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News posted on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dan Johnson promises positive and successful tech conference
On behalf of the Planning Committee of the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition, I look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in July. All signs are pointing towards a positive and successful event. I’m particularly excited about some of the features that will make this year’s conference a little different from previous years.

James Halliday awarded inaugural Cullen Award for Excellence
He has been an advocate for Margaret River wines forever and a day, so it was only too fitting that James Halliday was awarded the inaugural Cullen Award for Excellence at a gala event in the region last weekend. Halliday, universally considered the leading wine critic in this country, was on hand to receive the award from Cullen winemaker and owner Vanya Cullen at a black-tie event at the Wilyabrup winery.

Jacob’s Creek invites wine lovers into their vineyards
Jacob’s Creek has launched a series of 360 degree films that transport wine drinkers to the heart of the Australian wine country for an aerial tour of the brand's vineyards. The series launches with six short films, created by digital creative agency Impero, each showcasing what Jacob’s Creek is 'Made By' – including the beautiful vineyards of the Barossa and Adelaide Hills, alongside the Home of Jacob’s Creek.

Clare Valley captured on camera
The Clare Valley wine region is the focus of a 'Palate and PIxel' exhibition by Adelaide photographer John Krüger, opening at the National Wine Centre tomorrow. The Palate and Pixel photographic project is an initiative of the Clare Valley Winemakers’ organisation to create a library of images that capture the emerging talent, heroes and stories behind the region’s wine industry.

Zac Caudo: Wine-inspired lifestyle
Nestled between Waikerie and Morgan, in South Australia’s Riverland, sits a beautiful cellar door right on the edge of the Murray River. It’s only been open for a few years, but Caudo Vineyard has cemented itself as one of the most popular and progressive wine businesses in the region. The winery’s philosophy of ‘wine inspired by a lifestyle’ has been driven by Zac Caudo who now manages the family business in between water skiing, wakeboarding and fishing. Emilie Reynolds reports.

NZ wine wins top red trophy at Oz show
Judge Rock 2014 Pinot Noir from Alexandra in Central Otago won “Red Wine of the Show” at the Australia and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show 2016 held in Sydney a few weeks ago. I was one of the judges and can say, with some authority, that the standard of entries was very high indeed. The show only accepts entries from wine producers that crush less than 250 tonnes of grapes each vintage.

A First for Yealands with Official Green Company GC-Mark
Yealands Family Wines (Yealands) has just become the first winery in the world to carry the DQS Green Company GC-Mark for its winery operation at their Seaview winery in Marlborough. DQS Group (DQS) based in Germany are one of the leading certification bodies for management systems worldwide. DQS have developed a checklist of criteria to obtain a Green Company GC-Mark that is based on national and international recognized standards and regulations. To receive a Green Company GC-Mark, a company must succeed in “minimising its negative impact upon the environment.”

Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards announced
One of the largest wine competitions in Japan, the Women’s Wine Awards has announced the launch of its 2017 event with entries open from October. Chaired and founded by Yumi Tanabe, a wine educator, journalist and consultant, the Japan Women’s Wine awards is now in its fourth year and aims to recognize the increasing quality of indigenous Japanese grapes as well as international varieties. The competition is open from 1 October to 30 November with samples to be delivered to Sakura’s head office in Tokyo by 13 January.

Wine ‘war’ in Sancerre as vines vandalised
A dispute over who should be allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire appears to have spilled over into vineyard sabotage after one grower reported losing 6,000 vines. In what French media has termed ‘war in Sancerre‘, one wine producer in the Loire has complained to police after vandals sabotaged between 5,000 and 6,000 of young vines.

The wine innovators storming unknown Bordeaux
Two adjacent Bordeaux wine regions remain largely unknown and unappreciated by international wine consumers, as well as by many non-French visitors to southwest France. Wine châteaux here offer excellent value, and there are fewer tourists than in the nearby famed Médoc or Saint Emilion regions. Their surroundings are also visually impressive.

Winery re-united with rare bottle after Decanter article
South African winery Groot Constantia has bought back one of its oldest bottles of wine still in existence, after learning about it being auctioned from aDecanter.com article. Records show that Groot Constantia’s Grand Constance wine was enjoyed by French emperor Napoleon during his exile on St Helena. In a rare sale, a bottle of Grand Constance 1821 was auctioned online by Catawiki last week.

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