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News posted on Thursday, 20 October 2016

China is now Australia's biggest wine exports market
The massive growth in China’s middle class has been a godsend for the Australian wine industry, with exports jumping 51% in the last year to $474 million, making it the top export market by value for the first time. The rise of China is no more apparent than in the fact that just a decade ago, sales there were worth just $27 million. Wine Australia’s Export Report, released today, reveal double digital growth for local exporters in the 12 months to 30 September 2016, up 10% to a total value of $2.17 billion.

Calabria make large Riverina buy
Calabria Family Wines (CFW) has bought a large Riverina facility, which has seen the family-owned wine company has double its capacity overnight. The transaction, which is due to settle later this month, includes the winery, cellar door and warehousing and was purchase to assist the family with storage and production facilities. CFW’s Sales and Marketing Manager Andrew Calabria told TheShout: “It’s a big step for us, what it has done is double our capacity as a winery overnight. The wine business, for us, is something that is long-term so we are in a bit of a transition at the moment, where my dad built the business to where it is today. Then my brothers and my sister and I decided that we have no intentions to sell, we love what we do and anything in our wine business is about the long-term.

Antipodean wineries lead sustainable energy production with major solar farm installations
Yealands Wine Group has added 918 photovoltaic (PV) panels to its winery roof, making it the largest solar panel system in New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Australia, work has begun to expand sustainable energy sources at Yalumba winery. Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, together with AGL energy limited is currently installing the largest solar photovoltaic system installation at an Australian winery.

Cellar doors in SA get funding boost
Wine tasting tours in South Australia are set to get even better with the state government putting up $1 million in grants for wineries looking to improve their cellar door experiences. The Cellar Door Grants Program was announced by the government on Wednesday as part of a $1.8 million funding package aimed at boosting wine sales and visitor numbers in SA. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to all SA wineries for cellar door upgrades and diversifications like new tasting rooms or bed and breakfast facilities.

Liquorland, Idyll Wine Co launch Australia’s first blue-coloured wine, The Blue Bird
IT’S the colour of Smurfs and trendy lattes, now wine has got the blues, too. Blue wine has hit Australia for the first time following the trend that swept the European summer and featured widely on Instagram feeds. Made for Liquorland by Idyll Wine Co near Geelong, The Blue Bird is a blend of white grapes (predominantly moscato) from Australian vines, but must be labelled a wine product because it has had anthocyanins — a natural compound that gives red wine its colour — and indigo food colouring added to give it its blue hue.

Waiheke Island winemaker best in New Zealand
A former New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year has taken out the title of New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. A panel of four international wine judges picked Patrick Newton of Mudbrick Vineyard as the inaugural winner on 15 October. The competition replaces the New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year as part of the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, administered by the Canterbury A&P Show. The Waiheke Island winemaker was thrilled with the award.


Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.


Brexit Hike for UK Wine Prices
The early fallout from the UK's decision to go it alone economically is already having repercussions. The United Kingdom is steeling itself for a rise in the price of some of its favorite treats as its currency continues to fall, driving up the cost of imports. Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg warned that recent price hikes for wine and grocery items, sparked by sterling's steep falls against the dollar and the euro, were just the "tip of the iceberg" when it came to the UK's future outside of the European single market.

Red wine a fertility boost for some: study
A daily glass of red wine could help boost fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. PCOS causes hormonal imbalance and is a cause of infertility in hundreds of Australian women. Researchers in the US have discovered a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, known as resveratrol, significantly lowers levels of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) in PCOS patients - therefore enhancing their chances of falling pregnant.

Clash Over Wine Merchant Shipping Laws Expands to Missouri and Michigan
In a Missouri courthouse and the Michigan statehouse, retailers are battling for the right to ship wine to customers across state lines. Lawyers who filed a suit last month in an Illinois federal court challenging a ban on wine sales by out-of-state retailers have launched another salvo, this time in Missouri. And in Michigan, legislators are considering a bill that would allow in-state shipping by retailers but explicitly ban sales by out-of-state stores.

Christie's to auction fine and rare wines from the Avery family cellar
Christie’s will host a major auction of fine and rare wines from the Avery family cellar. It is not one for collectors to miss and has been described by the wine writer Michael Broadbent as, “undoubtedly one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of old and rare wines ever to appear at auction.” The Averys have been wine merchants for several generations, founding their family business, Avery’s of Bristol, in 1793, and until his death in 2012, fourth-generation John Avery MW was one of the most colourful and best-known members in the wine business.

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