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News posted on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rob Mack: 2017 'Best New Act'
"Winegrower is an aspirational term, it’s where I’m heading," said Rob Mack - who won the 2017 Young Gun of Wine 'Best New Act' award last night. Milton Wordley recently caught up with the Young Gun, putting a series of questions to him for the photographer's regular blog. "Ideally I’d love to have a small plot, cultivated exactly how I want it to be, having 100% control over everything e.g. picking times… that would be what I would call wine growing ; it’s where I’d like to be." Source, People of Wine.

Global wine glut eases
The global wine industry is showing signs of recovery after years of oversupply and subdued prices. Figures from Wine Australia show supply dropping to about 26 billion litres, from a high of about 29 billion litres in 2013. Meanwhile, demand is expected to steadily increase. Source, The Weekly Times.

Australian farmers' record breaking season
The gross value of Australia's farm production will be worth nearly $60 billion over the 2017-18 season, down 4.6 per cent on last year's record breaking season, according to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Source, ABC.

Market Bulletin: An alternative view
The richness and diversity of Australian wine is nowhere more evident than when looking at the ‘alternative varieties’ that we produce. While they are small in volume, they are big on unique expression, innovation and consumer appeal. What exactly is an alternative variety? Australian alternative varieties are all varieties that are not mainstream and not extensively planted. Source, Wine Australia.

Anger at local wine snub
Residents of Queensland's Southern Downs have expressed frustration about the lack of support given to local wine producers at community events. Many were shocked by the snub of local producers, suggesting the council should do more to support local businesses. Source, Warwick Daily News.

A mission to grow New Zealand’s wine industry
Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery, is branching out. Mission Estate will acquire the Ngatarawa brands; The Stables, Stables Reserve, Glazebrook and Alwyn. Phil Hocquard, Mission Estate chair, said this was an exciting move for Hawkes Bay and the industry, representing a new era for Mission. Source, Winetitles.

Wine labels and what they're not telling you
When is a New Zealand wine an Australian wine? When it says so in small print on the back label. Kiwi consumers were brought face to face with that uncomfortable truth via a recent report in TVNZ's consumer advocacy show, Fair Go. Inside bottles bearing brands we think of as being as Kiwi as Richie's stubble (eg Shingle Peak, Timara, White Cliff), are wines that are in fact born and bred across the ditch. Source, Stuff.co.nz.

Invest to beat climate change
A Harvard professor and former science adviser to president Obama told winemakers at Vinexpo 2017 in Bordeaux that they should lead the charge to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just for the sake of the planet, but for the sake of their businesses. Source, Decanter.

Japan plans to eliminate import tariffs
According to a report by Japan News, Japan will gradually lower the current 15% tariff on EU wines to zero about eight years after the finalisation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The move came at a time when Chile and Australia, the two countries that have forged EPAs with Japan, have surged ahead in wine exports to Japan after the reduction of tariffs. Source, Drinks Business.

SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands
South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected chairperson of Vinpro. He shared his thoughts on some of the pressing issues that currently prevail in the industry with Jeandré du Preez. Source, Farmer's Weekly.

Trump is using his vineyards to scam America
In February, President Trump’s administration granted Trump Vineyard Estates LLC an H-2A visa for immigrant labor. But major media outlets covering the winery stopped their investigation a little short when they saw a seemingly contradictory legal disclaimer on Trump Winery’s website: “Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates.” Source, Paste Magazine.

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