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News posted on Thursday, 20 July 2017

Australian wine exports grow 10%
The Wine Australia Export Report June 2017, released on July 19, shows that Australian wine export value increased by $201 million (10%) in 2016–17 to $2.31 billion, and is underpinned by strong export growth to China and the United States of America (US). Source, Winetitles.

WFA responds to ABAC change
The Winemakers Federation of Australia has responded to changes in the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code that now include "responsible placement" of alcohol marketing. For example, this will mean considering exposure to minors when placing promotional materials. Source, Winetitles.

WFA Industry Briefing today
For those attending the Winemakers Federation of Australia Industry Briefing today, here's what to expect. For those not attending, Winetitles will have a rundown available in tomorrow's Daily Wine News and the WFA will be releasing a full report early next week on their website. Source, Winetitles.

Winners of the Melbourne International Wine Comp
The winners of the fourth annual Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC) have been revealed. This year’s competition was the most competitive in the event’s short history, with more than 1100 wines judged. Source, The Shout.

James Suckling comes around to Aussie wine
"Australia is no longer emerging. Australia is no longer a “one to watch.” Australia is here, and it stands tall among the world’s greatest wine nations." Source, James Suckling.

California's pre-prohibition wine roots
Few of today’s visitors are aware of what existed in the area before Prohibition forced the hundreds of wineries around the state to shut down. It was a period when California wine was more likely to be labeled Hock, Angelica and Old Port than Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Source, The Daily Beast.

Hungarian wines
In most European languages the word for wine is derived from the Latin word vinum. However, in Hungarian it’s called bor. Some historians believe Hungarian winemaking even pre-dates the Romans. The country has multiple wine regions with distinctive characters, from the sweet wines of Tokaj to the rich red “bull’s blood” of Eger. Source, Express.

What's next? Wine pouches?
UK retailer The Co-op is set to expand its range of smaller formats and embrace new formats in order to boost the options for convenience shoppers, it has revealed. Last month the retailer rolled out Most Wanted’s innovative single-serve wine pouches across 864 of its stores nationwide, which have been designed to tap into the on-the-go market and appeal to younger consumers. Source, The Drinks Business.

Canada uncorks sparkling wine market
Canadian wine writer Tony Aspler says the gold standard for sparkling wine may still be bottles from the exclusive Champagne region in northern France, but they come with gold standard prices in the $50 to $70 range. Aspler says many of Canada's 600 wineries have figured out they have the perfect growing conditions for the grapes used in traditional sparkling wine. Source, CBC News.

NZ walking a Geographical Indicator tightrope
Europe wants to expand legal protections of names for food and beverages synonymous with regions beyond its own borders. Will New Zealand play ball? Nigel Stirling reports for the New Zealand Herald.

Own it all: farming diversification
No one will ever call Mid Canterbury farmers Kate and David Acland lazy. Not only do they run a 3800ha mixed livestock finishing farm with 25,000 stock units; they have tacked onto the family enterprise a dairy operation, an apiary, a Marlborough winery (Sugarloaf Wine) and a local cafe and farm store. "Schemes interest us," says David. "Diversification has been our strategy since 2012. We are spreading our income and are not at the mercy of any single industry. Source, Stuff.

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