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News posted on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New winery for Villa Maria Estate
A new winery is being built next to Te Awa Winery Restaurant, which involves shifting Vidal Estate's cellar door and wine making. The new facility will incorporate the brands under Villa Maria Estate including Vidal, Esk Valley, Villa Maria and the Te Awa Collection. Source, NZ Herald

Corney & Barrow takes on NZ's Elephant Hill
NZ’s Elephant Hill, in Hawke’s Bay, has signed on with wine merchant Corney & Barrow in the UK, as it looks to strengthen its footing in the UK by targeting the on-trade. Elephant Hill was founded in 2003 by the late German businessman Roger Weiss and his wife Reydan, who both fell in love with Hawke’s Bay. Source, The Drinks Business

WA Government considers minimum wine price
Health Minister Roger Cook has revealed the WA Government is investigating ways to impose a minimum floor price on takeaway alcohol in a bid to curb alcohol-related harm. The revelation came on Tuesday as the minister was being quizzed during a budget estimates hearing and spoke of alcohol abuse being "the elephant in the room". Source, The ABC.

Nanollose raises $5 million ahead of ASX listing
Perth biotech startup Nanollose has raised $5 million from investors ahead of listing on the Australian Securities Exchange, as it continues its mission to take on the textiles industry with its unique offerings: fabrics derived from beer and wine. Source, Smart Company.

Bremerton enters hall of fame
Almost three decades after bottling their first drop, the Willson family’s Bremerton Wines has been inducted into Family Business Australia’s Hall of Fame. The Langhorne Creek winery was established by Craig and Mignonne Willson in 1988, with daughters Lucy and Rebecca now overseeing operations. Source, Adelaide Now.

WA zooms in on Asia
For Asia, the best is in the west. Western Australia’s proximity to Asia and its abundant agricultural resources make it uniquely positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in the world’s fastest-growing region. Source, Blue Notes.

Organic wines in the Pyrenees
A shift was prompted by a biodynamic wine tasting event in Melbourne that Matthew Barry, of Mount Avoca Winery, attended in the mid-2000s. This was where he discovered a taste he felt was unique to chemical-free wine. Source, Weekly Times Now.

Tardif grape could help fight climate change
A grape known as ‘Tardif’ in south-west France and which survived the phylloxera epidemic that plagued Europe’s vineyards in the 19th Century has been given a new lease of life via a listing on France’s official wine grape register. It’s thought that Tardif’s late ripening qualities might give winemakers more options when faced with higher temperatures that are expected this century due to climate change. Source, Decanter.

Extensive frost damage at Garcin Family wineries
This year’s crop at two of the Garcin family’s wineries in Bordeaux were completely wiped out due to April frosts, which is estimated to have affected 60% of vineyards in the region, Hélène Garcin-Lévêque has revealed. Source, The Drinks Business.

Vinovore spotlights female winemakers
Coly Den Haan has been working in the wine industry for ten years, and when she decided to open her own wine shop she realised there was a simple way to stand out in the male-dominated field—focus on wines made by women. Source, LA Mag.

Family winery packaging in cans
The Dunning family will break from tradition upon introducing their estate-grown Pinot gris later this year — the wine will debut in cans rather than bottles. The idea is to target the “active wine drinker” who prefer not to lug around a heavy glass bottle on hikes and other outdoor adventures. Source, Capital Press.

London Wine Competition to reward on look, taste and cost
The new London Wine Competition looks to set a new benchmark for award winning wines through its rigorous assessment criteria.

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