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News posted on Monday, 20 July 2015

Penfolds awarded IWC White Winemaker of the Year
Penfolds was named International White Winemaker of the year by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) at a celebratory dinner held in London last week. The award was collected on behalf of the Penfolds team by senior white winemaker Kym Schroeter, who boasts over a quarter of a century of Penfolds winemaking experience. "The Penfolds team is truly honoured to receive such a prestigious award from the IWC."

Wine Australia appoints US market entry program manager
Wine Australia has announced Ben von Doussa has commenced in a newly created role of market entry program manager in the North American market. Stuart Barclay, general manager – market development, said that von Doussa’s role demonstrated Wine Australia’s long-term commitment to the critical North American market. “The US is one of the largest wine markets in the world and yet, despite its potential, Australian wine exports to the US have declined for more than six years,” Barclay said.

2015 Vintage Report shows signs of opportunity, says WFA
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) released their annual Vintage Report last week with figures showing a 2015 Vintage crush of 1.67 million tonne with some modest and patchy strengthening in average winegrape prices and exports. The red crush marginally beat out the white on tonnage, with 835, 523 tonnes compared to 834,041. Shiraz (391,649), Cabernet Sauvignon (209,588) and Merlot (107,280) were the top three red varieties while Chardonnay (376,339), Sauvignon Blanc (89,125) and Semillon (66,572) led the way for whites.

Hillside organic vineyard for sale
Hillside organic vineyard supplying highly-acclaimed wine label for sale. An established, organic Marlborough vineyard which has supplied grapes to celebrated wine label Churton, has been placed on the market for sale. Located at 941 Waihopai Valley Road, the 22-hectare vineyard sits high above Marlborough in the Waihopai Valley. Planted across the rolling contours of the land , it encompasses predominantly sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grapes, along with small blocks of petit manseng, and viognier.

Is sipping cider a threat to the wine industry?
Impressive growth in the demand for cider in the global markets has put it squarely back on the beverage alcohol map, attracting a younger, more affluent consumer, according to the Rabobank Wine Quarterly Q3 report. "In the past decade, the cider category has gone a long way to discard its old fashioned image and connect with a new wave of consumers," says Rabobank beverage analyst Marc Soccio.

Huia Vineyard wins best biodynamic winery award in New York
Marlborough organic winegrower Huia Vineyard has won a swath of international awards but the latest was the most surprising, owners Mike and Claire Allan said. The couple, who have used biodynamic winemaking principals since 1996, won the Natural/Biodynamic Winery of the Year at the New York International Wine Challenge among more than 1000 organic and conventional made wines entered from 30 countries. "We didn't realise there was an award until we were called at home by our sales agent in Denver, " Claire said.

German Riesling is on the rise
There is no better wine style to drink at the height of summer than German Riesling. At its best, it’s a style that is unmatched at combining complexity and concentration of flavour with lightness of touch and alcohol. I say style, but I should really say styles: while the Riesling grape is the ingredient German winemakers use to make the overwhelming majority of their best white wines, the wines vary greatly according to the region, village, or vineyard in which they are grown.

Cheers as Aldi wine wins top-value award
A WINE from supermarket Aldi has scooped the best-value bottle of the year award. The £6.99 own-label The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling, won the award at the International Wine Challenge. The judges were some of the world’s top connoisseurs and consider wines across the globe. The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling has already received a host of awards this year, including a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge.

Virginia wineries cope with grape shortage
Villa Appalaccia grows most of its own grapes for its wines. At one of the few Virginia vineyards planted on shale, grape varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Aglianico and Cabernet Franc do well in the cool climate in the hills along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the border of Floyd and Patrick counties. But the winery does not grow its own vidal blanc simply because it doesn’t have enough space. So it buys those grapes from another Virginia vineyard.

Kalleske Wines wins small business award for SA
Kalleske Wines has been awarded the Small Business Award at the 2015 Telstra South Australian Business Awards. This year, Kalleske Wines was nominated and progressed to become a finalist in both the Small Business and Regional Business categories. Kalleske took out the Small Business Award, presented at an awards ceremony on Friday, July 10 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Barossa Valley winery will now proceed to the national competition with the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards held in Sydney next month.

Understanding consumer trends in wine
The most successful companies in the wine industry will be those that search for information on consumer behaviour across a wide variety of sector, according to Natasha Rastegar, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand for Wine Intelligence. Speaking in Adelaide at WineTech 2015, Rastegar said it was important to understand innovation drivers for consumers beyond wine experiences to learn bold new marketing strategies.

Minimising microbial spoilage risk during packaging
Wine packaging processes strongly influence the integrity of wine that reaches consumers. If microbial contamination occurs during packaging it can cause off-flavours and hazes/deposits, which negatively affect consumer perception. The worst cases of such problems can result in costly product recalls and brand damage.

Viticulturist started young
For Central Otago's Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 winner, having a glass of wine at the dinner table from the age of 10 was normal in his family. Mike Winter (28), of Cromwell, won the competition held at the Otago Polytechnic campus on Friday and Saturday. Although it ''never really tasted fantastic'' at that age, that was the time he was introduced to the world of wine and viticulture. The combination of an interest in winemaking, being hands on, working outdoors, and an interest in wine itself made him realise it was something he wanted to pursue as a career.





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