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News posted on Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Australian alcohol retail market in review
Last year, Australians spent a grand total of $14.5 billion on alcohol they purchased from a liquor retailer (as opposed to a bar or other licensed venue). Almost three-quarters of this went to supermarket-affiliated retailers*, with hotel bottle shops and independent stores trailing well behind, the latest Alcohol Retail Currency report from Roy Morgan Research reveals.

Australian sparkling: Diversity and quality
For years, the French have dominated when it came to the sparkling wines served at important celebrations. But things are changing in the glittering world of fine celebratory sparkling wine. As sparkling aficionados already know, there’s a whole world of fine sparkling wine out there ... and Australian sparkling stars are shining brighter than ever...

It’s official: Australia loves champagne
Australia’s love affair with champagne continues, popping the second largest number of bottles in history in 2016, according to an announcement made by the Comité Champagne at Prowein in Germany overnight. “An exceptional sales record in 2015 was an anomaly, and 2016 figures perfectly fit Australia’s buoyant growth curve, popping an average of 600,000 more bottles every year since 2009,” said Tyson Stelzer, author of The Champagne Guide and host of the Taste Champagne event series.

Wine yields doubled in parts of WA
Ideal conditions have seen wine-grape yields more than double in some vineyards around Western Australia, but recent weather has proven a challenge for winemakers. Higher ground-water levels, a long, cold winter, and mild summer had things looking "exceptional" around the Margaret River area in particular.

Sulfur-free wine grew 500% in a year
A specialist organic and biodynamic winery from the McLaren Vale has seen demand for its sulfur-free wine grow by 500 per cent in 12 months. Brian Lamb of Paxton Wines, who spoke to TheShout at ProWein in Düsseldorf, said the NOW wine, which is now into its second vintage, has been developed to address the no-sulfur wine category.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #8: Provide parking for visitor vehicles away from vines on a hard pack surface. #Vinehealth

There’s more to NZ wine than Sauvignon Blanc
Think of New Zealand and you might just think of Sauvignon Blanc. After all, 70 per cent of New Zealand’s wine is packed with those fresh, zippy, gooseberry-charged flavours that have made New Zealand Sauvignon the standout wine revolution of the past 20 years.

Clearer guidelines needed
Central Amalgamated Workers' Union organiser Steve McManus said he wanted to see more uniform deductions across the wine industry, as well as lower contributions in general. "There should be some sort of industry standard, because the prices seem to vary from one contractor to another - it could be $140, or it could be $180 a week for accommodation," he said.

Champagne producers blame Brexit for decline
Sales of champagne fell last year as a weaker pound weighed on British demand in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote, France's main champagne industry body said on Monday. Sales to Britain, still the biggest export market by volume, fell 8.7% to 31.2 million bottles, the CIVC industry association said. By value, British exports tumbled 14% to €440m (£381.16m).

Grapes you don't know but should: Verdicchio
Verdicchio (pronounced ver-dee-kee-oh) is a popular grape variety in the central Italian region of Marche. The name comes from the Italian word for green — verde — because of the greenish-yellow hues of the grape. The grape has been grown for the last six centuries and produces dry, refreshing white wines with citrus and almond notes.

Brazilian wineries look more to China
Brazilian winemakers, especially from the State Rio Grande do Sul, are looking to market their product to more countries of the world, among which China has been a main customer. "We started our business with Chinese clients in the year 2015. Although it is far from a long and permanent cooperation, we can foresee the potential of the Chinese market," said Giorgia Forest from the Aurora Winery.

Fine wine is number one 'investment of passion'
According to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), which tracks the value of 10 desirable asset classes, wine was the top performer last year. Based on the performance of the Knight Frank Fine Wines Icons Index, compiled for us by the team at Wine Owners, investment grade wine saw a huge surge in value last year – up almost 25 per cent across the board.

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