bring me wine"
Turns out the thirst was just as real over 2,500 years ago, specifically for a soldier named Hananyahu. According to the New York Times, an inscription written on an unearthed piece of pottery discovered in 1965 has finally been decoded. Source, Vine Pair.

6 ways climate change can affect wine
"Is climate change really affecting the wine in my glass?" What does all of this mean for the consumer?It comes down, to what's in their glass, and whether changes to the environment will affect the taste and cost of their wine. Source, Forbes.

Torres: We have to defend the culture of wine
Spanish wine giant Miguel Torres used the acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award at Vinexpo this week to speak out about the need to “defend the culture of wine”. Source, The Drinks Business.

Georgian wine wins big at du Vin
A Georgian wine company is returning from a prestigious French wine competition with a Gold Special Trophy. The 2012 Khareba dry white wine of Winery Khareba won the major award at the Citadelles du Vin competition in France’s wine-famous Bordeaux region. Source, Agenda Georgia.

Dispute between alco biz and safe drink review
Alcohol makers have rejected an offer by a senior federal health bureaucrat for the industry to put forward experts to join a panel reviewing Australia's controversial safe drinking guidelines. The offer was made by Anne Kelso, chief executive of the National Health and Medical Research Council, which is overseeing the five-yearly review into what level of alcohol intake is deemed safe. Source, Brisbane Times.

Biosecurity Tips
Tip#5: Thinking of importing propagation material from interstate? Be aware that some states do not allow entry of potted vines. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Thinking about succession planning
Succession planning for family vineyard businesses and the future integrity of South Australia’s wine regions will be hot topics for discussion at the fourth annual SA Wine Grape Growers Summit on 28 July in Barossa. Source, Winetitles.

Barossa Grape Summit plans
Succession planning for family vineyard businesses and the future integrity of SA’s wine regions will be hot topics for discussion at the fourth annual SA Wine Grape Growers Summit on July 28 in the Barossa. Source, The Barossa Herald.

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