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News posted on Friday, 20 October 2017

WISA impact award results
Last night at Adelaide Town Hall, the Wine Industry Suppliers Association held its 11th annual awards night. Awards were given in eleven categories within the wine industry, and were judged on their level of both direct and indirect impact. Source, Winetitles.

TWE sells Clare winery
Treasury Wine Estates has sold Clare Valley winery, Quelltaler Estate. On October 19, Seppeltsfield Wines announced the purchase of the Quelltaler Estate winery and vineyard assets. The original Quelltaler trademark is included in the deal. Source, Winetitles.

Deadly fires hit wine regions in Spain & Portugal
Wildfires in winemaking areas of Portugal and northern Spain have claimed at least 45 lives and burnt through thousands of hectares of agricultural land, including vineyards and winery owners' homes in both Galicia and the Dão. Source, Decanter.

Napa region mostly spared from fires
Napa Valley wine appears to have been spared the worst of fire damage in Northern California, according to the Napa Valley Vintners. The Napa Valley Vintners have heard from 330 of its member wineries. Of those, 47 sustained direct damage and only a handful experienced significant property loss. Source, CNBC.

Standing up for Carignan
Comedian Eric Wareheim and Winemaker Joel Burt have created a "Sweet berry wine". The Las Jaras label launched to the public last week with a Sonoma Mountain Cabernet, a Mendocino Carignan, a Mendocino rosé and Sweet Berry Wine (the berry is also Carignan, in this case, and the wine is dry). Source, Wine Spectator.

Why 2015 may be the best classic vintage
"The conventional line from the wine trade is that vintages don’t matter much these days, because winemakers have tools and techniques at their disposal to deal with a poor vintage. That said, there’s a consensus that 2015 was an exceptional vintage, especially for reds from the classic regions of France: Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône," writes Fiona Beckett for The Guardian.

Failed wine entrepreneur faces court again
Failed wine entrepreneur David James faced the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday after being arrested earlier this month and charged with stalking and intimidation, plus two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Source, Drinks Central.

Royal Melbourne Wine Award winners
Yesterday, results of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards were released. The trophy for Best Young Red Wine was awarded to Barossa Valley SA winery Turkey Flat Vineyards, and Best Young White to House of Cards. Source, Winetitles.

TWE share price hits all-time high, again
The Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) share price continued its good run on Thursday and climbed 3.5% to reach an all-time high of $14.82. This brought its year-to-date return to just under 50%. Why are its shares higher today? Source, The Motley Fool.

Kiwi commodity export to rise
New Zealand's primary sector exports are expected to rise 9.2 per cent in the year to June 30, 2018, according to the latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries, little changed from the assessment in June. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Brancott Estate unveils 'matrix' sculpture
New Zealand producer Brancott Estate has revealed the result of its design collaboration with New York-based Studio Dror. Studio Dror’s eight-metre high sculpture lies in the middle of Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Marlborough. Source, Decanter.





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