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News posted on Monday, 21 September 2015

QLD food and wine producers cashing in on Chinese appetite
QUEENSLAND food, wine and skincare producers are cashing in on the 300 million Chinese online shoppers who are being lured by the green image of brand Australia. Consumers from Beijing to Guangzhou are logging on to purchase everything from Australian skincare to wine on the country’s big online market places. Mt Cotton winemaker Sirromet’s online wine sales for home delivery account for more than 40 per cent of its Chinese sales.

Penfolds Grange takes a back seat to new kids on the block
AUSTRALIA’S most famous wine, the iconic Penfolds Grange, has been outplayed this year by an unlikely bunch of its own stablemates. The stars of this year’s highly anticipated Penfolds luxury wine releases are white hot — not red. Four high-class whites, a riesling and three chardonnays, steal the attention from its usual leading red lights such as Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 389, continuing stellar 2015 competition form which has led to the Magill based producer being named International White Winemaker of the Year at London’s prestigious International Wine Challenge.

Veriflow™ Find Brett fast- Rapid Brettanomyces bruxellensis test available
AWRI Commercial Services is offering a rapid Brettanomyces bruxellensis detection service with a 1-2 day turnaround time. This service will provide results much more quickly than traditional plating methods currently used to detect viable Brett cells. The report will indicate whether the sample is positive or negative for B.bruxellensis. It will also provide the approximate number of cells/mL, giving an indication of the level of contamination.

Melbourne executive buys Mornington Peninsula's first commercial vineyard
A Melbourne business executive has acquired the prized Main Ridge Estate vineyard in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula for more than $3.25 million. The five-hectare property, with three hectares under vine, at 80 William Road in the affluent rural town of Red Hill was the first commercial vineyard on Mornington Peninsula when it was founded 40 years ago by winemakers Rosalie and Nat White, who have decided to retire.

Wine show promises record entries after coldest winter in 15 years
The Canberra region's high-quality 2015 wine vintage will face the judges as two wine shows begin this week. The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show at Murrumbateman and the Canberra and Region Wine Show at Exhibition Park provide opportunities for the best drops to be compared as the next growing season begins. Canberra District Wine Industry Association president John Leyshon said he and other wine producers had enjoyed an impressive past season, with a doubling in the weight of grapes produced on his own winery.

Two big winners at Hunter Boutique Winemakers Show
Saddlers Creek and Thomas Wines were the big winners at the Hunter Boutique Winemakers Show this week. The awards, held at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday night, celebrate the efforts of the smaller wineries and is invariably a hotly contested affair. Saddlers Creek’s 2009 Semillon took out two major awards – it was named best white wine of the show, and also took out the Karl Stockhausen trophy.

New genetic test for vine varieties
A new type of genetic test being performed by a liquid-handling robot at Lincoln University is taking DNA testing to the next level with its ability to deliver five times the standard amount of data used to identify grapevine varieties. Developed by Dr Darrell Lizamore at Lincoln University and delivered by Zebra Biotech, the new transposon marker test is a unique DNA testing process not available anywhere else in the world, offering an alternative to and improvement on existing methods.

'Wine flight' plane makes sparkling visit
One of the aircraft which will take on planned "wine flights" between Hawke's Bay and Marlborough next year made an early showing at Bridge Pa last weekend. It also made an impressive showing when it came to making a short landing and take-off. The Pilatus PC12 was flown in by Sounds Air chief pilot Craig Anderson who had a group of aviation mates aboard and the arrival was all about good timing, as Stephanie Eilers from the Hawke's Bay and East Coast Aero Club said.

Putin and Berlusconi caught up in wine scandal
Ukraine has launched a criminal probe into wine-tasting by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi after they allegedly quaffed a US$100,000 (NZ$156, 674) bottle of centuries-old wine in Crimea. The Kremlin strongman and the disgraced billionaire reportedly cracked open a bottle of 1775 Spanish Jerez de la Frontera at the famed Massandra winery during a private visit by Berlusconi this month to the region Moscow annexed from Kiev in 2014.

Sicilian island toils to save endangered Muscat vines
High on a windswept hillside on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, vineyard workers are carefully harvesting a variety of Zibibbo grapes from vines at risk of extinction. Also known as Muscat of Alexandria, because it is thought to have originated in the Egyptian city, the grape is used to make Passito wines, some of Italy’s most prized dessert wines. For the past five years, scientists have been scouring remote outposts across the Mediterranean basin in search of endangered strains of this ancient vine.

Wine tourism touted as growth area for Latin America
Wine experts from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, and special guests from the US, Spain and Portugal gathered at the Uruguayan capital for the 5th Latin American Wine Tourism Congress. "Together, we in Latin America are senders and receivers of enotourists," honorary conference chair Ivane Favero said during the opening session, EFE reported on Friday.

Bordeaux’s nuclear bomb proof wine cellar
Chateau Siran’s nuclear bomb proof wine cellar was built in 1980 by Edouard’s father, who had wanted to safely store every vintage of Siran from the early 20th century. But why make it nuclear proof? ‘At the end of the 1970s, you had this nuclear power plant of Blayais that came to the other side of Pauillac, and then it also was the cold war. And then in Switzerland at the same time you had all those houses that had to be built with a bomb shelter in the house,’ said Edouard.


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